What is "Mise-en-scene
•The term "Mise-en-scene" is French, meaning: "What is put into a scene/frame" The contents within the frame and how they have been organised The term is part of the key Media terminology and covers a wide range of areas Such as: Characters, posistioning of characters, locations/settings, props, lighting/colour, sound, camera posistion/movement.
What costumes are they wearing?
How it reflective of society/time period?
does it reflect class?
The actors- are they attractictive- do they conform to the character they are playing?
Diction: - how do they talk- a high register or a low register( Do they use complex vocab)
What about accent low, middle upper class?
any regional accent?
Facial expression- what does their facial expression tell us?
Body language? Open or closed arms?
Positioning in frame: How are they posistioned?
Tight framing: Connotes inability to escape
loose framing: could show isolation/lonliness- could indicate a large gap between two people
what could the posistion of the character signify? ie. picture of Jean Paul on Hollyoaks where he is closer to the left could signify femninisim.
What lighting is used?
High key low key?
American Tv shows often use very high key lighting to indicate glamour- however many quality period dramas found on the BBC such as Pride and predjudice would use very natural lighting
A mysterious character may have side lighting- showing we are unaware of their intentions
Low key lighting: often used in horror films
Soft lighting- Could be used in a romance film- created using filters etc
Natural lighting/artificial? Is it man made or natural.
Natural: Is good for dramas, utilizes the sun etc, good for natural feel but lacks control.
Artificial light- full control- man made
Props and Camera
What props are being used, is there use of iconography? such as batons/handcuffs in a police drama?
What camera angles are being used?
To make a character appear powerful
to make a person look vulnerable
over the shoulder: During an interrogation scene, are we on the side of the accused or the accuser?