The making of Titanic

Director James Cameron included more than 450 special-effects shots in his Acadamy Award-winning Titanic (1997). In many of the key scenes, actors performed in a “green room.” The rest of the scene was added later in the computer.

The pro-filmic event

As we said, all of these elements must be arranged before the director calls for action. In composing this pro-filmic event, the director strives for the transparent, natural look that leads us to believe what we’re seeing.

We can consider mise en scène to be something other than a way to analyze film. It also could be thought of as a style of film making, marked by scenes shot in long takes with a minimum of editing. This style is at the opposite end of the spectrum from montage, a style that shifts the emphasis to editing.

Mise en scène as a film-making style also is somewhat removed from special effects created using computer-generated imagery and computer editing. The movie Titanic (1997) was composed mostly on computers after the actors performed before green screens that allowed backgrounds to be inserted digitally. Relatively little went into the pro-filmic event.