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Anatomy of Cinema Seminar: Mise-en-scène

Full Seminar Pass: $85/$70 (Belcourt member) | SOLD OUT

Single Seminar Session: $25/$20 (Belcourt member) | SOLD OUT

Please note that capacity is limited.

Session 1: Mise-en-scène | Literally translated as “placement in the scene,” mise-en-scène is an umbrella term for location, set design, lighting, and the arrangement of people and things to be filmed. What difference does it make to shoot in a dark studio—the model of classical Hollywood cinema—versus the location shooting of Italian neo-realism or the Berlin School? What are the aesthetic and ethical dimensions of controlling mise-en-scene as opposed to allowing contingency to determine the content of the shot? Led by Lutz Koepnick

About the presenter:
Lutz Koepnick is the Gertrude Conaway Vanderbilt Professor of German, Cinema and Media Arts at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, where he also chairs the department of German, Russian and East European studies and serves as the directors of the joint-Ph.D. program in comparative media analysis and practice. He has published widely on film, media theory, visual culture, and new media aesthetic. His most recent books, The Long Take: Art Cinema and the Wondrous and Michael Bay: World Cinema in the Age of Populism, will both appear later this year.

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