Unit 12 week 3 How to research

Skateboards
For this task we were demonstrating that we knew various research methods in order to research more effectively by finding more useful and relevant information by using the tools on Google to filter out or expand results. We did this by doing a case study into skateboards because they are a neutral product that we could work together to research.

On Google we learnt how we can improve our search results by using different symbols in our searches to either broaden or narrow down the results depending on what we wanted to know. One of these was to add an asterisk at the end of a search term to broaden it to include more than just that term, so that it opened up the information that we could find if we weren’t sure exactly what to search in order to find the information. Doing this for the word “skate” meant that I was able to find a lot of information about skateboards in general that would have been harder to find if I did not use that technique as I would not have known what specifically t search for in order to get the information.

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We started by making a mind map of what we already knew about skateboards. This included things like famous people and uses in pop culture. By doing this we realised we knew more about skateboards than we thought and this informed our ideas of what we needed to research further.

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To start our further research into skateboards we watched a documentary called Dogtown and Z-Boys about the origins of skateboarding and a group of people who were pioneers of the sport. From this film we learned more about famous people involved with skateboarding and how it became popular which led to us knowing what questions we could research into to find more information on skateboards. The questions we wanted to know the answers to were;

  • When was the skateboard invented?
  • Where was it invented?
  • Who invented it?
  • How popular was skateboarding in the 1960’s?
  • Why did skateboarding stop being popular in the 1960’s?
  • What happened in skateboarding after 1975?
  • Why is it becoming an Olympic sport?
  • How have skateboards evolved over the years?
  • How has skateboarding fashion evolved over the years?

Once we had these questions we divided them up in our group and each person was tasked with finding out the answers to those questions. I discovered that between 1960 and 1963 over 50 million skateboards were sold and also was able to help the person researching why it stopped being popular as I discovered that a health and safety expert claimed that skateboarding was unsafe and this led to parents not allowing their kids to use skateboards which resulted in a drop in skateboard sales and the sport died down for a while.

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Once we had all researched our question we made a second mind map that contained all the information we had learned since the start of the task.

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By doing this task I have learned how I can use different tools on Google to ensure that I get the most relevant and useful results and I can use this for my own research to help me find information easier if I do not know what to search to find the information that I want.

1960’s – Skateboard history (2010) Available at: http://skatehistory.weebly.com/1960s.html (Accessed: 16 January 2017).
Sound
Once we had researched skateboards in order to learn new research techniques we were tasked with using that knowledge to research our own chosen subject that is related to what we want to do for our Final Major Project to increase our knowledge and understanding of the subject. I chose to research the history of sound in Film and Television as I did not know much about the beginnings of sound and wanted to find out more about this because sound is the discipline I am focusing on for my FMP.
 Since I felt did not know much about when sound was first used in Film and TV i did not make a mind map of what I knew already, instead I went straight into researching when sound was first used and what it was like.
From my research I learnt that even before sound was used in films they were never completely silent as they would be accompanied by music in some way or another, either through a orchestra or someone on a piano. When sounds were eventually being used in films there were a lot of problems causes by the technology of the time, as it was very difficult to sync the sound with the visuals and also to amplify it in a way that everyone in the audience would be able to hear. Also, the early sound cameras and other equipment were so big and noisy that they had to be kept in their own soundproof room when recording, which was known as a “blimp”
In 1926 Warner Brother debuted the Vitaphone, which was the first commercially viable sound system. Warner Brothers used this device for their film The Jazz Singer which was released in 1927 and was the first major movie production that had sounds synchronized to the actors performance.
Foley is a sound recording technique that has been used in films since 1927 but experiments in what would become this were happening before this time. Jack Foley had the idea to start recording sounds in sync with actors movements to try and make it seem more authentic as by recording it in sync with different props and surfaces could create unique sounds that would be different for each character depending on what they were doing.
By doing this research I learnt much more about when sound was beginning to be used in film and the many problems they had when they were starting to use it and what they had to do to work around those problems and how the art of Foley was created and why it is still used in modern films. I have also developed my research skills as I was building on them from the skateboard task. This task has broadened my knowledge of my chosen area and will be useful for my FMP as it has given me information on the historical context of sound.
 The Editors of Encyclopædia Britannica (no date) ‘History of the motion picture – the pre-world war II sound era’, in Encyclopædia Britannica. Available at: https://www.britannica.com/art/history-of-the-motion-picture/The-pre-World-War-II-sound-era#ref508068 (Accessed: 23 February 2017).
History of Foley (no date) Available at: http://skylerradis.weebly.com/history-of-foley.html (Accessed: 18 January 2017).
Pacific Cinémathèque the on – line production resource at Pacific Cinémathèque PAGE : 2 www (no date) © pacific Cinémathèque the on-line production resource at pacific Cinémathèque THE LANGUAGE OF FILM. Available at: http://thecinematheque.ca/education/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/LanguageofFilm07.pdf (Accessed: 18 January 2017).
Slater, J. (1998) Dion sound. Available at: http://www.cinematechnologymagazine.com/pdf/dion%20sound.pdf (Accessed: 18 January 2017).
Vitaphone (no date) Available at: http://www.uflib.ufl.edu/spec/belknap/exhibit2002/vitaphone.htm (Accessed: 18 January 2017).
Winokur, M. and Holsinger, B. (2000) Movies and film: A brief history of sound in movies. Available at: http://www.infoplease.com/cig/movies-flicks-film/brief-history-sound-movies.html (Accessed: 18 January 2017).

Unit 12 Weeks 1 and 2- Personal Primary Research

Who am I?

The task I did in week 1 was to identify things that I love and then why I love them and what I know about them. To do this I created a mind map of the things I loved and then branched off of those with why I loved them. I then made a list of what I know about each thing. The purpose of this task was to give me ideas about what I could explore during the next few weeks and build towards my Final Major Project by getting me to think about what I enjoy and what I know and don’t know so that I can perform research to learn more and inform my possible ideas more.

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This task was to get me to start thinking about what I like and what it is about them that I like so that I have some ideas for what I will want to explore through my research and what I might want my Final Major Project to focus on. This task was also to get me started on my research as I was conducting research on myself and finding out what I knew and realising that there is a lot I don’t know that I will need to do more research into to find out about them. From this task I confirmed that I am drawn to stories that have interesting characters that engage me in the story and make me want to find out more and so for my FMP I might try to do something where I can create characters and a story as that is something that interests me a lot.

 

Interview Task

For this task I was paired with a member of the Games Development course and we had to interview each other to find out about ourselves and what we would like to explore for this year’s final major project. To do this I had to prepare questions that I would ask in order to find out relevant information about them, so I had to think about what I wanted to know and how I could get that information from them in an interview.

From this task I learned that I enjoy storytelling very much and my favourite films, games, TV shows, and books all have very well built stories and characters that appeal to me, which I had not thought much about before but now that I have I now know why I have enjoyed the tasks I have done that have required me to write something for characters, such as my FMP for last year where I created characters and had to write a character bible for them with a backstory for each character. I also learned how I can create structured questions to help me get information which will be helpful when I am doing my research into my chosen subject.

This information changed my understanding of my goals as I now think I am going to want to do things that involve creating a story that is interesting to me and that could be something I hope to achieve with my FMP.

My findings have highlighted that I am interested in story and storytelling and creating my own characters, and that I am also interested in sound and how that can be used with storytelling. I think that one strength I discovered from these findings is my writing, for a story and characters, as I have done a lot of writing for tasks and I enjoy being able to create whatever I want to through characters and the worlds I can create in a story.

I can use this information for my personal development as now I know what I am interested in doing creatively I can work on improving my skills in those areas and learn more about how I can improve the work I do so that in the future the standard of my work will be higher. This can also help me for my specialist study as this has given me some more ideas for what I can research and explore.

This information will be useful for me for my FMP as well as now I know what I enjoy doing and what I want to do more of I can think of FMP ideas that are based around this, so my FMP could include sound or storytelling or both as these are the things that I enjoy the most. I will also be able to use the research techniques that I learned as I will be able to form questions that will have a good chance of finding me relevent information that I can use for my project.

I can also use this information to help me with my career goals as before this task I didn’t know what I wanted my career to be in but now I think it will be something to do with sound or storytelling as these are my interests.

 

Myers-Briggs Personality Test

For this task I took a personality test that was developed by Katharine Cook Briggs and her daughter Isabel Briggs Myers. This was to find out what personality type I am and how this can affect what I do for my Final Major Project. Also this task was to highlight what my strengths and weaknesses are and what I can do to ensure that I work around my weaknesses and get the best out of my strengths.

When taking the test I tried to answer the questions with my immediate response to them so that I did not overthink them as that could have led to the result changing. However for some of the questions I had to think about them as I did not understand the questions at first. I was honest with my answers to get the most accurate result and try to remove any potential bias from my answers. I only took the test once because I felt it was accurate and reflected my personality well. My result was INFJ-T, which stands for Introverted, Intuitive, Feeling, Judging, and Turbulent. According to the test my strengths are that I am creative, insightful, inspiring and convincing, decisive, determined and passionate, and altruistic. I agree with some of these strengths as I feel I am creative and I am determined and passionate when the project I’m working on is interesting to me. I also think I can be altruistic as I do like helping people and trying to make situations better, however I do want to advance myself so I do take actions sometimes to just try and do that. My weaknesses according to the test are that I am sensitive, extremely private, a perfectionist, I always need to have a cause, and I burn out easily. Apart from being a perfectionist I think that I do have these weaknesses, as if I feel I am not making progress towards something I will get bored of it and move on to something else, but I don’t feel that I continue to work on something until it is perfect because once I have completed something I want to move on to the next project as soon as possible. The results also say that I can find it hard to deal with interpersonal conflicts and I think this is true as I do not like conflict at all and get uncomfortable if people I know are involved in conflict in some way. They also say I have trouble with confronting unpleasant facts and I believe this is also true as I want to believe that everything is fine and knowing that isn’t the case is distressing for me.

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The data from this test suggested that I am extremely introverted, as I got 80% introverted. I would say that this is very accurate as I do prefer to spend time on my own most of the time and it does take me a while to get comfortable around new people. However, once I am comfortable with people I will be a bit more extraverted and I do enjoy socialising under the right circumstances and if it’s with people I like. Also I am more intuitive than observant as I got 74% intuitive and I agree with this as I am very imaginative and curious, and I am less concerned with facts. I also got 78% feeling which means I am sensitive and emotionally expressive, however I do not think this is accurate as I do not express my emotions very much, although my actions are based off my emotions and I do try to be compassionate towards other people and their problems.

I got 63% judging which means I am decisive and highly organised and value clarity and predictability which I think is very accurate as I need to know what I’m doing and what it’s for and need to plan out what I am going to do so that I can see my progress. However I do think I do have the prospecting trait as I do focus on what I enjoy and if I have to do something that I do not enjoy or think is that important I will find something else to do that I enjoy better. My final result was I am 66% turbulent which means I am self-conscious and sensitive to stress and I agree with this as I am always thinking about what other people think about me and my work and if I am stressed I can’t get anything done and won’t be happy.

Something I learnt that I hadn’t considered before is that I do not go for friendships just out of circumstance, instead I try and get to know people to see if I can form a deep connection with them and have meaningful discussions. I think this is part of the reason that it takes me a while to open up to people and start expressing myself more.

I do agree with this theory and test as I think it was very accurate for who I am and has taught me some things about myself but also confirmed some things that I already suspected. I feel that the test got every trait of my personality right even if I do believe that some of them I am more of the traits I didn’t get than the test said I was.

other-result

Once I had taken the test I got someone else to take it for me and the result that they got was ISFP which stands for Introverted, Sensing, Feeling, and Perceiving. This is slightly different to the result I got for myself and means that this person sees me as more adventurous and more interested in design and aesthetics. Also they think I am not someone who will follow traditional conventions and will sometimes go against society. Also this personality type is more spontaneous and experiments more which I do not think fits my personality at all. I don’t think this result is accurate for me as it says people with this personality don’t dwell on the past or future and instead think about who they are, whereas I am always thinking about my past actions and what could happen in the future and I worry about these things. However it does say that these people do plan actions and behaviours for the future which I do sometimes. Also it says risky behaviours are more common for people with this personality and I do not enjoy taking risks so I prefer to play things safe and be secure.

I think other people do see me differently to how I see myself as I think some people only see what I want them to see so they have a different perception of me, for example some people only see me being extraverted so they be surprised when I act introverted. Also because other people are detached from me they can maybe have a clearer perspective of who I am as I am always thinking about that and judging myself so maybe I am not as objective.

This task has been useful as I have been able to find out what my personality type is and also what other people think my personality is which is very useful as this can provide answers for who I am and it explains why I do certain things, but it also has informed me of how I react to certain situations which will be useful in the future as I will know if I’m not doing something I enjoy I will be less likely to fully focus on it and complete it as best I can. I can use these findings to influence my ideas for my Final Major Project as now I know how I work what I need in order to be motivated to work so this will help me when I am doing my work as I will try to not get bored and want to move on as quickly by doing a project that really interests me and that I can really engage with.

Limited, N.A. (2011) Free personality test. Available at: https://www.16personalities.com/free-personality-test (Accessed: 10 January 2017).