Analysis of the mise-en-scène in Rear Window
Preparing for the Journal: Read and review the “CH 05 Screening Checklist” (provided at the bottom of this unit) to help you focus your eye and analytic tools on mise-en-scene. The tutorial “Composing the Frame” is also an essential resource for approaching this prompt.
The Journal Prompt: As you watch Rear Window… be aware of a stand-out moment (one shot or short sequence) – consider a moment that evokes a strong emotional response from you — and analyze that moment focused on the filmmakers’ use of mise-en-scène. Use the “CH 05 Screening Checklist” to help guide and focus your analysis – you don’t need to answer all of the checklist questions or incorporate every element and aspect of mise-en-scène in your analysis. You can focus your analysis on any one or more of the “CH 05 Screening Checklist” questions. Keep your analysis focused on mise-en-scène (on the visuals rather than the sound), and edit/focus your analysis within the targeted word count.
(target 250 words)