Our primary research question in this research is “The rise of Asian Films in Western culture.” We will base our research in Australia, which will be easier for us to get surveys and interview done.
Exact Role in the research group:
For working on the research, each of us got our own responsible on one particular section of the research.
We’ve got divided the research into 4 section, that is:
- In charge of explanation of our research
That is why did we chose this topic, and as much facts, statistics and data of the trend in Melbourne will be included.
- In charge of the Film Distributors/Key media practitioners
Research on all the possible film distributors in Melbourne, apart from Hoyts. Get their contact, ask for permission to interview them and collaborate with them for our surveys.
Research on what questions to put in the survey, research on current trends and possibilities, analyze the data collected from the survey.
- In charge of the Copyright issues and student rights for video
If we include clips from movies and whether we could upload online.
And as for my role I’m responsible on explaining our research, which means I will have to answer the questions below:
1. Why specifically do we choose to focus on China, Hong Kong and Taiwan films in Melbourne?
2. How are SEA films making its mark in Melbourne?
3. Why is there a growing trend of SEA films screened in Melbourne cinemas?
4. What is it that Melbourne citizens like about SEA films?
As my research topic are not too dense, I will be helping Calvin on his topic as well, that is :
In charge of the Film Distributors/Key media practitioners
I’ve got another role, which is being the Director of Cinematography in our documentary production. We decided to present our research to the class in a documentary form, so that it will not be boring.
The progress I made so far:
As for the research part, i did research that i should do. I researched on the Asian population in Australia, Asian cinema in Australia.
As for the interview part, I try to look for people who are suitable for us, and people who could provide information that we might not be able to get it thru the net. With all the callings and searching, I think I am pretty lucky that I could speak to someone who gets Asian film mainly from Taiwan, Hong Kong, and China, and then distribute it to Hoyts. I’ve arranged time and dates to meet him individually and in a group. Questions to be asked is prepared.
Other than that, for our documentary filming, as I am a TV1 and TV2 student, I’ve got experience on shootings and what will have to be done before and after shootings. I have already spoken to David (Tv tutor/pp1 tutor) about the rules and regulations, what we need to get before we start our shootings. I’ve got the forms all prepared, and now is just to know who should i get to sign the form. Which I’ll be going to Hoyts(one of our selected location for our documentary) to ask for permissions for shooting.
Strategies that i have utilized in the research:
For me, following the time line that are set is what I’ve been doing, and also doing lot’s of research, getting lot’s of information. The time line that are set is very important, it gave me a guide on when to do what, i guess this can be an motivation tool.
I realized networking is pretty important too, sometimes if you do not have the network you will not be able to contact or interview someone that easily.
Problems that I encountered:
For me the major problem that I faced is to contact the right person to get information that are useful and needed. Before my friend told me he knew someone from Hoyts, me and my group mates are struggling to get people to actually talk to us. Calvin sent emails to people in Hoyts, getting them to reply is hard. “Waiting” is also another issue that we encountered. People tend to drag things that they think it is not important for them, well for us is important. We often have to wait and wait and wait for their replies, and while waiting our time line will have to be changed again and again.
Other than that, getting everyone together at the same time is pretty hard. We all have our own schedule, like when to do what, therefore to suits everyone’s time is really a challenge.
How I resolve the problems:
As for the “waiting” issue, I guess nothing can be done, but to look for another way to contact some other person. Which what I did, I asked around people that I knew, and surprisingly I manage to find one, and again connections are very important!!
As for internal problem (group mates) it is quite easy to be solve, because all our group mates are very kind and we manage to understand each other, therefore problems within the groups are always easy to be solve.
Research intersects with other research projects:
Well this research had a little bit connections with the subject i took last semester, which is Asian Cinemas Studies. We are both doing research on Asian Cinemas, that will be easier, because I understand Asian Cinemas and I love Asian Cinemas.
Other than that, I think this research is pretty relevant to me, because I’m an Asian who lives in Australia, I could understand what secondary audience thinks about Asian Cinemas in Australia. Other than that, I often watch movies that are screened in Hoyts, particularly Asian films.