Mise-en-scène [mizɑ̃sɛn] or “placing on stage” is an expression used to describe the design aspects of a theatre or film production, which essentially means visual theme or telling a story both in visually artful ways through storyboarding, cinematography and stage design, and in poetically artful ways through direction.

Raiders is an excellent example of Mise-en-scène. The beginning sequence is a set up of very technical visual shots, which explains with ease, the feelings and motivations of each character. The fluidity and variety of camera movements and angles creates a dynamic visual experience for the viewer, which allows the audience member to gain insight into the setting, allowing them to become a part of the film itself. Lastly, the high contrast lighting creates a visual feast for the eyes, this causes colours to appear more vibrant and life like. When seen in black and white, the film allows the viewer to appreciate the visual clarity and brilliance that is Raiders of the Lost Ark.

Inspired by: Steven Soderbergh’s post on Raiders & film stripped down to black and white w/ no sound

"I don’t know how to be myself. It’s like I’m permanently outside myself. Like, like you could push your hands straight through me if you wanted to. And I can see the type of man I want to be versus the type of man I actually am and I know that I’m doing it but I’m incapable of what needs to be done. I’m like Pinocchio, a wooden boy. Not a real boy. And it kills me."

(The Double, 2014 dir: Richard Ayoade)