Mise-En-Scène

Basic Terms

FRAME — the spatial parameters of a shot within which the scene is composed

COMPOSITION — the arrangement of subjects, props, and environments within a given shot

 

Setting

PERIOD PIECE — a film set in a distinctive past era, costumed and decorated in the particular style of the period Period Piece
LEVEL OF REALISM — the degree to which the world of the film resembles an audience's familiar reality Realism

 

Lighting

THREE POINT LIGHTING — standard lighting  using three light sources: a key light to provide the main source of illumination along with a fill light from another side and back light from behind

Three Point Lighting

HIGH KEY — nearly all parts of image illuminated High Key
LOW KEY — extreme contrast between light and dark within an image

CHIAROSCURO — use of strong contrasts between light and dark to create a sense of visual drama or a sense of volume and dimension to the space and the figures within it

 

Acting

LEVEL OF REALISM — the degree to which an actor's dramatic choices resemble real-life human behavior and interaction

ACTING STYLES — performance conventions that change with time period and type of film

Location

College of Letters & Sciences
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University of Wisconsin-Whitewater
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Whitewater, WI 53190-1790

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E-mail: reicherr@uww.edu

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