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Reading images - setting

Still from the film Sausage

Still from Between Us film

The two images above are stills taken from Sausage (2014) and Between Us (2004), clips of which we will watch in a few steps time.

These two stills establish the settings for the films. Take a look at them and see if you can answer the following questions (with reasoning):

  • The settings for each of these films are strongly contrasting. Where do you think each story is set?
  • How can you tell what time of day the story is taking place?
  • What mood is created by the setting?
  • What time in history do you think the stories are set?

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For use in class, the images and questions above are column headers in the downloadable resources available at the bottom of this page. The resources will help you to collect answers from children working individually, in small groups, or as a class exercise.

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Teaching Literacy Through Film

The British Film Institute (BFI)

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Find out what this course is like by previewing some of the course steps before you join:

  • Why use film to improve literacy?
    Why use film to improve literacy?

    Watch this short video to discover how and why learning through film improves literacy.

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    This step is an introduction to Foley art, and has a video clip with Foley artist, John Fewell.

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    Linking camera shots and positions to still images in this activity, can provide a great writing stimulus in creating narrative.

  • Record and Playback
    Record and Playback

    An introduction to the technique of Record and Playback, a simple but very effective tool for curricular learning.

  • Two images each showing samples of a shoe box set design.
    Shoebox set design

    Making a shoe box set takes your pupils on a filmmaking journey that produces literacy outcomes, and is a great tool for assessment. PDF provided.

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