Planning the Research Report (Week Commencing 28/10/13)

As part of my final hand-in for my ‘Project Pitch and Plan’ module for this semester, we have been asked to write an academic report that analyses all the data that we have collected throughout this semester. As I am now starting to come to a close with my research findings, especially now that I have attended Thoughtbubble and have interviewed enough cosplayers; it is advisable that I now start planning what relevant data I want to include in this report and get a better understanding of its structure. I have never written a research report and so it is crucial that I start planning the structure because I will need to discuss what my results were and how they address the subject matters of my objectives.

For now, I have written down the objectives included in my project plan pitch that I made earlier in the semester:

.To discover the attractions of Cosplay:

-Why do people do it? And what are their influences?

-The need for validation through becoming someone else and their identity, See ‘Making Icons out of their Icons’, ‘Leaving Mundania’

References:

-Rauch,Bolton,2010. ‘A Cosplay Photography Sampler’. Mechademia,p176-190.Vol 5.

-laughingman604, 2013, ‘Leaving Mundania’.[Online].[Date Assessed November 213]. Available from: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3r0MS5KE5I4.

. A case study will look to clarify the creative process of the designing and making of a costume; thus enforcing how essential the role of craftsmanship can be to Cosplay.

-Interview sessions with cosplayers regarding their experiences with the design and make of their costumes-refer to e-mails or skype sessions and tweets.

-Do they look to copy the character perfectly? Or is it an interpretation (e.g. streampunk variant)

-Refer to ‘Perfection Zero’ documentary

-Heroes of Cosplay

References:

-PerfectionZero.2013. ‘Perfection Zero: A Cosplay Documentary’.[Online].[Date Assessed November 2013]. Available From:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7zc68Q4ZB84

-Heroes of Cosplay.2013.Syfy.September.

. Devise and conduct a series of interviews on both male and female cosplayers in order to understand and analyse the relevance of the sexual sub-culture in Cosplay. To evaluate findings based on like-minded opinions of the matter.

-Do they all agree/disagree with how the media has portrayed these ideas?

-Quotes from cosplayers themselves

–Have they had experiences of this themselves where they have been accused of being a part of these sub-culture more so than the other?

-Refer to interview sessions from e-mail, skype videos and tweets that have been exchanged.

-Beard, P. 2013.Interview with Paul beard. 15th November.

-Beeston, R. 2013. Interview with Ryan Beeston. 3rd November.

-James, P. 2013. Interview with Paul James. 13th October.

-Napier, C.2013. Interview with Claire Napier. 11th October.

-Robinson, S. 2013. Interview with Sam Robinson. 20th November.

-Saranga, S. 2013 .Interview with Sarah Saranga. 20th October.

To gain an understanding of the laws and regulations of Cosplay:

-Authenticity and attention to detail

-‘Bought’ products not considered ‘real cosplay’

-Cosplaying as a character with a revealing outfit deemed a fetish and not as acceptable

-The sub-culture of ‘gender-swapping’ to dress as sexualised versions of male/female characters

References:

Bainbridge,J and Norris, C.2009.Selling Otaku? Mapping the relationship between industry and fandom in the Austrailian cosplay. Intersections: Gender & Sexuality in Asia & the Pacific scene. Issue 20. P15.

To access how the public interpret the representation of sexualised cosplay and if they are right to belittle it

-The media using and interpreting Cosplay as a sub-culture with more than fetish-like undertones, Anime and Manga deemed as pornographic

-Attendance at Thoughtbubble convention dressed as a ‘sexualised character’ and access the reaction, was it positive or negative?

-Refer to ‘The Girls of Comic-Con 2013, part one and two.

-The idea of ‘fake geek girls’-refer to cosplayers Jessica Nigri’s Youtube channel and interviews.

-Why is this such an outrage if they are simply copying the character?

References:

MediocreFilms.2013.The Girls of Comic-Con 2013.[Online]. [Date Assessed November 2013] Available From:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZEE8IOxVWI8

MediocreFilms.2013.ALL NEW Girls of Comic-Con 2013.[Online].[Date Assessed: November 2013]. Available From:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9ueljDmSwgQ

jessicanigri.2013. Youtube Channel. [Online]. [Date Assessed: November 2013]. Available From: http://www.youtube.com/user/jessicanigri

Emails and Skype sessions with Interviewers:

-Beard, P. 2013.Interview with Paul beard. 15th November.

-Beeston, R. 2013. Interview with Ryan Beeston. 3rd November.

-James, P. 2013. Interview with Paul James. 13th October.

-Napier, C.2013. Interview with Claire Napier. 11th October.

-Robinson, S. 2013. Interview with Sam Robinson. 20th November.

-Saranga, S. 2013 .Interview with Sarah Saranga. 20th October.

Conduct and experiment to see these practices in motion by attending a Cosplay Masquerade and form answer from overall results.

-Comments from cosplayers at the masquerade both competing and simply watching

-Comments from cosplayer judges, what do they look more mostly?

-Analyse results based on the laws and regulations of cosplay, do they apply?

References:

-Beard, P. 2013.Interview with Paul beard. 15th November.

-Beeston, R. 2013. Interview with Ryan Beeston. 3rd November.

-James, P. 2013. Interview with Paul James. 13th October.

-Napier, C.2013. Interview with Claire Napier. 11th October.

-Robinson, S. 2013. Interview with Sam Robinson. 20th November.

-Saranga, S. 2013 .Interview with Sarah Saranga. 20th October.

For each of these objectives written in bold above, I have collected academic reports and other forms of media that I will refer to that centre around the world of cosplay. Obviously, with most of the academic reports catering more than one of these objectives I have written up each of them next to the notes that I have made so far. As this is the case I will also be adding each of these academic reports I will be colour coding each of the segments according to the objectives that they go under. With most of the academic reports mostly contributing information that revolve around the sense of identity and escape from reality in cosplay, I imagine that this will apply to the majority of the objectives I have laid out so far. I am also aware that some of the reports and other references that I may not be entirely relevant to my research report so I may not address them in the reference list, but I may add them to my bibliography at the end. What I will need to do next is start taking more in depth notes on the academic journals that I have obtained so far for my report and calculate if there is at all a pattern. At the moment I feel that I am understandably a little apprehensive to write my research report however I feel that the structure is not dissimilar to that of these journals or academic reports that I have found; so if I can formulate a report with a similar nature I will have no problem with writing my research report.

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