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 these?
·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
·What is the dominant
·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 scene?
·Do the characters have
no room to move around, or can they move freely without impediments?
There 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.
Descriptions: Describe the following elements of
Five basic positions in which an actor can be photographed
Four major proxemic patterns
Dominant and subsidiary contrasts
3. Shartopus DVD Trailer
Please look at this
trailer and identify one mise-en-scene (freezing the frame).