matt hyland On Monday, 30 November 2009

Today I wasn't in to see Body Snatchers due to being chesty and a dammed cold.

BUT behold my day wasn't wasted.


I had decided to get a clearer image of what "mise-en-scene" is. Looking at my artists I feel that it is like capturing a scene with story attached to it, well like a room that places story with in it, or an out side scene captured with an atmosphere that makes us question the image taken. And many props are used to portray the story behind the image.


I was given the film by Allison body snatchers (so I have just watched the film) so today wile researching the word, using Wikipedia (in its external link) I came across this web video about "mise-en-scene".





http://www.indymogul.com/episode/FS_20080321 this video is good but I don't think it has many details It's more about the characters of a scene, and the video has a few pointers. I found the video at one stage linking into body snatchers, (it's all in your mind type thing). I think the video is more kind of amateur film or scene creators, or for more kids. what I did pick up on was the camera angles used in the vid... in a whole i think the vid seems quite cheesy; and not sure how close it is towards my aim and whether it is miss guiding me.




Through watching body snatchers, I didn't see it horrifying but more curious . (quickly adding that I'm NOT looking forward to watching some of the films... up on the list... but saying this I have looked on images of some just to see what they're like, I found it's more the early 80's late 70's ones I'm not looking forward to; cus they do play on my mind)




I decided to grab some influence from the artist mention up on the brief

Gregory Crewdson



(the video does have music playing u may would like to turn your speakers down/off or mute the video)


(I'm having problems with the HTML at the mo, i don't think blogger likes youtube or embedded codes)

the art by him reminds me allot of the scenes used in Body Snatchers though the era looks more 1980's- mid 90's



Sandy skoglund

the other artist I looked at was Sandy skoglund


I really do like this scene, It's really funky, it reminded me of one of the Roald Dahl "the twits" when they came home and found every thing in their house upside down.

the next artist I decided to look at taht was on the brief was Anna Gaskell.

her art was quite spooky its self, looking up on you tube and found film role of her work




(again this video has sound u may want turn down speakers or mute the video)

some of her work particularly reminded me of my image search of the films and reminded me of the twins (again a film that I'm not looking forward to)


she also has another link I found to the actual body snatcher film through the use of the lighting and the camera work and angles that are linked to horror film styled sets.

With all these artists I found that they all have a 1940's-1950's look about them in dress sence and style.


One Response so far.

  1. Alison says:

    Matt I am so pleased that you have gone out of your way to research the topics even when you were not feeling very well. Great to see that you are relating your images and thoughts to other artists and drawing a connection between the two.
    With regards to "The body snatchers" Phil pointed out to us it was the 'Granddaddy' of this genre. It was the first time cinema auidences were introduced to the idea that evil can look like just like us and live amongst us. It is very much the idea of how communisim was viewed in America in the 1950's. People were told to be vigilant and report any 'unusual' behaviour, as communists maybe living amongst us.

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