Mise-en-Scene (Discussion)

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  1. Group 4: What are icons? What is iconography? Discuss examples from in-class episodes of Lobster Wars, Cops and/or The Daily Show.
  2. Group 1: What narrative impact does the economic decision to shoot on studio sets have sitcoms (with studio audiences) and soap operas? (What differences are there between the studio set-up of these two genres?) That is, how does set design shape the way stories are told?
  3. Lighting questions:
    1. Group 2: What are the characteristics of three-point lighting? What function does each "point" serve? Pretend you are a director of photography (DP). Describe a scene that might depart from three-point lighting and explain why.
    2. Group 3: What is the difference between high-key and low-key lighting? And what is chiaroscuro? Pretend you are a director of photography (DP). Describe a scene that might use each of these techniques.
  4. Describe the mise-en-scene of the Northern Exposure scene with Joel and Jules. How are aspects of the characters (Joel, Jules, Maggie, Ed) communicated through mise-en-scene? That is, what would we know about the characters even if there were no dialogue in this scene?
    • Group 4: costume design, iconography
    • Group 1: set design
    • Group 2: lighting design
    • Group 3: blocking and figure movement


  1. Butler, Jeremy G. Television: Critical Methods and Applications. Mahweh, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, 2007.

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