This study guide is intended to provide a starting point for those seeking to use film as a source. It is aimed at those who want to use film and moving image as the basis for research and offers advice on research methods, theory and methodology, archival work and film-based analysis. Everything included here is also intended to be good practice, whether it be conducting an interview, visiting an archive, undertaking textual analysis or defining a research question. It draws on the disciplines of film and history to offer advice for students and researchers in these fields.
This chapter introduces the complexities of studying moving image and the conventional problems associated with using films as sources. It indicates what this study guide will cover and how the topic will be approached. It also suggests how the film can be useful for those studying film as a discipline or those who want to use film as part of broader historical research.
This chapter consider how films and moving image utilise history and recreate the past for audiences. It suggests how moving image material can be explored and the questions which need to be asked of such material. The chapter includes two case studies; one focusing on the Tudors on screen and one which explores uses of real footage and real events.
This chapter offers an introduction to film analysis and aesthetics. It includes sections on cinematography, editing and all aspects of mise en scene including costume, lighting and sound. It also includes a case study to indicate how film analysis can be undertaken, how the film form can be explored and how different filmic elements can be analysed separately and collectively.
This chapter explores the history of film analysis and considers the different ways in which film has been approached, psceifically, film as art, as social history, as a cultural object and as economics. It examines key interventions within the discipline and locates the development of film studies within broader historiographical trends. It includes a case study on a specific film which indicates the different ways in which film can be explored.
This chapter suggests how to identify and formulate achievable research questions. It offers advice on identifying a useful approach which engages with your own interests and which draws upon work already undertaken in the field. It highlights how scoping the field can help identify useful written and visual sources and provide a sound basis for your research. This chapter also includes two case studies; one focusing on The Lady Vanishes, and the other exploring representations of trade unionism on the screen.
This chapter demonstrates how you marry the approach and topic chosen can be married to an appropriate methodology and critical framework. This chapter surveys a selection of important theories within film studies that can be used to frame work in the field and offers a number of detailed examples to show how different methodologies, theories and approaches can be utilised.
This chapter highlights the types of sources which exist for film-related research and how they can be accessed. It includes detail on useful books, journals and online resources as well as information on a variety of archival sources and private collections of moving image material.
This chapter offers suggestions on how to use film-related sources. It includes detail on accessing and exploring archival materials, interviews and financial records as well as personal and company papers which relate to all forms of moving image material. It explores a range of sources and indicates how they can be used and good research practice.
This chapter offers advice on how to write up your research in an academic way, how to structure your work, how you should undertake and present your analysis, how to explain your methodology and your review of literature and how to reference. It includes different sections which include detailed examples of how to present your work in the best way possible, including writing an introduction and drawing conclusions.