This iMovie exercise teaches:
(Instructions for Windows-based software coming soon.)
|1. Download these files. They are a twenty-five second fragment of Kid's Auto Race at Venice and a still photograph to simulate a Charlie Chaplin close-up.|
|Consider. first. what mise-en-scene elements such as camera angle and distance, lighting levels, and depth of field and blocking convey.|
|2. Create a new standard iMovie project. Call it "Mise-en-Scene." Import "chaplin640.mov" into the project and drag it into the workspace.|
|3. To represent how aspect ratio frames a world view, convert the 1.33:1 aspect ratio into masked widescreen (1.78:1). (Project Properties>Aspect Ratio>Widescreen 16:9>OK). Export. (Share>Export Movie>640 X 360>Export).|
|Simulate a still wider 35 mm anamophic widescreen (2.39:1).
| In three aspect ratios, the movie fragment looks like this.
|4. Restore the original 1:33-1 aspect ratio. (Project Properties>Aspect Ratio>Standard (4:3)>OK).|
|To douse your footage with atmosphere, affix a "filter" or a "mask" to the lens of your Pathé "cracker box" camera. Apply one or more iMovie video effects. Cartoon? Dream? Vignette? Try everything. To lend your footage color, "tint" it. (Inspector>Heat Wave>Video>Red Gain 200%>Green Gain 23%.)
|To relocate the Tramp on the weaker right side of the frame—we tend to read mise-en-scène from left to right—reverse the footage. (Inspector>Video Effect>Flipped>Done.)|
|5. To enlist the viewer in the Tramp's mischief using mise-en-scène, simulate a "close up. " Insert "ChaplinFauxClose.jpg" into the clip between the penultimate and final shot. (Inspector>Duration>.05 seconds). Fit it to the frame. (Window>Cropping, Ken Burns and Rotation>Fit>Done.)|
|Using the Clip Trimmer, trim back the final shot to the frame in which the Tramp's head swivels to its angle in the still.|
|6. Add music and effects. Use the effects that worked best with this footage. With a "close up" inserted, the Charlie Chaplin lurking inside you could start strutting and sounding something like this.|