Stylization of Film and the Enhancement of Narrative through Cinematography, Mise-en-Scene and Editing

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The juxtaposition of still frames edited together to make a moving picture that tells a story. There are many counterparts that a makes up a film. You have the storyline, plot, characters, mise-en-scene cinematography and editing. Based on these counterparts and how they are orchestrated to portray a story, gives insight in which the audience follows along with the story and whether each counterparts contribute in a significant way to a plot to make the film a whole. How does editing contribute to the narration to a film? How does cinematography, the way the camera moves and mise-en-scene, what lies in the shot, contributes to the narration to make the film as a whole?
The film narrative is putting everything together, sound, actors, camera movements, setting, etc., to make a definite meaning of a story being told. Looking at different aspects of a film can show how they contribute to the narration of the film. For instance the cinematography in Citizen Kane, the editing in Inception and the mise-en-scene used in Double Indemnity.
In the film Inception scenes are edited together, cutting to different shots to show the different dream levels and the dangers that lurk within as you go deeper and deeper. It is edited to see what events are happening simultaneously in the other dream level above, so that the audience can get the gist of the story. If one does not know how to analyze film when first watching Inception they would be left in a state of confusion, but it is quite brilliant how the film operates. However, without editing, the movie would not be what it is; “editing is the creative force of filmic reality,” Pudovkin stated.
A sense of anxiety is felt when Yusuf is driving and gets stuck among the cars, which then flashes t...

... middle of paper ... sequence helps heighten the narrative by just showing shots of Emily’s demeanor over time and the distance gained between her and Kane over his time at the newspaper.

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Carringer, Robert L. "Cinematography." The Making of Citizen Kane. Berkeley, CA: University of California, 1985. 72. Print.
Citizen Kane. Dir. Orson Welles. Perf. Orson Welles, Joseph Cotten, Agnes Moorehead and Dorothy Comingore. Released by RKO Radio Pictures, 1941. Film.
Double Indemnity. Dir. Billy Wilder. Perf. Barbara Stanwyck and Fred MacMurray. Paramount, 1944. Film.
Inception. Dir. Christopher Nolan. Perf. Leonardo Dicaprio, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Ellen Page, Tom Hardy and Cillian Murphy. Warner Bros., 2010. Film.
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