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Film Investigation

Film Investigation

To show your understanding of the stages and roles in the film production process, you are going to complete an investigation on the production of your favourite film. To complete this investigation, you will need to obtain a copy of the film on DVD or blu-ray. It’s a good idea to choose a film that has ample special features. To complete this task, you will need to:

• watch the film
• listen to the audio commentary
• watch any other bonus features
• conduct additional research using YouTube
• find additional information about the production of the film using Wikipedia as a starting point

While you’re watching these segments and reading articles, take notes under the following headings: Pre-Production, Principal Photography and Post Production.

These notes should include any relevant information on the production of the film. You might choose to write down quotes that you can later use in your report on the production of this film.

Your report will be 750 words long. It should include specific reference to the stages and roles in the film production process. It might also touch on any issues that affected the filmmakers and the production of your selected film, such as sources of finance or copyright.

Footnotes and Bibliography

Your investigation will include footnotes and a bibliography. It is necessary to use a citation every time you use a direct quotation or explain an idea that you’ve read about somewhere else. If you want to generate the citation for a book or DVD, visit WorldCat, search for the title of the book or DVD and visit that page. At the top of the page, click on ‘Cite/Export’. Select ‘Turbian’ and copy the relevant citation. When you are citing a book, make sure you also add the page number at the end.

To reference a website, visit Son of Citation Machine. Click on Turbian and click on ‘Web Document’. Type in the details of the website you have accessed and press ‘Make Citation’.

The first time you cite something in your report, you will include a full citation. Every time you subsequently reference the same text, you simply write ibid and the page number. If you want to cite something you’ve used earlier, use op. cit. and the page number.

1 Benchley, Peter, et al. Jaws. Universal City, CA: Universal, 2000.
2 ibid.
3 ibid.
4 Gottlieb, Carl. The Jaws Log. New York: Newmarket Press, 2001.
5 ibid.
6 Benchley, op. cit.

Your bibliography is an alphabetical list of references by author surname.

Example Citations

DVD
Benchley, Peter, et al. Jaws. Universal City, CA: Universal, 2000.

Book
Gottlieb, Carl. The Jaws Log. New York: Newmarket Press, 2001.

Website
Nastasi, Alison. “Rare, Behind-the-Scenes Photos from the Making of ‘Jaws’.” Flavorwire. http://flavorwire.com/329981/rare-behind-the-scenes-photos-from-the-making-of-jaws (accessed August 28, 2013).