Scene Analysis 1: Mise-en-scène
Please select ONE of the six clips from Singin’ in the Rain included below and carefully respond to the three
main questions listed at the end of this prompt. The aim of these questions is to help you craft a specific and
detailed work of film analysis that is not simply about whether you “like” or “dislike” something. Instead we
would like you to think about how your chosen scene works.
Required Length: 500 words minimum*
*Your responses should add up to a minimum of 500 words.
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SCENE ANALYSIS 1
1. How is your chosen scene staged for the camera? Describe the way in which the actions of the
scene are performed and blocked for the camera. Please focus on the elements of mise-enscene,
such as costumes, sets, lighting, performance (voice and action), props, blocking, etc.
[Tip: With this response, start thinking cinematically. Try to put into words what the viewer
actually sees in terms of setting, costume, lighting, etc.]
2. What is happening in your selected clip from a story point of view? In other words, what
important narrative developments are communicated by your chosen scene from Singin in the
[Tip: With a classical musical like Singin in the Rain, the narrative typically informs some aspect of the
musical spectacle. In other words, even if the characters are simply singing and dancing there is still some
important relationship or story development unfolding before us.]
3. THE CORE: In light of your previous two answers, what is the central point of this scene? And
how do the staging and the narrative come together to communicate this key idea?
[Tip: The first two questions are meant to be purely descriptive. But with this third question, the
interpretation begins. Open this response with a clear-cut statement of the central point of your chosen
scene (this is your opinion of the scene’s “core”). You may choose to focus on the scene’s thematic
resonance; tone or atmosphere; or elaborate further on the scene’s overall narrative significance.
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