Genre …is based on representationswhich are able to be identified by       an audience.  (from a book)
So…. This connotes horror…           • Through the dark imagery used           • Creepy setting           • Colours used: ...
And…This ConnotesPsychological Thriller…          • Protagonist is the main subject in the frame          • A close-up of ...
Isolation- Our short filmWhich genre does our film fit into?
Our Protagonist:        •   Close-ups of her face        •   Looking Vulnerable        •   Young/ Innocent        •   Red ...
Antagonist                         •   Looks very threatening (jokes)                         •   Tall and strong (ish) so...
Anthony Giddens:In the post-traditional era, since social roles  are no longer handed to us by society, we  have to choose...
Other conventions used           •   Dark, natural lighting- creates a tense               atmosphere           •   Rural,...
Problems With Genre Theory• Some films, like mine and Lornas could fit into a number of genre’s-  Horror or Thriller• Depe...
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Genre Theory

  1. 1. Genre …is based on representationswhich are able to be identified by an audience. (from a book)
  2. 2. So…. This connotes horror… • Through the dark imagery used • Creepy setting • Colours used: red, black and white • Blood stain • High Contrast
  3. 3. And…This ConnotesPsychological Thriller… • Protagonist is the main subject in the frame • A close-up of the face • Character doesn’t look comfortable- could signify his mental instability
  4. 4. Isolation- Our short filmWhich genre does our film fit into?
  5. 5. Our Protagonist: • Close-ups of her face • Looking Vulnerable • Young/ Innocent • Red coat…Stands out against forest so is an obvious target. • Red signifies danger!! These all fit the conventions of a horror/ psychological thriller
  6. 6. Antagonist • Looks very threatening (jokes) • Tall and strong (ish) so follows conventions of powerful antagonist • Male…so follows conventions of male being the villain These are also conventions used in both horror and thriller genres(quality picture)
  7. 7. Anthony Giddens:In the post-traditional era, since social roles are no longer handed to us by society, we have to choose a lifestyle – So a lifestyle is more like a genrehttp://www.theory.org.uk/giddens6.htm
  8. 8. Other conventions used • Dark, natural lighting- creates a tense atmosphere • Rural, wooded area- She is vulnerable as there is no-one near by to protect her • Phallic symbols • Enigma code- The audience are unsure whether she is just being paranoid or whether she is actually being stalked. They are also unsure whether the antagonist is actually a bad guy. The ending will leave a cliff- hanger as he pulls something out of his pocket. The audience can decide whether it is a gun/ knife or her purse!! • Using genre theory, audiences don’t like all films in a particular genre to contain the same narrative otherwise they get bored…
  9. 9. Problems With Genre Theory• Some films, like mine and Lornas could fit into a number of genre’s- Horror or Thriller• Depending on what the viewer was hoping to see happen…A horror fan may be disappointed if they watched our film as no-one actually dies.• There is less freedom when making films as you feel like you have to adhere to genre conventions

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