Mise en scene (part 2)

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First year undergraduate introduction to mise en scene

Approaches to Film (1): Film Language and Form, Kingston University

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Mise en scene (part 2)

  1. 1. Approaches to Cinema 1: Film Language and Form Week 7: mise en scene (2)
  2. 2. elements of mise en scene week 5 week 7
  3. 3. looking at setting and decor what is the role of the production designer? do they try to reflect the real world? is the set design invisible or visible? or do they invent a new world? can the setting be considered a character?
  4. 4. key functions of set design expresses emotional states connotes fantasy recreates the past reinforces characterisation generates atmosphere
  5. 5. location shooting location or studio? location as marker of authenticity Italian Neorealism French New Wave Contemporary TV crime drama
  6. 6. cinematic landscapes landscape and national identity landscape and genre
  7. 7. cinematic cities city as labyrinth city as territory city as freedom
  8. 8. studio as landscape: the matte shot a matte shot is where different areas of image are photographed separately and combined during post-production
  9. 9. colour and film stock first Technicolor film: Becky Sharp (Mamoulian, 1935) first Eastmancolor film: Royal Journey (Bairstow, 1951) Soviet film stock
  10. 10. colour and realism unlike sound, adoption of colour was a gradual process colour was ‘inauthentic’ and connoted excess and spectacle
  11. 11. interpreting colour depends on cultural context meaning is unstable filters used to create a melancholy colour scheme colours can evoke the past colours create thematic contrast
  12. 12. functions of costume constructs character signals transformation creates contrast between characters
  13. 13. costume and identity fashion and identification costume as ‘spectacle’

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