the viewpoints of scriptwriting, directing and producing,
a scene is a unit of film narration, as are shot,
take and sequence.
A scene is an active entity happening in one setting, dealing
with one event of the
script, and having a beginning, middle and the end. Cf.
fiction film division into scenes is based on productional
grounds. According to Aleksi Bardy a scene changes when there
is a jump in time or when the location changes. Yet there
can be small jumps in time within the scene. Practically,
a scene is a continuous part of a film, with:
the same location, same setting
the same actors
the same time of day (lighting)
the same continuity
in the situation
a scene changes into another, when
the location changes
the setting changes
the time of day changes (lighting changes)
the continuity changes
the documentary film and the experimental film "scene"
is a more wavering concept, and there are various opinions
as to its exact contents. A scene is, however, always a part
of a larger sequence,
i. e. a sequence consists of several scenes that fit together
functionally. A scene can also mean a series of shots or even
an individual position of a camera. Thus a scene is a series
of shots (or a single shot).
accompanying example of a scene is from the film 'Levottomat'
('The Restless' by Louhimies, Bardy). The beginning and the
end of the scene are faded out. Compare the filmed scene into
corresponding scene on the screenplay, and think over
the possible reasons for any deviations.
also the scenes 12--15 from the screenplay of "The Tough
Ones" ("Häjyt"), constituting a continuous
Bardy: The Restless. Script in finnish.
how "Escort" [www.cinergia.com/saat.htm]
by Joona Tena has been divided into scenes.