COM 3417 Lecture 5: Chapter 3 production design

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Chapter 3: production design and mise-en-scene
Mise-en-scene
o All the elements placed in front of the camera to be photographed
o Responsibility of the director, cinematographer, production design
o Behind the scenes type stuff
o Components
Setting (set design) and props
Composition
Lighting
Costumes and makeup
Staging (acting and movement)
Rule of thirds showing the center of the image and then not following that
rule
Visual theme/story
o Visual theme- telling a story visually
o Visual arc
o Design concept
o How is this accomplished?
Story boarding, cinematography, stage design, and poetically artful ways
through direction
Visual structure
o There is a general color scheme spectrum throughout the film
Visual story
o Bruce Brock- producer/ visual consultant (matte supervisor)
o Hired to help figure out the structure of the film
Historical context
o Development of design
o George Melies fantasy
o German Expressionism
o Film Noir
Fantasy George Melies
o Magician, the Theatrical in film
o Built one of the first studios
o Melies create an event that never happened = fantasy
o Fantasy, illusion, distortion, dreams, psychology
o Art of designing and staging scene
o 1st filmmaker to use superimposition (multiple exposure), hand painting, stop-
motion
o 1st filmmaker to light films from the side and above, diffuse light by filtering
through cotton sheets and glass
o Trip to the moon (1902)
o Smashing pumpkins tonight tonight
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