|FMP – RESEARCH PLAN||Approx. No of Words|
|I will be researching into Storytelling and Narrative; particularly in to how teenage characters are represented in film|
|Why is it important? – Importance||100|
|I feel that teenage characters are often either misrepresented or underdeveloped in film. Whether that be due to lack of knowledge or general negligence I think the characters are difficult to relate to at a different age and so I want to be able to represent them properly.
|My progress and achievements throughout the course (write about knowledge, skills and how this influenced your choices during the course)||200|
|Throughout this course I have learnt a number of skills and an extensive amount of knowledge about filmmaking and the film industry. I have always had a keen interest in “Coming of Age” films, and so as my knowledge has increased in narrative and scriptwriting over the past 2 years; I have realised that some practitioners can create teenage characters effectively, whereas most characters will often feel underdeveloped and misrepresented. I have exponentially increased my camera, sound and lighting skills since the beginning of this course, and throughout, as my confidence has grown, I have found myself taking the position of Director more and more, as I like to be in charge of the set I am on so I can create the product as I see fit.
|Literature (Proposed Sources – Harvard Format)||200|
|Louise O’Neill. (2015). How do you write for teenagers?. Available: https://www.theguardian.com/childrens-books-site/2015/oct/23/how-do-you-write-for-teenagers. Last accessed 21/03/2017.
Boyhood. Texas, USA: Richard Linklater, 2014. DVD.
Fresh Air. (2014). Filmed Over 12 Years, ‘Boyhood’ Follows A Kid’s Coming Of Age. Available: http://www.npr.org/2014/07/10/330291891/filmed-over-12-years-boyhood-follows-a-kids-coming-of-age. Last accessed 21/03/2017.
Ramin Setoodeh. (2016). Richard Linklater on the Long Road to Make ‘Everybody Wants Some!!’. Available: http://variety.com/2016/film/news/richard-linklater-everybody-wants-some-dazed-and-confused-1201731914/. Last accessed 22/03/2017.
Dazed And Confused. Texas, USA: Richard Linklater, 1993. DVD.
Lydia Sharp. (2013). Writing From an Authentic Teen Viewpoint. Available: https://writeitsideways.com/writing-from-an-authentic-teen-viewpoint/. Last accessed 22/03/2017.
Fast Times At Ridgemont High. California, USA: Amy Heckerling, 1982. DVD.
|My research questions (What I am trying to find out?)||100|
|· What films have represented teenage characters properly
· Which Directors and Writers have consistently developed teenage characters extensively and how can I learn from them
· Which Directors and Writers have not developed teenage characters well and what can I learn about how not to build the characters
|Research Design (methods)||100|
|I will be holding focus groups to find out peoples views on the representation in media of teenage characters and what can be done to represent them better. I also want to do secondary research into films with well-developed teenage characters to see how that practitioner made that character. It’s important not solely focus on existing films, and so I want to look at how teenage characters are developed in novels too.
· Focus Groups
· Film + TV
|How will this research help me with my product?||200|
|It’s important for me to look at existing media products to gain an understanding of how what I’m interested in looking at has been produced in the past. I will learn more about how to produce an effective script and what kind of traits make a good and bad teenage character.
|Project Action Plan and Timetable|
|Week||Date Week Beginning||Activity / What you are intending to do – including independent study
|Resources / What you will need to do it – including access to workshops
|1||13th March 17||Observation Study||Camera|
|2||20th March 17||Timeline – Skills learnt