Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Cabin in the Woods: Goddardian? Whedonesque?

This week's survey will have you examine the values expressed by The Cabin in the Woods, directed by Drew Goddard and co-written by Goddard and Joss Whedon. While all films and series are the product of artistic collaborations between designers, editors, producers, actors, directors, and writers, this will be the first work we'll study in which Whedon was not a credited director. This horror film was the directorial debut of Goddard. The two of them had collaborated before when Goddard wrote and produced for Angel and Buffy the Vampire Slayer. (Goddard also played the Fake Thomas Jefferson in Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog.) It will be interesting to see whether there are commonalities in the values expressed here with other projects. You'll be able to find out how it turned out the week of June 5.

Take the Survey!

Reminder about The Avengers survey: The survey on The Avengers is still open! It'll remain open for one more week, then we'll provide preliminary results in the week of May 29th. We've gotten 306 responses, which is amazing and we thank all of your for your efforts! There's over 80 incomplete surveys, so don't forget to finish by next Tuesday!

What do I need to know about these surveys?: This survey is one way of quantifying your perceptions of the meanings of The Cabin in the Woods. If you would like to learn more about this type of survey, it's called a Rokeach Value Survey. This survey's validity has been extensively tested over several decades, so the questions have been shown to avoid bias and allow us to compare responses about a range of works.

The survey will ask you to indicate the extent to which you see each value to be important in The Cabin in the Woods. For each question, rank the value's importance from 1 to 5 as represented by the film. There are no right or wrong answers. Fill out the survey to the best of your ability as an indication of what your perception of the film is. There are 44 multiple choice questions.

Each of those questions has a comments box. Comments providing your thoughts on the issues raised by the questions or why you made your decisions are welcomed and are an important part of the study.

Reminder about the schedule: We'll be posting surveys for each major work that Joss Whedon's been a part of over the next two months. Here's the schedule:

Angel: May 29 through June 12
Firefly: June 5 through June 19
Serenity: June 12 through June 26
Dollhouse: June 19 through July 3
Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog: June 26 through July 10
Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Season 8: July 3 through July 17

TBA: Angel (the comics), Buffy: Season 9, Much Ado About Nothing, Dr. Horrible 2.

As we did with the Buffy the Vampire Slayer survey in 2010, we'll post an overview of the results in two weeks, with more detailed information on responses to each question later. I plan on reporting the results to the Whedon Studies Association's bi-annual conference in July. We'll let you know what the scholars and fans at the conference think too!

A final reminder on privacy: KwikSurveys doesn't use or sell to a 3rd party any data collected. And since the survey asks no identifying questions about your demographics, I have no idea who you are or what your contact information is, so fear not.

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