Moonrise Kingdom Analysis

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While best known for his distinct use of specific shots in his cinematography, Wes Anderson pays more attention to elements of the set design and placement of the characters on screen in his 2012 film Moonrise Kingdom. The film tells the story of two twelve year olds running away together and being searched for by their respective guardians, a Captain Sharp, and a troop of Khaki Scouts. While in most of his films Anderson does give some attention to elements of the mise-en-scene, in Moonrise Kingdom(2012) Anderson forgoes his iconic use of pans and tracks to bring more of the viewer’s attention to the set design and placement of the characters. Wes Anderson’s Moonrise Kingdom(2012) utilizes such elements of mise-en-scene as set design and character …show more content…
When analysing the placement of characters in the film we must acknowledge both the physical placement of the characters in a particular shot or sequence and the placement of a character in the plot or story of the film. While similar in title, the two concepts have drastically different interpretations and uses when analyzing elements of a film. The placement of a character in a shot is the character’s specific placement in front of the camera during a shot or sequence. This concept is analysed for any symbolism or subtextual meaning in the film. However, the placement of a character in the plot or story of the film is where that character fits in the narrative portion of the film and can be observed to analyze the importance of particular characters’ roles in a …show more content…
---.The fact that the narrator, who exists both in the plot of the adults of New Penzance searching for two children who have run away, and outside the diegetic world entirely looking back to inform the viewer of events that would not be revealed through the primary plot. The fact that the narrator is an adult who had recently assisted Sam Shakusky demonstrates that the mise-en-scene of the film was designed to reflect his beliefs. For further representation of this thesis the narrator is the only person in the primary storyline who has insight as to where the children are on the island. In the primary plot of Moonrise Kingdom(2012), it is because of the narrator’s intervention that the guardians of Sam and Suzy discover their location. The simple decision by Anderson when writing the script for the film to have an adult who had recently demonstrated knowledge to Sam, according to the narrator’s line at 00:39:36, also act as the narrator demonstrates that Anderson had an intention to to tie Sam to the certain structural elements of the film, including certain elements of the

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