What are the four types of sets, and which do(es) your favorite film employ? How do you know?
What is a prop, and how does it differ from setting?
What is the most important prop in your favorite film? In what way is it significant?
Who’s your favorite actor? How would you describe his/her performative characteristics?
What did you learn about the types of actors from your reading (lead actors, character actors, supporting actors, stars, and actors who are typecast)? What’s the difference between a star and a lead actor?
Why is lighting perhaps the most essential aspect of mise-en-scene?
How do the five elements of mies-en-scene control and manipulate audiences? Use examples from your favorite film to support your response.
Do the Right Thing (Spike Lee, 1989)
There are several private and public settings in Do the Right Thing. List at least two of each.
List of some of the film's most significant props.
How does Lee’s use of lighting contribute to the sensation of heat? In which scenes is this particularly evident?
Which actors would you consider lead actors in this film? Which actors would you consider supporting actors?
Which actors in this film (if any) give a stylized performance?
How are Mother Sister and DJ Mister Señor Love Daddy frequently blocked in this film? Why do you think Lee stages them this way?
What is the significance of the wall behind Sweet Dick Willie and his friends?
How do the costumes in Do the Right Thing work as extensions of the characters? Pick at least two characters and discuss.
Is there any makeup used in Do the Right Thing? On whom do you notice (or not notice) it?
What is “the right thing”? Who does and who does not “do the right thing"?