Practising writing concisely

  1. Outline two ways in which Pilkington gives you a sense of perspective in the first 8 lines of the text? [2 marks]
    Two ways Pilkington gives you a sense of perspective in the first 8 lines is by using descriptive language and by stating a personal connection.

  2. Identify two ways in which the author makes the description of the toad killings memorable. [2 marks]
    Two ways in which the author makes the description of the toad killings memorable is by using a sense of humour and also the unexpected use of an everyday object.

3.Select two examples of humour from the text and analyse the effect of each on the reader. [4 marks]
One example of humour that is used in the text is, “They had big black scorpions, snakes, worms and locusts all laid out like they were queuing to get on Noah’s Ark.” Using this joke gives the effect to the reader that eating insects is an insane craving in China and that everyone wants to do it. Another example of how humour is used in the text is, "I ate one of my five twix bars and another packet of monster munch. I should've brought more." The effect of using this joke is that it shows Pilkington's ignorance and lack of cultural appreciation.

  1. Outline two ways in which sound plays a role in this scene. (Do not include comments on the use of voice-over here). [2 marks]
    Two ways in which sound plays a role in this scene is that it helps create a chaotic and unusual atmosphere.

  2. What is the overall effect of the voice-over in this extract? Select two examples of voice over commentary and analyse their effect on the viewer. [4 marks]
    The overall effect of the voice-over in this extract is that it shows how opinionated he is how the food. For example when he says that restaurants in UK would be closed down if they saw a cockroach in the kitchen but in China they eat it as a snack. Another example of how the voice over is being used in this scene is in 2:05-2:06, this is when the fetus egg is being shown and the voice-over says “oh god”. The effect this had on the viewer is that it makes them feel like they can relate to the voice-over, it is as if the voice-over is their own thoughts.

  3. Outline two ways in which Pilkington makes the scorpion eating scene humorous through his spoken language in the scene. Give an example of each. [4 marks]
    Two ways in which Pilkington makes the scorpion eating scene humorous through his spoken language in the scene is by changing the tone in his voice and also by him using slang which he would normally not use in the situation he is in.

15 minutes

Analytical comparision prose extract and film scene

The prose extract is taken from chapter 10 page 149 in Touching the void by Joe Simpson and the film scene is taken from 3:44 - 5:06 in season 2 episode 6 of * Ray Mears' Extreme Survival*

One similarity that can be found between this extract and film scene is that there is a male individual willingly in a survival situation. In the film extract it is Ray Mears who chose to go to a stranded island in Asia. This is very similar to the prose extract because Joe Simpson, who is a male individual, is also in a survival situation where he has to navigate his way through the mountains with a broken leg. Although he didn't willingly decide that he wanted to end up alone, he did willingly go on a climbing trip where is also had to survive.

A contrast that can be found between this extract and the film scene is that Mears and Simpson state of mind is completely different. For example in the film scene there is non-diegetic background music which is quite upbeat, this indicates that Mears is in a calm state of mind and that he is very relaxed. This contrasts with Simpson's state of mind because he is very aggressive and mad. We can see this through his use of language in this extract. For example he uses the words " pain-wracked" and "irritable". This indicates to us that is he not even close to a calm state of mind, he is rather in an angry state of mind.

Another contrast that can be found between this extract and the film scene is that Time is not very important to Mears, whereas time to Simpson is a pain and torturous. The slow paced editing in the film scene tells us that there is no rush to seeing things and it creates a very calming atmosphere. This contrast with the prose extract because he says "the night was long and silent” and that “ from time to time pain and childish fears ambushed my sleep.” This shows us that time to him was torturous and it was not calming for him.

film scene sound analysis

COMMENT on how emotion is conveyed through music and sound.
scene: 1:31:09- 1:34:00

In Touching the Void by Joe Simpson, in the scene where Joe is laying in the rocky mountains the emotion of delusion is conveyed through the music and sound.

The diegetic sounds we can hear in this scene is the wind and also the synchronous sound of Joe squishing the rocks and mud. These sounds are quite calming normally but during this scene it is not because of the voice-over being added on top of this. This gives the audience a sense of chaos because we are unable to focus on just a single sound.

Furthermore the asynchronous background music playing in this scene creates an emotion of delusion because it contrasts with the sounds of the scene. The music by Bony M is very upbeat and loud. This contrasts with the diegetic sounds because they are calming and not insanely loud. The delusion from this scene comes from the fact that the music does not match what emotions Joe should be going through which is sadness.

To conclude, The emotion of delusion is conveyed through music and sound by the diegetic sounds and music contrasting with each other.

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film scene analysis: Joe comes out of the cave

In the scene where Joe comes out of the cave in Touching the Void, the function of the scene is to show that Joe achieved the impossible. After Joe was stuck in the crevasse and almost had accepted his death, he found a way out. The non-diegetic sounds in this scene such as music help show Joe's emotions. The music is orchestra music which often can portray multiple emotions at once which relates to Joe's emotions in this scene since he has just achieved the almost impossible (gotten out of a cave with a broken leg).he closer Joe gets to the outside of the crevasse the higher the pitch and the volume of the music becomes this makes the music sound happier and more joyful, this then indicates to us that Joe is getting closer to being happy. Finally the music used when Joe is out of the cave is very similar to disney music specifically the songs they play when the characters have a happy ever after, this also then indicates to us that Joe will have a happy ever after himself (we also know that he will come out alive because he talks in the movie).

10-15 minutes.

analysis of emotive language

Analysis of emotive language.

In this extract from Touching the Void by Joe Simpson, the author uses emotive language throughout the extract. A few examples that can be found in the first paragraph are “calming and tranquil” and “lethargy” and in the last paragraph an example that is found is, “awed” and 'fantastic”. In the first paragraph all of the emotive language that is used creates an overall calm and relaxed mood. This contrasts with the emotive language used in the last paragraph because the emotive language used then suggests excitement and enthusiasm. The mood in the last paragraph completely contrasts with “lethargy” since it is the opposite of this. The effect that this has on the reader is that it reminds the reader that things can take a turn very quickly, in this case it is the mood changing from relaxed to excitement. This could also indicate that things will change quickly, and foreshadow that a feeling of being relaxed and excited could change.

my interest- playing the piano

Recently I have taken it upon myself to learn how to play piano. This interest didn't just appear. I've always had a passion for music but recently I decided to actually learn how to make music or at least recreate music. The reason why I wanted to learn how to play the piano specifically was because I always watched this cover "taking pictures of you" on youtube. I liked this song for not just its lyrical writing but also for the instrumental part, which in the cover is the piano. So finally I took it upon myself to learn this song on the piano.

Later on, I discovered the sheet notes for the piano of the song. the sheet notes didn't really help me because I don't know how to read notes but luckily I had a friend of mine who was also interested in learning how to play the song.

My friend is very talented at playing the piano and so evidently she can read sheet notes. She was kind enough to help me learn the song. We did this by face-timing whilst both being next to a piano. At first she played the whole song for me and despite the fact that I can't play the piano it seemed easy enough to try and learn. After a while I was able to play the notes of the song but not very well.....yet.

And due to me finding this interest during online school I was able to practice between lessons and so I learned how to play the notes on the right rhythm quite quickly. Another thing that helped me improve greatly was that my friend and I would share videos of us playing the song on the piano and then she would give advice on how to improve. Soon after I mastered "taking pictures of you" on the piano. I think doing this has made me appreciate music more and also it has grown my interest in learning how to play the piano. In the future I think that I might learn more songs.