Thursday, 2 March 2017
RESEARCHING your documentary : primary research , summary and ethical concerns
Complete a primary research questionnaire ( 8+ questions) : the goal of the questionnaire is to discover what your target audience knows and feels about your selected social , personal or political issue , their experience of and access to comparable products in the documentary format, and contains questions that help you plan the content of your documentary so it appeals to them in a sensitive and responsible way.
When the questionnaires are completed ( should be at least 10 copies) place in your research folder and summarise the results in a blog post and explain how patterns of responses to key questions have helped you plan the content of your documentary. For example , the level of knowledge the audience has about your topic will define the style and content of the introduction of your documentary.
Finally , explain any ethical considerations you will need to consider in the planning of your documentary on the blog to ensure sensitivities around the subject are dealt with in a responsible way following your research.
For example , all factual information included in the documentary must be accurate to avoid misleading your audience about the topic , and people you interview must be made aware of the questions they will be asked and the purpose of your documentary in advance .