I created a survey where I asked a few questions before the production of my movie to get a greater understanding of what people would like to see in this documentary.
Question 1 gave me an idea of who was answering the survey. Although this question does not give me a good idea of the audience for my film, it gave me a good idea of who was answering the survey.
Question 2 was similar to question 1. By getting the ages of the people who answered my questions, I was able to look at the answers to the following questions with that knowledge in mind. A 14 year old my look for one thing in a film, where as a 40 year old may look for something entirely different. By understanding the demographic of the survey I was able to have a greater understanding of why questions were answered in certain ways.
This question is the main point of my movie. I can use the answer to this question in my actual movie. It also gives me an understanding of overall who is happy. This helps me with knowing who is answering these questions, as well as helping me out in the pre production stage of making the short film.
This question allowed me to see what percentage of people would be interested in this documentary. I was hoping the percentage would be higher however I am happy with the amount of people that find this premise intriguing and would want to see this film.
From the responses to this question I have decided to go with a voice over. This is the result I was hoping for as I don’t really think that a presenter would work well in this type of documentary.
This again influenced the writing process of the film. A huge majority of people expected interviews in this documentary, so that is why I chose to conduct interviews with people, that act both as research and an important part of my film.
This helped me understand the audiences expectations of a film. They would expect that I should carry out my own research (e.g. the interviews as well as question 3) and also look at existing research that has been conducted by professionals. This would give me a wider range of statistics that I could talk about in my film, and could link it to people in other places in the world.
I disagree with the results of this question. 2 thirds of people chose upbeat music, but I don’t think this will work well in my documentary. I think this is due to some miscommunication in the questions, as the documentary is about happiness, but it isn’t a happy documentary. It is more focused on a lack of happiness rather than people being happy. This is why I think that slower, sadder music would fit better with my short film.
Again, I disagree with this question but mainly due to the run time. I have to keep this film 5 minutes long and I am already using interviews so I don’t really have time to tell peoples stories about happiness. Although this could be very interesting to go into in this short film, I really do not have the time.
Again, due to time issues I do not think I will be able to get into this too much in my documentary. I will try to include professional opinions, however, I can’t fit many more interviews in to the 5 minutes that. I will include some opinions in my narration from the secondary research that I get, but unfortunately I can not go and interview more people.