It Is Up To You – Coursework Example

Visual Arts Pan’s Labyrinth is an interesting film that has Spanish origins and is directed by Guillermo del Toro, a Mexican. Based on myth, the movie traces events five years after the closure of Spanish Civil War. Therefore, in terms of mise-en-scene, the depiction of ‘real’ world and ‘fantasy’ world come out clearly especially in explaining human figures and composition. For instance, the use of setting when analysed through mise-en-scene function is notable through the explicit use of poetically artful ways particularly Ofelia encounters a large stick insect. Ofelia is stuck in the ‘fantasy’ world of the ancient labyrinth before her moves are terminated by Vidal’s housekeeper called Mercedes. The integration of visual theme as a form of mise-en-scene, thus, ensures that issues of camera arrangement such as sets, props, composition and actors fit well within their respective scenes.
Character placement of Princess Moanna assumes a loose frame because she takes a small space within the Pan’s Labyrinth set. Her three tasks of acquiring immortality are only part of storyboarding that the director gives his audience to understand the film’s cinematic direction. Alternatively, the overbearing influence of verisimilitude is another cinematic facet used by the director because it evokes aspects of a character’s mind and even mood. Ofelia, for example, merges ‘real’ world interpretation of events through fairy guides when she meets the rebel collaborator (Pramaggiore & Wallis 170). The scene is similar to the capture of the rebel by Vidal whereby the movie engages the audience through the use of stage designs and single scenes. This to illustrate the relationship between the discovery of Mercedes and Ofelia joining the rebels. Overall, mise-en-scene demonstrates how cinematography is essential to the success of any film.
Works Cited
Pramaggiore, Maria & Wallis, Tom. Film: A Critical Introduction. New York, NY: Laurence King Publishing. 2011. Print.