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 elements:
·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 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 scene?
·Do the characters have no room to move around, or can they move freely without impediments?
1. 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.
2. Descriptions: Describe the following elements of mise-en-scene:
· Five basic positions in which an actor can be photographed
· Four major proxemic patterns
· Dominant and subsidiary contrasts
Please look at this trailer and identify one mise-en-scene (freezing the frame).