Mr Thomas — Lynden Christian High School English
Mise-En-Scene means, basically, “in the scene” It looks at important moments in a movie to examine how the director’s decision contribute to the overall impact of a work. Below, you will see two scenes from the movie 127 Hours. Choose one and, in the space below, complete the Mise-en-Scene that demonstrates your understanding of the text/scene.
Aspect Ratio —
- Explain how the picture is framed using the terms from the Axial Gride
- Brief paragraph explaining what is going on in this scene. What is the director emphasizing, what are they deemphasizing, and why?
Shot Angle —
- Name some of the angles you see in this scene (angles are still, movement is action)
- Who is in control of this scene (how do you know)
- Where are YOU in this scene?
- Why are you there?
- What kind of movement — dolly shot, trucking shot, boom shoot, pan — do you see in the scene?
- Using just the camera angles you have seen — forgetting everything else — what emotional effect is the director trying to impose upon you as a viewer?
- What is being told in this scene, and how would it be different if the director used a different strategy?
- What kind of lighting is being used (list what you find)?
- What is director saying without using words?
- If another kind was used, what would the effect be?
- What are the diegetical sounds being used, and to what effect?
- What are the non-diegetical sounds being used, and to what effect?
- How does all the sound together contribute to the impact of the scene?
- Name one action the director uses here, and how does it add to the story being told?
- Name one Angle the director uses here and explain how it contributes to the scene?