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Social

Action
Research
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Contents
Task 1: Brainstorm on social issues
Task 2: Research on other action videos
Task 3: Research on own video
Task 4: contact details and angle for own production

Task 1:
(this should have been done in the idea process you now need to write it down
for example you looked into an issue and didnt like it, or your realized it was too
difficult these ideas need to be noted now)

Your brainstorms should cover:


The issue
The effect the issue has on community
How easy it would be to cover the social issue
What has been done to cover this issue before
Rough idea on who you can interview

Idea 1:

Mine and Sams first idea was to look into the issues around Burnham train station.
The effect this has on people who use the trains to and from Burnham station are
that the trains are constantly delayed and how the train fares are going up even
though they arent fixing the problem with delays.
It would be quite easy to cover the social issue
We would interview regular commuters from the station, national rail workers at
the station

Idea 2:

Our final idea was to look at how teens are turning to crime around drugs because
they have no other option
It is hard for them to find a job at that age. The effect it has is that they are
turning to drugs to make quick money and are becoming more and more popular
in young adults.
Easy if we cover all the points of how and why young adults turn to drugs

Task 2:
Compare 2 social action video similar to yours
(look at LO2 Brief on website for guidance on what should be covered)

Social Action Video 1 and 2

The first social action video that is similar to ours is the vice documentary on how
weed laws are failing in the UK
The interviews used in both these documentaries are similar. They use multiple
interviews in their video. They both talk about who that person is, what they do
and why they do it. The only difference is that in the gangland documentary they
used 1 main interviewee throughout and used that as a basis on how they
structured the documentary and what they talked about within it. The Vice
documentary every time they change the topic they have an interviewee to help
expand on the subject and what they do.

Cut-aways are used a lot in gangland, whenever an interviewee is speaking it


more or less always cuts out to footage of gangs handling drugs or something to
do with the subject the interviewee is talking about. In the vice documentary
there are very little if not no cut-aways used throughout. It is all footage they
have gone out and filmed themselves

In the Vice documentary there is not a lot of found footage. The majority of it is
footage they have gone out and filmed themselves. With the gangland
documentary, the producers gave the gang members cameras so they could film
footage of what they get up to. This was their found footage

The Vice documentary is very informative. It talks about all the issues raised
about the failing drug laws in towns and cities. They get views from a lot of
different people. They get views from a political side, medical side and how the
general public feel about it. The gangland documentary is informative but not as
informative as the vice documentary. They inform you on some of the slang words
that gang members use. They also tell you what gang life is like and the risks that
come with it.

In the gangland documentary there is not a lead presenter but there is a lead
interviewee. They based the documentary on what went on in his life when he
was a gang leader. This gives the viewers a figure so that they can have and idea
of what every aspect of gang life is like. However with vice there is a lead
presenter. He explains all of the issues very detailed so that you can have a clear
understanding of the situation.

Young people are nearly 3 times more likely to be unemployed than the rest of
the population. Guardian
From September to November 2016 around 573,000 young adults aged 16-24
were unemployed. The rate of unemployment for 16-24 year olds is at 12.7%. It
went down 1% from last year but still is a major problem in the community.
Guardian
In small towns and villages there is not a lot of options young adults can go to
seek work so most of the time crime is the only thing they can resort to
In towns
Task 3: and villages with an already high crime rate it is sometimes inevitable
for young adults
Your research to follow
should focusinon:
the footsteps of their peers in their community.
When they grow up around so called dangerous people, for young adults to stay
safe they need to be like them so they can avoid getting mugged or even worse
Background on the Social issue itself:
For many young adults it isnt a choice for them to turn to crime. If they come
from a background where they dont have a lot of money/resources to help them
financially, crime is the only option financially
They end up being products of their environment. They grow up with crime
around them so it is what they resort to because its what they know.
If the community worked together with young adults to help them stay out of
crime by helping them find jobs then maybe they wouldnt need to resort to
crime.
Young people aged 16-24 are among the most disadvantaged in the UK according
to a report from the Equality and Human Rights Commission
Is there already a social action group to try and prevent the issue? Yes / No

CISTA was registered as a new political party in March 2015. They are fighting for
weed laws to be changed in the UK. Many people view them as no good hippies
when they only see one sided. They dont see the other side and dont realise
theyre doing it for the better.

https://youtu.be/7UdRgVnEL4M

Are there any famous people involved in trying to prevent the situation?

Lee Harris is the leader of The Cannabis is Safer than Alcohol Party. He is currently
running to be Londons first pro-cannabis mayor.

Is there government backing to prevent the situation? Should there be? What
could they do?

The government arent doing much (if not much nothing) about helping the
situation

How does the issue effect the community / nation / world?

This issue effects pretty much the whole nation because teenagers all over the
country are turning to selling drugs because it is too hard for them to get a job.
This is putting their future at risk because of the circumstances they get
themselves into.
Look at statistics on the social issue

What can be done to prevent the issue from happening?

Providing more jobs for young adults in towns and villages with any qualifications

Task 4
Contact details and angle

Informative, educational or change of attitude?


Discuss why and how you will achieve this.

Our social action will be informative. We will do this by giving facts out on
unemployment rates and talking to people who have been effected by this issue
and have had to turn to crime to get an income of money. We will ask what has
made them do what they had to do and how hard it is for them to get a job

List of found footage you can use and reference where it has come from

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What ethical issues will you have to overcome or be careful documenting?

I will have to be careful what I include in my documentary because a lot of it is to


do with things that are against the law so ill have to make sure that I dont take it
too far
List of social action groups you could interview. Can you follow a volunteer or
member of the project?

We might interview CISTA. We should be able to go to them and be able to talk to


them about this issue and what things can be done to help young adults. I could
ask them what they think of the issue were discussing and what actions they
would take if they were to change it.

Research on the subject: Research around the subject? Information that you
need to know BEFORE you interview people

Nearly 40% of teenagers in the UK said they had tried substances including
cannabis and ecstasy, according to the European School Survey Project on
Alcohol and Other Drugs (ESPAD).

Daily Mail official figures suggest a quarter of all crimes are committed by
offenders under the age of 18. This is very high considering under 18s make up
a tenth of the population

More than 47,000 criminals aged between 16 and 21 committed new crime in
2011-12 within 12 months of being cautioned, convicted or released from
prison
What shots / cut a ways / footage will you need to film in order for the social
action video to have impact?

We would need shots of the area were basing it in (Burnham/Britwell). We will


get everyday shots to show that its a normal place to show that it happens in
places most people think are normal

Interviews
Contact details

Name:

Position:

Involvement in action:

What can they discuss in the video?

Where can they be interviewed?

Phone number:

Email address:

Name:
Position:

Involvement in action:

What can they discuss in the video?

Where can they be interviewed?

Phone number:

Email address:

Name:

Position:

Involvement in action:

What can they discuss in the video?

Where can they be interviewed?

Phone number:

Email address: