Props Survey Results and Conclusions

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Props Survey: Results & Conclusions:

Props Survey: Results & Conclusions Lauren Tricker

Introduction:

Introduction The following survey consists of 9 different questions that I designed in order to target various aspects on the topic of props that will enable myself and my team to validate our choices on this subject. Additionally, if we do not receive the results we’d hoped for, my audience feedback will also enable us to recognise what we can do to amend and improve our usage of props. Firstly, I decided I wanted 10 responses. By doing so, I am enabling myself to receive a satisfactory amount of results that will provide me with a range of answers, whilst avoiding restrictions and issues of not having enough/too much data to analyse and draw conclusions from. When determining how I wanted applicants to complete my survey, I decided I wanted to use different methods of communication: online and face-to-face. Henceforth, I gave 5 people paper copies of my survey, and posted my questions onto the online questionnaire site ‘Survey Monkey’. Shortly after posting the survey’s link onto my Facebook page, I quickly received 5 responses, therefore fulfilling my target of 10 participants, and allowing me to begin to draw conclusions. I also ensured to ask a variety of multiple choice and written questions in order to ensure participants discuss specific topics I would like them to think about, but also to enable them to convey their personal opinion, too . To view the survey, please click here.

1-On a scale of 1-5, 1 being the lowest and 5 the highest, how important would you class the use of props within Action Adventure opening sequences?:

1-On a scale of 1-5, 1 being the lowest and 5 the highest, how important would you class the use of props within Action Adventure opening sequences? From my survey, nearly half of my applicants agreed that props are of a high importance within Action Adventure opening sequences as 40% chose number 5 on the scale of importance. However , all of my applicants agreed that the use of props was of at least somewhat importance, as 10% of candidates chose number 3, and 50 % chose number 4 on the scale of importance. From my results, myself and my team will ensure to only choose to use props that represent the ideology we want to convey, and have specific attached connotations. By doing so, we will uphold viewers’ perception towards the importance of props, and enable ourselves to discuss in-depth secondary ideas towards all footage. Also, as I believe number 3 on the scale of importance to be fairly low (especially when compared to the other 90% of candidates who choose 4 or above), myself and my team will intentionally use a variety of props that you would expect to find within an Action Adventure opening sequence (such as drugs), but also some that you wouldn’t (like the heart-shaped locket). By doing so, the wide range of props will intrigue viewers and therefore alter their perceptions on props’ level of importance due to what they signify, and the secondary ideologies you can receive from this.

2-What would you prefer more of within an Action Adventure opening sequence out of the following options?:

2-What would you prefer more of within an Action Adventure opening sequence out of the following options? When completing my survey about props, half of my participants agreed that physical action would be what they preferred to see more of within an Action Adventure opening sequence, and the other half of my applicants agreed stunts is their preferred convention. To ensure that we fulfil our audience’s needs, myself and my team will include these two conventions within our film in order to please candidates whilst watching our movie. However, if we were to consist our opening sequence of physical action and stunts only , we would not be using a range of Action Adventure conventions that are essential when creating a successful opening sequence and film. Therefore, myself and my team will use all four aspects throughout. Additionally, in Question 1, 90% of candidates agreed that props were of importance within an Action Adventure opening sequence, meaning if myself and my team included a variety of conventions then the vast majority of viewers would not be dissatisfied. Although, as I’ve previously said, we will specifically include those two conventions within our film at some point in order to target our primary audience.

3-What would you say is the MOST effective prop within an Action Adventure opening sequence out of the following options?:

3-What would you say is the MOST effective prop within an Action Adventure opening sequence out of the following options? From my survey, 5 out of 6 potential responses received at least one vote, therefore meaning that the vast majority of our props are considered to be highly effective and useful. Dark eyewear received the highest amount of votes, achieving 4/10 (40%), and the CCTV Footage snapshot receiving the second highest with 2/10 (20%). Henceforth, myself and my team will ensure to use a wide range of strategic camera angles/shots when these two props are in use during our opening sequence. By doing so, we are targeting our audience/viewers as, from my survey, a total of 60% of our candidates agreed that these two props are the most effective. Money, however, received no votes within my survey. The props usage within our opening sequence simply enables Lucy to be drugged, and isn’t being included substantially elsewhere. Therefore, the fact that very few believe it to be un-effective is not an issue as, at that moment within the sequence, Lucy is attempting to blend into society, meaning the use of an extravagant and ‘overly effective’ prop will simply contradict her intentions. I go into more detail on this topic on Question 6.

4-What would you say dark eyewear signifies about a character- such as Lucy (Scarlett Johansson) in the self-named film- and why?:

4-What would you say dark eyewear signifies about a character- such as Lucy (Scarlett Johansson) in the self-named film- and why? From my survey, the vast majority of candidates reiterated the ideologies that myself and my team want to convey through the use of dark sunglasses. The answers I received ranged from the prop “signifies mystery”, to it also conveys the possibility that “something is going to happen.” Myself and my team were intending to portray the character, Lauren (who will be wearing the sunglasses), to be a “strong” and “dominant” alpha female, and from my results, it’s clear to see that the usage of the prop will successfully fulfil it’s designated purpose. Additionally, as my audience agrees with my ideologies, you could also say that they, therefore, support my team’s decision to contradict the stereotype of female’s being weak within this genre, simply because it’s inclusion alone conveys juxtaposing views to society’s opinions towards women. To accentuate this, within my survey, I provided the example of Scarlett Johansson who also plays a strong female character in ‘Lucy’. Therefore, myself and my team will ensure to display the use of dark sunglasses within a dramatic fashion in order to emphasise the ideologies that we, and our audience, believe the prop conveys.

5-What would you say the use of drugs, such as in the film ‘Knight and Day’, signifies about a character like Roy (Tom Cruise), and why?:

5-What would you say the use of drugs, such as in the film ‘Knight and Day’, signifies about a character like Roy (Tom Cruise), and why? From my survey, I can say that many candidates, once again, discussed the ideologies that myself and my team aimed to convey through the use of drugs. Many stated that the usage of the prop symbolised “power” over someone, and this is exactly how we want to portray Lauren’s current dominance over Lucy. One candidate also discussed how it’s user would be “helpless”, and for a short period of time in our sequence, this is how we want viewers to perceive Lucy. By doing so, we initially follow society’s views towards women within this genre, with the intention to later contradict opinions during the ‘Hostage Scene’. However, one candidate in particular stated that context is vital when displaying the use of drugs, and as some answers discussed how it’s inclusion may convey the character to have an “addictive” personality (which is not how we are planning to present the prop). I, too, believe this statement to be true. We are using drugs to present Lauren as, at first, a fairly negative character, and for Lucy to be initially weak (as I’ve already said). Henceforth, myself and my team will strategically use the prop in order ensure that this message is conveyed, and avoid “glorifying it’s use”, also.

6-What would you say the use of a bag containing a lot of AND a little amount of money signifies about a character, such as Lucy (Scarlett Johansson) who is carrying a lot, and why?:

6-What would you say the use of a bag containing a lot of AND a little amount of money signifies about a character, such as Lucy (Scarlett Johansson) who is carrying a lot, and why? The vast majority of my responses agreed that a lot of money signifies “power” and potentially “illegal activity”, whilst the lack of money, as our character, Lucy, will have, signifies her “vulnerability”. Yet, in some cases, the lack of physical cash during your day-to-day life can be perceived as “normal”, as stated by one of my participants. This is exactly the perception we want to portray. As Lucy is attempting to fit into society, and no longer has support from the agency or her family, she is currently financially weak and restricted as she’s ‘on the run’. This is also why our character will be carrying a bag and a purse, therefore differentiating our film from the real media text ‘Lucy’, which we used as inspiration, as their main character is carrying a lot of money freely inside a shoulder bag, therefore, somewhat segregating herself from the ‘norm’ of society. However, one candidate, once again, stated that “context is everything”, and I completely agree. Myself and my team are purposely presenting Lucy to be vulnerable and weak, as some of my participants stated, in order to swiftly contradict this persona and permanently alter their views upon women within this genre of film.

7-What would you say the showing of CCTV footage, or a snapshot of, signify about the character being displayed, such as Jack Ryan in the film Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit, and why?:

7-What would you say the showing of CCTV footage, or a snapshot of, signify about the character being displayed, such as Jack Ryan in the film Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit, and why? The vast majority of my applicants reiterated the ideologies that myself and my team are intending to convey through the usage of the CCTV snapshot. Many stated that it’s usage would convey “mystery”, and spark questions that they may be a “spy” or “on the run”. When the prop is first presented, it’s unclear as to who is in the picture due to the ambiguous camera angle we have chosen to use, and consequently emphasises unanswered queries. Candidates also stated the prop would “build tension”, and this is exactly what we aim to achieve within our opening sequence. Due to the picture being heavily edited, with an added filter and colour correction via an app called ‘Aviary’, we wanted to use the prop as a hook by intriguing viewers through the introduction of an unknown character. However some stated that the showing of the prop would symbolise them potentially being a criminal, therefore re-enforcing the fact that context is vital when all props are displayed.

8-How many props do you think would be a suitable amount to use within an Action Adventure opening sequence?:

8-How many props do you think would be a suitable amount to use within an Action Adventure opening sequence? From my results, I can say that 50% of my applicants agreed by saying that around 5-6 props within an opening sequence would be suitable. Also, just under half of my participants (40%) stated that 3-4 would be a sufficient amount to use. Originally, myself and my team were planning to use 6 props (drugs, a necklace, a backpack, a photograph, sunglasses and money), therefore fulfilling half of our audience’s opinions. However, as our ideas and plot began to develop, this increased to having 8 within our sequence, as we recently added the folder for the CCTV snapshot (though we combined this as one with the photograph), and the chair during the ‘Hostage Scene ’, whilst getting rid of the usage of money as it wasn’t at all beneficial to our work. I believe the two extra props are a necessity within our opening sequence, as they both contribute to fulfilling the basic conventions for our genre, accentuate our work’s level of realism, and increase the overall level of suspense. Henceforth, the two props are in fact assets to our sequence as they improve the quality of our work, rather than having a negative impact as some applicants stated when asked why they chose their answer, however further analysis on participants’ reasoning is on the following slide. Additionally , I believe 1-2 props would not be a sufficient amount to use within a 2-minute opening sequence, as one out of my ten applicants stated, as it would take emphasis “away from the storyline”. However, as I’ve already said, I go into more detail why on the following slide.

9-Why?:

9-Why? When asked about how too many or too few props would impact upon our opening sequence, I received fairly similar responses across the majority of my applicants. When discussing how too many props would impact our work, I received answers ranging from it would cause our sequence to be “confusing” and “crowded”, to resulting our work to “lack real life validity”. Also, when discussing how too few props would affect our work, many agreed it would negatively impact upon our storyline as it “doesn’t leave questions unanswered”, whilst any props that are being used will consequently “lose significance”. Obviously, I received a range of answers when asked what my applicants believed to be a sufficient amount to use, and, of course, we aim to fulfil all needs and opinions that our audience may have. However, even though we are using 8 props (which received no votes, as identified via the previous slide), myself and my team are only using props that symbolise relevant and significant ideologies that we specifically chose to discuss within our work, and if some were removed, that alone would enforce a negative impact upon our sequence.

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