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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.  Using Google or online resources, find a scene from the show Broadchurch.  Then, in the space below, complete the Mise-en-Scene that demonstrates your understanding of the text/scene in relation to the movie.

Aspect Ratio —

  • Explain how the picture is framed using the terms from the Axial Gride

Overview — 

  • 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?

Camera Movement

  • 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?

Focus —

  • 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

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