Each opening will be screened, accompanied by your pair's analysis.
|Carefully selected m-en-s + framing signifies a stalker's POV|
To build on this, you will be working in pairs or more to create a text where you rely on mise-en-scene to communicate to your preferred reading to the audience - this is detailed in a separate post.
Once you have a horror film to analyse, research + make note of the following (using IMDB.com):
- Director + year of release
- Budget (if available)
- Box office takings (US, UK, as available)
- Has there been a remake of this film? (note director, year)
- Is this part of a film franchise (ie, have there been sequels - if so, how many films in the series to date?)
- How has the time period been signified? Consider the concept of zeitgeist.
- How has the location been signified? (Consider if this is small town, city, rural, suburban etc and what this might mean or signify)
- Has social class or status been signified?
- Discuss clothing/costume codes, and hair/make-up.
- How does mise-en-scene enable us to connote the different characters' likely roles within the narrative? (You could employ Propp and/or Levi-Strauss here)
- What can we tell about the (dis-)equilibrium from the mise-en-scene (all the above points form part of this)
- What expectation do we have of the film's narrative from this?
- How has the genre been signified? (Props, objects?)
- Whatever the scenario and genre, how has verisimilitude been achieved?
- Do you think this film employs mise-en-scene skilfully ... or perhaps clumsily?