Julie Reynders - Practising Writing Conciesly

Outline two ways in which Pilkington gives you a sense of perspective in the first 8 lines of the text? [2 marks]

  • Pilkigton express his perspective through opinion and he goes into detail when describing thing around him.

Identify two ways in which the author makes the description of the toad killings memorable. [2 marks]

  • Pilkigton uses both diction and an asyndetic list to make the toad killing more memorable.

Select two examples of humour from the text and analyse the effect of each on the reader. [4 marks]

  • Pilkigton uses both satire and mockery. An example of this is when he writes "rows and rows of bugs on sticks. They had big black scorpions, snakes, worms and lotuses all laid out like they were queuing to get on Noah's Ark." The effect of this on the reader is that he uses a familiar situation to make this gruesome event more light hearted.

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]

  • The sound makes the video seem more pleasant. It also makes the viewer realise what might be happening in the background of the market.

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]

  • Some of the voice overs were synchronous and other were asynchronous. At 0:00:43 - 0:00:53 seconds, the voice over here is supposed to with the imagery which is food that a person in the Western part of the world would find odd? The effect of this on the viewer is to show how repulsed he is, therefore "an idiot abroad."

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]

  • In this scene (00:01:21) Pilkigton uses obscenity to create a humorous atmosphere. Words like "arse" help this" He also keeps building up the same joke which makes it amusing and entertaining. When he is telling a joke, he keeps a straight face. This really allows for the joke to sit and makes the whole situation satirical.

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Julie Reynders - Analytical comparison prose contrast and film scene.

The pros extract is taken from chapter 10 in Touching the Void, written by Joe Simpson. The film scene is taken from a documentary by Ray Mears. I will be comparing these two.

Apart from the obvious difference that one is a video and the other is a written text, there is one differences that stands out when analysing these two comparatively. This is that Simpson is in a life threatening situation, whereas Mears is in a euphoric island. In Touching the Void, Simpson often describes his situation as "painful." However, in Mears' documentary he depicts this to be "paradise." These are two very contradictory emotions to the nature they are surrounded by. While Joe is cold and calculating, Mears is simply enjoying his time there.

In both of these extracts, I noticed that the characters shown are very similar. They are both men who are going into the wilderness alone. Simpson ended up in the frosty mountains of Peru, whereas Mears is in a beautiful, yet lonesome deserted island. Both are portrayed to be alone, doing an adventurous journey. The shared urgency of their different goals is what really brings them together. They both are focused on what to do and figuring out how to do it. Although Mears' is part is more informative.

All together, I believe that both of these pieces have equal similarities to differences. They are both exploring the wilderness, although Simpson is put through worse conditions. Mears is on "paradise island."

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Julie Reynders - Task 1 - Film Analasys, Sound

Comment on how emotion is conveyed through music and sound.

This scene is from 01:31:11 - 01:34:29

In the scene where Joe is laying in the mountains, in Touching the Void, there are many instances where music and sound are used.

The first instance is when Joe is shouting "Simon" very aggressively. This sound is both diegetic and synchronous. This is quite powerful because his voice is very loud, but there is not reply at all. After this he doesn't talk anymore in this extract. This might shows that he lost hope on finding Simon.

Throughout this whole scene, there is a voice over. This is the second example. The voiceover is from Joe himself. His voice is very clear and calm. At some parts, the timbre becomes emotional. We know this because we can hear his voice cracking.

Thirdly, in this extract, we hear presumably Joe's heartbeat. This sound could be both diegetic and non-diegetic because the sound is very exaggerated. In real life, Joe would not be able to hear his heart beating. Definitely not with all of the sounds around him.

A last example of sound and music in this extract is when Boney M starts playing. This scene is very contradictory as the music is very up beat and the scene isn't. This sound it non-diegetic because it was added in while editing the footage. At some parts when the music is playing, it starts to echo. Then there is a crescendo as it starts back up to very loud. Sometimes it cuts out and plays backwards.

All together, I think this was a very successful way of conveying music and sound in a film scene. This is because it helps the viewer better understand what is happening and how the characters must be feeling. It helps us emphasise. It also makes the film a more reflective piece, as we, the viewer, can think about what the affect on us are.

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Julie Reynders - Film Analasys Toutching the Void

Both diegetic and non-diegetic sound have been used in this scene to create suspense. An example of a non diegetic sound is the background music. This has been added in and therefore it is non-diegetic. The music is very sharp sounding because of its high pitch. This keeps the audience of the edge of their seats. Some examples of diegetic sounds are the ice breaking, rustling of the clothes and Joe in pain. These are real life noises. For a lot of the scene there is complete silence which also portrays the fact that Joe is completely isolated.

For dialogue, there is no speaking in this scene. This is probably to show the gravity of the situation.
Excessive speaking might ruin the moment and not make the watcher realise how serious it is. We would also not be able to hear the sound effects. There is also nobody for Joe to speak to, which once again shows that he is all alone in this crevasse.

There are different types of camera shots. There is an extreme close up of icicles and also of Joe’s wounded face. The camera pans outwards, showing the depth of the crevasse. This allows us to see how much potential danger he is in.

Transition is completely black, dark, and silhouettes. These dark tones match the mood Joe is in in this scene. Very sombre.

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Julie Reynders - Analysis of Diction in chapter one

Julie Reynders, Analysis of Diction in chapter one. 14.09.21
Touching the Void by Joe Simpson.

Analysis of diction in chapter one.

In chapter one, page 21 of Touching the Void which is written by Joe Simpson, the writer uses diction to depict a pleasant atmosphere in this text. Examples of these words are: “freedom, lethargy, fantastic and awed.” and a sentence is “...It was wonderfully calming and tranquil.” Because these words are sprinkled throughout the text and not just in one place, it reminds us of the positive ambience throughout reading. This can also remind the reader that this is the exposition, where there have been no problems exposed to the readers as of yet. In the first paragraph, Simpson uses more calming words such as “calming and tranquil” and “freedom” This is probably because this paragraph focuses on the feeling of isolation, which in hindsight can be used as foreshadowing.

In the second chunk, Simpson uses words to describe his surroundings such as “awed and fantastic” ; this is likely because the last chunk is very much based on describing what he sees. He construed this sight to be charming and he is astonished at its beauty.

Julie Reynders - My Interest in Biking

During the lockdown, I noticed that I wasn't getting as much exercise as I was before Covid. I was looking for a solution to this that was still possible with all of the restrictions and regulations. I decided that biking was the perfect solution. Although there was a little problem. I only had recently moved to Belgium so my bike was still at my Paris apartment. Therefore for my birthday, I asked to get a new one here. When I had finally gotten my new bike, I was very excited to explore all the bike paths in Antwerp. In all the other countries I had lived, there were no designated bike paths in the city. This led me to taking up mountain biking instead. However, in Belgium I chose to get a city bike for a change. This was much easier. Less hills and more safety.

I found two paths I could take that were quite scenic. One was from my apartment to Antwerp Central station and back. The back and forth took about 20 minutes to complete. The other route was from my apartment along the Schelde. In a matter of minutes I was in the city center. The path itself was very long, but I never did the whole thing because I didn't know where it ended up.

Later on, I determined that I would be recording my new activity with an app called Strava, which my dad suggested. This would let me track the amount of kilo-meters I cover and how fast I went. On the app there are also suggestions for paths near you that are taken often by other bikers. I got the award for the person who did 'Amerikalei' the most and fastest in the past few months. I started really liking topping up my speed with each ride. That became my new goal, beat my record with every ride. The highest i've gotten so far is approximately 40 km/h.

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