• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

How do the film makers of Shrek 2 use presentational devices to parody different types of films?

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

How do the film makers of Shrek 2 use presentational devices to parody different types of films? When we watch different films, we can tell from the starting of the movie to evaluate what "type" of film it's going to be. For example, when you watch a James Bond movie you can tell its going to be action/adventure because right at the start, you see James Bond in a short clip blowing something up or doing something that makes it look like an action scene, then the James Bond music starts, which has loud sound affects and a fast paced tune as well as scenes of guns and women dancing. When you start watching the movie Shrek 2, you can be fooled that you are watching a traditional fairytale, this is because right at the start you see a fairytale book opening with pictures of traditional fairy tales such as sleeping beauty. But then when the starting scenes open, you realise this is actually a light-hearted spoof comedy of many parodies, when you look at the wolf reading 'Pork Illustrated' and many other spoofs throughout the film. The elements of a traditional fairy tale are of a story featuring folkloric characters such as fairies, goblins, elves, trolls, giants, and others. ...read more.

Middle

And parodies of fairytales (Blind mice, gingerbread man). But most importantly the parodies of different types of films. The film maker uses many parodies of films, I am going to give examples of 3 film parodies and give the presentational devices used to get this parody across to the audience. The first film parody I will discuss is the parody of Lord Of the Rings. In the Honeymoon Montage at the beginning of the film, the couple is seen being fitted for wedding rings, a flying ring dropping on Fiona's finger and a red fiery writing afterwards. These are a parody of events from The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring. For this certain parody I believe it is probably the most obvious parody, it is shown across very similar and exact to the Lord of the Rings scene. The presentational devices used to get this parody across consist of firstly showing a cauldron making the ring from a high-angle close-up shot, and then the ring being flung in the air with a high-angle, long distance shot which shows an obvious copy of the Lord of the Rings. When the ring is on Fiona's finger a very close-up shot is shown of ONLY the Ring, and the exact similar style of writing appears on the ring as it does of the ring in The Lord of the Rings. ...read more.

Conclusion

Another presentational device is the props being used, the rope hanging him upside down; this is the same as in Spider-Man (spidey-web). I think that the makers of Shrek 2 have been very effective in their parodies. I believe this because after discussing and looking at the examples I gave, the makers have chosen many presentational devices and detailed evidence to make the parody as real and as part of Shrek. And not made it difficult to see the obvious parody and comedy behind it even if the parody is from a serious movie (Alien). I believe some parodies are made for different ages of audience, something a younger person might not see as an obvious parody but an older person would (Kissing on the beach- From Here to Eternity). And some younger people would see an obvious Lord of The Rings and Spider-Man parody, there is also the young-adult range of audience, Ghostbusters and Alien parodies. These parodies are very effective through going to a wide range of audiences. There are however some parodies which you have to watch more then once to figure them out such as the Alien coming out of the chest, and the potion making in Charlie and the Chocolate factory. But, overall I believe that the parodies are very effective and obvious most of the time, and it's the parodies themselves what make Shrek 2 such a funny and entertaining film. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Miscellaneous section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Miscellaneous essays

  1. Free essay

    Media Essay - Shrek

    which at this point he falls back to the floor, where the knights then proceed to try and capture him. He runs off into the woods closely followed by the knights, the music that accompanies the chase makes you really want Donkey to get away.

  2. The Long and the Short and the Tall - Examine the Characters of ...

    Bamforth is the only one who will protect the prisoner. In Bamforth, unlike anyone else in the patrol, the pressure of war brings out his best qualities. At the start of the play, he uses his sharp, intelligent brain destructively, in violence and bullying.

  1. To what extent does 'Unbreakable' conform to the conventions of the superhero film genre?

    The reasonably tight clothes worn by Price during the film help to make his head appear out of proportion, as is normally the case with other villains, whether in comic books or on screen. His large 'Afro' hairdo also contributes to this effect.

  2. How does Arthur Miller use techniques to show Eddie's changing relationships

    They shake hands implying their relationship is good and faithful. Marco in a very short span of time achieves respect and honour from Eddie. Furthermore, Eddie is proud of having Marco. 'That older one, boy, he's a regular bull' This represents Marco is a respectable, honourable and strong man, exemplifying his masculinity.

  1. gothic horror

    There is no help around and the reader fears that, if the family get into any danger, they will have to deal with it themselves, the reader is curious to find out what will go wrong. Strange things being to happen outside the house and the reader is in suspense

  2. how does the director paul greengrass create tension in the film united 93

    Ahmed al-Nami then sprays something into the eyes of the passengers, so as not to attack him, but they carry on.

  1. What methods do the writers use in order to create mood, atmosphere and character ...

    of jagged stone", which makes the cutting itself seem almost sinister and deadly. The setting is also conveyed in this story via the sky, for example when the narrator says "steeped in the glow of an angry sunset", this makes us wary and suspicious of what events will take place

  2. Original Writing

    It shows how the Lower and Middle classes are joining together since they were the people fighting for King and country in World War One. In Act Four the other characters treat Willie with respect. "I don't know yet. I haven't asked my husband."

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work