The devices used in this scene also unveil the good in Ginger. Ginger’s position shows that she is gripping on to the fence or else she might fall. But she does not fall physically although; she does fall emotionally. This is because all faith is lost within her self; there are no more creative ideas in her intelligent mind. She then closes her eyes and lowers her head. The effect this has on the children is that they too might lower their head’s, as they might be able to feel her pain. They might ask, “Why isn’t anyone helping her? ” This emphasises that Ginger is a good character.
Another device that is mise-en-scene (French term for ‘put on stage’) is the colour. The background, which is the sky, is a dark blue colour. Ginger’s eyelids are purple (similar to the background colour). These colour’s signifie the mood of Ginger – dismal and solitary. The colour of the sky could also represent that Ginger has the blues! These colours show the sadness surrounding her, which makes Ginger vulnerable and dim (not bright as first seen). The children might feel grievous towards her, as the colours make her look meaningless.
She is behind the fence and the camera is facing her through the fence – it portrays that the children are free and are looking at a prisoner chicken. They will feel sorry that this chicken is imprisoned. It would seem to the children that they are unable to help this poor chicken, as they are powerless, it makes them wonder; what has this chicken done to deserve this? They will realise that Ginger is innocent – this demonstrates that Ginger is good. The reason that Ginger is out alone in the cold dark night is because her friends won’t believe that they have any chance of escaping.
But she is not angry, or else she would be shouting, kicking props about and yelling foul words! Instead her voice is low and gentle, which doesn’t frighten the children. This proves that she is calm as well as a tolerant person, which means that she is a good character. There was no music used to produce this exact scene – there was only silence to show Ginger’s mood. It also shows the children’s reactions, they will be silent too as there is no humour in the scene which means they won’t be laughing.
After Ginger has completed her dialogues, there is a three second pause – then suddenly a big explosive sound changes her state of mind and startles the children. This sound connotes that there is going to be change, the hope of the children and Ginger rises. This sound could connote a change in the atmosphere, meaning that something good is going to happen. The children would be anxious to see what happens to Ginger. They will be delighted to see an alteration of Ginger’s emotions. This suggests that the children are happy for Ginger, which illustrates that she is good. Mrs Tweedie
Mrs Tweedie is first shown at night, in the middle of her door way. The camera dramatically reveals her from toe to head. It is a low-angle which means that Mrs Tweedie is first shown in a powerful way, making the audience seem weak, this is because the camera is facing upwards which means the audience also have to look up to her. The children might not like looking up to her, which makes her seem bad. Mrs Tweedie’s costume didn’t show her as a negative character. Her colourful outfit, which included; an apron (a apron signifies her as being motherly) also didn’t show that she is evil.
The bright light around her made her look less villainous. However, the bright light also made her appear supreme then anything else even the children. Her facial expressions showed her more evil as she has her eyebrows in an angry frown and her eyes make her look gloomy. Her large teeth remind you of the two dangerous guard dogs. The position she is standing in – her hands on her hips, legs spread out, make her look strong, fierce and violent (like a man). When she speaks, she speaks through gritted teeth with a sharp tone, which makes her seem less intelligent as she has a northern accent.
Her position, her expression as well as her voice make the children feel powerless because from the camera angle view it seems that she is towering over them – this gives the impression that Mrs Tweedie is grim. In one scene Mrs Tweedie is inspecting the chickens to see which chickens haven’t laid eggs. She stops at one chicken and grins evilly. The camera shot here is another low-angle shot. This makes the children feel like they are that chicken, which makes them both petrified. This makes them dislike Mrs Tweedie.
The shaky actions of the chicken would make the children be repentant towards the chicken, this would make them speculate what this evil…. evil witch would do to the defenceless little creature. The chicken then prays for her life, which indicates that this chicken is half scared out of her skin! This indicates that Mrs Tweedie is evil. The filmmakers have made Mrs Tweedie anonymous by casting her head off the screen. This permits the children to concentrate on her hands instead of gazing at her fearful face.
The tape measure seems like a rope that Mrs Tweedie is going to use to strangle someone. When she leans forward, the music becomes even more tense and dramatic – it looks like that she might strangle the chicken after all, this causes a murderous atmosphere – the children who are already frightened, would jerk back or hide behind their parents. This all points out that Mrs Tweedie is evil. The next scene Mrs Tweedie is shown in is when her oafish husband – Mr Tweedie- is spying on the chickens – he thinks they are organised but Mrs Tweedie thinks he is ludicrous.
Mr Tweedie still carries on spying through his binoculars and still saying that the chickens are up to something, this makes Mrs Tweedie lose her temper. This shows that she is not a tolerant person like Ginger. She starts to shout at him while she is soaring over him. The camera shot used her is another low-angle, it makes the children seem trapped and afraid just like Mr Tweedie. Her colloquial language would make the children feel uncomfortable – which shows that she is evil. The devices used in this scene also reveal her evilness.
The reaction of other characters – meaning Mr Tweedie, who is horrible to the chickens, is instead terrified of Mrs Tweedie. This shows that she is in power and in control. This is also shown when she is rolling up the paper like she is twisting someone’s neck! This makes the children uneasy which suggests that she is evil. Mrs Tweedie starts to bang on the table – this might frighten the children causing them to back away from the TV screen. The background is fully empty; no pictures are on the wall or any bright wallpaper.
It is absolutely dull and unattractive, this suggests that her life is uninteresting plus she doesn’t have any family photographs to stick up on the wall. The children probably can imagine her as an old woman in an old house without any relatives and with a ‘No Trespassing’ sign on her fence. This would make the children think that she is a witch. This thought would make them uncomfortable towards her. Her dress is a dark red colour – red signifies anger, which is the mood that she is in. However, Mrs Tweedie wears bright coloured clothes e. g.
pink& yellow, but yet doesn’t seem feminine enough. Her hair and make-up also make her look less female. They are supposed to make her look more attractive whereas, they sardonically make her look more ugly as well as frightening. This proves that she doesn’t have many woman-like qualities and this would remind the children of a witch, again. This would make the children feel insecure which emphasises she is evil. Finally, this last scene is the only scene; which shows Mrs Tweedie as well as Ginger together for more then 30 seconds! These two characters are shown hanging by a rope – in the air!
While hanging on to dear life, Ginger is trying to get rid of Mrs Tweedie and Mrs Tweedie is trying to destroy Ginger. The long-shot shows the setting as well as the two characters. This allows the children to spot the contrasts between them both. This also enables the children to notice the characters mood. They can see Mrs Tweedie’s anger and frustration, Ginger’s troubled but wilful expression. They can now see that Ginger is obviously the ‘goodie’ and Mrs Tweedie the ‘baddie’. The contrasts of the colours used are that on Mrs Tweedie’s side they are black, dark blue or grey.
All these colours are signifiers that signified the meaning of evil whereas on Ginger’s side the colours are much more brighter. The prop used by Mrs Tweedie is a dangerous axe and the prop used by Ginger is a harmless pink scissors. The expression Mrs Tweedie has on her face is a frightful one on the other hand Ginger has a fearful look on her face. This scene compares both of these characters. The children could easily distinguish the ‘goodie’ (Ginger) from the ‘baddie’ (Mrs Tweedie). The children can also notify this when Mrs Tweedie tries to cut off Ginger’s head.