September 21, 2016 at 12:43PM

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What the Heck is Mise en Scene & Why is it Important?

Working in the film business you hear many “inside” terms on a set like Apple box, MOS, montage don’t cross the line, etc. One such term is “Mise en Scene” or the translation “placing on stage.”

This is a French expression that refers to the design or the arrangement of everything as it appears in the framing of a film i.e. actors, décor, props, lighting, costumes and others. The term essentially means “telling a story” both in poetically artful ways and in visually artful ways through direction and storyboarding state design and cinematography.

It is also used to refer to the many single scenes that are within the film to represent the film. The term is broad, and it is also used among professional and experienced screenwriters to show descriptive or action paragraphs between the dialogs.

Take a look at some videos that explain it all: https://www.indiefilmhustle.com/mise-en-scene/

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