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U2:2.1 Critically compare a range of primary and secondary research sources .

SMM U2 Research methods

RESEARCH METHOD ADVANTAGES SKILLS REQUIRED DISADVANTAGES
Primary Research Methods
Questionnaire survey Capture a lot of responses quickly, quantitative data Writing questions, design skills, analysis skills mainly closed questions so there isn’t a lot of specific data
Interviews  Can offer new ideas, a lot of data, can ask to elaborate, qualitative  People skills, communication skills, analysis skills, literacy skills Time consuming, limited number of people, talking to people is hard
Focus groups  Less time consuming then interviews, people can discuss off each other, qualitative  People skills, leadership skills, recording info accurately  People might go off topic, people may start talking over one another
Secondary Research Methods
Internet  Quick, a lot of data, up to date, can access worldwide resources  Analysis skills, fact checking, I.T. skills, searching skills, note making skills  Not everything is reliable, bias, easy to get sidetracked
Books

 

 Info has been check on academic books  Literacy skills, analysis skills, searching skills  Not up to date, you have to have the book in front of you
TV / film Documentary  Audio/visual representation of an argument, entertaining, informative  Observation skills, quick note making, source checking  Can be bias, might omit important facts as they could be seen as boring and wouldn’t make good TV
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Report on the SFX industry

In 1977 Star Wars Episode 4: A New Hope was released and the computer image that the rebel pilots viewed when attacking the Death Star was the first extensive use of animated 3-D Computer animation (or CGI).

In 1979 Alien was released and the film used a raster wireframe 3-D model rendering for the Nostromo’s navigational charts on its computer monitors. The film is best know for the chest-burster scene where a small alien bursts from one of the character’s chest before looking around and scurrying away.

In 1981 Raiders of the lost ark was released and it’s more remarkable shots were where a giant bolder was rolling after Harrison Ford’s character in the opening and the final image of the government warehouse where the Ark was stored —  a lengthy matte shot.

In 1986 Labyrinth was released and the opening CGI credits/title sequence featured a glass ball and a flying digital owl – the first realistic CGI animal. The film also included an impressive M.C. Escher-style production design, including the final “stairway sequence”

Results from our Survey

Our results show that the people who answered the survey were 16-20, which is not surprising as our classmates filled out.

The results show that people enjoyed the story in an adventure film most, then the characters and then the effects. This is likely because the story and characters create the groundings for the world that the movie is set in. Another trend seems to be that choosing a favourite adventure film is either a very difficult task or a simple request. This is likely because people don’t know what their favourite as it a very broad spectrum.

Survey

Cult film cliches and characteristics

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The Big Lebowski, The Evil Dead, Donny Darko, They Live, Mad Max are classed as Cult films. These films aren’t necessarily praised by Critics however they have amassed a cult following among fans

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What makes these films great is the blend of special & practical effects, such as the Mad Max series which uses mostly practical effects to get the feeling of the movie is actually happening. Some of these films are seen as bad films but still have wide audience appeal. They manage this by having interesting stories, memorable characters and scenes.

Key advances in sfx from 1977 onwards

In 1977 Star Wars Episode 4: A New Hope was released and the computer image that the rebel pilots viewed when attacking the Death Star was the first extensive use of animated 3-D Computer animation (or CGI).

In 1979 Alien was released and the film used a raster wireframe 3-D model rendering for the Nostromo’s navigational charts on its computer monitors. The film is best know for the chest-burster scene where a small alien bursts from one of the character’s chest before looking around and scurrying away.

In 1981 Raiders of the lost ark was released and it’s more remarkable shots were where a giant bolder was rolling after Harrison Ford’s character in the opening and the final image of the government warehouse where the Ark was stored —  a lengthy matte shot.

In 1986 Labyrinth was released and the opening CGI credits/title sequence featured a glass ball and a flying digital owl – the first realistic CGI animal. The film also included an impressive M.C. Escher-style production design, including the final “stairway sequence”

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