Mise-en-scene, (“having been put in the scene”) is a term whose origin is in theatrical stage direction. In film, it refers to what appears within the film frame:
- acting style
“The staging of events before the camera” – what is controllable by the filmmaker.
Affected by space (depth, or lack there of) and time (movement)
We will watch clips from a few films to better understand these ideas.
Sullivan’s Travels (1941)
The Matrix (1999)