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

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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

The film 'Chicken Run' is a great example of a film working on two levels. Elaborating on that, many of the references to do with the 'Great Escape' are much to the taste of an older generation. Whereas it still links in and fits in with the storyline perfectly well, and gives it some depth. The young audience find the characters individually funny and entertaining, with their expressive faces and individual voices and personalities. 'Chicken Run' is created and directed by Nick Park and Peter Lord with Aardman Productions and DreamWorks. There are two main characters in this film, Ginger and Mrs Tweedy. Ginger representing good, and Mrs Tweedy representing evil. The film is based on the escape of a group of chickens, from the property of Mrs Tweedy, who intends on turning them all into pies 'when they're fat enough'. Ginger is the leader and this is portrayed throughout the film using many presentational techniques and devices.

The filmmakers have created Ginger as a good character throughout, and Mrs Tweedy as an evil character throughout. As soon as Ginger is seen on the screen, adventure music is played to portray her as a hero. Ginger is a bright orange colour, showing she is not dull; she is also a lot slimmer than the other chickens, showing she is more fit, more boyish than the others. The first time the audience see her, she is shown in great detail, the contrast of her bright self, to the dull surroundings show that she has that extra something, that she is going to be someone special in this film. Mrs Tweedy however is always shown in a dull light, with dark colours and tones, she has a low inexpressive voice and a severe hairstyle, showing that she is a hard, phlegmatic woman. When the audience first lay eyes on Mrs Tweedy there is already tension built up from the dogs chasing Ginger, the music stops and the audience expect something bad. Instead, a low angle shot, which shows that the woman the audience is about to see is superior, but she is also wearing pink fluffy slippers, this reminds the audience that the film is a comedy. The camera pans up, the light is shining behind Mrs Tweedy which makes her look very dark and leaves her face in shadow which symbolises evil. A close up is done on her face and her expression is very hard and harsh, making her seem to be cruel.
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Ginger is made to be a lovable character even though she is so strong and individual she is not the stereotypical woman, she is a hero, she is brainy and clever and intelligent. This is shown by the way she takes control, she comforts the others, always helps the others. When the chickens do something wrong, she's in there like a shot helping them out telling them the right way to do it. Despite being a hero, many long camera shots are filmed of Ginger, just to show how small she really is, however, she is shown as ...

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