How do the filmmakers of Chicken Run use presentational devices to reveal the good and evil in the characters of Ginger and Mrs. Tweedy?

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The filmmakers of Chicken Run use presentational devices to reveal good and evil in the main characters of Ginger and Mrs. Tweedy. In this essay, I am going to discuss the different ways in which Ginger and Mrs. Tweedy are portrayed. I will use the characters to discuss camera angles, costumes, lighting, settings, music, sound effects and character interactions to create more meaning to the audience viewing Chicken Run. The focus will be on the characters Ginger and Mrs. Tweedy. Ginger is a chicken in the film and she is a good character. Mrs. Tweedy is a chicken farmer along with her husband; she is an evil character. In this essay it will explain how the audience can tell that these characters are either good or bad.

Ginger and her friends are chickens that live on Mr. and Mrs. Tweedy's chicken farm. Chicken Run is about Ginger and her friends and their long struggle to escape from the farm.

Every time they get anywhere with their plans they are stopped by the farmers. But when Rocky, a flying cockerel, arrives at the farm the chickens turn their hopes of freedom to him.

One of the presentational devices that Chicken Run uses is the type of camera shot. There are many different angles of the camera; different angles suggest different personalities in the character in the shot. What follows are the different camera shots that the filmmakers use to help portray the characters personalities.

A close-up is used at the beginning when Mr. Tweedy is walking around the farm with his dogs, checking on the chickens. The close up in this scene is when he checks one of the padlocks on the gates into the chickens. The close up shows his hands and the padlock. The makers have used the...