“Elements of Design in The Dark Knight”
Mise-en-scene is a French term that refers to the staging and visual arrangement of a dramatic production. This includes such elements as scenery, properties, costume, lighting and the movement of the characters. In film making, the term is also used for the combination of all the elements in front of the camera (setting, lighting, acting, costume), distinct from the camerawork and editing of the film. With regards to film, the director, production designer and art director all work collectively to create the mis-en-scene for a movie. The film clip that I have chosen to review with regards to mise-en-scene, design elements, and film production is “Always Smiling” from The Dark Knight. The artists involved in the film’s production are: Christopher Nolan (director), Nathan Crowley (production designer) and Kevin Kavanaugh and Simon Lamont (supervising art directors).
The director, Christopher Nolan, has a primary role of overseeing every aspect of the film. It is the director who develops the vision, and acts as a story teller for the audience. He decides the overall tone and cinematic experience of the film. The director also is responsible to coordinate the actors’ moves, determine camera angles, and they may even be involved in the writing process, financing and the final editing of the film.
The production designers are primarily responsible for the entire art department. They have a crucial role in assisting the director to achieve the film’s visual requirements. They may be asked to look at scripts before a director is approached to provide cost estimates for the art department’s projected spend on the film. When initially reading a script, the production designer will assess the visual qualities that will be used to help create the desired atmosphere that will bring the story to life.
The art director is the person who is ultimately in charge of the overall visual appearance of a film, and...
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