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Mise en Scene and Character Design
Certain colours are used in mise en scene due to their connotations
eg. Red and black = Evil, Green = good etc.
Hidden faces on characters connote evil for instance Darth Vader and
Michael Myres due to the ominous and mysterious nature. Villains in
films often have negative links with appearance, looking back at
Darth Vader his helmet is
incredibly similar to those
worn by Nazi soldiers (left)
which is naturally a negative
link. Dehumanisation is
often used to create a villain
which is also present with
Darth Vader as when we see
him without his helmet off his does not look at all human making him
appear more evil.
While Darth Vader’s
appearance is linked to Nazi
attire the Jedi’s (specifically
Obi Wan) is very reminiscent
of a monk and or other holy
figures (As can be seen to the
left), Star Wars was originally
released in 1977 and at this
time religion was much more common in Western culture meaning
that holy imagery was more commonly associated with positivity
Binary opposition is the connotations and use of colours to create
conflict in media, examples includes:
Red and Blue and White and Black.
The examples I listed are only
somewhat applicable to western
society as different colours carry
different connotations in other
countries, red and blue are seen as
patriotic colours with the UK and US
flag while countries that are
somewhat anti-American may see these colours as evil.
This focuses on sound, specifically the two types of sound that are
diegetic and non-diegetic. Diegetic sounds are those realistically
heard by characters portrayed in a film such as voices, footsteps etc.
while non-diegetic is those only heard by the audience such as
soundtracks, sound effects etc.
This follows clichés and gimmicks seen in films for instance sci-fi films
often concern futuristic themes and space settings and Horrors often
follow killers, gore etc.
Narratives are the stories behind films, there are two different types
of narrative which are Linear (straight forward Beginning, Middle and
End) and Non Linear (jumps around in time with things such as
We watched a clip from the TV show Sherlock and made notes on:
Costume, Dialogue, Props, Lighting, Camerawork, Editing, Music and
Colour. The following are my notes from the clip.
-In the first portion of the clip women are seen as mesmerising to the
men however there is a shift of power mid clip and thus this
-The main room in the clip is incredibly open and well lit to symbolise
the openness and confidence of the woman when taunting Sherlock
and “revealing all” this is also present with her lack of clothes
-During the woman’s dominance of the clip we hear an incredibly
playful and light-hearted soundtrack to signify her clumsiness
figuratively speaking. When Sherlock dominates the scene we see a
sudden shift in the tone of the music as it becomes much more sober
and serious which links to the no nonsense personality of him.
-Low angles are used to represent power
- Long and drawn out shot during woman’s dominance and fast
paced during mans.