Short Paper #1: Mise-en-scene
Using the film Dracula (1931) starring Bela Lugosi, please write an analysis of mise-en-scene for any sequence of your choosing in this film. I recommend a scene of about 3-4 minutes. You need to have an argumentative thesis that asserts how the mise-en-scene contributes to the meaning of the film overall, and then supports said thesis in the paper through careful analysis (not summary). You may extend from a discussion post you’ve already made, if you like, or start from scratch.
Things to consider:
No outside sources are needed for this
It helps to pause at key moments and look at everything in the image – things on walls, location, lighting effects, etc. and note them
Summary is not analysis – you may summarize your observations of mise-en-scene, but it must be followed by analysis; that is, what do all of these observations mean? Basically, if you find yourself recounting what happens, you’re summarizing.
Use cinematic language where applicable and consider how the film creates meaning rather than just what happens
The paper must have an argument/clear thesis
Must analyze the chosen film sequence and discuss thoroughly, using cinematic analysis and language
Do not reference the class or the assignment and maintain a formal stance; this is an essay, not a ‘response’ paper
Avoid all use of “I/you/we/our”
Should be 2-3 pages in length (that is, at least two full pages, double-spaced, 1” margins, 12 pt font and in MLA format)