Image Panorama

The Panorama project assignment represents an exercise in understanding and producing effective mise-en-scène.  Using a collection of five or six photographs (found or self-generated), students are asked to depict a physical environment without showing us the place directly or in its entirety in any one image. The panorama should adopt a visual motif to express the thematic approach chosen to give shape to the environment under consideration, and use formal devices to conjure an appropriate emotional tone.  Keep in mind the emotional and utilitarian aspects of the space you want to bring to life and gather images that make effective use of framing, lighting, staging, colour and texture to tell your story. Additionally, pay attention to the visual flow and coherence of the whole when choosing and organizing the individual pictures. 10%

Students are also required to write an Artist’s Statement discussing the theme and formal considerations of the panorama.  The statement should be well written and utilize appropriate cinematic language to describe the formal features of the composite image.   Statements should be approximately 250 words, typed and double- spaced and submitted in hardcopy.  5%

An example of a Panorama project and it’s Artist’s Statement can be found here.

Panorama Grading Criteria

A panorama project in the 10 – 9  mark range:

  • Offers an original, striking and suggestive portrayal of the subject
  • Demonstrates a clear understanding of role of mise-en-scène and composition in visual storytelling by using varied and well-considered camera angles, exhibiting  a strong sense of staging, and an appreciation for the expressive values of colour and light.
  • Develops and presents a clear and consistent visual thematic on both descriptive and formal levels
  • Exhibits effective use of transitional and linking elements between individual images
  • Is well titled and carefully presented

A panoramic project in the 8 – 7 mark range:

  • Offers a clear and coherant representation of its subject, and a strong sense of its theme
  • Demonstrates knowledge of the expressive function of mise-en-scène and composition, making intelligent and varied use of camera angles, colour  and lighting
  • Exhibits descriptive and formal coherence throughout the piece
  • Pays attention to graphical and formal elements in transition
  • Is appropriately titled and carefully presented

A project that receives a grade of 6 and below:

  • Poorly represents its subject/theme
  • Demonstrates an appreciation of formal elements, but is formally inconsistent or too literal
  • Untitled and/or careless in its presentation

Statement Grading Criteria

A statement in the 5 -4 mark range:

  • Offers a nuanced reflection on both narrative and formal thematic
  • Makes proper use of cinematic language to discuss elements of composition and mise-en-scène
  • Is well organized, clear and logical in the presentation of ideas
  • Has no need to correct grammar, punctuation or style

A statement of 3 and below:

  • Provides an explanation of the narrative features of the project, but little or no discussion of form
  • Uses little of cinematic language to discuss the work
  • Has moderate to serious flaws in grammar, punctuation and style