BordwellThompson/Classical Style (Discussion)

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TCF440540/BordwellThompson/Mise-en-scene (Discussion)

TCF440540/BordwellThompson/Cinematography (Discussion)

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TCF440540/Mise-en-scene (Discussion)

TCF440540/Cinematography (Discussion)

Mise-en-scene

  1. What is its literal definition, from the French, and what is its general sense? That is, what elements of film make up mise-en-scene, according to Bordwell and Thompson (B/T)?
  2. Define these terms and provides examples of when these techniques might be used:
    • Three-point lighting (explain the function of each "point")
    • High-key lighting
    • Low-key lighting
  3. In the frame grabs below, which is high key and which is low key?
  4. All groups: In the Shakespeare in Love scene we viewed, what narrative functions does the mise-en-scene serve? Be sure to consider setting, lighting, costume and figure movement. Does it use shallow space or deep space?
Opening shot from the Shakespeare in Love scene.


Cinematography

  1. Group 1: What is depth of field?
    • Define these terms and provides examples of when these techniques might be used:
      • Shallow focus
      • Deep focus
  2. Group 2: What is aspect ratio?
    • Define these terms and provides examples of when these techniques might be used:
      • Widescreen
        • Anamorphic
        • Masked
        • What are the aspect ratios of Ordinary People, Shakespeare in Love and Monster's Ball?
  3. Group 3: What is focal length?
    • Define these terms and provides examples of when these techniques might be used:
      • Wide angle
      • Telephoto
      • Variable focal length lens (what's another, more common name for it?)
  4. Group 4: Aspects of framing.
    • Define these terms and provides examples of when these techniques might be used:
      • High angle and low angle
      • Canted framing
      • Hand-held mobile framing (and how does it differ from Steadicam shots?)
  5. All Groups: In the Monster's Ball scene we viewed, what narrative functions does the cinematography serve? Be sure to consider deep/shallow focus, focus shifts and framing in the third shot.
Shot three from the Monster's Ball scene begins.


Shot three from the Monster's Ball scene continues.


Films on DVD/Video

  1. Letterboxing
  2. Pan-and-scan

Bibliography

  1. David Bordwell and Kristin Thompson, Film Art: An Introduction, 8th ed. (New York: McGraw-Hill, 2007).

External links

  1. Mise-en-scene Illustrations
  2. Shakespeare in Love frame grabs
  3. Cinematography illustrations
  4. Monster's Ball frame grabs