Blade Runner Mise en Scene Analysis
A Misen Scène is a word borrowed from the French theatre. It is actually everything on screen including scenery and the props used. The setting, costumes and lighting are also essential in an opening scene. It is essential in all films, as so much of the appearance and audience’s attention goes directly there. Scott has also used Film Noir which implies to the film, set forty years hence and made in the styles of forty years ago. The film has a Cyber Punk genre, cyber being all the electronic things and gizmos and punk being the disruptive, rebellious street level. This subgenre was very popular in the early 1980’s. It emphasises on the urban decay, anger of global corporations and also Disopia (equal society) from the word Utopia. In the opening scene of Blade Runner, they show Los Angeles as a place of dirt, a falling city, with industry but also explosions. It was inspired by Port Talbot, and oil refinery in Wales. It is almost like “Hell” and a place where no one would ever want to live. It is nothing like what people would expect of the world in 2019. The colours are definitely not natural; there is always an orange, brown, musky and pollution type colour. Most of the filming is done at night, so it is very dark throughout. The buildings stand out a lot, they look like tall, like corporate dominations, almost like pillars in the darkness. In Blade Runner there are two sets of levels, the city level and street level. The city level/high level has many layers. There are monolithic buildings, all quite closely crowded together. There are also very huge advertising products, one of the main advertisements is one of a Japanese women advertising sweet meat. These adverts look like they are from the future as they are all video clips and the graphics are very modern. There are also cigarette adverts and mobile adverts. This almost makes all the... [continues]
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