Item 12: summary of Lucky Dip work in Leeds. Carolyn Lynch. Selected Focus Areas. Recognising non-diegetic sound – when we can identify, and discuss the function of, sounds that are not generated by objects or actions “within the world” of the film.
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A Y1 child on the autistic spectrum with very limited speech had watched Lucky Dip when he was in F2. Initially his class saw Baboon on the Moon. Having become quite fixated on this film and having watched it repeatedly he then watched the other films on the DVD with his TA. He will have watched Lucky Dip several times. About a year later, he clearly remembered the film from the sound track. He ‘talked’ all the way through, doing actions: for example he bared his teeth, growled and said ‘bad man’.
Transcript from work with Y1:
At the start of the film I noticed there’s a poster and it says that his name is the Pin Man. The man who broke the machine was called the Pin Man.
(Why is his poster up?)
Because he was a really bad man, they might have put it up cause the police was wanting him.
… or because he was in a talent show the circus. They put posters up when you go to talent show and there’s people in the circus. He’s in the circus – he could have lifted a heavy weight up.
… The police have put the poster up so that people will see the posters, then if they see him they will tell the police where he is.
… and put him into jail.
… He could chase her, when he’s smashed the machine, to make friends with her. Because he left when he was playing his game, when she was going to play her game. When she came back, her game was in his way so he moved it, but he did it too hard, so it fell over. He wants to go and make friends with her.
…It’s like Edward Scissorhands – because Edward Scissorhands looks like a bad man with his scissors – but he’s not. The Pin Man might be a nice Mr like Edward Scissorhands.
Children could not see the possibility of a ‘good’ character actually being ‘bad’
Three words for the rabbit?
Cute, furry, cuddly, honest, lonely, fluffy…
After it was revealed that the rabbit wasn’t good, they still couldn’t see that the character had been manipulative from the start.
1 child showed recognition that a film maker picks music to match character/events:
Yes – the music that was sad because of that man. He was mean.
Because if something is going to happen that’s bad it put music on that’s different.
Because they’re on the beach and it’s calm on the beach.
Y1 children can make links to other stories with similar settings, animation styles, characters and actions:
…..it’s like Edward Scissorhands – because Edward Scissorhands looks like a bad man with his scissors – but he’s not. The Pin Man might be a nice Mr like Edward Scissorhands.
…..it’s like Lucy and Tom at the Seaside – In the Lucky Dip there’s a seaside there and in Lucy and Tom at the Seaside – there’s a seaside there as well.
….it’s like Baboon on the Moon – because the little girl’s face and Baboon’s face are both made out of wood.
….because when Baboon pulls that lever – the Pin Man pulled that lever and it reminded me of that.
….it’s just like Baboon because Baboon doesn’t have any friends and neither does Pin Man.
Series of still images provided as the basis for a montage using Photostory3 software. Small mixed ability group then:
Y1 discussion of Lucky Dip after short film making activity
… because when it finishes the camera always moves out – so you can see it clearly.
…it’s like a big person looking at a book and they have to go close to see the book and at the end they move away because they have finished.
(What are we moving close to see?) The film.