You are asked to produce a tableau vivant-style scene that combines a digitally
modelled set with a matte painting. Your scene should demonstrate clearly your
understanding of the various ways in which environments may derive and communicate
their identity through their mise-en-scène. Aspect ratio for final scene should be 16:9
(HD 1920 X 1080).Historically, tableaux vivants refer to elaborate theatrical pageants wherein static
performers emulate existing paintings, or embody historical or allegorical scenes.
Participants are posed, wear costumes and utilise props, with lighting used to create a
suitably heightened effect. In this way, tableaux vivants combine the conventions of
theatre with those of painting and photography.
Definition of "Tableau Viviant"
"Tableau vivant (plural: tableaux vivants) is French for "living picture." The term describes a striking group of suitably costumed actors or artist's models, carefully posed and often theatrically lit. Throughout the duration of the display, the people shown do not speak or move. The approach thus marries the art forms of the stage with those of painting/photography, and as such it has been of interest to modern photographers. The most recent hey-day of the tableau vivant was the 19th century with virtually nude tableaux vivants or "poses plastiques" providing a form of erotic entertainment."
"The term has come to represent a style of conveying the information of a scene primarily through a single shot—often accompanied by camera movement"
"mise-en-scène is used when the director wishes to give an impression of the characters or situation without vocally articulating it through the framework of spoken dialogue, and typically does not represent a realistic setting. The common example is that of a cluttered, disorganized apartment being used to reflect the disorganization in a character's life in general, or a spartanly decorated apartment to convey a character with an "empty soul""
Through the development, design and execution of an original tableau vivant-style
image, this unit requires you to continue your ongoing investigation of space by
considering the various ways in which an environment may derive and communicate its
identity through its spatial representation.