To play around with mise-en-scene I needed to take some video or stills that had a particular feel to the scene. I’ve opted to go for stills purely because they are easier for people to see without having to click on the video to watch what will be a static scene.
I needed 4 shots, and made use of a couple of images I already had, along with shooting a couple of new ones for the exercise.
1. An opressive, cluttered spaceAll I could think of to shoot for this one was a cluttered cupboard, but I didn’t really want my cluttered kitchen cupboards on the internet, so thought I would use this one. It’s an old one I took a few years back, and I’d do a few things differently with the lighting, but I’ve always liked it for the menacing feel to it, as the viewer you feel oppressed by the dentist and his assistant, looming over you ready to get going.
2. An open, honest, simple space containing one intriguing item
Okay, so I’m not sure that a snow covered picnic table counts as an “intriguing item” but I like the way it stands out in the scene, reminding the viewer of the summer that’s long gone, but will be back again in a few months.
3. A stark, empty, hostile space
The empty expanse of sand can look pretty hostile, it could be a desert, with the sun blazing down on a subject who is lost and alone with no help at all, or it could be (and is!) a windswept empty beach, and as you can’t see the town behind the camera, there’s no way to tell how close to civilisation it is.
4. A warm, friendly, cosy environment.
I particularly liked this scene, with it being at Christmas it adds to the warm and cosy feeling of the mother and her daughter cuddling up together, and you can see that both are very content and happy. I do feel that had this been shot at night it would have added to the warm feel, as the daylight is a bit cold and overpowering in the background.