Welcome to the the headquarters of Mise-en-scène: The Journal of Film & Visual Narration (MSJ), the official film studies journal of Kwantlen Polytechnic University that endeavours to promote and advance the study of film as an interdisciplinary, cross-cultural art form grounded in the visual narrative. Supported by an international board and readership, this peer-reviewed publication is dedicated to the scholarly investigation of filmic storytelling, one frame at a time. From its articles to its interviews, its contents are deeply in conversation with what film critic Adrian Martin has called "A Term that Means Everything, and Nothing Very Specific." Every piece featured in the journal strives to define part of the mise-en-scène enigma and its underlying role in the screen narrative.

For new readers and potential contributors, here are the facts you should know about this publication:

  • Mise-en-scène specializes in scholarly works at the crossroads of film, media studies, and popular culture.
  • Both general and themed issues appear throughout the year.
  • All submissions must make use of critical theory.
  • Submission types include articles/essays; film, book, DVD, Blu-ray and film festival reviews; conference reports; M.A. or Ph.D. abstracts; video essays on digital storytelling; and mini mise-en-scène analyses.
  • The use of images or stills is a central feature of any submission.
  • Formats available on the journal website are PDF and MP3 (for select articles).
  • Mise-en-scène follows the open-access model, which means that there are no subscription fees for readers or publication fees for contributing writers.