Methodology Reflection

My original idea for my Methodology project was to do the Mapping module, and map when states decided to implement their first stay at home orders for the COVID-19 pandemic. However, I reached a point where it felt like all information I was taking in outside of school was pandemic related. My entire family is essential employees in healthcare fields, and I realized it would be in my best interest not to spend hours and hours mired in data about the pandemic. 


So I went the opposite direction, and focused on something that brings me a lot of joy. I decided that I wanted to map the filming locations of Star Wars and outlined my idea in my Week 13 Module. Star Wars has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember. One of my first memories is seeing Attack of the Clones in the theater when I was four years old. A catalogue of my childhood Halloween costumes reads like a Wookieepedia character list. 


I read Anthony Daniel’s memoir I Am C-3P0 in February, and am currently reading Brian Jay Jones’ biography of George Lucas, so I was generally aware of some of the filming locations of the Star Wars saga. However, I wanted to learn more. I ended up utilizing TimeMapper to put the locations on a timeline with a corresponding map. I looked at some of the other tools available on, and considered using Story Map, but decided that TimeMapper was the best way to visualize the data. 


I found data primarily on IMDb, as well as I entered into the template spreadsheet provided by Time Mapper. I was surprised to find out that the Prequels, like the originals, had also done a significant amount of their filming at Elstree Studios in Borehamwood, England. 


Reflecting on the project, I think that the map turned out very well. I do wish that the TimeMapper tool had been more flexible with customization, but I also appreciated how easy it was to use, considering the amount of data I had to enter. 


I am happy to have this done in time to share for May the Fourth, and I hope that my friends and family can appreciate discovering that locations that seem galaxies away are actually closer than they may seem.

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