Chicken Run Essay

In this essay I am going to look at how the film makers of Chicken Run use mise en scene to portray the characters of Ginger and Mrs. Tweedy as good and evil. I am going to investigate how the film makers have used camera angles, costume, lighting, setting, music, sound effects and character interaction to create more meaning for the audience. By using mise en scene it gives the audience clues about the characters and the action in the film.

As the film opens the audience can see Mr Tweedy patrolling the farm as if he's a guard keeping watch. He shows all the signs that he's looking for someone or something in particular to happen, he has his torch in one hand and in the other he has the leads of his two vicious guard dogs which drag him about panting and growling, ready to pounce.

The film makers have used a padlock as a signifier to symbolise captivity and an extreme close up onto it to intensify the point even more. The camera then moves onto Ginger, the lighting is dim and you can barely see her, she then steps out of the shadows and into the light this signifies that she is up to something she shouldn't be. It also suggests that she's a good character stepping into the light. At this moment the camera moves in for a close up. This shows the emotion on her face. Military music accompanies ginger making the tension build.
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As Ginger makes a quick dart to the fence the tempo of the music quickens suggesting that she wants to get to the fence quickly. Mr Tweedy hears a noise making him think that something is up, he turns and shines his torch in Gingers direction, the music stops suddenly leaving the audience wondering what's going to happen next. The music carries on, building up the tension until the point where Gingers hiding behind the wall, she then signals to the other chickens to follow her. The music then softens more and the camera goes to a mid-angle ...

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