Notes - Week 8

This week I have finished the content analysis for the following playlists of the 'ACMI Collection YouTube Channel:'

- Indigenous Men's Voices
- Lebanese Community Stories
- Vietnamese Men's Voices
- When Deaf Minds Travel
- WOW: Weird or Wonderful

I have also finished the previously unassigned videos on the spreadsheet 'ACMI Collection YouTube Channel,' and the master list.

Notes - Week 6

Today I finished the playlist 'ACMI in the Regions,' of the spreadsheet, 'ACMI Collection YouTube Channel.'

All items were related to the regional Victoria and with original audio in English and were therefore classified as such. However, some of the titles were about migrant families and thus the relevant country was listed as a 'secondary country.'

As a means to fulfil the deadline for the YouTube analysis, I plan to complete my assigned items on Monday, the 28th.

Notes - Week 5

Last week I finished the YouTube analysis of the "Next Gen" playlist, thus completing my assigned content for the spreadsheet 'ACMI YouTube Channel.'

The majority of the videos in this playlist were part of the Screen It competition organised by ACMI and made by Australian students. Due to that fact, all films in this playlist are related to Australia. Some of the works referred to or were inspired by other countries, and in those cases, the relevant country was listed in the following column. Similarly, the majority of films were in English, being some with audio in English and others with no dialogue but having written text in English on the screen. These details were explained for each item on the column 'content analysis.' There were, however, some exceptions as some films had no dialogue and no written text on the screen. For those, the 'Primary language' column was completed with 'none.'

Notes - Week 4

YouTube analysis

I have started the YouTube analysis from the spreadsheet 'ACMI YouTube Channel.' From there, I have completed the data for the playlist 'ACMI Collections Gems.'

During this process, I found out that some of the items were replicated on the spreadsheet 'ACMI Collection YouTube Channel.' When that happened, I also copied the data referent to the replicated title on the latter. In some cases, my items were replicated from items that were already completed by Hugh. In those cases, I have copied the information exactly as was he had previously inserted. Those items are highlighted in orange.

Notes - Week 3

During the past week, I have been researching information on ACMI's collection to understand better which are the items that compose this collection, as well as how and which purpose they were acquired.

My first source of research was ACMI's annual reports from 2002 to 2017. From that research, I could learn that after inheriting the collection from State Film Centre of Victoria, ACMI established its own acquisition policy. Nonetheless, I could not learn which are the parameters for ACMI's acquisitions and how is the decision process for accessioning new items. I could, however, find a summary of the collection in the report from 2007-2008:

Missing (Country?)

Hi all,

As I'm writing a story on the 'China' results, it struck me to search 'Hong Kong', as it is a huge film-making industry, and it is sometimes subsumed under the title of 'China', and sometimes not. ACMI resources list Hong Kong as its own entity, as a place of production separate from China. It also has its own list of film attached to it thematically. I feel as though I should add Hong Kong to the list of 'Countries' in the spreadsheet. Thoughts? I feel as though categorising Hong Kong under China is potentially problematic, and it doesn't reflect ACMI's own categorisation.

Example of Story (For Review)

Of Iraq's 39 collection entries, the most frequently occuring year of production was 2001, close to but predating the US coallition invasion of Iraq by two years. Many of these films seem to reflect escalating Western awareness of instability in Iraq. Of the 7 2001-made 'Iraq' films in the collection, some significant entries are US-made documentary films about the Gulf War of the 90s and the disarming of Iraq, a UK-made documentary film about the Middle East's attitudes to the US in a post-9/11 climate, and a small number of Iranian-made films that are fictional narratives dealing with Iranian/Iraqi relations.

Notes - Weeks 1 and 2

ACMI Collection Content Analysis

I have just completed the task 'Research of the Collection Catalogue for the 90 assigned countries,' being the countries listed from Lebanon to Zimbabwe.

Although we decided at first to collect data through the advanced search feature on the ACMI Collection website (, Hugh pointed out that many items were excluded from the results when using this methodology. Hence, in order to not compromise the breadth of our research and analysis, we decided to collect data using two different columns in the spreadsheet. We have also decided to include a third column, as explained below:

1) Title Search
As previously agreed, the research for assigned countries used the advanced search, and the field 'Title and other titles.'

Country of creation correction

Small edit made to the country of production information that was given. 'India' had 490 films come up in general search, and 0 listed in the country of production data that was passed on, which surprised me. Upon looking up 'India' in country of production search, I came up with 154 results, which sounded more correct. I've made the correction on the spreadsheet, and am scanning for similar errors that may have occurred.

Early Cultural Content Mapping

I’ve been focusing on the initial task of using ACMI’s collection search engine in order to collate the number of films in the collection that relate in some way to each of the nations I’ve taken on (alphabetically, Afghanistan > Latvia). When I began this by searching by title, Afghanistan came up with 7 results. I then tried another type of search that is more generalised, and picks up on the search object ‘Afghanistan’ in titles, descriptions, synopses etc. This came up with 51 results, meaning that 44 titles that were not explicitly referring to Afghanistan, but dealt with the nation/culture thematically were being missed by the limited title search. From now on I’ll be using this method, unless problems arise.