Elements of mise en scène: Lighting

The intensity, direction and quality of lighting affect the way a scene is perceived. Light affects the way colors are rendered in hue and depth. Lighting can focus attention on particular elements of the composition.

Lighting technology is linked to film style. Most mainstream films rely on the three-point lighting style, and its genre variations. Documentaries and realist movies rely on natural light to create a sense of authenticity.

WATCH ANOTHER CLIP from Citizen Kane that makes dramatic use of available light.