Mise en scène

Film and television are made up of sequences of images presented to the viewer(s) consecutively.

Stories are created by editing these images together through the process of a montage. However, individual images and shots also convey meaning in their own right.

The elements within the picture are carefully arranged to suggest an idea and to achieve a particular visual impact.

The mise en scène is produced by selecting and arranging objects that go together in space. Montage is produced by selecting and arranging shots that follow one another in time.

In order to analyse mise en scène we need to consider what is on-screen and how it has been arranged. Knowing this, we can then begin to search for the meaning that results. We must also consider why it is shown in that specific way. Mise en scène can contribute to the meaning and impact of a film in a variety of ways.

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