Today’s subject was based upon, the steps you have to go through to research within the basis of planning for a film production whether that is for genre like documentary’s or action e.g.
The four steps for researching –
There are four steps you always go through to create a well thought out research plan.
What do I need to find out or know? (What questions do I need to answer)
Location – What is the most suitable location for the chosen genre?research whether it is accessible or whether you have got a backup plan.
Equipment – is it accessible? What equipment do you need to produce the shoot? Will it cost you ?if so how much?
Props – How will you portray mise-en-scene (props that set the surroundings) and what props will fit in the scene.
Audience – what will be your target audience? Will the genre fit in with your audience or the content?
2. How? – What sources are you going to use?
You ask the question what ways can you find the answers to these questions.
3. Source/Locate it
Pre-read and highlight – To summarise and don’t just find a random page and only read the first sentence you will need to reread your research so then you will have a wider understanding on what you have researched and will also gain more knowledge from this too.
4. Apply it and Write it up –
Although you may not use the research still type it up as the research might be useful in the long run and remember to Harvard reference when using a source that isn’t your own.
We also had to be taught about two of the different types of research Primary and secondary research.
The difference between primary and secondary research –
Primary research is through creating your own sources such as interviewing someone,going to that specific location and take a photo personally so then you can visualise the setting yourself.
Comparison to Secondary research where you gather your research from another person and the use of sources such as the internet,books,watch films of the genre you had chosen so then you can analyse what conventions films use to represent that certain genre.
There are various methods you can use to make researching easier such as:
Survey,questionnaire,interviews and photos these are useful to create your own personal research and then there is the sources these are used for more in detailed research and secondary research examples like the internet,books,films/tv,Journals,diary,magazines or photos.
Here is an example to what a research plan can look like:
I chose the example of a documentary and the subject being a refugee crisis and what I need to think about researching and how you are going to answer your questions you want to find out.
Subject : The Syrian refugee crisis
Target audience : 20-year-olds and up
Things to think about:
Who would you interview?
What is the Syrian refugee crisis?
How long has it been going on for?
How has it affected them?
Where would be the best location to produce this production?
Then think of the style:
Performative – This style gives a documentary an emotional and personal response to the subject.
Expository – Usually includes voice overs or titles and a point of view towards the viewer.(Biological,Health,Enviromental,politics e.g)
Participatory – This is to question and share experinces with the auidence.
The style I have of chosen is expository, which then exposes the true point of view and argument.
also whether it would be a film or television series?
Who would you try to commission the idea to whether that’s a production company or channel?
Harvard reference for featured image:
(no author) (no date) Collaborative Documentary Workshop Porto ’09. Available at: https://collaborativedocumentary.wordpress.com/6-types-of-documentary/ (Accessed : 25 Sept 2016)
Hyperacusisresearch (Unknown)The Hyperacusis research survey.Available at: http://hyperacusisresearch.org/hyperacusis-research-survey/(Accessed: 20 September 2016)