PAGE TWENTY NINE
What did Max do to
the Wild Things, that
his mother did to him
back at home?
Where do you think
that smell is coming
WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE
DIR. SPIKE JONEZ (2009)
The film follows the imaginary
adventures of a young boy named
Max, who is angry when his
mother, Connie, invites her
boyfriend over. After causing one
mischievous antic after another, he is
sent to his room without supper.
Feeling angry and unloved, he then
creates a forest bordering a massive
ocean, and sails away to an island
inhabited by seven imaginary
monsters called the Wild
Things, who crown him as their
THINGS TO THINK ABOUT
THIS FILM IS YOU HAVE READ THE
BASED ON THE BOOK AND YOU SYNOPSIS OF THE MOVIE AND
CAN SEE FROM THE POSTER IT IS QUITE DIFFERENT TO
THAT THE MONSTERS AND MAX THE BOOK
LOOK VERY SIMILAR TO THE
-- WRITE DOWN A LIST OF THE
WRITE DOWN A LIST OF ALL ASPECTS YOU THINK WOULD
THE PARTS OF THE BOOK THAT CHANGE AND WHY
SHOULD NOT BE CHANGED
WATCHING THE FILM
THIS SHOULD TAKE TWO PERIODS
Engage with and enjoy visual language
Understand, respond to and use visual language effectively in a variety of
Identify the purposes for which verbal and visual features are used and
Respond to and discuss meaning, ideas and effects
Ve r b a l Visual
• Dialogue (digetic) • Shot sizes
• Voice over (non • Camera angles
digetic) • Editing
• Music (non digetic) • Colour
• Silence (both) • Costume/Make up
• Ambient sound • Mise en Scene
1. Who is the main character in the film? How do you
know they are the main character?
2. Describe the main character, physically and
3. What sort of person is he? How do you know this?
4. Who is the main Wild Thing?
5. Describe them in detail.
6. How does the Wild thing connect with/relate to
What is so special about the setting in this film?
There are two settings
How to write a Year 10 essay (idea)
Choose one idea and think…
What did the director say about this idea?
How did the director show you this was the main idea?
What did he want you (the viewer) to think about this idea?
How can we prove that this is the main idea?
Describe an important theme/s or idea/s from your text.
Explain how it is important.
Describe a challenge or challenges that a character faces.
Explain how the challenge/s helped you understand a key
Describe an interesting moment in your text.
Explain, with detailed examples, why it was interesting.
Essay question comes in two parts and has handy hints (the key words in
Part One: DESCRIBE – you need to be able to describe WHAT it is that is
on bold on your question, for instance; describe
Part Two: EXPLAIN- you need to be able to explain HOW/WHY this
made you feel as a viewer, for instance; explain how
was it important/how it helped you understand the
idea/why it made you think it was interesting
DESCRIBE & EXPLAIN
In your paragraphs you need to be able to describe clearly what the question
asks you to and explain convincingly how the director made you do
write your description as if the person reading the essay has NEVER
seen the film (this way you will be more detailed)
only describe your aspect in full detail, be brief about the plot
explain using PROOF from the film
format using I. D. E. A. +.
I Identify the point you are going to
The main idea in the film Where the
Wild Things Are is loneliness.
D Describe your point Loneliness was shown in the film when…
E Give an example of your point An example of this was the dialogue,
when ?? says,…
A Analyse what this example did This made the audience
+ Connect it to either a) another text The audience was made to feel like that again
you have studied or b) another
aspect of the film
in the film when…
This was similar to The Outsiders when Pony
Boy felt lonely because…
• Introduction = reword the question into a statement, be sure to use the
words that are in BOLD and include the films title (underlined) and the
directors name. Name the examples you will use to prove you are right (not
the techniques, the moments of the film you will talk about)
In the film Where The Wild Things Are, directed by
Spike Jonez an important idea was loneliness. Loneliness was
important because it…
• Boby paragraphs = these are the internal essay paragraphs that convince the marker that
your opinion about the film is correct. You will need to use your IDEA+ structure
One of the reasons the idea of loneliness was important is because it
made you understand the character Max and what he was feeling.
Max felt left out of his family and was angry with his mum when he
was sent to his room. Max felt as though he was alone and no one
understood or cared about him. This was shown when…
• The + can be about what YOU LEARNT from watching this
• Conculsion = tell the marker why you believed the idea of loneliness was
important in the film and how specific techniques were used to prove it
(not the moments in the film).
Spike Jonez was clever when he conveyed the idea of
loneliness in the film. He used the techniques…. To show
how important this idea was.
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