Homework

This week we will be concentrating on trying to get enough evidence of cinematic techniques for you to use to start writing your essays.

HOMEWORK FOR THURSDAY 6th December:

Finish redrafting your three analysis paragraphs. Remember it is analysis and not an introduction.

  • Remember to use your PEAR structure (with proper evidence not statements)
  • Vary your words (see the helpsheet)
  • Read it through to check the expression (reading out loud is better as then you can hear how it flows)

Also: Complete the ‘Shooting the apple’ section on the worksheet. See below for a breakdown of this in full.

If you want to rewatch the HOPE scene before answering the question it is here:

DEADLINE FOR FULL ESSAYS Monday 17th December.

With Introduction

5 analysis paragraphs

Conclusion

Follow your essay plan.

Message me if you get stuck.

I will be in school to collect them and will be marking them over the Christmas holidays.

This is a good website, which I think, has all the dialogue from the film 🙂

SHOOT THE APPLE STRAIGHT SCENE

Seneca Crane is influenced by Katniss’s strength, skill and courage when she impresses him during the skills evaluation in front of the Game-makers. Katniss is aware that if she scores too low the viewers will be disinterested in her, but if she scores too high she’ll be a target for the other tributes. She enters the private chamber to do her best and impress the Game-makers, but becomes enraged when they seem disinterested in her archery skills.

A long, high angle shot with Seneca just visible in the corner shows Katniss ready with her bow standing watching them as they totally ignore her. She attracts their attention to her first shot by loudly saying ‘Katniss Everdeen’. Seneca Crane is then shown in a medium shot nonchalantly sipping his drink acknowledging that he will now pay attention to her. While she readies herself to take the shot, the camera cuts to a long shot of the Game-makers to show that they are watching her. She misses, and laughter is heard. The camera cuts to the Game-makers to show their indifference and laughter at her failure. Then it cuts to a side close-up of Katniss where the incredulity of her missing the shot is shown on her face. She looks back at the target which emphasises her shock at how she missed the target, when she is an expert archer. The camera cuts back to a close-up of her face and the audience can infer that it was her lack of skill in using this particular bow and arrow that caused her inaccuracy.

Once she factors in the difference in weight etc, she accurately hits the target. The camera continually cuts between Katniss and the Game-makers to show that they are now completely oblivious to what she is doing and have gone back to socialising.  In an act of desperation and fury (which is shown by an ECU and a tilt of her head that infers ‘how dare they ignore me’, she then walks forward and very slightly, shakes her head at their ignorance),

I will make you pay attention shoot the pig

Katniss launches an arrow right at the succulent pig the Game-makers are snacking on. This catches their attention and, despite her thinking she screwed the whole thing up, earns her a 11 out of 12 rating. Her courage is shown by her audacity to say ‘thank you…for your consideration’ in a tongue in cheek tone of insolence, and then bow to them.

HOPE SCENE

[referring to Katniss’ high rating] President Snow: An eleven? Seneca Crane: She earned it. President Snow: She shot an arrow at your head. Seneca Crane: Well, at an apple. President Snow: Near your head. Sit down. [Seneca sits next to Snow] President Snow: Seneca, why do you think we have a winner? Seneca Crane: What do you mean? President Snow: I mean, why do we have a winner? I mean if we just wanted to intimidate the districts why not round up twenty four at random, and execute them all at one? It would be a lot faster. [Seneca doesn’t know what to reply and just looks at Snow] President Snow: Hope. Seneca Crane: Hope? President Snow: Hope. It is the only thing stronger than fear. A little hope is effective. A lot of hope is dangerous. Spark is fine, as long as it’s contained. Seneca Crane: So? President Snow: So, contain it. Seneca Crane: Right.

President Snow understands the danger of having someone with the potential courage and audacity of Katniss. She shows a strength of character and intelligence that could challenge his authority. He thinks Seneca should have punished her with a low score for her stunt. He sees this high score as a challenge as her audacity has been rewarded and as a result, she will recieve more attention from sponsors.

Katniss further challenges Seneca when she threatens to end her and Peeta’s life in a double suicide when they are told only one of them can win. Katniss knows that Seneca will have no choice but to let them both win, as he will face the wrath of the Capitol audience if he gives them no victor. He has to make a quick decision without thinking of the consequences:

[believing that they have won, Katniss and Peeta hug and the arena is turned to day again, they wait for confirmation and an announcement is made again]

Voice of Announcer: Attention. Attention, tributes. There’s been a slight rule change. The previous revision allowing for two victories from the same district has been revoked. Only one victor may be crowned. Good luck. And may the odds be ever in your favor.

[on hearing this Katniss and Peeta look at each other]

Peeta Mellark:Go ahead. One of us should go home. One of has to die, they have to have their victor.

Katniss Everdeen: No.

[she throws her bow and arrow down and walks towards Peeta]

Katniss Everdeen: They don’t. Why should they?

[she takes out the nightlock berries she’d taken from Fox Face’s hand earlier]

Peeta Mellark: No!

Katniss Everdeen: Trust me. Trust me.

[she gives Peeta half of the berries]

Peeta Mellark: Together?

Katniss Everdeen: Together.

Peeta Mellark: Okay. One.

Katniss Everdeen: Two.

Peeta Mellark: Three.

[just as they are about to eat the berries the voice of the announcer stops them]

Voice of Announcer: Stop! Stop! Ladies and gentlemen, may I present the winners of the 74th annual Hunger Games.

[on hearing this Katniss hugs Peeta]

Katniss’s words ‘trust me’ show her awareness of the situation.

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