Learning ObjectivesAnalyse the opening of FargoHow does mise-en-scene set upthemes and characters? Complete our study of mise-en-scene Successfully complete an in-depth analysis of Psycho, focusing on Mise- en-scene & Cinematography
Fargo (1996) Task Watch the opening of Fargo and answer the following questions:How is setting established through visual signifiers? What can you learn about thecharcters / themes / story setting from the visual signifiers? Fargo (1996) Dir; Coen Brothers
CostumeThe costume a character wears is one of the most important visualsignifiers in a filmAs in real like we associate certain styles of dress with stereotypesand these are used by filmmakers to convey a lot of information in ashort amount of timeCostumes not only indicate aperiod of time, but uniformscan also provide informationabout the characterThey can also be used tosubvert our expectationsand surprise us
Hair & Make-upHair and make up are also significantin defining a characterFilm makers often ask actors to shavetheir heads, alter their hair colourand change their appearanceaccording to the roleSome times the hair of a charactermay change throughout the film toindicate development of acharacter, or the passing of timeThe more believable thecharacters, they more likely anaudience are to accept it and engagewith the film
SummaryRemember: Nothing is accidental!Every single object has been placedthere for a very deliberate reasonYou must consider how the mise-en-scene can add depth to the filmsymbolising that which is notoutwardly expressed – The Themes!We can read from this much aboutthe character without any dialogue.The way the character walks, standsand performs facial expressions areall relevant. Even the physical statureof a character will be significant.
Any questions about Mise-en-scene or Cinematography?
PsychoIt is now time to put everything we have learned so far to the test! Watch the scene from AlfredHitchcocks Psycho and complete an in-depth analysis of the scene:How does the cinematography change during the scene? What does the mise-en-scene tell us about Norman? Analyse the way both Marion and Norman are framed and how their shots are constructed
Psycho Log on to the network Open up ‘Word’Complete a 500 word analysis of the use of mise-en-scene and cinematography from Psycho You must copy and paste picturesfrom the Psycho blog post in to your work
Posting your workBy now you should all be bloggers!Your task for this lesson is to successfully post yourPsycho analysis on to the blog
BloggingLog on to the network and go to the SSSFCFILM blogwww.sssfcfilm.blogspot.co.ukLog in and then click ‘New Post’
First thing you MUST do is give your post a titleThe Psycho essay should be entitled‘Psycho-Analysis’
Posting your workIn order for your work to be visible and traceable youmust ‘label’ your workLabels identify you as the author ofthe postYou must enter your full name as a Matthew O’Regan, Psycho analysis,label, and also the label ‘Psycho Cinematography Homeworkanalysis or Cinematographyhomework’Use a comma and space to separatethe labelsYou must then click ‘done’ – if youdon’t they will not be attached
Posting your workCopy and Paste your Psycho Analysis / Homeworkessays in the text box
Posting a videoTo embed a video in to your post you must first findan appropriate videoGo to YouTube and find a videoHomework – Trailer for the film you analysedPsycho Essay – Psycho trailerClick on ‘Share’Click ‘Embed’Copy the HTML code from thebox
Posting a videoReturn to your blog post and click onthe HTML buttonCopy the HTML code from YouTube into the box.Make sure you post your video andthe bottom of the postNow click ‘compose’ and then Publishyour post