Monday, September 28, 2009

Mise en Scene

Mise en Scene: Mise en scene is a French phrase for what is put on the stage. Depending on the context, this includes, set design, sets, set dressing, costume design, costumes, placement of actors, their movements, light, et al. It can be expanded to includes everything but the dialogue. In France, this phrase describes the Director, but many other variations and connotations are possible.
Uh, it is asked," says the [French] translator, "what is your philosophe - philosphy - of mise-en-scene?"
The trades over here are all trying to figure out whether anyone ever has gotten an award at Cannes for editing, or montage, or mise-en-scene or whatever fancy word they're using.
A Book for Today: Zeroville by Steve Erickson

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