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Reading Film

The 3Cs and 3Ss: StorySetting, SoundColourCharacter and Camera are a good way to generate discussion and get your pupils understanding the rich text of film! Every element of an audiovisual text can carry meaning, and films can be ‘read’ like any traditional text. And the three C’s and three S’s are a convenient tool to help unpick a film

The BFI developed the 3Cs and 3Ss - the alliteration helps children remember the multi-faceted nature of moving images.

Start with the more familiar concepts such as character, story and setting, concentrating on one aspect at a time. Then as pupils become more familiar they can choose different aspects to focus on.