Mise en scene

French meaning: ‘placing on the stage.’

Mise en scene includes everything that you see within a frame, this may include:

  • Costume/props – communicate a personality or role of a character.
  • Acting – communicates the intended characteristics and traits to accompany the narrative.
  • Lighting – high-key and low-key lighting can represent good and bad, happy and sad etc.
  • Set design – Establishes a scene, a place and atmosphere.
  • Semiotics – study of symbols – symbolism and representation within a scene.
  • Actors etc.

Mise en scene of a scene within a moving image simply displays the representation of how the artistic vision and intention for a piece is meaning to come across shown through all of the various conventions.

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