Mise – En – Scene Amy Pearson 1226896 This is the image that I have chosen to use.
Otto Steinert, ‘Call’, 1950 About the artist Born in Germany – 12TH July 1915 – 1978 His work was multifaceted He was the founder of subjective photography movement – he investigated the complexities of the individuals inner state He experimented with different techniques – movement, blurriness etc He explored the creative potential of techniques such as long exposures and out of focus images He worked in a darker , edgier style exemplified by disorientating and expressionist work
The photograph I chose is a â€˜hallucinatory view of a silhouetted figure moving swiftly through a shadowy urban landscape that evokes the dream work of subconciousnessâ€™. This photography is successful in portraying an expressionistic style. The figure appears isolated, faded almost against a shadowy urban landscape. I chose this image because I felt it allowed me to experiment a lot from a mise en scene point of view with the different techniques and styles that I could explore when shooting this one minute piece. After researching Otto Steinert I learned that he like to explore with the focus and edgy styles which are things I will consider when shooting my own work.
Response to my image
After I decided my image to use for reference, I went out to find my location. I took some test shots which allowed me to test out the lighting.
After looking through my test shots, it was clear to see that some of the shots were a lot stronger than others. A few of these shots are used in my final piece.
Story board I decided I wanted my 1 minute piece to follow a person on their way through a subway. I chose a subway because it had graffiti on the walls which resembled the posters in the background of Otto Stenierts image. I wanted the atmosphere to be eerie. I never wanted the subjects face to be seen therefore I would focus more on other parts of their body.
After story boarding so that I could develop my initial idea, I went out and started shooting. After playing back my footage there were some noticeable changes that needed to be made. Below is an example.
The top image is a still taken from my first shoot. The lighting is too bright therefore there isnâ€™t a high contrast within the image. The second still is from the clip I decided to use in my final piece. I feel the darker blue on the wall of the subway adds to the atmosphere that I was trying to create as it fits with my theme and is more aesthetically pleasing.