Choose one still from the film, Psycho, and upload the still for us to see and analyze the basic elements of the mise-en-scène. Use the questions below to analyze how the basic elements of mise-en-scène contribute to the visual style and story content of a film.
For a close analysis, it is best to pick a single image.
Begin by thinking about the overall effect of the mise-en-scène in the image that you post from the film.
- CONTENT: What is going on in the story during this scene/still?
- FORM: How does the mise-en-scène contribute to the story? For example, what props do we see? Hitchcock was a perfectionist and carefully planned this. Why? Describe the camera height and placement of characters. Who are we supposed to identify with?
- In your argument, please be sure to to carefully cover all areas below: The set, costume/makeup/hair, blocking and performance, and lights.