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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 Project.

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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%)
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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….
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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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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…
  • 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
  • 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.