Mise-en-scene Concepts: Life as we Know it and Flipped Romantic Comedy Films
“Life as we know it” is an American film in the romantic comedy category, produced in 2010 and directed by Greg Berlanti. The film tells the story of Peter and Alison, who get married and have a baby Sophie. After an accident that took the parents’ lives, Holly and Eric realize that Sophie’s parents had named them joint guardians for the baby. This is what made the two put aside their differences and begin a new life together in Sophie’s home. On the other side, the flipped film was directed by Rob Reiner in the same year, 2010. This film belongs to the same romantic comedy genre, just like the other film. The plot mainly consisted of two eighth-grade students Bryce Loski and Juliana Baker, who have love feelings for each other regardless of being totally opposite. This essay looks into the similarities and differences in the setting, costumes& makeup, lighting, and characters elements of mise-en-scene in the two films to communicate their significance to the connection between the films.