In the film, the four main characters are Chris, the tough one; Teddy, the daring one; Gordie, Who’s the sensitive one and Vern, whos just stupid because he asks stupid questions. They hear that a kid has been killed by a train, and they’ve gone to look for him. The story is about them growing up and becoming more mature, Friendship, Bullying and an adventure(themes). The Night scene takes place towards the end of the film. They are all smoking around the campfire talking about daft things such as what is Goofy? (the Disney character).
This scene is essential because it shows their friendship and how they are all close friends, asking Gordie to tell them a story because they all believe he is an excellent storyteller/writer. The night scene opens with a shot of the moon and then calmly moves down and into the woods, too, were they are all smoking around the campfire. There is no music at the start of the scene, but there is music towards the end of the scene (once they have finished talking, some music comes on, the music is 50’s because it makes you feel as if the film is set in the fifties. There are sounds of birds and crickets (wildlife) at the start which makes you feel as if it’s real life.
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The Gang asks Gordie to tell them a story, so he tells them a story about a boy called Lardass, who enters a pie-eating competition, he doesn’t want to win the competition he just wants revenge. Lardass is an overweight kid who is very unpopular, his brother and sister even call him Lardass (Lardass is his nickname). Before the competition he drinks a bottle of castor oil and one raw egg; this is all to do with his revenge. Halfway through the competition, his plan had started to work; he was sick all over last year’s champion, then the champion was sick all over another person.
Not until the smell reached the crowd did his plan work; when the smell hit the crowd, everybody was sick over everybody. Vern’s reaction to the story was stupidity when he asks Gordie if Lardass had to pay to get in the competition. Teddy didn’t like the ending, probably because it didn’t have anything to do with fighting or killing. He says the ending should be that Lardass goes home, shoots his dad then joins the Texas Rangers. Teddy thinks like that because he hates his dad deep down inside, and that’s what he would do to his dad. Chris thought the ending was brilliant, as he was very supportive and also saying it was brilliant.
The story relates to the gang, as they are all outcasts like Lardass. You can also tell their story because it was set in a very similar town to theirs. You could see the story as if it was on the television; physically seeing the story made you feel as if it was going into Gordie’s imagination. Once they had finished talking about the ending of the story, Chris turned on the radio, which was playing fifties music; the music was fifties to remind you what year the film was set in, it also set the scene, gradually fading away as they start to talk. They show their friendship by talking to one another about ridiculous things, such as what is Goofy.
The camera fades from one person to another; it doesn’t let you hear the whole conversation; it just keeps changing the subject. It also shows the friendship with camera shots around the campfire, looking cozy and warm. The mood of the scene changes when they hear the noises of the wildlife; at first only Vern showed that he was scared. Teddy was scaring Vern even more by saying it was the ghost of the dead boy. Teddy was saying that he wanted to look for the kid’s ghost, and then suddenly, a big howl echoed in the woods; at this point, everybody was scared.
Vern showed that he was the wimp of the gang by whispering, “I think we should stand guard.” The gang approves of his comment, and Teddy is first to stand guard; he was acting as if he was in a War of some sort. When Vern was guarding, he was really scared, pointing the gun at every noise he heard. Gordie and Chris were talking because Gordie had a nightmare about his brother’s funeral. His nightmare was that his dad whispered into his ear “It should have been you”.