mise en scène

Mise en scène is a French term and originates in the theater. It means, literally, "put in the scene." For film, it has a broader meaning, and refers to almost everything that goes into the composition of the shot, including the composition itself: framing, movement of the camera and characters, lighting, set design and general visual environment, even sound as it helps elaborate the composition. Mise-en-scène can be defined as the articulation of cinematic space, and it is precisely space that it is about.
Mise en scène is a useful term when thinking about imagery in poetry and how the visualized environment is arrayed and apprehended via the resources of language. [JF]
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