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The objective of this chapter from Understanding Movies is to familiarize students with the terms and concepts of mise en scène and with the influence of style on compositional strategies, as well as to help students with analysis of the visual image.

Chapter 2 describes how two-dimensional framing, composition, and design affect the moving image. It also examines three-dimensional issues of territorial space, proxemic patterns, and open and closed forms. A filmmaker can manipulate the viewer’s attention by using contrasts, movement, narrative emphasis, and visual patterns. Using the illusion of three dimensional space, a director can position figures to suggest relative strength or weakness. The screen may be viewed as a window (open form) or as a framing proscenium arch (closed form).

While mise en scène is just as important to realism as it is to classicism and formalism, it is generally easier for students to perceive and discuss the self-consciously artistic visual designs of more formalistic films.

Mis En Scene- literally “placing on stage” refers to arrangemnt of all the visual elements of a theatrical production within a given playing area- the stage. And has 4 formal elements:
1. The physical setting and décor,
2. The staging of the action,
3. The manner in which these elements are framed.
4. The manner in which they are photographed


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The FrameComposition & DesignTerritorial SpaceProxemic PatternsOpen and Closed Forms



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