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Nathaniel Ogden ENG 210 Analysis #5: Mise En Scene Classical Hollywood style and cinematography works with a form of filmmaking called Mise en scene. Mise en scene comes from the french term of “placing on stage.” The phrase refers to the arrangements of all the visual elements of a production. Mise en scene is always in the third dimension, and subjects and people are arranged in actual space, which has depth as well as height and width. Cinematic mise en scene is also a fluid choreographing of visual elements that are constantly in flux. Gavin O’Connor’s The Accountant (2016) is an example of mise en scene. The film combines all the basic elements of mise en scene and creates them into a visually stunning production. One of the starting elements of mise en scene are basic composition elements such as contracts, interests, and frame areas. The human eye can help guide viewers to find the dominant contrasts . The dominant contrasts is the area that immediately attracts the viewer’s attention because of a conspicuous and compelling contrasts, and usually stands out in isolation from the other elements in the image. One example in The Accountant that displays dominant contrast is in the beginning when Ben Affleck's character, Chris Wolff, is eating at his table. Normally, viewers would see him at the table scarfing down his food. Instead, the viewers see him eating thought he mirror’s reflections across from him. This isolates him from the rest of the frame. The audience’s eyes are immediately drawn to him, which makes him more dominant over all the other elements. This also shows the subject being framed, which creates a nice frame for the subject to be in. This help also isolates him from the other elements. Surrounding the dominant contrast is the subsidiary contrast. This contrast acts as a counterbalance device. It helps the audience move their eyes around and view the areas with diminishing interest. In the same shot, the subsidiary elements is the empty walls and opening to the hallway. To me, this shows him blend in with a middle class society, despite his character obtaining all that weight the other characters describe he has. It helps the viewer’s eyes explores that surrounds Chri’ home and gives us more explanation of his character. It shows he tires to blend in as a simplistic person living a s simplistic life. Within a frame containing dominant and subsidiary contrasts, there can be interest within it as well. In Most cases, the dominant contrasts corresongs with the dramatic interest of the image. Films have tempered and dramatic contrasts, however, the dominant is often movement itself, and what some call the intrinsic interests. Intrinsic interest simply means that the audience knows that an object is more important drastically then it appears visually. A scene that displays this is when Chris Wolff is in his trailer. There is a wide variety of intrinsic interest in that scene.
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  • Fall '09
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  • Mise en Scene, Chris, Chris Wolff, Chris Dana

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