A brief summary of a few most
popular film genres before research
into a specific genre.
• A film genre is repetition of familiar conventions.
• Genres are identifiable types, categories,
classifications or groups of films that have similar
techniques or conventions.
• Genres change over time, emerge and become
hybrids (where two or more film genres emerge – eg.
• They follow conventions such as: content, themes,
mood, period, plot, setting, props (mise en scene),
• Examples include: The Shawshank Redemption (1994)
The Godfather (1972) The Dark Knight (2008)
• Characters can be varied from: Teenagers, group of
friends, police, the hero and the villain.
• Settings: Can again be varied depending on the
audience and the plot – I can be anywhere from a
police station to a house
• Themes: somebody getting bullied and the gaining
respect, a fight, a murder
• Enigma codes – what is going to happen next?
• The audience will want to see: action, suspense and
will expect the film to contain a message
• Examples such as : The Hangover (2009) Easy A (2010) Kick Ass
• Typical characters: funny character/not funny person
• Setting: The setting can really be anywhere – though, a dark forest
may give the audience the wrong impression of what will happen in
the film, so the setting is important – normally brightly lit.
• Themes: The theme can change with the different types of
comedies such as: action, horror, slap-stick
• Comedy films have a long history from films such as Watering the
Gardener (1985) to We’re The Millers (2013)
• You see many different types of comedy dependent on the
• Ideology: Peoples attitudes, values and beliefs about a comedy film
are: To be entertained, to be able to relax whilst watching the film,
to enjoy and laugh.
• Example include: 17 Again (2009) She’s the Man (2006)
Mean Girls (2004)
• Characters: The jock/cheerleader, the geek, the outcast
• Setting: School, shopping centre, bars, house
• Narrative: Teen issues (relationships, bullying, drugs)
• Teen films are constantly emerging and have not got a lot of
history as the teen culture has changed rapidly in the
recent years. The 1950’s is really the moment the concept
of the ‘teenager’ emerged
• In the films you will see – proms, alcohol, drugs,
• Audience may expect: drama, romance
• Focus on the life of criminals with a history dating
back to the 1930’s as the great depression
catalysed the gangster scene.
• Characters may include a gang leader, opposing
gang member with the involvement of violence
• Usually set it large cities such as New York.
• Examples include Scarface (1983) The Shawshank
Redemption (1994) American Gangster (2007)
• Films designed to frighten, panic and cause alarm
for the audience with supernatural characters.
• Usually for an older audience – 15+
• Iconography – a haunted house, symbols of
death, binary opposites of good and evil
• Example films: The Exorcist (1973) Saw (2004)
• The audience will expect to be frightened with a
sense of excitement – ‘what will happen next?’