Please refer to
Chapter 2 in your text. A film is actually a series of
"frames." The analysis of Mise en Scene means "freezing
the frame." In these frames, the viewer's eye looks at the following
Where is our eye attracted first? Why?
High lighting? Low lighting? High Contrast? Some combination of
How Far away is the camera from the action?
Are we (and the camera) looking up or down on the subject? Or is
the camera neutral (eye level)?
What is the dominant color?
Is the frame distorted in any way?
What are the main eye-stops after taking in the dominant?
How much visual information is packed into the image?
How the two dimensional is space segmented and organized?
Does the image suggest a fragment--or one section-- of the
Do the characters have no room to move around, or can they move
freely without impediments?
are many scenes provided in Chapter 2 of your text. Select one scene
and analyze the mise-en-scene of the frame. Analyze the scene in
four areas defined in this week's lecture.
Describe the following elements of mise-en-scene:
basic positions in which an actor can be photographed
major proxemic patterns
and subsidiary contrasts
3. Shartopus DVD Trailer
look at this trailer and identify one mise-en-scene (freezing the frame).