HI guys, my name is Josh Sibley. I have recently joined this page after a long time of checking this web page for great tutorials on rigging and casting. I am finishing college soon and as part of my last project, it calls for us to collect data on are target/ possible audience.

So I was wondering if you guys would take my survey, as I am the only one in my class interested in stop motion, so the data collecting wouldn't be that good:)

Links here guys: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/JLYMBZN

Thank you guys

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Ok, so I did your survey.

Is this "college" in the British sense, meaning a secondary school, or in American usage, meaning tertiary level or university?  I know that when I had to do a statistics course as part of a sociology 101 class, it was included because we were expected to know something about methods of data gathering to ensure a representative sampling.   Of course, statistics were not a part of my fine art courses, so they may not be looking too critically at this.

I guess it's a fair bet all of us watch some animation, or we wouldn't be on this site.  So hardly a random sampling of the general audience.  As a statistical sample, it is heavily skewed because it is self-selected.  As a stop motion enthusiast, I don't have an equal interest in all forms of animation, so asking if I watch animated programs, lumping them all in together, could be misleading.  Fact is, I don't watch much computer animation at all, and it is easily the majority of animation on TV.  Not much 2d cel animation either, though when it's done really well I appreciate it.  But of regular TV shows, they are generally made for kids, sometimes really little kids, and I'm not their target audience.  (Probably the only one currently showing that I make a point of watching is Shaun the Sheep.) Really, the quality of the story and production is what matters, not if it is animated or not, and my list of all-time favourites would include many without a frame of animation in them.  But I do have a professional interest in stop motion and will have a look at least once to see what it's like.

Also, you can't always split programs into live action or animated, many special-effects heavy films (like all the Marvel productions) will have a substantial amount of computer animation in it.  And even way back, stop motion creatures like King Kong or Harryhausen's creations were an important part (sometimes the only part worth watching) of the live action features they appeared in.  It's why I have a DVD collection of all the Harryhausen/O'Brien/Danforth films, as well as some purely puppet films like the Aardman and Laika features.  Some are great films, some would not be on my shelves if they didn't have the stopmo in them.   Perhaps a survey posted at a general movie or TV fan type website might get a better idea of what most audiences like.

And finally, TV is not where I see most animation these days.  Special interest things like stop motion shorts can be seen at film festivals, but now I see most of them on the web somewhere.  Even the last one I watched, The Magic Piano which was broadcast on SBS TV last week, we had a power outage that day so I saw it on their online catch-up service on my iPad the next day.  So distribution channels are changing, and TV is losing ground as the main platform to consider when asking questions about how you find an audience.

So I guess I am saying you could look at the design of your survey, and see if there are some improvements that can be made to it.  I know you wouldn't want to make it too long and complicated so people are put off doing it.  But I can't see it telling you very much.

Yeah, your right, the survey could be a lot better and I should of included more questions. However I am more practical and not to good with whole written side. To answer your question College in the UK is like high school, your 16 to 19 when you study here. 

Thank you for your feedback it really helped and I am going to re do my survey. Thanks Nick:) Love your videos on Youtube by the way :)

survey done.

I fear that statistics will not be very useful. This is a hole full of freaks animation lovers 

Thanks man^, the survey is just for show really, the teachers just want to see us doing pre production work, so just getting response outside of class is seen as good research collecting .

I am all about the animation rather than the written work. But again thank you for helping me with my survey. :) (sorry for the poor grammar) 

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