Intro: Why is Research &
Research and planning is crucial to Media Studies and
has a direct influence on the end result of the media
product. Researching allows us to identify similar media
products and ideas that we can use as a plan and guide
for our own media product. Through researching, we
learn about our genre, conventions and key decisions we
need to make in the future. Planning is also important for
any media project. Planning begins after researching
because it is during this process that we consolidate our
research and make decisions as to how we go on about
completing our media product. If we have a successful
plan than this will help and ease the task because
everyone will know what he or she are doing.
What programme did you
For my research and planning, I used a range of different
programs. For example I used Microsoft Word to simply keep
written information in one place. Later I used Scribd to get an
embed code for my Word document. I needed an embed code
because the code allows me to embed the Word document on my
Webs, which is an online website where I store all my Media work.
Similarly, when I used Microsoft PowerPoint, I had to also use
Slideshare to get an embed code to publish it on Webs. Other
websites I used were Youtube. Youtube helped me a lot in terms of
researching because Youtube is a well known website and has all
sorts of videos on there. Therefore it was easy researching other
movie openings instead of having to go and rent DVD’s from a
movie store. I also used IMDB and Pearl and Dean. Both websites
were useful for providing information about movies, for example I
learnt who the target audience was for a particular movie.
What kind of research did
I researched into movie openings that had the genre I wanted
to do. For example my group wanted to make a social realism
and urban style movie opening. We found that this genre is
common within independent cinemas as it isn't a mainstream
genre. This type of genre is a frequent and common genre for
the British Film Institution. Common movies that we researched
that belong to the urban/social realism genre were; Kidulthood,
Adulthood, Attack The Block and Anuva hood.
What planning did you do?
I had to plan the locations, the costumes and the narrative of the movie opening.
After researching the locations a social realist/urban style movie is set in, I had to
plan where I will film my movie opening and how I will use the settings to
communicate the narrative to the audience. The research helped me to understand
what settings make up my chosen genre. I planned to film in locations where there
were brick walls, footpaths and houses.
After researching what type of clothes a typical character wears for this type of
genre, I decided that the actors for my movie opening would wear
tracksuits, hoodies and trainers because these are the conventions of that genre.
I realized through my research that most movies in this genre depict drug
abuse, violence, hardships, and have a natural gritty theme about it. It is the
realistic settings and the real life issues people face that make this a social realist
genre. Therefore I had to plan a narrative that would depict such issues. I used a
storyboard to plan each shot for the movie opening. The storyboard helped me
organise my narrative and this made filming easier.
Conclusion – How
effective was this?
I believe my research was done well, because I
learnt a lot about the social realism/urban genre. But
I could have been more effective in my planning for
the actual movie opening. I think I didn’t use my time
effectively, hence why the planning became rushed
and the quality of the coursework decreased.