Nursery Rhymes…

Emelia and I have decided to include a nursery rhyme at the beginning and end of our film opening. We have chosen to use a nursery rhyme for different reasons.

We are using a nursery rhyme at the beginning of our opening in order to display the innocence, young age and naïvety of the young girl. We have also chosen to use a nursery rhyme, rather than a pop song for example, because nursery rhymes are widely known and have connotations with the age of the girl. As well as this, in various other films in the genre of a thriller nursery rhymes are often used to inflict uncomfort upon the audience. The girl will hum the tune of the nursery rhyme whilst playing with her toys and wandering around the house. At first, Emelia and I did not think very much about which nursery rhyme to use, however, from the feedback on our first version of the script we have realised that this is in fact an important aspect of our video. Firstly, we chose ‘Row Row Row Your Boat’…

However after listening to this nursery rhyme and receiving feedback from our teacher, we were not sure that this was the correct nursery rhyme for our opening. Our teacher recommended ‘Teddy Bears Picnic’. Emelia and I liked this idea as it could have some creepy connotations and could be made to sound creepy quite easily. At the beginning of our opening, our character will hum the tune as it originally is in order to display her innocence…

For the nursery rhyme at the end of our film opening we have decided to keep the same song as this will tie together our opening. However, we would like to use an altered version that may seem distorted and creepy. We feel as though this would be effective when using the nursery rhyme of ‘Teddy Bears Picnic’ as the lyrics in it could be perceived as slightly disturbing. Here is an example of a creepier version of the popular nursery rhyme…

The song is simple as a man is simply singing the original nursery rhyme. However, when sang in a mellow and minor key with a hushed, slow voice the song sounds a lot more creepy. Without the upbeat music and with various uncomfortable sounding squeaks and noises in the background you can focus upon the strange lyrics. This adds tension and a sense of horror…

If you go down to the woods today
You’re sure of a big surprise.
If you go down to the woods today
You’d better go in disguise!

For every bear that ever there was
Will gather there for certain,
Because today’s the day the
Teddy Bears have their picnic.

Picnic time for Teddy Bears
The little Teddy Bears are having
A lovely time today.
Watch them, catch them unawares,
And see them picnic on their holiday.

See them gaily gad about.
They love to play and shout,
They never have any care;
At six o’clock their Mommies and Daddies
Will take them home to bed,
Because they’re tired little Teddy Bears

Every Teddy Bear who’s been good
Is sure of a treat today.
There’s lots of marvelous things to eat
And wonderful games to play.

Beneath the trees where nobody sees
They’ll hide and seek as long as they please
‘Cause that’s the way the
Teddy Bears have their picnic.

Picnic time for Teddy Bears
The little Teddy Bears are having
A lovely time today.
Watch them, catch them unawares,
And see them frolic on their holiday

See them gaily gad about
They love to play and shout,
They never have any care;
At six o’clock their Mommies and Daddies
Will take them home to bed,
Because they’re tired little Teddy Bears.

If you go down to the woods today,
You’d better not go alone!
It’s lovely down in the woods today,
But safer to stay at home!

For ev’ry bear that ever there was
Will gather there for certain, because
Today’s the day the
Teddy Bears have their picnic.

Picnic time for Teddy Bears
The little Teddy Bears are having
A lovely time today.
Watch them, catch them unawares,
And see them frolic on their holiday.

See them gaily gad about
They love to play and shout,
They never have any care;
At six o’clock their Mommies and Daddies
Will take them home to bed,
Because they’re tired little Teddy Bears.

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