I have chosen 3 scenes from Alice in wonderland to create, which are:
The mad hatters tea party
Alice and the Caterpillar
A cover illustration depicting a selection of the characters OR Alice down the rabbit hole- close up OR alice shrinking/ gaining height
In order to create the first scene that i will create this week and photograph, the Mad Hatters Tea party i will first look at the description of the scene in the original story which reads:
“There was a table set out under a tree in front of the house, and the March Hare and the Hatter were having tea at it: a Dormouse was sitting between them, fast asleep, and the other two were using it as a cushion, resting their elbows on it, and talking over its head. `Very uncomfortable for the Dormouse,’ thought Alice; `only, as it’s asleep, I suppose it doesn’t mind.’
The table was a large one, but the three were all crowded together at one corner of it: `No room! No room!’ they cried out when they saw Alice coming. `There’s plenty of room!’ said Alice indignantly, and she sat down in a large arm-chair at one end of the table.”
What i can deduce from this description:
- long tea table
- presence of a house ( not entirely necessary, perhaps just the silhouette of a house behind the tea table? or perhaps an abundance of trees obscuring the house? as the scene mentions a tree, also the table being under a tree suggests its under a shadow.
- no mention of whether this is day or night, therefore i could be creating with lighting here and create a nighttime scene for a change.
- large armchair is mentioned- perhaps i could use the pink kitsch plastic one i have as a reference to kitsch and ideas of childhood- the barbie style chair could appeal to my audience of 5-9 year old girls
- doormouse idea: use of a sugar mouse sweet, as this would allow me to play with scale which is a wonderful aspect of Alice in wonderland
- there is very little description of the surroundings which gives me total creative freedom over this scene to be as surreal as i like- chairs hanging upside down from trees for example, obscure shaped plants and decorations, chandeliers hanging in the trees casting shadows, could play with depth and place the end of the table so far back the characters are obscured and not really the focus.
- for the tea table- brightly coloured and kitsch tea objects and food to make it enticing to my audience- whimsical themes and i also like the idea of using vintage doll house tea sets mixed in as an ode to the original themes of the novel- Old English Grandeur.
A bright idea came into Alice’s head. `Is that the reason so many tea-things are put out here?’ she asked.
`Yes, that’s it,’ said the Hatter with a sigh: `it’s always tea-time, and we’ve no time to wash the things between whiles.’
this sentence suggests the tea table is over crowded with objects, therefore i will created a heavily laden table 🙂 perhaps some objects should be dirty? some tea spilt or overflowing? stained table cloth?
below are some objects i have sourced for the tea table, i found dollhouse miniatures to be very useful in planning this scene and they come in a variety of kitsch colours and patterns.
i found battery operated miniature lighting that i think will help give my scenes the authenticity of a tiny world, that Lauren Child has in her book “the princess and the pea”