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What is it that you like about films?

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Chicken run What is it that you like about films? There's no right answer to this question of course. Many viewers have different opinions on what catches their attention- it could be the comedy in a movie or the horror that keeps them interested. The genre is what the film is related to for example: the film 'Final Destination' is related to thriller whereas 'Cats and Dogs' is related to comedy. The genre is aimed at certain groups such as audience who like adventure, action or romance in a film. Young children, generally observe animation movies, like 'Sherk' and 'Antz'. These films consist of imaginative beings that only appeal to children but not adults. Most films include a hero, but to make the film complete you also need a villain. The relationship between these two characters is what makes the film more engaging and attractive. In all films to give a clear connotation to the target audience, messages are not just delivered by the acting of the actors- it also involves various presentational devices. These devices are able to convey to the target audience the filmmakers point as well as communicate the right impression of particular characters. One example of a presentational device is costume-a evil character might wear an evil-looking mask, a long black cloak and a black hat, all of which indicate that this character is evil. However, a villainous character doesn't always have to wear dark costumes, so there are more presentational devices to imply that the character is evil; e.g. the setting, the music, body language, character interaction, props, lighting and tone of voice. One unique film containing the best examples of these devices is the very popular animated comedy- 'Chicken Run'. The genre of this film is comedy/adventure; it is aimed at children, which are the target audience, this is because the children have what we call 'suspension of belief' - this means they have an expandable mind allowing them to believe as well as enjoy the film whereas, the adults will continuously interrupt the film and continuously ask pointless questions. ...read more.

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The devices used in this scene also unveil the good in Ginger. Ginger's position shows that she is gripping on to the fence or else she might fall. But she does not fall physically although; she does fall emotionally. This is because all faith is lost within her self; there are no more creative ideas in her intelligent mind. She then closes her eyes and lowers her head. The effect this has on the children is that they too might lower their head's, as they might be able to feel her pain. They might ask, "Why isn't anyone helping her?" This emphasises that Ginger is a good character. Another device that is mise-en-scene (French term for 'put on stage') is the colour. The background, which is the sky, is a dark blue colour. Ginger's eyelids are purple (similar to the background colour). These colour's signifie the mood of Ginger - dismal and solitary. The colour of the sky could also represent that Ginger has the blues! These colours show the sadness surrounding her, which makes Ginger vulnerable and dim (not bright as first seen). The children might feel grievous towards her, as the colours make her look meaningless. She is behind the fence and the camera is facing her through the fence - it portrays that the children are free and are looking at a prisoner chicken. They will feel sorry that this chicken is imprisoned. It would seem to the children that they are unable to help this poor chicken, as they are powerless, it makes them wonder; what has this chicken done to deserve this? They will realise that Ginger is innocent - this demonstrates that Ginger is good. The reason that Ginger is out alone in the cold dark night is because her friends won't believe that they have any chance of escaping. But she is not angry, or else she would be shouting, kicking props about and yelling foul words! ...read more.

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In conclusion, Ginger - as a colour symbolises hope and determination, Ginger as the character is just the same. Mrs Tweedie, the only word that can be used to describe her is - evil. Her witch like features and her voice as well as her behaviour will remain in the children's nightmares! I have learned that films are not only shown for entertainment but to convey the filmmaker's point; which I think is that animals shouldn't be kept in cages. They want the younger generation to learn this along with things like: the world is cruel and that there are bad people out in the big world and that bad things happen to bad people. The children as well as the adults can learn from the messages or morals in this film. I have also learned that it is not only the actors that signifie the meaning across to the audience but various presentational devices. In most children's films the ending is predictable by the adults, who know that the 'goodie' is obviously going to win, but the children do not know this. This is why the children are able to enjoy the film more then the adults. The children would expect the 'goodie' to win in films like this, but the anxiety of just waiting for the ending and the anxiety of the plot as well as the excitement of the narrative makes the film all the more enjoyable. In films, some parts show the 'baddie' winning and the children would say, "oh no the goodie is supposed to win, not the baddie." This explains that at times the children do expect the 'goodie' to win and not the 'baddie'. This film can also be enjoyed by adults, From now on I will look out for any film language used in a film as well as try to figure out how the maker's have emphasised that this character is good and that one is bad (if I can, I will try to watch the making of the film). ...read more.

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