KS1/2 Literacy - Reading Film at KS1: Dangle

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An opportunity to view the short, live-action film Dangle, and to find out from writer/director Phil Traill about the making of the film.

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Phil reveals where the idea for the film came from, and how the script evolved. He also describes the process of creating a storyboard and the decisions behind the use of different camera shots, such as close-ups, mid-shots and wide shots.

Sound plays a very important role in Dangle, though there is no dialogue and no music. The film also features some clever special effects; notably, making it look as though the sun can be turned on and off via a rope hanging down from the sky.


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Example storyboard as featured in Reading Film at KS1: Dangle

Example script as featured in Reading Film at KS1: Dangle

Story plan template as featured in Reading Film at KS1: Dangle

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    • Great for EAL
      24 September 2009 - 19:49

      I teach an EAL class of mixed year 5/6 and they have thoroughly enjoyed this work. We did a lot of work on facial expressions and each child recreated the movie through drama. I downloaded some wind music, had a child on the light switch with the blinds down and a red chord hanging from the IWB pole and they each made their own 2 minute video. They loved it and it's had a positive effect on their ability to write about the story.

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      suitable for KS2
      23 July 2008 - 09:12


      I have used this film with upper KS2 as a lesson starter to think about when we have done something we do not wish to admit to. A great PSHE opportunity as well as then using it as a structure for story writing. Very successful. Good for thinking about describing facial expressions as a part of exploring feelings. another lesson was built on this film, exploring using metaphors for sounds we hear in the story. A useful resource.