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Mise en Scène

Mise en Scène

| 7 min

This short film is a tongue-in-cheek tribute to award-winning director, writer and composer Des McAnuff. Set to the song The Wind and the Rain, it begins with Des unaccompanied and builds to a grand finale in true Shakespearean tradition. A tribute to a time of limited means and creative ingenuity, the piece blends film and theatrical language to create a surreal mise-en-scène.

Produced by the National Film Board of Canada in co-operation with the National Arts Centre and the Governor General's Performing Arts Awards Foundation on the occasion of the 2012 Governor General's Performing Arts Awards.

  • recipient
    Des McAnuff
  • cast
    Jason Sermonia
    Julius Sermonia
    Matt Alfano
    Jaz Sealey
    Joe Payne
    Kevin Dow
    Ken Dow
    Stephen "Hoops" Snyder
    Steve Gouveia
    Zonya Love Johnson
    Danielle Thomas
    Anne Thomas
    Robert Fowler
    Travis Morin
  • writer
    Chelsea McMullan
  • director
    Chelsea McMullan
  • producer
    Lea Marin
  • picture editor
    Avrïl Jacobson
  • director of photography
    Maya Bankovic
  • production manager
    Matt Leiderman
  • assistant director
    David Ketterer
  • production designer
    Charlotte Royer
  • sound recordist
    Ted Robinson
  • choreographer
    Nicola Pantin
  • wardrobe
    Paul Tazewell
  • hair
    Abby Ballin
  • makeup artist
    Abby Ballin
  • first assistant camera trainee
    Tinx Chan
  • data management technician
    Justin Hawkins
  • gaffer
    Adam Lukens
  • key grip
    Brian McLean
  • grip/electric
    Garrett Cantrell
  • art department assistant
    Doug Wright
    Brianna Rose Lutz
  • wardrobe assistant
    Malgosia Turzanska
  • production assistant
    Andrew Gustafson
    Chris Unico
    Ross Sloan
    Anna Feeny
  • online editor
    Andrew Mandziuk
  • sound editor
    Grant Edmonds
  • re-recording mixer
    Grant Edmonds
  • production supervisor
    Mark Wilson
  • technical coordinator
    Marcus Matyas
  • centre administrator
    Josiah Rothenberg
  • studio administrator - assistant
    Andrew Martin-Smith
  • marketing manager
    Jean Saad
  • publicist
    Pat Dillon
  • supervising project manager
    Rachel Punwassie
  • executive producer
    Silva Basmajian


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Ages 13 to 15

Arts Education - Drama
Arts Education - Music
English Language Arts - Poetry
Media Education - Film and Video Production

Discuss Des McAnuff’s importance to the performing arts in Canada, and consider why the film provides so little specific information about his career. Evaluate the film’s commentary about the role of performers. Have students brainstorm about the significance of the film’s costumes and set. Identify the Shakespearean reference in the song and have students set other Shakespearean texts to music. Organize a class trip to a theatrical production; study each of the roles involved, including backstage crew, writers and directors.

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