Analysis of Still from Sixth Sense Using Mise en Scène
This camera angle is a "medium close-up." We know this because we can
see the head and shoulders of the character. This shot shows the main
purpose of the scene by focusing on a single character and creates a
sense of intimacy by being within close proximity of a lone character.
The setting is almost haunting. It's a make-shift tent within the boys
bedroom and inside there is a holy shrine. This generates a sense of
mystery due to its surrealism. By going into a tent which has a sign
saying 'Don't Come In' on it we get the impression that we are
intruding and so we feel more tense, anxious and consequently scared,
which is exactly what is intended.
This lighting is produced from a torch which Cole is holding. He
flashes it upwards from his hands creating the infamously scary glow
on his face. Because it is night we can see how effective this
The props used within this scene are what make it unsettling. We find,
within this tent, a holy shrine which has many holy statues Cole
steals from the church. The abundance of these religious ornaments
creates unease because it is not a very abnormal situation.
The sound during this scene is digetic (naturally occurring.) the
young boy is breathing quickly and loudly at a 'panicky' pace. These
short breaths add a real feeling of loss-of-breath and subsequently
quick paced anxiety. Although there is no background music the noise
of the scene is still intensely frightening because of the hint of
horror the silence infers.
There is only one real character within this scene, the main one. This
character is a young boy who deals with his sixth sense- seeing dead
people. This character is greatly embellished. We have a feeble boy to
whom the audience's timorous side can relate to; so when he feels
scared, so do the audience. The use of character is very clever
throughout this movie and we are constantly placed in close proximity
to him in order that we can empathize and feel the same anxiety that
Costume & make- up
Obviously these are both very significant factors throughout this
movie and one which the producer utilizes greatly. The main...