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Key Stage 2 - Fair Furlong School:
‘caught in between’ | haikus | mood & colour poems
‘time to go, time to leave’ | visual art | collages

Key Stage 3 - Cleeve School:
storyboards | analysing the film | poems about being different | a new school

Analysing a shot

The shot I am describing is young Brenda and old Brenda holding the purple iris and facing each other. There is a painting in the background. There are lots of colourful flowers and big trees far away. The colours of the flowers are yellow, blue, orange, white, red and purple. Old Brenda is wearing a yellow dress which stands out. Young Brenda is wearing a purple dress.

In the shot mise en scene is Old Brenda’s bright yellow dress and the flowers in the background. My eyes are drawn to this because there are no bright yellows around the background. My eyes are drawn to the colourful flowers because they are big compared to the original flowers that we see. This shows that Brenda is still small, but the flowers grew.

In the shot the soundtrack is the birds singing happily in the background. This adds to the shot because there is a smile on Brenda’s face and as it is in the fantasy world there could be birds.

This shot is a wide shot; this has been used because the director wants us to see how short Brenda is in real life. She also wants us to see that the flowers have grown. In this scene the colours blue, yellow, purple, pale yellow, pink, orange and red have been used to describes all the flowers and for old Brenda’s yellow dress.

This shot is linked to the other shots, connected with the rest of the fantasy world before, but now it’s happier. I know it is linked to the other shots because there are always flowers and trees (woods). Brenda is wearing clothes that she doesn’t wear in real life!

When I look at the shot I feel happy and cheerful for Brenda. The shot makes me feel like this because both Brendas are smiling and holding the purple iris. It also makes me feel like this because of all the colours in the background and the music.

I chose this shot because it’s a happy shot and all the colours meet together. I also chose this because of both Brendas meeting together.

Analysing a shot

The shot I am describing is the flowers on the window sill. In this shot I can see three vases with flowers in. I can tell which vase is Brenda’s because hers is the small one, just like her. Also she owns a purple iris which is a symbol of her being different.

In this shot her vase is purple - it is different. The mise en scene in this shot is the middle vase because it is different like her purple iris. I chose this because it is different; it has a dark bold colour whereas the others are clear and bright. Also it is representing how short she is and how tall the other children in the school are. This is important because in the film we learn that she is smaller than everyone.

In the shot the soundtrack is the older Brenda repeatedly saying “They owned the land, they had rights to tell me". This adds to the shot because it shows hat Brenda thinks. It makes me feel sorry for Brenda because her life is always wrong.

This shot is a character’s point of view: Brenda is looking up at the flowers because she has to look up to everyone. In this scene we see that she is upset and has to face the fact that she is different. In this scene the colours purple, white, pale blue and yellow have been used because her colour has to be different: purple. This is quite upsetting for her to face that she is different.

This shot is linked to the other shots, connected with a tracking shot going onto little Brenda’s face. They did this because we are looking at the flowers from Brenda’s point of view and we go back to onto her face.

When I look at the shot I feel upset for Brenda as she is never going to change from being different and nobody can face that.

I chose this shot because I think it wraps up the film of her being different. The purple vase which is hers is purple like her iris which is very different because nobody else has it. Also it shows she always has to look up to people as she is short.

Analysing a shot

The shot I am describing is Brenda in the caretaker’s shed. In this shot I can see tears running down Brenda’s face and her eyes gazing into space like she’s not really there. I can see darkness all around her face and a few strands of her blonde hair. Her face is only half shown so it is more effective.

In this shot the mise en scene is Brenda’s mysterious eyes. My eyes are drawn to them because they’re so haunting and sad. Also they look like she’s day-dreaming and not really there. I think the director wanted your eyes to be drawn to her eyes to show that she feels like she’s never really herself. Brenda’s eyes are shadowed to add emotion to her dull face.

In the shot the soundtrack is Brenda’s friend asking her if she is ok but Brenda is not answering. This adds to the shot because it makes me sad that Brenda is so hurt by people’s comments that she can’t even turn to her friend for comfort.

This shot is a close-up on Brenda’s face; this has been used to show that she feels alone because you can only see her and darkness. In this scene the colours used are black and the blonde of her hair. These work well together because the blonde stands out against the darkness. Also Brenda’s tears shimmer in the light shining on the half of her face.

The shot is linked to other shots connected with the school. I know it is linked to the other shots because they are all grey and sad. Also Brenda feels alone in these shots.

When I look at the shot I feel sorry for Brenda because she’s being picked on for something that isn’t her fault and she can’t do anything about. This shot makes me feel this way because of Brenda’s haunting eyes gazing into the distance.

I chose this shot because I thought there would be lots of interesting points to make. I also thought that the details in the shot would be different to any other shots.

Adapting the poem to film

I think the poem “The Wrong Flowers” is about Brenda as a child. It shows what she felt through the words of the poem. She tells us what it was like for her to be discriminated against at school because of her disability and stunted growth. In the film I think that the director wanted to make the audience understand what it is like to be bullied and how horrible it is. She also wanted to show that what you read in the poem isn’t necessarily what it is about.

The lines of the poem from “The sharper voices” to “I was living” show Brenda at school opening her desk. Her teacher comes and leans over her, tapping her watch. This makes Brenda feel small. The teacher has a white face. This is contrasted with bright red lipstick. The lines “Stop picking” to “than them” show Brenda and her dad in a field. Her dad is holding a teddy bear. This is Brenda, her dad always holding her close and not letting her do what she wants.

The lines “But I never got anywhere anyway” show Brenda in the caretaker’s shed. half of Brenda’s face is in darkness. She is sad because everyone keeps telling her that she’s different. The lines “There were flower” to “the wrong flowers” show old and young Brenda meeting in the fantasy world. Brenda as an adult is paitning. This shows that she has forgotten her past and achieved something in her life

The director of the film has added several shots set in Brenda’s school. This has been added to bring across the message about bullying. The shot in particular is the one where Brenda is in the fantasy world lying on the grass. There are people in the background saying ‘You’ll always be little, always be small”. Then the door closes and everything goes dark. This is like her growth. She grows to a certain height but stops. Also it is how decisions are made for her: Brenda is allowed to do what she wants to a certain extent but then people stop her.

I think that the poem has been successfully adapted to film because I feel that the film explains the lines of the poem in more detail. It gives you more of an idea about what Brenda Cook thought about as a child and what she actually wanted to say through the lines of the poem.

Adapting the poem to film

I think the poem “The Wrong Flowers” is about Brenda Cook as a child being bullied by ‘normal’ children at school because she is ‘different’. Also I think that it passes on the message that even if you aren’t ‘normal’ you can still achieve a lot. In the film I think that the director wanted to make the audience feel kinder to others, especially those who are ‘different’.

In the lines “I thought I was doing no harm”, the audience see first of all Brenda looking through the bars outside the playground looking at all the other chilrden playing. And also later on you can see Brenda and her father in the field. You see Brenda looking solemnly at the ‘normal’ playing because she is ‘different’ but even though she knows she can’t ever be like them she still wants to.

When Brenda and her dad are in the field you hear that line again because Brenda thought she was doing no harm by picking the purple irises.

In the lines “Because their voices are sharp” the audience see a clock first of all, to show time running away. After that you see the teacher ‘telling them off’ for picking the wrong flowers so this could remind Brenda that she has ‘picked the wrong flowers’ herself and is ‘different’ to the others.

In the lines “It would upset my lessons and put me back”, the audience see Brenda putting her painted vase on the window sill. Hers is painted to show that because she is ‘different’ her work is ‘different’ and therefore wrong.

The director has added extra scenes to the film, like in the scene where Brenda is being bullied by the two boys because she wants to pass on a message to be nicer to others and especially disabled children.

When I first read the poem I imagined many things which are very different: when I read the line “Because their voices are sharp” I thought of two very grumpy old people telling Brenda off with their ‘sharp voices’. Whereas in the film, at that point her teacher was telling her off with her sharper voice.

I think that the poem has been successfully adapted to film because the message that I think the director is trying to get across is very easy to understand. Also the film links very heavily with the poem and is easy to analyse. This is a very emotional film and poem especially if you and your family are in the same position. It’s very interesting to work with and I think that the film has been adapted extremely well as I can analyse in what I think is a very detailed way.

Adapting the poem to film

I think the poem “The Wrong Flowers” is about a little girl who has stunted growth and also has learning difficulties. Her childhood is very emotional because she gets very badly bullied, and not just by children but by her teacher as well. In the film I think the director wanted to make the audience feel sorry for Brenda and to understand how she felt.

At the start of the poem, from “I thought I was doing no harm” the audience see Brenda as a child looking through the school gate with children playing behind her. She looks unhappy and as if she were in her own private land. It is a close-up of Brenda’s face, you can see tears trickling down her face. In the lines “Stop picking … than them” the audience see Brenda with her dad picking flowers. It is like she is picking the life she wants an as she is about to pick the iris, which was the perfect life she is stopped by the obstacles in her life. It is a wide shot of her and her father in the field.

In the lines “They had the rights to tell me", the audience see Brenda with her small pot with the two bigger pots. I think the two bigger pots resemble the two boys who bully her in the playground. It is a wide shot of the pots.

In the lines “But my dad thought I shouldn’t give them the chance” the audience see Brenda painting her pot purple. The purple is Brenda’s favourite colour; she uses it for everything - it is her trade mark. You see her painting her pot a very deep purple, all of the other children had decided to leave their pot clear, so the sun could shine through them, but Brenda didn’t because she is ‘different’.

The director of the film has added all the part about school. In the poem there isn’t anything to hint that it is to do with school memories or being bullied. The thing that is the main thing in the film is not mentioned in the film: the main thing is about the colours, which are vital in the film but not in the poem. I think that the colours were in the film and not in the poem because it would have been hard to explain about the iris in the poem. The director has added about the “sunshine girl” because it is linked to the colours. The teacher is not mentioned in the poem but is quite important in the film because she is the one who makes Brenda sad at school.

I think the poem has been successfully adapted because it is quite complicated; when changed into a film is very easy to follow.

Adapting the poem to film

I think the poem “The Wrong Flowers” is about Brenda’s childhood and how she was bullied and picked on because she had disabilities, so she was classed as being ‘different’ from everyone else in her class. In the poem I think Brenda Cook wanted her message to be that when she was young she was treated badly and always felt like she couldn’t do anything right and she was always wrong. In the film I think that the director wanted the audience to feel sorry for Brenda because of the way the teacher and the other pupils treated her, but also happy for her when she was in her fantasy world because she had a place where she could escape and get away from everyone.

For the first lines of the poem “I am wanting to be me” to “the wrong flowers” you see Brenda speaking the lines of the poem surrounded by white flowers and the camera zooms in one her face giving a close-up. The bright colours that Brenda is wearing contrast with the gravestones you see. I think you see these gravestones because Brenda is laying her past to rest and starting over again. It could also be representing the fact the Brenda feels like her childhood life was taken away from her.

In the second group of lines “I though I was doing no harm” you can see Brenda as a child looking through the school gate/fence watching the other children playing and having fun and she’s on the other side of it, separated from the others. You see this because it is showing Brenda looking in from the outside because she’s ‘different’ so she is separated from the others and the school gate acts like a barrier between her and everyone else, and she doesn’t know why she has been excluded from everything.

With the fourth group of lines “Because their voices are sharp” shows a close-up shot of the brown and white clock in the classroom. It shows you this because it is showing that time is running out for Brenda and the ticking sound is the same just like her because she has stunted growth and is not changing or growing.

The director of the film has added scenes of her fantasy world and I think these scenes have been added because Brenda had an imaginary world when she was younger, and she escaped there whenever she was feeling sad and upset. Also the scene of Brenda and her dad in the field has been added. I think this was to show that Brenda is picking yellow flowers but she wants the purple flower, but she can’t have that one because she’s different. Also this could show Brenda choosing the bright happy life she wants but she’s told that she can’t have it.

I think that the poem has been successfully adapted because it has told people about her disabilities and helped those who have disabilities understand that good does come out of it and that she can have a fantasy world to escape to when she feels bad about herself. It also makes it easier to understand about the poem “The Wrong Flowers".

Adapting the poem to film

I think the film “The Wrong Flowers” is about the childhood memories of an old woman. The film is based on the fact that people are being bullied. In the film a little girl called Brenda that has learning disabilities and is picked on because of this. Throughout the film they pick up on the fact that Brenda is ‘different’ by using flowers that she is not allowed to pick to symbolise that she is different. At the end a young and old Brenda meet in a fantasy world that they regularly escape to. They are the same person with the same disabilities but they act so differently but feel the same. I think that the director wanted to make the audience feel ashamed if they had ever bullied someone because now they know what it can do to people. Also they know that they’ll carry it with them forever.

In the lines “Stop picking” to “than them” the audience see Brenda and her father in a field with no-one else around the. Brenda is picking yellow buttercups because her dad has stopped her from picking the purple iris. This is to symbolise Brenda being ‘different’ and not being able to make her own choices. In the lines “The sharper voices” to “I was living” the audience see Brenda in her schoolroom opening her desk to show her friend the purple iris she picked. The purple stands out against the grey room. Brenda’s flower is to show she has that one last bit of hope inside her. In the line “But my dad thought I shouldn’t give them the chance” the audience see Brenda and her friend painting Brenda’s small pot purple. Brenda’s pot is small because she had a disability which meant that she wouldn’t grow beyond a certain height. Also the pot is purple to bring up the point of being ‘different’.

The director has added in the conversation between Brenda and her father in the field. This includes Brenda asking her father why she can’t pick the purple iris. I think the director added in thi shot to make Brenda look small. Against her dad and the long swaying grass Brenda looks tiny and must feel intimidated by them. This is because of her disability which I think they want to stand out as a major part of this film. Another big point that has been added in is when Brenda is lying in the grass. You can hear Brenda’s dad talking about her disability in the background, yet Brenda is saying completely different things. Brenda is saying that her dad calls her a “sunshine girl". I think this is to help her think she is the same as everyone else. A couple of minutes later a door slams and Brenda is in sudden darkness. I think this is like saying that Brenda’s door has been shut and she will stay the same from now on.

I think that the poem “The Wrong Flowers” has been cleverly adapted to film. When I first read the poem through I didn’t have a clue what as to what to expect of the film as I did not understand the poem. Yet, when I watched the film everything clicked into place. I definitely think the film has been adapted well.

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