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Investigative Proposal (pt. 3)

October 22nd, 2011 by Eric Dorcean · 1 Comment · 3 Investigative Proposal

Eric J. Dorcean

October 25, 2011

ENG 110

Investigative Proposal

                We live in a world that is constantly evolving. Technological advances have not only changed our very way of life but they also change or approach to it. This is made apparent with the constant changes of cinematic technology particularly with three dimensional effects or 3D for short. Nowadays, more and more films are being made into 3D films to attract more viewers, particularly children. How do some films make use of 3D effects in order to entertain children?

            There are many different aspects that people, both young and old, consider when deciding to go to the movies. These aspects include what actors are casted, what music will be played and of course whether or not it will use the latest special effects. Since it would take much too long to do sufficient research in all these different fields, I decided to instead focus on one aspect of film to develop on. Even though I’m not looking at all works of cinema or all different types of audiences, by answering this question, I should be able develop some theories on the bigger question: Why do people go to the movies?

            How do we go about answering this question? First we would have to do research on the development of 3D technology over the years. Next, we would make note of films that are centered on attracting young audiences and who also make use of this special effect. After gathering enough research material, we can approach this from a psychological standpoint. We could seek to compare scenes that greatly emphasize 3D effects and find similar aspects that might stimulate a childes interest.

            In order to answer our question, we must ask another: which films would prove to be the most useful? As I mentioned before, we would have to select films that both make use of 3D effects and that appeal to young audiences. One series of film that meets these criteria would be the Spy Kids 3D and Spy Kids 4 movies. Since they are of the same series and have similar stories, it should prove to be easier to compare use of 3D effects then with two unrelated films because we can focus on the use of effects more.

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One Comment so far ↓

  • Kevin L. Ferguson

    About your question: it seems like it might just lead to a list of methods. I think what you’re missing is a consideration of motive. So, not just “how do films do this,” but “how does what films do have a certain effect.” Your second paragraph doesn’t really elaborate a specific reason for following your topic, so that’s something you need to consider. Doing so might lead you to a better question.
    For example your last paragraph talks about kid’s movies and 3D. But you only briefly mentioned that in your first paragraph. Could you make some basic initial claim about the difference between 3D for kids and 3D for adults? That might lead you to a better sense of motive.

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