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In traditional fairy tales, ogres are man-eating beasts, the Prince rescues the Princess and they live happily ever after. How do the makers of Shrek use presentational devices to reverse this tradition, revealing the ogre as good, the Prince as ev

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Shrek In traditional fairy tales, ogres are man-eating beasts, the Prince rescues the Princess and they live happily ever after. How do the makers of "Shrek" use presentational devices to reverse this tradition, revealing the ogre as good, the Prince as evil? In traditional fairy tales, the story begins "Once upon a time" and the general story line is a happy one. Fairy tales are designed for small children so they can't be violent or contain swearing etc. Snow White is a traditional fairy tale in which the evil queen tries to kill her but a prince rescues her, a typical stereotype fairytale layout. Sleeping Beauty has the same lay out but slightly differs from Snow White as there is a beast involved. Jack and the Beanstalk is a fairy tale but doesn't involve any love and there is a Giant which doesn't feature in many tales as for example a princess does. Early on in the film the villagers go to hunt Shrek but are un successful as he scares them off by "roaring" at them but you don't get any hint of evil or intent from Shrek to kill the villagers by diffusing the situation by whispering "this is the part where you run away" which adds a hint of comedy to the situation. ...read more.

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Directors use a variety of camera shots to create certain effects. This is seen in many different places during the film for example; the close up of Shrek when he scares the villagers the camera looks strait at him showing his fearsome look and then pans away to reveal the villagers petrified of him. This is good because it creates the impression of a really dramatic scene just taking the picture from a certain place. Close up shots are used to give the audience an impression of their emotion. This is also used frequently in the film. An example of this is when Fiona and Shrek are smiling which immediately tells you that they are happy and with the full face shot you can also see what type of smile it is, for example if they are faking it or maybe hiding something. When lord Farquaad is introduced there is an illusion created making him out to be a great lord but what the camera conceals is that he is a little man. The camera first shows his body in different parts, it is only later in the scene when he is revealed to be small. ...read more.

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For example when Fiona reveals herself as an ogre everything lights up and there are sparkling things floating round her, coupled with dramatic music this gives the audience an impression of importance and really gives them a "buzz". Darkness on the other hand is used for sincerity and to show the dark side of things for example the scene where lord Farquaad is interrogating the gingerbread man the back drop is a dingy dungeon which reflects the impression of fear and danger. Another scene where Fiona and Shrek are walking through sun-draped meadows gives the impression of good and happiness. This reflects that they are starting to fall in love and this lighting effect reflects this well. The music throughout the film is used in very different ways and there is a lot of popular copyrighted music from well known artists. For example in the opening scene prologue if you like there is typical fairytale music which sets the scene. In contrast to this when we first meet Farquaad there is a dramatic piece of renaissance music representing lord Farquaad to be great and powerful. It also instantly tells the audience he is not a nice person as the music is in the minor key (sad) and gives the impression of fear. ...read more.

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