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How do the film makers of Chicken Run use presentational devices to reveal the good and evil in the characters of Ginger and Mrs Tweedy?

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Kit Carrau 24/01/02 The Chicken Run How do the film makers of Chicken Run use presentational devices to reveal the good and evil in the characters of Ginger and Mrs Tweedy? The Chicken Run is a story of how a group of chickens from 'coop 17' try and escape with the help of Rocky, an American flying rooster. It is set in the present day on a chicken farm in England that is owned and run by Mrs Tweedy and her husband Mr Tweedy. In the Chicken Run the main characters are Ginger, Rocky, Mrs Tweedy, Mr Tweedy, Fowler, Babs and Bunty. The characters I will focus on in this essay are Ginger and Mrs Tweedy. I will explain how the makers of the film use presentational devices to reveal the good and evil in the characters of Ginger and Mrs Tweedy. Ginger is the main leader of the hens who is determined and extremely confident in her fight to escape from the farm. She can see what is really happening at the farm and can see that there is a different life out there where they would be free to do whatever they want. The rest of the hens are not so clever and think that living on the farm is the only way of life. Ginger is extremely tough and will not give up after being thrown in the coal shed many a time. The coal shed is where the chickens are put if they try and escape. Ginger is extremely ambitious, strong and will not take no for an answer. Mrs Tweedy is a cold, evil and domineering woman who has no respect for anyone or anything. ...read more.

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This is how the film makers use lighting to show the audience what kind of characters they are. An example of when lighting is used to show good is in the first scene when Ginger and her friends are trying to escape from the farm under the wire and it is very dark. Even though it is dark, there are no shadows on Ginger. Her face is lit up. You have not met her in this scene before but you can tell that she is a pleasant and a friendly character. Another example of when lighting is used to show good and evil in the film is when Ginger is put into the coal shed for trying to escape. Even though there is no light in the shed, Ginger is not in a shadow. Her face is lit up. An example of when lighting is used to show evil is when Mrs Tweedy opens the door to Ginger and the dogs in the first scene. There is a bright light behind her. This causes a dark shadow on the front of her body. From this you know that she is an evil character even though you have not met her yet. An example of when sound effects are used to show evil is when Ginger finds the other section of Rocky's poster. As she puts the piece on the wall, thunder and lighting strike and there is a big bang. It then starts raining heavily. Ginger's emotions are reflected in the weather which makes it more shocking to the audience. In the Chicken Run, the film makers show good and evil using settings to show the good and evil of the characters. ...read more.

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A mid angle camera shot shows the character to be more friendly and sociable. The most frequent camera angle used on Mrs Tweedy is a low angle. Low angle shots show the character to be big and powerful. In the chicken run Mrs Tweedy is authoritative and has low angle camera shots. The camera is from the other person's perspective and shows how small they are compared to Mrs Tweedy. This is the opposite of Ginger's camera shots. Different voices have been used in the Chicken Run to make Ginger more obviously good and Mrs Tweedy more obviously bad. Ginger's voice is very warm and calm. It is soft and you can never imagine her being evil. Mrs Tweedy's voice is loud and authoritative. It is sharp and powerful. You cannot imagine her being friendly with that voice. Music has been used in the Chicken Run to make Ginger more obviously good and Mrs Tweedy more obviously bad. When you see Ginger, the music that is used is happy and jolly. This is because she is a good character. If none of the other presentational devices were used in portraying Ginger you would know she is not an evil character by the type of music used. If there was evil music used for Ginger you would think she was evil. Evil music is used to portray Mrs Tweedy. From this you know that she is evil. The music is piercing and wicked. This is the opposite of Ginger. I have learned that these presentational devices have worked very well in portraying the good and evil in the characters to the audience. The film is not just about the characters of Ginger and Mrs Tweedy but is also how the film maker uses the presentational devices in this essay to affect the audience. - 1 - ...read more.

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