mise en scene

In the theater world, mise en scene is the way props and scenery are designed and arranged. The mise en scene for a "Hansel and Gretel" play might include dim lighting, a forest backdrop, and a cottage covered with candy.

You can use the phrase mise en scene to talk about the stage or production design of a play or a film. On a movie set, the production designer or art director is responsible for much of the mise en scene, arranging props and designing rooms to fit the mood and theme of the film. In French, mise en scène means "setting on the stage," from mise, "a placing," and the Latin root scena, "stage of a theater."

Definitions of mise en scene

n arrangement of scenery and properties to represent the place where a play or movie is enacted

setting, stage setting
Type of:
a large platform on which people can stand and can be seen by an audience

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