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    • Film Genres A brief summary of a few most popular film genres before research into a specific genre.
    • 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. Rom com) • They follow conventions such as: content, themes, mood, period, plot, setting, props (mise en scene), stars/recurring icons.
    • Primary film genres • Action • Adventure • Comedy • Crime • Drama • Horror • Musical •Science fiction/sci-fi •War •Western
    • Drama • 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
    • Comedy • Examples such as : The Hangover (2009) Easy A (2010) Kick Ass (2010) • 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 audience • 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.
    • Teen • 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, relationships, cliques • Audience may expect: drama, romance
    • Crime • 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 and drugs. • Usually set it large cities such as New York. • Examples include Scarface (1983) The Shawshank Redemption (1994) American Gangster (2007)
    • Horror • 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?’