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Unit 3: research for CMP
Research- what is research?
Research is simply investigating a subject of interest in order to find out
more about that specific thing. People generally research things in
everyday lifestyle such as for jobs or school or just general research into
things that may be of general interest. Research can vary from finding
different recipes for something you are interested in making or it can be
the study of a particular subject for a work/school project.
How do people research?
People can research in many different ways; using books, the internet
or people of knowledge in that specific area they are researching.
Research can come in different forms such as, reading up on things and
taking notes, using questionnaires to find out specific details or just
simply listening and remembering.
People may using search engines to research specific topics such as
Google, Bing, etc. Another form of research would be using books which
have information of the subject.
Quantitative research is essentially numerical research; putting
research into numbers, which can then be put into categories, rank
order or put into measurements.
Qualitative research is research which is written, for example; diary
counts or open ended questionnaires
Primary research is collecting research yourself, for example; surveys
questionnaires and asking questions
Secondary research is taking somebody else’s research and using it, for
example; Wikipedia, books, Google websites
A bibliography is a document which is used to put references of where
you found out your information from. They work by putting the web
address or book title and author and the year it was published.
What is your favourite genre of film?
Who is your favourite male and female actor?
Male – Edward Norton, Female – Emma Stone
Male – Henry Cavil, Female – Emma Watson
Do you regularly go to the cinema/watch films?
When do you mostly go to the cinema?
Do you like the story to have depth or for it to be quite simple and easy watching?
What are technical codes?
The way the text is constructed, camera angles, framing, typography
Explain why representation is important in factual programs.
It provides information on the programme so we are able to understand
what the story is about through the representation.
Explain what genres are in your own words
Different categories in music, literature & film.
Describe the concept of ideology?
The ideas and manners of a social group/class.
Online vs Print Research
Online research is a very fast way to research information and you can
generalise your search which makes it even faster to search things
Print research generally takes longer however it is more reliable than
online as anyone has access to publishing things. With print things are
usually written by an expert on the subject where as with online, pretty
much anyone could write stuff.
A more reliable source of energy would print due to the fact that you
always know who wrote it and there will always be some information on
who wrote the book.
The point of project is to make a film idea from the use of the research I will
By using qualitative research is research which is written, for example; diary
counts or open ended questionnaires this will give me an accurate idea of
what film I should make and who should star in the film.
Questions will be: what is film genre is your favourite? Who is your favourite
actor and actress? Who do you like as a supporting actor? Do you like
romance in films or violence?
Another option is to use a focus group and ask them questions and use there
information to put forward into a film idea.
Focus groups are useful as you can achieve hands on information and get
more opinionated questions
I could also use secondary research from the internet to see facts about
what films people like and would want to see
I could also get statistics about how successful certain types of films
were and other factual information that will be able to assist in my
information as I could discover facts quickly
I could use useful websites like idmb and Wikipedia
I will use primary research and secondary research to come up with my
initial ideas for the film idea and this should be able to give me a good
ideas for the film
Conducting secondary research
Secondary research on film genres
In uk cinema the moment the top ten films are a majority of thriller and
dramas for example Diana, the call, metro manila, cold come out the
night, Kelly + Victor
Also a study shows that dramas and thrillers have a big cult following
and also have a proven high revenue like tarantinos thrillers are at most
a revenues of $400 million and David Fincher films like se7en and the
social network of $300 million
Directors from secondary research
First of all I looked at Quentin Tarantino he has a cult following and is
very popular worldwide and his movies get big attention.
Tarantino has a very good record of high revenues on films such as pulp
fiction box office making $213 million and django unchained making
Tarantino also has a good relationship with Hollywood's best actors as
Samuel l Jackson and Christopher Waltz
I also looked at Martin Scorsese and he has also amazing track record
but his budgets are extremely large with Hugo having a budget of $170
million and only grossing $190 million
But on the other hand many of his films make millions and he has links
to actors like Robert de Niro and Leonardo Dicaprio
By using secondary research the most popular actors
Brad Pitt Actor, Inglorious Basterds
Jack Nicholson Actor, The Shining 3.
Will Ferrell Actor, Step Brothers
Jim Carrey Actor, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
Denzel Washington Actor, American Gangster
Will Smith Actor, Independence Day
Leonardo DiCaprio Actor, Inception 2.
Robert De Niro Actor, Goodfellas
Tom Hanks Actor, The Da Vinci Code
Samuel L. Jackson Actor, Pulp Fiction 1.
Using secondary research I discovered the most popular actresses are
Judi Dench 3.
Amy Adams 2.
Jennifer Lawrence 1.
What is your favourite film genre?
Who is your favourite director?
Name your 2 favourite actors and actresses?
What is your favourite film?
How much do you think a film should cost?
Justin Timberlake & Bruce Willis, Emma Stone & Jennifer Aniston
Friends with Benefits
Edward Norton and Robert De Niro, Sharon stone and Uma Thurman
American History X
The Rock and Bruce Willis, Megan Fox and Jennifer Aniston
The Italian Job
Johnny Depp and Liam Neeson, Emma Watson and Christian Dunts
Channing Tatum Blue eyes from fast furious and
Fast Furious (all of them) Transformers (all of them)
Samuel L Jackson Leonardo Di caprio and Uma Thurman and Jennifer
Robert Downey Jnr Robert de niro
Uma Thurman Tilda Swindon
Guillermo del Toro
Nicholas Cage, Christian Bale and Emma Watson Jennifer Lawrence
Evidence film will work
Samuel l Jackson's last three films have grossed.
Robert Downey Jnr last three films grossed
The use of twitter if people like the film they can retweet it to there
followers so its shared around the world.
Face book could be used by making a page and seeing how many likes
the page gets to up too up its popularity
YouTube will be able to promote previews and trailers of the film and
get the film noticed by the public
Who do you prefer as a director Quentin Tarantino or Martin Scorsese?
Do you prefer films with twists and depths or simplicity?
Do you like violence in films?
Who do you like to have small cameo roles in films like Jonah hills role in Django
Do you prefer kids to have a big role in films or minor roles?
Do you like films with big names or a few unknown
The film is set in Chicago about the lives of the characters
Who should play the role of the preacher Samuel L Jackson or Denzel Washington?
Retired cop Bruce Willis or Anthony Hopkins
A rich banker whose addicted to cocaine Edward Norton or Robert Downey Jnr ?
Would your prefer the characters to rob the bank or the drug dealer and a group of his
friends to rob it and the others characters interlink throughout the rest of the film or the
characters join together to rob the bank
The Chicago Blues is the name of my film
The interlinking stories of a drug dealer, a cocaine addict/who works in a
bank, a preacher/drug lord, a angry retired aged cop and a young woman who
cares for her elderly grandfather who works in the bank
Its set it January 2013 during the most violent, murderous and chaotic month
in Chicago's month
The interlinking story of 5 people trying to fend and survive in a amazing city
falling to pieces due to unemployment and a lack of money.
The main scene is set in a bank in the middle of Chicago during the mid
The drug dealer gets more and more scared of Chicago's violence after a drug
deal with the banker he walks past a church he devises a plan. He and a few
drug dealing pals realise cocaine isn't enough and they need to make money
and get out quick as they owe the preacher who is a drug lord money.
The film is similar to different thrillers like reservoir dogs the interlinking
story's in 2 days in the valley.
The preacher is a angry vigilante who believes Chicago is going down hill
The banker is a cocaine addict who escapes the problems of Chicago through
The drug dealer is a scared individual who wants to make enough money to
get out of Chicago
The angry retired cop believes the youth are corrupting Chicago the beautiful
city he once loved
The young girl grows insane due to the overwhelming violence in the city
The target audience
The target audience is older teenagers and adults as it is very mature
film with mature ideas and scenes
There is violence and drugs that's not suitable for children but more
suitable for mature ages.
This is the same for most Tarantino films
Evidence of popularity and how it will work
The films has many good actors and a good story line with a world class
Who it will compete against
Paranormal activity 5 is the only film competing with my film but there
is a massive chance it will not be successful due to its not written by the
original writer or director
The film is a 18 due to Tarantinos use of violence and blood
I think my research was good and well developed and it helped support
the ideas I was coming up with
My pitch was well developed using my research and had good ideas for
a plot and actors to use
I had a lot of evidence
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