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

chicken run Focusing on the opening scene

Free essay example:

Focusing on the opening scene, how do the filmmakers of chicken run use presentational devices to portray good in Ginger and evil in Mrs. Tweedy?

This essay will be focusing on the opening scene of chicken run. I will explain how the filmmakers of chicken run use presentational devices to portray good in Ginger and evil in Mrs. Tweedy. Some presentational devices that I may include are, camera shots, non diegetic music, diegetic music, costumes, scenes and editing, eg: fast or slow. All of these presentational devices are used in some way to show how Ginger is good and Mrs. Tweedy is evil. The next paragraph will explain a few presentational devices such as lighting effects, actions of characters and camera angles.
Presentational devices such as camera angles can portray the status or personality of characters in a film. For example if a character is shown in a low angle shot they would look big and tall, this would lead to the audience to believe this character is someone important and has a high status in the film. A low angle shot makes the character look superior. However, if a character was shown in a high angle shot they would look short and small, this would lead the audience to believe that this character has a lower status but is not necessarily off less importance in the film. It would make them look inferior. A low angle and high angle tilt can be used in the same way.
For the first time I will compare good in Ginger and evil in Mrs. Tweedy. When we first see Mrs. Tweedy she has a bright backlight which is harsh and intense, she has a soft lady like dressing gown and slippers, this is cancelled out by the lighting, where as when we first see Ginger she is wearing a green cap and neckerchief, this shows human characteristics, she is lit by top lighting when showing chicken plan to escape. In addition when Mrs. Tweedy is on screen, sinister non diegetic music plays as soon as she is seen, she also has the thumping boot effect. In contrast, to Ginger when she is on screen there is non diegetic heroic music being played when escape attempts are being made. When we see Mrs. Tweedy she is in a office with charts, but when we see Ginger she is confined to dark places. When Mrs. Tweedy is  seen she is standing above Mr. Tweedy and the dogs, this shows the superiority of Mrs. Tweedy. As when Ginger is shown she is small in size, shown with other chickens, this shows how lower status she is.

Overall, the way evil is presented in Mrs. Tweedy and good in Ginger is like a subliminal message that the directors are portraying through presentational devices, this shows that a film is not only about characters and actions scenes. It is more to do with presentational devices that influence audiences in the way they think about a film even before the film is watched through adverts and posters.

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

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

Related GCSE Media Studies Skills and Knowledge Essays

See our best essays

Related GCSE Narrative essays

  1. Explain the opening sequence of Gladiator.

    The camera cuts from the close up of Maximus to the shot of the 'front.' This is because it connects Maximus to what is going on and the effects that his power has. It makes the audience realise that he is important and the main character.

  2. The Untouchables - Train Station Scene

    So Ness and Stone must make sure that they identify everybody that enters the station so they can't miss the book-keeper. Also, with the public in the station, It is dangerous for them if there is going to be shooting, because

  1. How does Alfred Hitchcock Shape Audience Expectations in the Opening Scenes of Rear Window?

    However, he carries on watching. This shapes the audience's expectations of him that he is quite selfish and nosy, and does not find it wrong to be intruding into someone else's business. When the audience is introduced to Stella, Hitchcock shapes the audiences expectations of what is going to happen using verbal hints.

  2. The dark knight essay

    Once again though like the colour, often he uses contrast. A place where this is very effective is when some people are looking for Bat-man and it is very dark so they all have very bright torches. All you can see is the torch light getting closer and closer towards you but nothing out of the light.

  1. Compare the ways in which Pride & Prejudice has been adapted for the screen, ...

    Instruments again produce the music but everyone sings which gives it more volume, they also use words to reflect their feelings. Both scenes have dancing involved but they are clearly different. The BBC has again stuck with traditional dance, which has very repetitive dance moves and is slow.


    The graphics that Newsround use are modern and bright. The programme is welcomed by Newsround's familiar opening section with the 'n' and 'r' logo which is purple and green, also the background is a calm blue colour. When the news is read there is a purple box underneath the presenter

  1. How do the directors of 'The Matrix' and 'The Terminator' portray women in the ...

    as well as using a typical look and style- where the music creates an aura. James Cameron, the director portrays Sarah Connor, the leading female role, stereotypically as weak, fragile, and in need of help, as she is being hunted down by 'The Terminator'.

  2. Compare trading places and collateral

    There are many ways which make Louis different from Vincent. Louis is very spoilt and blatantly posh and arrogant .Whilst Vincent is a suspicious and somewhat isolated character. In Trading Places we see Louis getting tracked by the camera as he is walking through the hallway getting greeted by everyone

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