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Analyse the Techniques Employed by DreamWorks which engage the audience in 'Shrek'. Refer to the Torture Scene

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Analyse the Techniques Employed by DreamWorks which engage the audience in 'Shrek'. Refer to the Torture Scene 'Shrek' is based on the children's book by William Steig. It features the talents of one of the top comedic actors; Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy, Cameron Diaz and John Lithgow. 'Shrek' is an animated film created by DreamWorks. The 275 animators have created realistic yet stylised human characters, which is one of the most technical and artistic advances in 'Shrek'. They have created clothing that moved, wrinkled and reacted to light just as in real life. 'Shrek' has many techniques that DreamWorks have employed and this is the main reason that viewers of all ages have become engaged. One of the main elements used is the use of camera angles. At the start of the torture scene, Farquaad appears to be bigger and fiercer than he is. This optical illusion is very effective as the crop shots make him larger than we see him in the rest of the scene. As Farquaad is striding down the corridor, the camera looks up at him and this effect makes us feel intimidated by him. We think of him as sinister as crop shots of his boots make him look soldier-like when he is marching to the dungeon. The same effect is used in the first scene, however Shrek seems friendlier and childish in the crop shots. ...read more.

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As the lamp is positioned underneath Farquaad, it up-lights his face, making him look eerie. Even when Farquaad is choosing a princess, lighting is used to full effect. One good example is whilst the mirror is showing the pictures of Snow White and Cinderella, they light up when he says their names. Fiona is made more exciting as more action is included, as DreamWorks have purposely arranged. When he is showing her animation, the light from the lava reflects onto Farquaad's face and it shows how much detail is present in this film. This impresses the audience because of the complexity of the production. Although music is not used much in this scene, there are some instances when it is applied. For example, when the mirror arrives, the music is enchanted and magical. At this point, the audience is surprised by the unexpected arrival of the mirror and the music builds up the wonder of what is going to happen. When the mirror shows Fiona, the animation has many sound effects and exciting action. This makes her thrilling as she seems fun and adventurous, unlike a typical princess. It is the first time the viewers have seen Fiona and she has already started to challenge their expectations. The animators have cleverly used music to develop even a small amount of liking towards Fiona as the tune is welcoming and pleasant. ...read more.

Conclusion

The plot is well thought out as it makes sense for a biscuit to be threatened by milk, which breaks it down. The film-makers have not only designed new characters in 'Shrek' but have also used existing, well-known characters. Most of them were taken from Disney, their main competitors in film-making. By doing this they could have been seen as imitating them. On the contrary, it has paid off as it has promoted this film. The animators have adopted their rival's logo, the Castle, as the dark and frightening dwelling of the dragon who guards Princess Fiona. As well as making fun of Disney, it also makes them look sinister. DreamWorks have used characters we link with Disney. Contrary to the viewers expectations, Farquaad chooses Fiona over Cinderella and Snow White, who are well-cherished Disney characters. Thus making fun of their competitors again. In conclusion, there are many techniques that the makers have employed to promote their film. Their aim was to fully engage the attention of the audience and the torture scene has enabled them to do this. The use of camera angles, editing, lighting, music and sound effects, dialogue and the use of Disney characters have all played an important part in improving the quality of the film. It is evident that DreamWorks have succeeded in the making of 'Shrek' as it has become one of their most productive films. ...read more.

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