Presentational Devices in Chicken Run Essay

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Presentational Devices in Chicken Run

Chicken Run is an animated film about a group of chickens trying to escape from a chicken farm. The film is a spoof of the film 'The Great Escape' and as with that film there are characters, who represent good and characters who represent evil. In Chicken Run, the character that represents good is the chicken, Ginger. The chicken farm owner, Mrs. Tweedie, portrays evil.

The film makers of Chicken Run have used presentational devices to give us clues about each character. They use camera angles, setting, costume, lighting, music, sound effects, body language and facial expressions to portray a character as good or evil. I will personally concentrate on
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As with most war films the prisoners design escape plans. Chicken Run, is no different, with the chickens designing numerous plans to escape, with little success. Many war films also have victims in them. Chicken Run also has a convention for this, with Edwina the chicken being decapitated by the villain Mrs. Tweedie. Finally, the last convention I will mention is the roll call. In war films the prisoners are often told to line up for inspection, and Chicken Run adapts this, in the way the chickens have to line up to have their eggs inspected.

Moving away conventions of war films, the film also has conventions of everyday household objects. The chickens use screw drivers, hammers, and many other tools for building their contraptions which they use in their attempt to escape from the farm. Another thing would be the fact that the chickens dress much like humans do. For example the chicken, Ginger wears a hat, and the rooster on the farm a scarf. Both these conventions serve, to make the viewers feel more familiar with the chickens and therefore relate to them.

Now, moving onto the question. I will begin with how the film makers use different camera shots to portray Ginger as a good character and Mrs. Tweedie as an evil one. However, I will first describe the different camera shots. Beginning with the close-up. This camera shot is, as the name implies, a close-up of, usually,