Undergraduate Research in Film: A Guide for Students supplies tools for building research skills, with examples of undergraduate research activities and case studies on projects in the various areas in the study of film, film theory, film production, history of film, and interdisciplinary projects. Professors and students can use it as a text and/or a reference book. Essentially, what makes this volume unique is that it brings together examples of film projects and film studies courses within the framework of research skills.
Following an overview chapter, the next seven chapters cover research skills including writing literature reviews, choosing topics and formulating questions,working with human subjects, collecting and analyzing data, citing sources and disseminating results. A wide variety of sub-disciplines follow in chapters 9-16 with sample project ideas from each, as well as undergraduate research conference abstracts. The final chapter is an annotated guide to online resources. All chapters begin with inspiring quotations and end with relevant discussion questions.
Table of Contents
1 Overview / 2 Literature Reviews / 3 Choosing Film Topics and Formulating Appropriate Research Questions / 4 Working with Human Subjects / 5 Collecting Data / 6 Analyzing and Synthesizing Data / 7 Citing Sources / 8 Dissemination of Results / 9 The Process of Making a Film as Research / 10 Interdisciplinary Ideas: The Path Less Taken / 11 The Discovery of Knowledge in Film History / 12 Integrating Film Theory with Film Production / 13 Film Education in the Information Age / 14 Film Technology in the Digital Age / 15 Film as a Therapeutic Tool / 16 Cinema, Culture, and Society / 17 Online Resources
Lucia Ricciardelli is Associate Professor of Film Studies at Montana State University.
Jenny Olin Shanahanis Director of Undergraduate Research at Bridgewater State University, with leadership positions in the Council for Undergraduate Research.
Gregory Youngis Professor of Music at Montana State University and has held ongoing posts in conferences in undergraduate research and in curriculum development.