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Composition and Mise-en-Scene

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Contributed By Glen Berry

IMPORTANT CONCEPTS
  1. Mise-en-scene equals Composition
  2. Frame Out Undesirable Objects
  3. The Rule of Thirds

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SUMMARY

  • Mise-en-scene can be defined as the arrangement of objects in the frame.
  • Keep errant objects out of the frame to avoid expensive fixes in post.
  • Do not center your subject in the frame. More powerful and pleasing compositions can be had by aligning your subject(s) along vertical or horizontal thirds of the frame.
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LESSON
Introduction to Cinematography
Responsibilities of the Cinematographer and main areas of focus.
Composition and Mise-en-Scene
A description of mise-en-scene as well as how and why we want to create powerful compositions to display on the screen.
Focus and Depth of Field
The importance of focus, factors that effect depth of field and how to critical focus.
Shutter Speed and Aperture
A discussion of latitude, stops and the effect of shutter speed and aperture settings on exposure.
White Balance
The color quality of light , the Kelvin scale as well as the how and why of properly calibrating your camera.
Clapboard and Camera Log
How and why to mark your shots as well as maintaining a camera log.