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Investigation of Film Lengths

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Investigation of Film Lengths

The title of my investigation is 'The Average Length of a Sample of 52

Randomly Selected Films'. As you can interpret from this title, I am

going to investigate into the length of a set of randomly selected

feature length films. I have chosen to investigate into this topic

because I am a Film Studies student and am required by this subject to

produce a feature length film as part of a coursework assignment. This

leaves me with the predicament of trying to decide how long my feature

film should be. Is there a certain length of film that after the

audience has finished watching, they feel that they have not got their

money's worth and in consequence leave the cinema feeling

disappointed? In contrast, is there a certain length of film that

after the audience has finished watching, they are bored because the

film has run on for too long? In short, my aim for this investigation

is to find the average length of feature films and so enable me to

correctly decide the length of my Film Studies coursework film so that

the audience leaves happy after viewing it.

To determine a population for my course-work, I am going to use the

HMV superstore Internet site to search for my sample of films. This

film site is split up into categories corresponding to letters of the

alphabet; therefore there are a total of 26 categories as there is 26

letters of the alphabet. Each category contains roughly 500 films

giving a total population of 130,00 films. Obviously this population

is far too vast, so I what I propose to do is to number each film in a

category and then the random number generator function on my

calculator to give two random numbers. I then match up the numbers

with the corresponding films, and get two films for each category,

complete with total running time and year of release. I will therefore

end up with a sample of 52 films, fulfilling the criteria of a sample
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