To delve into mice-en-scene, we were set a task of creating our own tour posters of a musician within a spercifc genre. My group picked punk out of the hat which we were very happy with because we felt like there was lots to explore about the genre. To help discover punk music we researched and created our own mood board based on our given genre. We all contributed to this together which really helped with our overall rise-en-scene.
From this is learnt that punks have a very specific style, this consists of mainly black clothing, spiky hair and lots of chains and jewellery. The persona that I get from a punk is scary, threatening and intimidating.
This is the mise-en-scene we created.
Costume – The costume consisted of a black mesh top with a graphic t shirt over the top, black chord trousers with the classic doc marten boots on the feet. We also covered out model in chains and jewellery to add to the punk look.
Lighting – We began our shoot inside but then to get natural lighting in our picture we went outside, I think that the outside pictures were better lighting then the inside shoot.
Action – For the photo shoot I wanted the action in the photo to be minimal and if there was action for it to look like the model is at a live concert. I thought this would help with the idea of a punk because the stillness made the picture look more sinister which is what I wanted to achieve.
Make-up & Hair – The make-up look we used was very minimal but had a huge impact on the models face. All we did to achieve this was put dull black eye shadow around the eyes and on the lips, this contrasted well with the models pale skin.
Props – There were 3 props we used. As shown in the picture above we had a leather jacket as a prop we chose to use this because it is something we feel would be associated with a punk. We also used a guitar and a microphone, this was to give off to the audience that he is an artist and an slight insight as to the kind of music he produces.
Setting – For this particular shoot we did not have to worry about the setting because we are also using this task to develop our editing skills so will be using photo shop to edit a new background onto the poster hence why we had to have a blank background to make it easier.
This was a massive aspect of creating our images because it made the model look very similar to a real life punk star!!!
Overall there are 3 main pictures from the shoot which I really like and I think would all work really well as a tour poster photo.
Firstly I think that this image would look really good as a tour poster because it really captures the main norms of a punk. For example a main feature in this picture is the models hair which is shaped, it has been put into 4 spikes which is how the punks would wear it. I think this gives off a threatening era, it almost as if the spikes could hurt you because of how sharp and up right they are. The model face also gives off this vibe as well as a hard front put up by the look in this eyes, I definitely wouldn’t want to mess with him. You can also see from this picture how effective the make up has been at bringing out his eyes to make it look like you are being looked directly in the eye.
This is my second favourite image, I like this because he is pulling the same threatening face as in the picture above however there is the addition of the iconic punk hand gesture. I like the use of this because it will really help to communicate the theme of punk to the audience through this symbol. However something that really put me off of using this for my final poster is the lighting. I feel that for a punk tour poster that lighting is too warm and inviting and it needed to be much more harsh and striking to fit with the theme.
Finally, my favourite picture and the one that I am going to be using for my poster. I really liked this because it is more of an action shot and looks as if it has actually been taken on stage live at the tour. This is a good point because it will give the audience an exact image as to what to expect on tour, drawing more people in. The use of the guitar also tell the audience what type of music to expect which is that heavy mental sound. Finally I think that the harsh lighting that I wanted to achieve has been achieved in this photo, and the photo also includes a full body shot of the model yet it still allows space for text around its edges. Generally I think that it fits very well with the stereotypical punk.
After the shoot, we all reflected as a class to see if we had hit the mise-en-scene brief for this task, and the feedback that we got were just the words that we wanted to have been portrayed in our image through our model. Some of these words were:
- Bag Boy
Me and group were very happy with this feedback because this was exactly what we wanted to be put across. Overall I have learnt that mise-en-scene plays a HUGE part in producing image media and it sure will in my own music magazine. This has been a very good first attempt of a photo shoot and I have learnt a lot that I wish to take on when i’m making my magazine. Something I wish to do more of when shooting for my magazine is try out a variety of camera angles which is something I think that I lacked this time round. This has been such a great learning curve and I cannot wait to get editing!!!