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Reading Quiz #3
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What is mise-en-scene?
The arrangement of visual, weights, and movements within the given space. In the live theater, the space is usually defined by the proscenium arch. In movies, it is defined by the frame that encloses the images. It encompasses both the staging of the action and the way that it's photographed.
What are the four elements that define mise-en-scene as seen in the scene in the movie "Manhattan"?
- Staging of the action
- Physical setting and decor
- Manner in which these materials are framed
- Manner in which they are photographed
What are the several things that can happen to most widescreen movies when showing on TV?
- Crop down to a conventional aspect ratio
- Can turn a great widescreen film into a clumsy and poorly composed one
- Speaker maybe totally absent
What are three ways directors can put important information completely off frame?
- Top frame suggest ideas dealing with power, authority, aspiration
- Bottom frame to just subservience, vulnerability, powerlessness
- Left/right suggest insignificance (farthest from center)
What is a loosely frame shot?
Usually in long shot; People photographed have considerable freedom of movement
What is a tightly framed shot?
Usually in close shots; People photographed have little to no freedom of movement
What is an anticipating camera set up?
Placement of the camera in such a manner as to anticipate the movement of an action before it occurs; The setup suggests predestination
How do directors emphasize depth in their mise-en-scene to overcome the flat surface of the movie screen?
- Being on the foreground, mid ground, background can alter dominant contrast of image
- Crosshatching, foliage, gauzy curtain (backgrounds)
What almost always determines the way our director designs and composes a shot?
The dramatic contact is usually the determining factor in composition
What did the famous director and movie star, Charlie Chaplin, say about the use of mise-en-scene?
He said "long-shot for comedy, close-up for tragedy"
- Uses close-ups because their effect is often devastating on the audience
- As long as he is in long-shots, we tend to be amused by his antics
What is the major characteristics of open form scenes in movies?
- Stylistically recessive
- Emphasizes informal, unobtrusive compositions
- No structure and random form of organization
What is the major characteristic of closed form scenes in movies?
- Self-conscious and visually appealing
- Objects and figures more precisely placed within the frame and balance of weight had elaborately worked out
How does the film the "400 Blows" convey a sense of entrapment felt by the 13-year-old protagonist?
- The tight framing (sides, top, bottom); the shallow focus (rear); the obstruction of the fence itself (foreground)
- The boy is going nowhere
How can mise-en-scene make the viewer feel insecure or isolated as in "The Graduate"?
- Framing and spatial metaphors
- Exploit The amount of open space within the territory of the frame (tightly framed)
- Viewers can be made to feel insecure or isolated when hostile foreground element comes between us and the figure we identify with
What is the effect of a character acknowledging the audience's presence by talking directly to the camera?
The sense of intimacy is vastly increased, for in a fact we agreed to become his or her chosen confidants
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