Monday 17th -Sunday 23rd November 2014
This week I managed to get ahead on my research work. This meant that although I had given myself this week to further work on my proposal in my blog, I had already finished it and so I could get started on the next assignment. To begin with, I went onto Google and typed in any words that I thought could be relevant to the subject that I am searching. I therefore started by looking up the first female filmmaker, as a basis on which to possibly begin my infographic. This could be included to show the progression of female filmmakers in the industry. I then searched on Google for organisations that specifically help women in film and in the media. During this, I looked on the website for “Women in Film and Television UK” and found the contact details so that I could send an email asking whether I could get an interview with someone who worked for the organisation. A few days later they replied to me, and said:
We are all extremely busy over here with our upcoming Awards in December 5th, so we can’t help you at the moment.
Please get in touch again on the week of December 8th and then we will be able to see who’s available to help you with that.
With best wishes,
I will therefore be contacting them again on that week in the hopes of attaining the interview.
I also searched on Google for statistics of how many women are currently working in film, in the UK and across the world. This will help towards my quantitative research, which is important to use in an info graphic, as they are very factually based. As well as statistics, I further searched into what was written in people’s opinions regarding women working in media, which includes newspaper articles and blogs. I then decided to type into Google “feminist film-making” as I am curious as to how this comes into it, and how the topics of female filmmakers’ films may or may not differ from films made by men. Finally, I searched on Google for any books that have to do with the topic, and like all of the research webpages I found, it is now down to me to narrow it all down and see what is relevant to look into further. I will also have to find somewhere to access the books, and identify whether they are better to purchase (depending on the price) or to request a local library to get in.
However, I have already researched all of the local libraries, and identified which ones will be of use to go to and see what resources they have.
Finally, I also designed a questionnaire, which I will distribute next week in the hopes of getting some useful primary research. I have designed it in such a way that I can get some statistics from it, by using simple “yes” and “no” questions, as well as including some open-ended questions where people can write down their opinions; resulting in some primary qualitative research.
24th November- 28th November 2014
This week I distributed the questionnaires that I had designed. I also visited a couple of libraries and saw if there was anything relevant to the subject that I am researching. This did not work out, as after searching through the limited film sections that the libraries had, I had a look at the online catalog for Barking and Dagenham libraries, and the only book from the list of books I had found was only available to book out from Bexley. (Arena.yourlondonlibrary.net, 2014)
However, it is likely that we will be visiting the British Library soon, and so I can get some resources then. The list of books that I am looking for in the libraries are the following:
– Women Filmmakers in Early Hollywood- Karen Ward Mahar
– Women Filmmakers: Refocusing- Jaqueline Levitin, Judith Plessis, Valerie Raoul
– Women Directors and their Films- Mary G. Hurd
– Women Filmmakers and their Films- Gwendolyn Audrey Foster, Katrien Jacobs, Amy L. Unterburger
– Universal Women: Filmmaking and Institutional Change in Early Hollywood- Mark Garrett Cooper
– Women Directors: The Emergence of a New Cinema- Barbara Quart
– Women and Film: Both Sides of the Camera- E. Ann Kaplan
– The Woman at the Keyhole: Feminism and Women’s Cinema- Judith Mayne
– Fantastic Female Filmmakers- Suzanne Simoni
– Issues in Feminist Film Criticism- Patricia Erens
– Women on the Edge: Twelve Political Film Practices- Sharon Lin Tay
I have chosen these specific books out of all the ones I have looked at online when searching Google and Amazon for anything related to the topic I will be making the infographic on. This is because I believe them to be the most relevant and can provide a cross-section of information, from the history of women filmmakers, to their current works, to feminist film issues. I could narrow them down again, but it is likely that nowhere will have all of the books and so it is better to have a wider selection to choose from when visiting the British Library.
After I had decided on this, I further organised the list of links to webpages I had previously looked at. This meant putting each link into a section with a different subheading, so that I will know what each webpage is about before deciding which page to open and analyse for information. The full list of links can be found on my main blog page. Obviously at this stage they are not referenced because they are for me to refer to as I continue my research.
However, after I had done this, I further looked into the research. Thus far I have completed my online research of the history of women in film, the first female director, organisations and projects, and UK female directors and opportunities. I have found selective parts of the text from the webpages, which I have separated in these sections, which are the bits of information that I think is most interesting and relevant to the subject I will be making an info graphic about. Next, I will have to continue this research on the other sub-headed topics I have already identified.
28th November-7th December 2014
This week I finished going through the websites that I had previously identified in order to get secondary research on my chosen topic. This includes the topics of US Female Filmmakers, Female Filmmakers around the world, Extra statistics, Examples of women directors, and Feminist Filmmaking. After selecting the important aspects from each website I then wrote a summary of what is and isn’t useful and why at the end of each blog post. I can now take out the important information and decide which parts of the information I will be using on my infographic. I also put the questionairre I previously designed onto Surveymonkey, and posted a link to that onto my blog. This is because the more replies I get the better, as I wouldn’t want to collate the information too early before I got a more extensive view of how people feel about female filmmakers in the industry. Next week I will also have to email the Women in Film and Television UK organisation again so as to try and arrange an interview, as they said to do so after 8th December.
8th December-14th December:
This week I emailed the Women In Film and TV UK Organisation again, as per their request, and am still waiting on a reply. I also collated the results from my questionnaires, and put the information from the paper questionnaires onto the online one on SurveyMonkey when I felt I had enough answers to work with. This provided me with some interesting primary researched statistics that I can use in my infographic. I cannot select all of the information that I will be using for my infographic yet, as the class trip to the library has not yet taken place. However, I feel that I am top of the internet research and primary research.
15th December-22nd December:
This week I finally managed to get the books needed to present more than one form of secondary research on the infographic. I found these by going to the British Library. Thee books included some extremely helpful information, from opinions, to statistics, which would be appropriate to include in the infographic. As well as this, I also got a reply from the Women in Film and Television UK organisation saying they could not do an interview in person but they don’t mind answering my questions via email. I then thought of some questions, emailed them back, and am now waiting on a reply. Once I have this I will screenshot it and post it onto my blog.
However, as they have not got back to me yet, I have planned out my script and storyboard variants already, along with my choices in animatics, music, and sound effects. I also calculated the cost of the project. To decide on animatics, I looked at previous examples of what had been used in infographics, and justified why I wanted to use the style I had decided upon. I also looked at copyright free music and justified why I wanted to use each sound effect and song.
I began to decide what to include by going through the expensive research that I had and pasting anything blockquoted into a document, then narrowing the document down if there was anything that I thought was not relevant, or repeated information and statistics. I then took the statistics and put them onto another post, so that I could check how many statistics I had. I then had enough information to base my script on, and so I wrote 2 different variations of the script that I can use for my infographic. Finally, I designed storyboards to accompany these scripts, and posted them onto my blog. My research and planning project is now complete.