Fantasy Films Films from the fantasy genre are films that feature things such as magic, makebelieve creatures and supernatural events. They have an element of myth, mystery,wonder and escapism.I think fantasy is one of my favourite genres because of how you have to be able touse your imagination to actually enjoy the films and get involved in them and theycan be in any type of place, from real places that exist to make believe worlds. I alsolike how different the characters can be in fantasy films, you can have humansmixing with aliens, or other supernatural beings or you could have completely madeup creatures as the main character.There are many types of fantasy films, some that are aimed at children and featurethings such as fairies and have a basic good verses evil storyline and others that areaimed towards a more mature audience that feature more scary or complexcreatures, events and storylines. However with some films the fantasy genre tends tooverlap with other genres, such as science fiction, when this is done the films featurenew technologies from different worlds or the genre can overlap with horror and asupernatural feature can be used to frighten the audience.
Pans LabyrinthDirector: Guillermo del ToroYear of Production: 2006Pan’s Labyrinth is set in Spain, 1944, five yearsafter the Spanish civil war. The film is narratedby an unseen person and tells both the story ofa the real world and a fantasy world that iscentred around a abandoned overgrownlabyrinth and a faun that the main character,Ofelia, talks to. The main character lives withher pregnant and ill mother and her stepfatherwho is a Falangist Captain searching forremaining Spanish Maquis.Ofelia comes into contact with many mysticalcreatures while trying to help her pregnantmother get better, they lead her through thetrials and tasks of the labyrinth.
Special EffectsPan’s labyrinth uses a lot of special effects, such asanimatronics and CGI, to bring the creatures andscenery alive in the film.Special effects are a great way of making your filmmore effective and memorable, as when peoplewatch them they will remember certain bits becauseof the way special effects have be used.An example of this is a scene in Pan’s labyrinthwhere Ofelia, the main character, is told to go througha door where a creature who is said to eat smallchildren if she eats any of the food on the table. Thecreature she discovers there a tall, saggy skinnedman(?) with no eyes on his face, instead they are onhis hands which he holds up to where his eyesshould be, in this scene Ofelia is chased by thecreature and gets out the room in just the nick oftime, this scene is quite scary to watch and is ascene that I and other people remember from the filmbecause of how the creature looked, this wasachieved by special effects.
Spirited AwayDirector: Hayao MiyazakiYear of Production: 2001Spirited away is a fantasy animation set injapan, the main character, a young girl calledChihiro Ogino is moving house with her parentswhen they come across an abandoned town, inwhich they find plates and plates of foods whichher parents begin to eat. Chihiro goes exploringand when she finds her parents she discoveredthey have turned into pigs. The town that theyhave come across is in fact an alternate realitythat is ruled over by a bathhouse owned by thewitch Yubaba, who is the one who transformedChihiros parents to pigs. To set herself and herparents free, Chihiro takes a job at thebathhouse where she meets Haku and youngboy who helps her on her mission to escapeback to the human world.
Story Line The storyline of Spirited Away is about a young girl who has to find her way out of an alternate reality with the help of a young boy and other mystical beings she meets a long the way. I liked the storyline of this film because at first it was easy to follow but as it developed I found it to be really interesting. Having an easy story to follow is a good way of getting people to watch a film because it enables people to tell other about the film without giving too much away, this way a film will get more popular by word of mouth. Although I do prefer films with more complex storyline because it gives you something to think about during the film and also after, I think a film is more memorable when you have to think about what happened afterwards to try and make sense of what was happening and putting all the bits together. Sucker punch would be an example of a film with quite a complex storyline.
Sucker PunchDirector: Zack SnyderYear of Production: 2011Sucker punch is a film set in a mentalinstitute, the main character is Baby Doll,who is forced into going there by her stepfather after the sudden death of hermother. The film centres around Baby dollas she tries to escape the institute beforethe date of her lobotomy, in five days. Sheswitches from real life to fantasy, as sheand fellow female inmates plot to escapethe institute together. Along with amystical guide, they fight to find the itemsthat will help them escape and defeatfantastical and real foes.
Star Theory One of the main reasons I watched Sucker Punch was because of the people that starred in it, the main character is played by Emily Browning, one of my favourite actresses. Also two other actresses who were in the film are Jena Malone and Vanessa Hudgens, actresses whose films I have enjoyed. I think that Start Theory is a big factor in why a lot of people go and see other films, or buy them to view at home. If a well known actor or actress is in a film, more people are likely to go and see it, because they see them in magazines, on tv, on radio and on the internet so much they develop an interest in them and become more interested in wanting to see films that they star in. I also think that star theory is a very clever way of broadening the audience of a new film, because if you have star from a different genre of films from what they usually star in then their fans will watch their new film to see their favourite actor/actress, this way your film will make more money from their fans as well as fans of the genre of the film. For example the films that Vanessa Hudgens has stared in are usually romance or comedies, so her fans will be used to this type of film with her in but they might want to see Sucker Punch as she is in it, despite it being different from their choice of film.
Frame Work of Interpretation: Alice inWonderland
Media Literacy Media literacy is a repertoire of competences that enable people to analyze, evaluate, and create messages in a wide variety of media modes, genres, and forms. This is a key way of getting films recognised. The main way that I find out about new films are trailers on the TV and on different websites on the internet, I think that trailers on TV are a better way of advertising films because there is a huge number of people that watch TV and if a trailer is played a lot they will become more and more interested in going to see a film. I also think that the internet is a good way of advertising films because you can add more information abut the film then, and people can find out more things about the film. Other ways of advertising films are billboards, blogs, word of mouth and social networking sites.