Day School: Lights, Camera and…mise en scène



Mechanics Institute Library – Bradford

Saturday 19 January, 10.30am – 4.30pm

Tutor: Roy Stafford


This event will focus on the visual qualities of the film image. We are often told that filmmakers should ‘show and not tell’ and that cinematography is a form of ‘painting with light’. But how does a filmmaker create meaning through the creation of moving images?

We will study extracts from a range of different films from around the world and attempt to demystify some of the critical language that sometimes confuses rather than clarifies our understanding. So we’ll study in detail what constitutes ‘mise en scène’ and identify a range of lighting and camera techniques. We’ll hope to discover what Alfred Hitchcock meant when he claimed to have created ‘pure cinema’.

The day’s programme will include a short feature enabling us to think about the visual qualities of a complete narrative (title tbc).

Tea and coffee are available in the Mechanics Institute Library. There are places nearby to buy lunch but you are also welcome to bring your own.


Tickets: £18 and £12 concession.

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