What is a family film?
A family film has been defined as:
"A family film is a film genre that is designed to appeal to a variety of
age groups and, thus, families. To attract these diverse audiences, film
makers often create works that operate simultaneously on several
levels of appeal. Comic songs might appeal to younger
children, for example, while wittier jokes and pop culture references
Genre conventions in a trailer
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Playful music attracts younger audience
Humour appeals to an older audience
No strong language or violence
suitable for a wide audience
Usually involves some form of conflict which is family based
often has a happy ending
Could I produce a family film
A family film has a broad availability of storylines as it can involve
almost anything as long as it is suitable for young children. When
creating a family film market research would be essential as it is so
broad. I will need to look at how I can tailor my film to appeal to both
children and adults. This may include the music/score, editing
techniques, mise en scene and cinematography being used specifically
to appeal to part of the audience.
A family film, is not essentially a genre, but a type of film, therefore
most genres can be family films if they do not contain extreme violence/
language or other scenes that are deemed unsuitable for children. It is
unlikely for my film to do any of these things, therefore I will need to
research a family market after concluding this in my initial ideas.
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