Above you can see the mood board that we created at the start of our quest to use mise-en-scene to show meaning. The teacher allocated everyone a genre that they had to create a mood board for which would later turn into a costume that one of us had to model. Our group if you can’t tell, was allocated the genre of Western/Country music so we took our own ideas as well as ideas from the internet of what images we thought could relate to this certain genre of music.
Looking at the mood board we can identify certain connotations of the genre which relate to mise-en-scene. These are the conventions for the genre that we have come up with as a group:
- Wide-brimmed hats
- Grubby make-up with shaggy beards
- Checkered shirt & jeans
- High leather boots
- Barn dances
- Relaxed stances
- Lively dancing
- Yellow / brown tones
- Acoustic Guitars.
- Rough jackets
Overall my analysis of the mood board showed that we liken different aspects of the Western genre to objects and personalities that we have seen created by the media and experiences of our own. As an example, we associate wide-brimmed hats and checkered shirts with a farmer or outlaw which relates to the Country / Western genre. We also relate barn dances and farms in general with agricultural practice and the countryside which is typically recognised as being a trait of the genre. From the analysis that I have done, I can conclude that in the photo shoot we will try to use as many parts of mise-en-scene that relate to the Western/Country genre such as a wide-brimmed hat, something evidently american (flag), a worn jacket, as well as trying to keep a yellow/brown tone at the same time to relate to all the pictures that you can see in the mood board.
In our photo shoot we managed to incorporate many points of mise-en-scene in order to make the most iconic Country/Western singer possible. Seeing as this was only a draft photo we did not include all of the props but instead tried to get a close up so you can see as many of the fine details on the upper part of the costume / mise-en-scene.
Our Post-It Man was lined up against all the other models representing the other genres that had been assigned to them, and the rest of the class wrote down connotations and denotations of that genre that they saw applicable to the costume that the models were wearing. One Post-It shown that the model is holding up says; ‘cowboy’ which is understandable seeing as the costume connotes a Wild Western American from the period 1865-1895. This time period also applies to the Post-It that says ‘different’ as our genre was a lot more irrelevant in modern day music than any other of the genres that our classmates were trying to adopt e.g. Rap. The last two Post-Its that say ‘Western’ and ‘Country’ which are the two words that were given to us as a genre to analyse. This clarifies that our models mise-en-scene portrays our genre very well. This could have been because of the iconic clothing we used, such as the neck-chief which is a direct denotation of a Western American. It could also be because of the wide-brimmed hat that the model wore which American farmers stereo typically are portrayed as wearing.
Overall the analysis via Post-It Notes given to our model by the class I think represent our genre very well seeing as the costume fits the idea of a cowboy very well despite the fact that the Western/Country genre is more associated with southern parts of the US, however the costume is still applicable to the theme of the Wild West and Cowboys.
Above you are able to see all of the images that were shot during the time of our Western / Country themed photo shoot. We took the majority of the photos outside, however we also took a couple in front of the green screen that was in our classroom (images 2080-2083). We managed to encompass every part of mise-en-scene to a good standard in our opinion, however I think we captured the correct proxemics and costume most of all. If there is anything we could have improved on for our photo shoot, I would say that we could have used a better setting for some of the photos, which would have reinforced the idea that the genre was country. For instance if we had taken the photos on a field with a sunset in the background I think it would not only have enhanced the setting for some of the photos but it would have also changed the colours (lighting) for some of the photos so that it fitted in more with the Country / Western genre.
This is my final image of the photo shoot that we did (image 2056) which I chose because I loved every aspect of mise-en-scene that was included in the image. One aspect of our mise-en-scene that I believe we captured very well is our costume which included using a wide-brimmed hat, a neck chief and also something that symbolised america (a flag). The hat in my opinion was one of the defining parts of the costume because it denotes an American farmer as well as covering the face of the model which could be seen as a bad thing as it means you cannot see the mood of the image as well, but I think it instead connotes feelings of mysteriousness and unknowing. This brings me onto the proxemics which I think our group had capitalised on particularly well on. I think we did this well because you can see all the key themes of our genre whilst they are still all being utilised so that they emphasise the lighting and props. I think that the flag being placed underneath the model is a nice touch as it makes him seem as if he is powerful, and has the right to not become dirtied from the earth beneath him. I also think the fact that the model is lying down in a liberal position suggests that he is laid back which we are further encouraged to think because of the way he is holding the guitar. The guitar is an important prop because it is one of the main instruments that denotes Western and Country music, which is established furthermore by the way he is holding it with one arm stretched over the top, which suggests it is something he holds dear to him. The setting is a grassy floor with patches of brown which I think reiterates the fact that the shoot is meant to be set in the US where it is very hot and therefore a lot of the grass goes brown. The addition of the brown grass also helps to signify the fact the lighting of the photo is going to be very bright with little to no shadows in this image as it is birds-eye view and the sun would be beating down on the ground if it were in rural America.
In conclusion I think our final image turned out very good as it held all the conventions of the mise-en-scene that fit in with our given genre of Country and Western music.