Mise-en-scene: An Important Component of Filmmaking

Filmmaking is both an art and a science. It delves on technicalities and capitalizes on creativity to be able to achieve perfection in every shot, to communicate a message, and to touch the emotions of the audience. From lighting to music, it is paramount for filmmakers to establish the right environment and to captivate the attention of their viewers. In all of these instances, one of the most important is mise en scene. In English, it literally means place on stage. It refers to all of the visual elements that should come into play. It refers to the entirety of a given shot. It requires careful consideration of all that will be included in that shot, including the actors, the camera angle, and the background, among others.

A Reflection of Personal Artistry

It should be noted that mise-en-scene is a representation of the goals of the filmmaker, a manifestation of the style and artistry that is envisioned. From the asymmetry to the abstractions in the film, every element of the shot will have its own meaning. They should be carefully analyzed, and they should all be contributory towards achieving what the producer wants. Every prop must be carefully placed. Every actor must be strategically positioned in a frame. There is no such thing as random or spontaneous. The placement of all elements is carefully-planned.

A Result of Collaborative Effort

Another thing that should be noted about mise-en-scene is the fact that it is not the work of a single person. It is not only the director who establishes the scene. The prop master, set designer, cinematographer, actor, and even the makeup artists, will all assume a key role. To put it simply, it would refer to the overall look of the film, which is why everyone will be involved.

Check out the link here: 15 elements that are included in mise-en-scene to learn more. For the viewer, every shot may seem ordinary but for the filmmakers, it is a product of hours of research and preparation just to come up with the totality of a scene that satisfies all of their prerequisites.


Crowdfunding A Film

crowdfundCrowdfunding is the latest way to finance projects or company startups. Much like selling shares in a corporation many people buy a few shares until the total funds needed are raised. With crowdfunding the total amount of money being raised is usually very small compared to what a corporation would be trying to raise. Also there is currently no government oversight or special rules to follow so anyone can do crowdfunding without hiring lawyers and investment bankers to guide the way.

Can Anyone Crowdfund a Movie?

Crowdfunding is a viable option for any filmmaker from rank beginner to advanced professional. The key is to do it right. The following ideas should help you on your way to a successful funding of your film.

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Filmmaker or Business Person? Common Misconception #1

Orson Welles, March 1, 1937

Orson Welles, March 1, 1937


If you are an independent filmmaker you probably see yourself primarily as a creative person. The major skills you focus on developing are around screenwriting and directing and you aren’t probably very interested in developing business and marketing skills.

 Big Mistake!

Orson Wells once famously said many years ago that filmmaking is 2% about making a movie and 98% about hustling. That is probably even more true today. [Read more…]

Film Festivals – Who Needs Them?

English: sundance

Sundance Fim Festival

Now that your film is finished the next step is to submit it to film festivals, Sundance in particular, and wait for the distribution offers to come pouring in. Right? WRONG!

First of all, “getting into Sundance” is not a distribution strategy. Lot’s of great films don’t get accepted to the Sundance Film Festival so your odds of getting in are slim at best. Of the films that do make it into any major film festival only a very small number of them get a distribution deal. [Read more…]

India Photography Tour – Filmmaking Adventure

India Photo Tour

Taj Mahal - Image via Wikipedia

This isn’t exactly about filmmaking but still something I think many of my visitors might be interested in. To be a good filmmaker requires understanding and having experienced the world. Nothing is quite as experiential as a visit to India.

I’m posting this to help out a neat friend of mine who has organised a new tour. It will be an India photo tour and will start December 31 of this year and end January 15, 2012. It will start in Calcutta and end at the Taj Mahal and Delhi.

My friend, Mark Tuschman a world renown, award winning outstanding photographer/tour guide, has teamed with the best India tour organiser, Louise Nicholson, for this India photography safari. Louise is a recognized expert on India having traveled to India more than 200 times and having written The National Geographic Traveler: India guidebook.

Have you ever conceived of yourself photographing and experiencing a nation and civilization as fantastic as India. This India picture taking safari is not only for photographers. Anyone who is a creative person, writer or adventuresome traveler who would like to experience the visions, sounds and culture of India without the rush of typical tours will love this trip. I would also like to note that Louise invariably builds comfort into her tours of India so you do not need to worry about this being too challenging.

If this sounds interesting then check Mark’s internet site where you can get in touch with the travel organizer directly. Click here for this India photo tour or his blog at photo tour of India.