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Fm2 small scale research project

FM2: Small Scale Research Project

  • 40% of your coursework mark

  • Requires you to demonstrate independent learning skills

  • You will produce 2 things:

    • A presentation script (60%)

    • An annotated catalogue (40%)

Fm2 small scale research project1

FM2: Small Scale Research Project

You need to choose an area of investigation that falls within one of the following areas:




Social, Historical and Political Contexts


Your area of investigation must be:

expressed in terms of a statement (as opposed to a question) so that you can research in an open way

An example
An example…..

  • Here is another:

  • Exploration of representations of the zeitgeist within the Dystopian Science-Fiction

  • Children of Men, The Day After Tomorrow, Independence Day, I Am Legend, 2012….

An example1
An example…..

  • Here is an example of a good research statement:

  • Investigation into ‘humour’ in contemporary British cinema, looking at the films of Richard Curtis.

  • Love Actually, Four Weddings and a Funeral, About a Boy, Notting Hill

1 annotated catalogue

1. Annotated catalogue

10 to 15 items

Primary and secondary research

Each item should be referenced correctly

And have a short note (of about 5 lines) explaining how it is relevant to your research

A closing paragraph should identify at least 4 important items not selected for inclusion and explain why

2 presentation script

2. Presentation script

  • 1000 – 1500 words and last 12 – 18 minutes:

    • You will present this to us and it will be recorded

  • Use headings and sub-headings to divide it up but do not write it in an essay format

  • Should show where a piece of supporting material from the Catalogue will be used

    • These items must be referenced by using a Catalogue number

Deadlines put these in your diary now

Deadlines – put these in your diary now!

  • 24th September

  • 100 word Rationale (including area of research statement, proposed films and research items)

  • 1st October

  • 750 word essay exploring your focus film

  • 8th October

  • Watch your other 3 films and write a 200 word summary of each

  • 22nd October

  • Primary research completed

  • 12th November

  • Secondary research completed

  • 26th November

  • First draft of script and catalogue

  • 10th December

  • Final draft of script and catalogue

  • 17th December

  • Presentation

What is the difference between primary and secondary research
What is the difference between Primary and Secondary research?

  • Primary – Research undertaken directly by yourself in order to generate your own findings.

  • Secondary – The use of data that someone else has collected or written.

  • TASK – Brainstorm different types of both primary and secondary research

Primary research
Primary Research research?

  • There are a variety of methods you may use but the main ones are:

  • Interviews

  • Textual analysis

  • Observations

  • Focus groups

  • Questionnaires

  • Every research question will benefit from the use of a questionnaire and textual analysis at the very least!

Secondary research
Secondary Research research?

  • Examples include: Internet, Books, Magazines, Newspapers, Journals, Documentaries, DVD extras.

  • Research from books and the internet should be academically grounded, if in doubt ask! Be wary of overly opinionated writing found on the internet.

  • Check the media/film section in the 6th form library, there are some very good resources that you could use.

  • Examples of reliable sources – BBC, The Times, The Guardian, IMDB, BFI, Sight and Sound, British Library (visit it!)

  • Spend the time to consider the most appropriate secondary sources for your question

Types of research
Types of Research research?

  • Textual analysis.

  • Industry Research: producers or institutions behind the text.

  • Academic criticism – theories, essays etc

  • Popular criticism – reviews, blogs.

  • Primary audience research – questionnaires, interviews, observations.

Research research?

  • Include examples (distinguish primary & secondary):

    • Poster analysis (or other advertising analysis)

    • Film clips/stills/opening sequences/trailer/dvd commentary and/or extras

    • Magazine (e.g. film mag front covers)/newspaper/online articles/shots/interviews

    • Reviews (TV/print/online) – blog comments?

    • Film theory essays

    • Questionnaire analysis

    • Audience vs star interviews

    • Box office stats might be relevant (e.g. revenue)

    • Theoretical background (e.g. essay about feminism, postmodernism)

Creating an interesting investigation
Creating an interesting investigation research?

  • How to plan, research and write a good research project can seem a tall order, especially under a tight deadline.

  • Your research statement is the first extremely important step that sets the agenda for everything that you will do.

Key points on statements
Key points on statements. research?

  • It must be easy to understand. Your wording should be relatively simple.

  • It must have a definite purpose or focus.

  • Most importantly it should be something you’re going to find interesting, enjoyable and rewarding!

Thinking about case studies
Thinking about case studies… research?

  • Watch this clip from ‘Sweet Sixteen’

  • Directed by Ken Loach

  • Genre: British Social realism

  • What areas of research? Brainstorm.

  • Star or director

  • Genre

  • Issues of gender

  • Issues of ethnicity/culture

  • Institutions

  • Technology

  • What area of investigation would you focus on?

  • Think about what other case studies you would use to accompany it?

Research diary
Research Diary research?

  • You must keep a diary to record all research conducted – I will give you a book for this.

  • This diary should include dates, names, and a bibliography.

  • Try to be as precise and detailed as possible with all information.