Gattaca. Film techniques. Mise en Scene. pronounced “ meez aun sen ” French term meaning ‘ staging the action ’. Refers to all the visual elements within the frame. * setting * lighting * costumes * acting style. Setting, lighting, costume.
French term meaning ‘staging the action’. Refers to all the visual elements within the frame.
* setting * lighting
* costumes * acting style
Try and list 5 of the main locations
It uses only 10 sets/locations and the main ones are: the Gattaca complex, the navigation lab, the space centre, Jerome’s apartment, Irene’s house and the police centre.
They are all bare, functional spaces with smooth polished floors, bare walls, glass, vast airy interiors which provide an overall atmosphere of modernism and minimalism.
This all adds to the premise of the film – that of a society based on the principles of ‘perfection’.
Two main kinds of sound heard in film:
Sound effects: all the sounds made in the “world” of the film that help create realism.
Music soundtrack: contributes significantly to the mood of a film.
* Camera Focus: draws the audiences attention to particular characters, or can place equal attention on characters and their setting.
(depth of field)
Everything in the frame is in equal focus
What do the extreme close ups focus on in the opening sequence?
Vacuuming the keyboard for skin particles
Fingerprint ID entering Gattaca Corp.
The only people who are focused on in close ups are Jerome, Doctor Lamar and Irene. Within the corporation there are few people who are shown to be individuals.
* Camera distance: close up, medium shot, long shot etc.
* Camera angle: high or low. Audience looks up at – or down on – the action.
* Camera movement: panning, tilting, tracking.
Much of Gattaca is filmed using the horizontal angle
(at eye-level) to create empathy with the characters.
Vertical angle – There is a shot of Vincent looking
Down on Jerome from the top of the stairs. Jerome
appears small and lonely.
Editing also involves deciding which shots will be included in the film and which shots will end up on the “cutting room floor.”
Motifs are recurrent visual or audio aspects of a film
which have thematic meaning.
Vincent cleaning himself (of skin and hair)
Urine and blood samples
Water and swimming
Why do you think each of these things are used?
Why is this an important theme in the film?