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chicken run media studies

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Introduction

How do the film makers of Chicken Run use presentational Devices to reveal the good and evil in the characters of Ginger and Mrs Tweedy? Chicken run, directed by Nick Park and Peter Lord, portrays two main characters in very different lights due to the presentational devices used. The way that camera angles, lighting, costume, setting, sound effects, music and character interaction all play a huge part in the viewer's perception of the different characters. The two characters that stand out in this film are Ginger and Mrs Tweedy. How are the above presentational devices used to contrast these two? From the opening scene viewers are able to recognise that Tweedy's farm is no ordinary family run farm with happy and content animals cared for by the farm owners. No Tweedy's farm represents a complete contrast to this idyllic setting with its dark colours and miserable weather. One chicken imparticular, Ginger, stands out as leader as she tries desperately to break free beyond Mr Tweedy and his two guard dogs. The chickens seem to await Ginger's next order and the low angle camera shot is used to make her look bigger compared to the other chickens. Although, this trick is reversed several times when Mr Tweedy is pictured holding the small and helpless Ginger by the neck and slinging her into solitary confinement. ...read more.

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Once again the audience empathise with her and are made to feel sorry for her the camera zooms in to show close ups of tears falling down Gingers face. All of a sudden a cockerel appears to be flying right above her head, he also notices Ginger and shows off by saluting her causing him to crash land within the chicken pen! This wakes up all of the hens and their excitement gets the better of them causing Ginger to intervene and take control, she successfully calms them down. As the Cockeral is unconscious the chickens automatically turn to Ginger for plans of action, including the old cockerel Fowler. Fowler, an old fashioned R.A.F mascot, adds light heartedness to the film and immediately does not trust the unconscious Cockerel named Rocky. Throughout the remainder of the film it seems Ginger and Rocky take a shine to one another, even when her trust in him backfires when Ginger's latest stunt to break away involves the American circus attraction. The film then changes perspective and solely concentrates on Mrs Tweedy's new money making scheme to produce chicken pies to replace the low income that selling eggs had to offer. This plan involves fattening the chickens up and when the next inspection occurs, the group are pleasantly surprised when character Babs is not taken away when she forgets to lay any eggs. ...read more.

Conclusion

As the plane begins to rise from the ground the farm owner is shown in desperation to stop the chickens, close up shots make her look even more evil than ever and in a duel between the two main characters, Ginger comes out on top by heroically managing to cut the rope Mrs. Tweedy had been holding on to and climbing up. Whilst Mrs. Tweedy falls, her sign showing a perfect family run farm with happy inhabitants breaks her fall and her face shows onlookers a picture of the more realistic image of herself on the other side. The director did this to give onlookers a view of the real farm owner who is far less attractive and happy. An establishing shot homes in on the chicken's new homeland before a mid angle shot showing Rocky and Ginger's intimate moment. In conclusion I feel I have learned how film editors can create a certain mood within the film and the audience by changing the brightness of colours or the style of music. Throughout the film Ginger's fight to freedom is followed by bright colours whereas, Mrs. Tweedy always seems to bring the mood back down again with poor weather and dark, dreary colours following her plans and actions. The directors showed contrast of the majority of many modern day farms and had Mrs. Tweedy showing complete control over her husband, this was not done in the past. By doing this it made it easier for Nick Park and Peter Lord to show Mrs. Tweedy being power crazy and greedy. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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