Elements of Design: Movie Clip “Somewhere Over the Rainbow”
“Mise-en-scene” is all about the fundamentals come into view over the screen while the movie is produced. As per the techniques of filming, mise-en-scene usually consists of “setting, costume and makeup, lighting, and staging etc” (Roberts 2006). In this paper we are going to analyze the movie clip “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” from the movie “The Wizard of Oz”. The main point I will show is how the filmmakers effectively use the aspects of mise-en-scene like setting, costume and makeup, lighting, sound, and staging etc. throughout this movie clip.
In the movie clip “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” all the aspects of mise-en-scene have been considered and all put up together to form a stunning viewing experience. Established in 1939 and “directed by Victor Fleming,” “The Wizard of Oz” was one of the first Technicolor film successful. Since this film had been shooting in the first place in color, and gave the directors and fashion designers many new opportunities to use colors in ways that were not able to before. Though this clip is not in color the viewers may think that there is no contribution of lights and other effects. But this is not true. As we know that this clip is an outdoor scene, it is not filmed outdoors. And it is all the effects of camera and lighting that we seen behind Dorothy. The sky, clouds and the sunrays have just been created.
This movie clip is in sepia. The fashion in this clip has been made is easy and simple and very typical costumes were employed that will actually be worn on a farm at the time. Along with the representation of the fashion of earthly life on the farm and the class of the family that came from Dorothy.
This clip represents the absence of color in the state of Kansas which is symbolic for the difficulties of the Great Depression that was happening at that time. And the face of these relations to the real world to the public in the story and began to prepare for what happened after that.
This clip was filmed by the process of small-scale three-strip Technicolor, though the entire film was not in black and white. “In the three-strip Technicolor process we have three separate segments of black and white film; and through a prism that separates the three primary colors.” (Roberts 2006) The process is very complicated to handle and huge amounts of light required exposing correctly. While “the most expensive process available to Hollywood at the time yielded an unparalleled quality of color.” (Roberts 2006)
This clip presents an outdoor scene but it was filmed in doors in the studio. The director chose the studio in a three-tape and “it worked well with the black and white stock” (Roberts 2006). Producer and director treated the framing of the imagination of Dorothy in black in white. For these reasons, an event production in the home entirely on sound stages of MGM. Due to a large group used up to “nine cameras hidden in bushes or potted plants to shoot one scene.” (Roberts 2006) Because the film was filmed in a specific studio, there fell “a lot of responsibility on the department of special effects.” It employed widely for the depth of the issues of the nature of the state of Kansas, and a sense of distance to the Earth from Oz.
This clip do not give the idea that the dress was blue or Dorothy’s Toto was dark gray. Talking about the costume of Dorothy we see that she wears a stiff, buttoned, to-the-top shirt dress with her hair tied. It can be assumed that her dress (although the scene in black white) to be pale in color and stiff material singing in a very soft low voice. “One of the most famous songs, Over the Rainbow won the Academy Award for Best Music Song” (Roberts 2006). The purpose of this song is to add fantasy elements.
The sound and music is also great; this song is a very softly sung song by “Judy Garland Over the Rainbow is a slow tempo ballad, written in A-A-B-A form; each A section starts out Somewhere over the rainbow… and continues by describing a fairytale state, such as …a land in a lullaby or “dreams come true.”
Each scene represents a certain genre of movie / style / shot that ate its way in his mind as Dorothy grew up; but that he manages to create a quaint and beautiful hybrid film that amazingly original and undefined. By the progress of the movie we find the integration of striking colors, sounds and music make it almost symphonic poem on one level, but his sense of the absurd shaking it free from any potential claims of art and provides a unique stunning breathtaking viewing experience.
Much of Dorothy’s critical dialogue is given to the audience through song. Her iconic opening song, “Somewhere Over the Rainbow,” illustrates in detail her imaginative longing to escape from her world in Kansas, where she is alienated and isolated from her working family, to an idealized place of magic and fantasy.
This famous clip, “Somewhere Over the Rainbow,” explains in detail her imagination to escape from the world that she had in the state of Kansas. The place where she can be alienated and isolated from her family work and that would be the ideal place of magic and fantasy. This song’s lyrics, Dorothy’s expressions, the background environment and the clouds clearly represent her yearning for the search of an ideal place. We can say that this clip, even the entire movie is a great example of special effects and a real fantasy which is even now popular among 21st century youngsters.