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  • 1. 2 0 1 4 - 1 5 Small Scale Research Project
  • 2. Topics
  • 3. What can I research?  star/performer  genre  auteur  social, political and cultural studies  gender issues  ethnicity  institution  technology
  • 4. We recommend...  star/performer  genre  auteur
  • 5. Star/ Performer  Choose a star that you’re a fan of  They may be a genre specialist (or not)  Look at the development of that star’s career  Performance style(s)  Understand the star as commodity  Biographical information about the star  Research fan response(s) to the star  Research critical / popular reception  It is not a biography, but exploring they ‘signature’ style
  • 6. Genre  Understand / explore the conventions of a genre  Explore how a genre has developed over time  Look at the social, political, historical context of the genre  Look at the representation of characters within the genre  Explore the theme(s) within a genre / sub genre  Research genre as contract between audience and producer
  • 7. Auteur  Explore the notion of auteur – does the director deserve the title?  Look for common (signature) elements with their films (genres, themes, actors, iconography, scenes...)  Explain how these have become the stock in trade of the auteur and analyse these features  Look at biographical detail about the director and explore how their life experience(s) have impacted on their work  Explore how the auteur has influenced a genre or what works have influenced them.  Research responses to the auteur’s work by:  Audiences  Critics  Fans
  • 8. The Films
  • 9. Three films  One focus film +  two related films  Find films which offer:  Variety  Challenge  Experimentation  Contrasts  Success and ‘failure’
  • 10. Please Note:  You may not use any film, as either your focus film or one of your supporting films, which you studied during AS, or have / will study during your A2.
  • 11. i. An annotated catalogue ii. A presentation script You submit
  • 12. i. The Annotated Catalogue  The catalogue will contain approximately 10 to 15 items  Each catalogue item should be appropriately referenced (Harvard System)  Each item should be accompanied by a brief note (approximately 70 – 80 words), which explains how the particular item is relevant to the area of investigation and what it contributes to the overall research.  The catalogue must conclude with a section which lists significant items ( between 3 and 5) not selected for inclusion in the catalogue, offering brief reasons why (70-80 words).
  • 13. ii. The Presentation Script  The presentation script must take the form of notes for a presentation and could combine (for example):  subheadings  bullet points  short pieces of connected prose  reference to visual extracts to illustrate the presentation.  Use PowerPoint and a DVD player  Reference to key items of research from the catalogue must be made explicitly in the presentation. Short credited quotations may be used but care must be taken that the words of the presentation are your own.  Credited quotations are excluded from the word count.
  • 14. Admin
  • 15. How should I track my research?  By using a blog  Each posting will be about a particular source and will contain:  Appropriate reference  Key Quotes  Notes on relevance to research topic  Your evaluation of the source  The blog will also enable me to keep track of your progress
  • 16. Time  Prior to summer term you will have chosen your research topic & created a reading list  You will be expected to do research during your own time, this will include:  Studying the films  Reading around the research area  Exploring views on your films  Conducting primary research  You will be required to present to the class regularly (weekly) what your have been finding out
  • 17. Questions