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What our Film Industry is Doing Wrong

This week we did a case study on the co-production treaties! We looked at a few honestly terrible films that had been completely government funded and then we tried to find the cultural aspects of the film that demonstrated the intercultural relationships in the film.

“Screen Australia offers funding and resources to support the development, production and marketing of Australian screen content, as well as for the development of Australian talent and screen production businesses.”

To gain funding from the Australian government to produce a movie, there are a few guidelines you need to follow. Such as employing Australian actors, and ensuring that you’re promoting Australian to international audiences in a positive way.

In class we discussed a few common theme between movies, and none of these really fit the true Australian community. Things on this list included:

  • Excessive alcohol and swearing
  • Overbearing men and trashy women
  • VB
  • Dingos
  • The sand / beach / outback
  • Kangaroos

Through these films there’s no actual demonstration of Australian lifestyle and ideals- aside from maybe the constant inclusion of the beach and man-eating animals (Australia is dangerous!) and a lot of our international image is negative. I think that overall, we really need to step up in terms of our international image and our choice of stereotypes promoted in our film industry.

Personally, when it comes to TV shows, I think we are generally more realistic in terms of our lifestyle in TV. Since these are generally more targeted at Australian audiences, they’re more lowkey in terms of stereotypes and focus more on telling a story, Australian audiences will enjoy. In films, I feel like they’re more geared towards entertaining people who enjoy our stereotypes and are more inclined to ridicule us for it.

A TV show I enjoy is Puberty Blues- my mother enjoyed it too. While the film is still not 100% accurate it does use less of the typical bogan-Australian outback image the film industry promotes.

I also believe that overall we need a better image of how multicultural and amazingly diverse our nation is.

For this weeks reading we were supposed to look into co-production treaties but I feel like it’s more important to analyse the issues within our film community.

In terms of our co-production treaties, they don’t seem to highlight much of our culture either nor particularly combine them very well with another. A lot of these movies still predominantly utilize our Caucasian actors, and amazing beaches. Rarely, are they even filmed in Australia!

We have treaties with over 12 different countries, and after an extensive Google, I still can’t find a movie that seems worthy of watching or that won’t make me cringe. There are so many pages encouraging Australian film makers to work with other counties but if Australia wants to move forwards as a film industry, I think we need to start focusing more on who we really are, and not who the world wants us to be.

 

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My Pitchhhhhhhh!

We were asked to write a proposal pitch, and I’m honestly completely unsure about what I’m going to do. I’ve looked at our weekly topics, and found one that seems simple and effective in terms of the method to carry it out and also to see effective and insightful results.

The Pitch:

I would love to look into the consumption of media in relation to area/special limitations and requirements. To make it less formal, and go further into detail. I plan to look at the relationship between devices and certain events and places and whether this is a common thing or if it’s a singular event.

An example of this would be the location of TV’s in a household. Are all TV’s placed in the loungeroom only? If there is a common theme between the location of the TV’s in the household, why is it like that? Is it due to the parents or is that just the most convenient location for the TV to be placed?

I would easily be able to compile this information through a survey and interviews- the information also isn’t too intrusive and would follow the Ethics guidelines.

I was also thinking of asking participants to take a picture of their TV- to see if it’s in the centre of the room, or in the corner. This will demonstrate how the family/environment is affected by the device being placed in the area. The model of the device will also be telling in terms of if the device holds a high importance in the household.

Another example I would like to consider is the use of phones. Most people are on their phones 24/8 but it would be good to look into which locations/situations would cause these people to NOT use their phones.

For example, these days on many wedding invites, the bride and groom will request that you don’t use your phone to take pictures and that you let their photographer show them the memories first. I would be interested to see if people would respect this.

Also at concerts and museums- when the signs ask you to not take any photos; is this respected or do people disregard it? I would also look at the phone model people have and if it’s important to them that they have the newest model, and if they look after their phones; since this will show how important it is to the interviewee.

Research:

I’m interested to explore other research in this area since it will also give a further, educated insight into the findings I receive. I haven’t looked at many sources, since I wasn’t sure if this is what I was going to do. But here are the three I’ve looked at briefly:

I think to make the research more balanced, I should ask people of a varying age group and those who are from different monetary backgrounds. This will ensure that I’m obtaining research from a variety of people and not a singular- type of person and also allow me to note any external factors affecting their use of technology.

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Inter-cultural TV Audiences !

So this week we discussed the concept of region/country specific Tv shows becoming popular in other markets. I wasn’t too sure about what to write about for this topic, but went with the idea of discussing the ways in which a TV show marketed towards a specific country can have a huge demographic and popularity outside of that specific country/region.

I decided to look into something that I’m interested in to make this more interesting for me to look at. I want to look at the international interest with a Korean reality show called Produce 101.

Produce 101 (Hangul: 프로듀스 101) is a 2016 reality TV survival show on the Korean channel Mnet. It is a large-scale project in which the public “produces” a unit girl group by choosing members from a pool of 101 trainees from 46 entertainment companies as well as the group’s concept, debut song, and group name. The Korean consumers vote to decide which trainees become part of an official K-pop group.

This show was only available to watch officially to those in Korea, only those who resided in Korea could vote to choose and the entire show was in Korean.

Despite the show being region locked, the TV show had huge international popularity. Every week international fans would seek out streaming websites kshowsonline and kshow.net to stay updated. They would of course have to wait for the subtitles, or if they were eager they could watch the live stream in full Korean.

Despite the show obviously being aimed at a Korean audience there are a few reasons it held so much popularity among international fans.

  • The show was music based; since many of the covers on the show were of legendary Western favourites, like Say My Name; it was easy for international fans to recognise the differences in performance
  • The acting community that created subtitles enabled the community of viewers to be widened since even if you didn’t speak Korean you were able to watch and understand
  • Social media, such as Twitter and Facebook enabled international fans to make communities to discuss what was going on in the show and create a bond and social aspect to viewing the show
  • Due to the increasing popularity of K-pop idols, the idea of watching one be formed would be a unique experience for many fans who are otherwise unable to be involved in the creation of their favourite K-pop groups and bands

All of the above points are reasons why the show is popular internationally despite the fact that Produce 101 had a completely different target audience.

Proof of this is the fact that the final product, IOI, was able to have their first win as soon as they debuted + perform at KCON LA with one of the biggest turn outs of the groups that performed. IOI has numerous international fanbases that operate and support the group exactly as the Korean fansites do- this shows that the international audience was just as actively participating and enjoying this Korean-based TV show.

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Media Space: Library

According to the all-knowing Wikipedia

Media spaces are “electronic settings in which groups of people can work together, even when they are not present in the same place and time. In a media space, people can create real-time visual and acoustic environments that span physically separate areas.

This means that a media space is an environment where multiple people are using a device to consume media.

This week we were asked to talk about our experiences within a media space and I’ve decided to speak about a single building with juxtaposing media spaces. Which is the library! Even though we now have an actual area called the ‘media space’ – I’m going to talk about the area external to that.

There are 3 main floors of the UOW library and each floor has a very different media space.

There’s the foyer- which is more open and rushed. People who have 10 minutes until their next class and need to finish the last 200 words of their assignment or rush to print its pages (since some subjects are still ancient and require it). There’s minimal chatter between those sitting or standing at computers but it still manages to be full of low-key chatter.

There’s the book shelves around the back of this floor which are always deserted or filled with couples trying to be sneaky- or there’s the computers scattered around. It’s a luck of the draw as to whether the computer you turn on will have a working mouse and for some reason all the seats are missing but whichever section it is- the first floor doesn’t seem like somewhere you can sit and take your time. If you can even find a seat since it’s always packed.

The second floor is one I actively avoid. It’s the quiet area that has air so thick and tense I’m worried that if I sneeze too loud someone’s going to fail their assignment. This area is usually only mildly full, and dead silent. There’s dead media (aka books) lining the walls and desks, where students take notes (on paper!) and people who are managing to somehow type silently.

The atmosphere of this floor reeks of people who are going to do well- or who are just trying to find a seat and are desperate enough to risk getting a SHHHHH if their phone vibrates.

The third floor is the one I’m most acquainted with; the conference rooms! This floor is a mix of the above two- in that most group work occurs here but they’re also people you have to work with on a group assignment so you don’t talk much as you work. Each of you have your own laptop and phone, that you use sneakily text/ tweet shade at your group members for their dumb suggestions and false enthusiasm at the assignment when you know they’re going to flake out until the night before.

Overall, my opinion of media spaces are demonstrations of both an open and closed space. While you are in fact surrounded by people, you’re also ignoring all of that to focus on the media in your device instead of the actual people in front of you.

Not that that’s a bad thing- they’re probably grateful for the silence.

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The Message Behind Godzilla

Digital Asia

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My personal context did have a very direct impact on my interpretation of the original Godzilla film.

Other than the obvious impacts, in that the film was created before I was born and thus the cinematography is dramatically different to what I’m used to. There were a few things that stood out to me that had more to do with information and language.

While I do come from a very Australian background, I have spent a very long time studying and enjoying Asian cultures and its entertainment industry (Japanese culture in particular). So there were a few things in this film that stood out for me and may have been viewed differently.

Firstly, the use of more Kanji characters in signage was important. In more modern films, and in Japan itself- most signs are written in Hiragana and Katakana- since it’s easier for the public to read and understand. It…

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Translation of Comedy and Drama

For this weeks topic, I decided I would dissect a popular anime adaption to try and demonstrate it’s inter-cultural TV audience and how the show changed based on this.

Firstly, Itazura na Kiss was a popular Japanese anime released in 2008. The story line follows Kotoko Aihara as she’s forced to share a roof with the smartest boy at her school, Naoki Irie. The plot of this story becomes dramatic when it’s revealed that in the past, Kotoko had given a letter of Confession to Irie – one that he rejected.

Initially, this was a manga work published in 1990, and because very well known around Japan- and caused the artist to rise in popularity. From there it began being adapted into Live Action dramas all over Asia:

  • 1996, Japan
  • 2006, It was adapted into TWO Taiwanese dramas, It Started with a Kiss and its sequel They Kiss Again,
  • 2010, South Korea, Playful Kiss
  • 2013,  Japan, Mischievous Kiss: Love in Tokyo.
  • 2014, Japan, a sequel -Mischievous Kiss 2: Love in Okinawa
  • 2015, Thai, Kiss Me รักล้นใจนายแกล้งจุ๊บ
  • 2016, Taiwanese, Miss in Kiss

I want to analyse what it is about the plot that has caused it to be so successful- because even with all of these adaptions- these dramas have never been cancelled or had any trouble with ratings.

How is it possible for the plot of a manga written, 26 years ago still popular?

I believe it is a few things:

  • The female trope who is at first rejected and then accepted by the “ideal man”- who later turns out to love her and prove everyone who doubted him wrong. This is definitely a stereotypical romance plot.
  • The easily adaptable generic female character; she’s relatable and seen as an “average girl”; which is popular among female audience’s due to being relatable. This is also enhanced by the fact that in each adaption, her character is played by an actress from that country.
  • The main male character is ALWAYS SUPER ATTRACTIVE! HELLO!
  • In these adaptions, there are subtle differences that cause it to suit the culture differently, most of these roles are played by well-known actors in the designated country; especially the male lead. This means that the drama creates a fantasy sort of concept in which fans watching the show for the male protagonist can easily place themselves in the shoes of Kotoko and therefore invest themselves further into the plot. This is especially strong due to idol culture in Japan and Korea.

Overall, between all the different versions, the generic characters and plotline are really what I think causes this manga/anime/drama to be so popular in Asia- not to mention that it’s a staple watch for all three categories.

It was one of the first animes, and Korean dramas I ever watched- I didn’t even make the connection until halfway through when the plot seemed reeeeally familiar and I decided to google it.

More in-depth comparisons of the series can be found here:

Research Sources:

 

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My Grandmother x TV

It’s definitely a delayed blog post; but I finally had time to visit my family this week. I was originally going to interview my mum but Grandma showed up and I figured that would be more interesting.

My grandma didn’t want to reveal how old she was, but she did say she was around 10 years old when tv first came out. That was in the 50’s and her family didn’t buy one right away because they couldn’t afford it.

It was in black and white, and you had to get out of your chair to change the channel (she complained about this and then went on to talk about how lucky we were that remotes have been invented). She says that the first channels were channel 2, 9 and then channel 7. SBS and channel 10 came later – although she never watched anything except Mickey Mouse Club House.

My grandfather chimed in to say that musicians used to go on TV when they were just starting out and that was how they knew whether they would make it big or not. He said at the start, they would let just about anyone broadcast- and it wasn’t until much later that it became a lot more exclusive.

In her household, they didn’t put much focus on the tv. Her time would be spent at church in the mornings and then the afternoon with her boyfriend and then probably back to church after dinner to see all her school friends. She’d always get frustrated because anytime Mickey Mouse Club House came on she would be asked to do chores! Most of her time was spent helping around the house and when she wasn’t doing that she was out of the house with friends. She does mention that her family only ever had one TV- and that her parents weren’t worried about the “uprising of technology” and just that it was something new and interesting.

Apparently, people didn’t start getting paranoid about technology until the mobile phones and Laptops were invented.

She mentions that back then they were a lot more innocent – they acted their age and didn’t mature as quickly as youths do now (“or so they think they mature” – Grandma) and while the tv was exciting it wasn’t as critical in daily life as our phones and laptops are now. As an example, she remembers the queen’s coronation, but not from the TV. She was outside watching it in person.

She couldn’t remember any events on TV – she just wasn’t interested in it.

The TV wasn’t implemented into the education system at the time. They weren’t shown films in class or told to watch certain movies to help their learning. All information came from the encyclopedia and books. She says that “TV was separate from education… Something you do at home.”

It was interesting to talk to her about it, I am a bit sad she couldn’t remember many key events – but it does give a different perspective than others.

Here are the notes I took from the interview.

I also don’t have a picture since she requested that I don’t include one!

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Research Reflection

Finally, although delayed, my research report is complete and despite feeling as though I could’ve done more, I also feel as though if I had, it would have been too much content to fit into the required word count.

I will quickly summarize the changes and final result of my research report:

  • I changed my question to simply point out the positive aspects of utilizing social media in education since I felt like I would be able to explain this point more in depth and with genuine interest in the topic, although I tried to set the theme for the piece as informative rather than persuasive. Despite my personal opinion, I did still keep the negative effects of social media in my mind while writing.
  • I focused more on discussing the survey results since I believe first hand opinions are more important. There’s no real point in discussing the effects of social media on students, if the results you include and use aren’t from the students themselves.
  • I didn’t use many statistics or any images because I personally feel like the report didn’t need them and I would rather use the full word count. A lot of the statistics were also more generalised and I wanted to use more opinionated information.
  • All of the survey responses had a positive view of social media within education and wanted to expand its use outside of the BCM subjects at UOW and that really helped me to cement my thesis and decide exactly what I wanted to write about for this assignment.

Only one of the people who filled in my survey requested to be updated with the final project, so I will email them a copy of my final research report.

While looking into the ethics of research, it was interesting to see how thoughtful these guidelines are in terms of where the boundary lies. It was also interesting to see statistics and surveys that went against the ethics and look into the repercussions of breaching the ethics.

I faced a lot of issues with finding sources that weren’t written by people who were out of the generation in which technology had an influence or wasn’t seen as a scary thing. I tried to look for sources written by students who were still studying since they would be in a similar situation when writing their reports which would then make their opinions more relevant to my own topic. Ultimately, I gave up on this and focused on the survey responses, but it was good to read a few different points of view.

The reflection on this project comes at a point where I just remembered how passionate I am about studying and learning. Having to do most of this semester while battling health issues and not having a reliable laptop literally stripped any sort of enjoyment I would have otherwise gotten from doing this assignment.

However, the past few days, I’ve travelled 4 hours to my parents house to camp out and get this assignment done and while I once again, couldn’t do much background research, I feel as though my personal experience in this topic, when paired with the results from my survey were enough to at least pass. I’m thankful for previous studies I’ve done on this topic and the fact that this allowed me to fully form my opinion on using social media early, and then follow this through with research that initially made me question a lot of the positive views I had.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank all my classmates who filled in my survey, and I also appreciate the fact that your opinions matched my own.

I hope that in the future I’ll be able to look deeper into this, and be able to explain more in depth about what myself, other students and previous research. Something that this assignment definitely taught me was that the most reliable source of information comes from the parties who experience the topic of research directly, or those who are in a similar situation. In the future I hope that researchers who study the effects of social media in education, ask the students themselves what they think of it since the people who filled in my survey were honest about the negative impacts of Social Media in education.

Lastly, thank you to Renee and Kate who have been amazing teachers this semester, and very understanding towards my personal circumstances. You’re the best! ❤

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Week 7 : DA Update

Here we go, this is the latest update for my DA. I was supposed to film  vlog this time, but on the day of the concert I was too busy and then after that I managed to get sick from being surrounded by a bunch of people in a tiny mosh pit and couldn’t film this video until yesterday.

Great, considering this was due on Friday.

After this vlog, I’ve decided i would rather not do anymore vlogs. Which leaves me with little to work with in terms of informing people of what it is that I do and how to do it. It also requires a lot of time and the correct lighting/ actually caring about my appearance. There’s also a lack of anonymity which is something I would rather have.

The podcasts were okay; honestly a good idea for when I’m not unwell and have a quiet place to record.

I do prefer typing everything out; but that is more time consuming and written form is a dying media so realistically it’s not worth doing blog posts either.

Relating this to free labour; the communication I do while working at concert events is a very good example of Youth these days and how we’re doing a lot of work for little or no return. But in that case; isn’t doing this DA just supporting the unpaid labour system? if anything it requires me to work harder because I have to recount everything I’m doing.

I’m really not sure where to head next for this project but I will start researching where I should go from here.

In the meantime; here’s a recount of what happened at the GOT7 concert!

 

Part 1 https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B6ciqjCPYo9ER1RiOTY1dE1qVlE

Part 2 https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B6ciqjCPYo9ER1RiOTY1dE1qVlE

 

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BCM212 – Assignment update

Hello everyone! It’s your favourite procrastinator back with an update~

Basically, it’s taken me a long time to come up with a new question because I clearly wasn’t paying enough attention and missed the fact that we could only interview UOW students so; question change.

I decided to go with something more specific and a bit easier to research; what effect does social media have on how you study/learn at university?

I think this question hits very close to home for a lot of us, especially in the BCM where we are encouraged to incorporate it closely with our studies.

For this question, I plan on doing a survey, as well as asking a few friends because I know they’re more likely to be a bit more honest about it. All verbal interviews will be recorded and they can have access to them.

I will probably upload them all to Google Drive and then link each person individually, or have a question at the bottom asking if they wish to receive updates and then send an email? I’m not too sure yet.

A lot of the sources I’ve read have been positive, and a lot of the negative ones were written by older people who don’t have much direct contact with media students. In DIGC335 the other day, Chris was saying that the older generation have trouble understanding technology, and thus have trouble passing it down and keeping up with younger students who are more adept than them at using the tools.

I think this will also be reflected within the sources I research, especially in terms of education. (as it has been shown so far)

At the moment, this topic is really interesting to me, since it still related to something that I am involved with every day and I think this topic will also help more people understand both the pros and cons of social media within education!!

[NOTE: Will update this post with the survey once it has been finished]