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    Film Genres Film Genres Presentation Transcript

    • Film Genres Lecture prepared 11/16/08 by John M. Grace, film worker and instructor D.A.T.A. Charter High School Albuquerque, NM © 2008, John M. Grace All Rights Reserved for use availability, email Newestprod@aol.com
    • Film Genres Film genres are identifiable types, categories, classifications or groups of films that have similar techniques or conventions such as:
          • content
          • subject matter
          • structures
          • themes
          • mood
          • period
          • plot
          • settings
          • recurring icons
          • stock characters
          • narrative events
          • situations
          • motifs
          • styles
          • props
          • stars
    • Film Genres Primary film genres include the following:
          • Action Films
          • Adventure Films
          • Comedy Films
          • Crime Films
          • Dramas
          • Epics
          • Horror Films
          • Musicals
          • Science Fiction
          • War Films
          • Westerns
    • Sub-genres Are identifiable sub-classes within the larger film genre, with their own distinctive subject matter, style, formulas, and iconography.
    • Film Genres ACTION: Action films usually include high energy, big-budget physical stunts and chases, possibly with rescues, battles, fights, escapes, races against time and crises featuring non-stop motion, break-neck rhythm and pacing.
    • Action Sub-genres
          • spy
          • espionage
          • political thrillers
          • martial arts films
          • races against time
    • Action Sub-genres
          • spy
          • espionage
          • political thrillers
          • martial arts films
          • races against time
    • Action Sub-genres
          • spy
          • espionage
          • political thrillers
          • martial arts films
          • races against time
    • Action Sub-genres
          • spy
          • espionage
          • political thrillers
          • martial arts films
          • races against time
    • Action Sub-genres
          • spy
          • espionage
          • political thrillers
          • martial arts films
          • races against time
    • Film Genres ADVENTURE: Adventure films are exciting stories, with new experiences or exotic locales, very similar to or often paired with the Action film genre.
    • Adventure Sub-genres
          • swashbucklers
          • serialized films
          • historical epics
          • expedition films
          • treasure hunts
          • disaster films
          • strange mysteries
    • Adventure Sub-genres
          • swashbucklers
          • serialized films
          • historical epics
          • expedition films
          • treasure hunts
          • disaster films
          • strange mysteries
    • Adventure Sub-genres
          • swashbucklers
          • serialized films
          • historical epics
          • expedition films
          • treasure hunts
          • disaster films
          • strange mysteries
    • Adventure Sub-genres
          • swashbucklers
          • serialized films
          • historical epics
          • expedition films
          • treasure hunts
          • disaster films
          • strange mysteries
    • Adventure Sub-genres
          • swashbucklers
          • serialized films
          • historical epics
          • expedition films
          • treasure hunts
          • disaster films
          • strange mysteries
    • Adventure Sub-genres
          • swashbucklers
          • serialized films
          • historical epics
          • expedition films
          • treasure hunts
          • disaster films
          • strange mysteries
    • Adventure Sub-genres
          • swashbucklers
          • serialized films
          • historical epics
          • expedition films
          • treasure hunts
          • disaster films
          • strange mysteries
    • Film Genres COMEDY: Comedies are light-hearted plots deliberately designed to amuse and provoke laughter by exaggerating the situation, language, action, relationships and characters.
    • Comedy Sub-genres
          • slapstick
          • screwball
          • spoofs
          • parodies
          • romantic comedies
          • black comedy
          • satirical comedy
    • Comedy Sub-genres
          • slapstick
          • screwball
          • spoofs
          • parodies
          • romantic comedies
          • black comedy
          • satirical comedy
    • Comedy Sub-genres
          • slapstick
          • screwball
          • spoofs
          • parodies
          • romantic comedies
          • black comedy
          • satirical comedy
    • Comedy Sub-genres
          • slapstick
          • screwball
          • spoofs
          • parodies
          • romantic comedies
          • black comedy
          • satirical comedy
    • Comedy Sub-genres
          • slapstick
          • screwball
          • spoofs
          • parodies
          • romantic comedies
          • black comedy
          • satirical comedy
    • Comedy Sub-genres
          • slapstick
          • screwball
          • spoofs
          • parodies
          • romantic comedies
          • black comedy
          • satirical comedy
    • Comedy Sub-genres
          • slapstick
          • screwball
          • spoofs
          • parodies
          • romantic comedies
          • black comedy
          • satirical comedy
    • Film Genres CRIME: Crime films feature the sinister actions of criminals, mobsters, bank robbers, underworld figures, and ruthless hoodlums who operate outside the law, stealing and murdering their way through life.
    • Crime Sub-genres
          • gangster films
          • detective films
          • film noir
          • mysteries
          • serial killer films
          • suspense films
          • thrillers
          • courtroom dramas
    • Crime Sub-genres
          • gangster films
          • detective films
          • film noir
          • mysteries
          • serial killer films
          • suspense films
          • thrillers
          • courtroom dramas
    • Crime Sub-genres
          • gangster films
          • detective films
          • film noir
          • mysteries
          • serial killer films
          • suspense films
          • thrillers
          • courtroom dramas
    • Crime Sub-genres
          • gangster films
          • detective films
          • film noir
          • mysteries
          • serial killer films
          • suspense films
          • thrillers
          • courtroom dramas
    • Crime Sub-genres
          • gangster films
          • detective films
          • film noir
          • mysteries
          • serial killer films
          • suspense films
          • thrillers
          • courtroom dramas
    • Crime Sub-genres
          • gangster films
          • detective films
          • film noir
          • mysteries
          • serial killer films
          • suspense films
          • thrillers
          • courtroom dramas
    • Crime Sub-genres
          • gangster films
          • detective films
          • film noir
          • mysteries
          • serial killer films
          • suspense films
          • thrillers
          • courtroom dramas
    • Crime Sub-genres
          • gangster films
          • detective films
          • film noir
          • mysteries
          • serial killer films
          • suspense films
          • thrillers
          • courtroom dramas
    • Film Genres DRAMA: Dramas are serious, plot-driven films, portraying realistic characters, settings, life situations, and stories involving intense character development and interaction.
    • Drama Sub-genres
          • melodramas
          • romance
          • biographical films
          • 'adult' films
          • sports films
          • road movies
          • “ guy” films
    • Drama Sub-genres
          • melodramas
          • romance
          • biographical films
          • 'adult' films
          • sports films
          • road movies
          • “ guy” films
    • Drama Sub-genres
          • melodramas
          • romance
          • biographical films
          • 'adult' films
          • sports films
          • road movies
          • “ guy” films
    • Drama Sub-genres
          • melodramas
          • romance
          • biographical films
          • 'adult' films
          • sports films
          • road movies
          • “ guy” films
    • Drama Sub-genres
          • melodramas
          • romance
          • biographical films
          • 'adult' films
          • sports films
          • road movies
          • “ guy” films
    • Drama Sub-genres
          • melodramas
          • romance
          • biographical films
          • 'adult' films
          • sports films
          • road movies
          • “ guy” films
    • Drama Sub-genres
          • melodramas
          • romance
          • biographical films
          • 'adult' films
          • sports films
          • road movies
          • “ guy” films
    • Film Genres EPICS: Epics take an historical or imagined event, mythic, legendary, or heroic figure, and add an extravagant setting and lavish costumes, accompanied by grandeur and spectacle, dramatic scope, high production values, and a sweeping musical score.
    • Epic Sub-genres
          • historical dramas
          • costume dramas
          • war films
          • medieval romps
          • period pictures
          • adventure films
          • religious films
    • Epic Sub-genres
          • historical dramas
          • costume dramas
          • war films
          • medieval romps
          • period pictures
          • adventure films
          • religious films
    • Epic Sub-genres
          • historical dramas
          • costume dramas
          • war films
          • medieval romps
          • period pictures
          • adventure films
          • religious films
    • Epic Sub-genres
          • historical dramas
          • costume dramas
          • war films
          • medieval romps
          • period pictures
          • adventure films
          • religious films
    • Epic Sub-genres
          • historical dramas
          • costume dramas
          • war films
          • medieval romps
          • period pictures
          • adventure films
          • religious films
    • Epic Sub-genres
          • historical dramas
          • costume dramas
          • war films
          • medieval romps
          • period pictures
          • adventure films
          • religious films
    • Epic Sub-genres
          • historical dramas
          • costume dramas
          • war films
          • medieval romps
          • period pictures
          • adventure films
          • religious films
    • Film Genres HORROR: Horror films are designed to frighten and to invoke our hidden worst fears, often in a terrifying, shocking finale, while captivating and entertaining us at the same time in a cathartic experience.
    • Horror Sub-genres
          • slasher
          • science fiction
          • supernatural
          • teen terror
          • serial killers
          • satanic
          • monsters
    • Horror Sub-genres
          • slasher
          • science fiction
          • supernatural
          • teen terror
          • serial killers
          • satanic
          • monsters
    • Horror Sub-genres
          • slasher
          • science fiction
          • supernatural
          • teen terror
          • serial killers
          • satanic
          • monsters
    • Horror Sub-genres
          • slasher
          • science fiction
          • supernatural
          • teen terror
          • serial killers
          • satanic
          • monsters
    • Horror Sub-genres
          • slasher
          • science fiction
          • supernatural
          • teen terror
          • serial killers
          • satanic
          • monsters
    • Horror Sub-genres
          • slasher
          • science fiction
          • supernatural
          • teen terror
          • serial killers
          • satanic
          • monsters
    • Horror Sub-genres
          • slasher
          • science fiction
          • supernatural
          • teen terror
          • serial killers
          • satanic
          • monsters
    • Film Genres MUSICALS: Musicals/dance films are cinematic forms that emphasize full-scale scores or song and dance routines in a significant way, or they are films that are centered on combinations of music, dance, song or choreography.
    • Musicals Sub-genres
          • Broadway musicals
          • musical comedy
          • concert films
          • performance films
          • music biographies
    • Musicals Sub-genres
          • Broadway musicals
          • musical comedy
          • concert films
          • performance films
          • music biographies
    • Musicals Sub-genres
          • Broadway musicals
          • musical comedy
          • concert films
          • performance films
          • music biographies
    • Musicals Sub-genres
          • Broadway musicals
          • musical comedy
          • concert films
          • performance films
          • music biographies
    • Musicals Sub-genres
          • Broadway musicals
          • musical comedy
          • concert films
          • performance films
          • music biographies
    • Film Genres SCIENCE FICTION: Sci-fi films are often quasi-scientific, visionary and imaginative - complete with heroes, aliens, distant planets, quests, fantastic places, new technology, and extraordinary monsters. Sci-fi films often feature multiple genres.
    • Sci-Fi Sub-genres
          • futuristic films
            • visionary
            • horrific
          • graphic novels
          • medical miseries
          • devil machines
          • mad science
          • space invaders
    • Sci-Fi Sub-genres
          • futuristic films
            • visionary
            • horrific
          • graphic novels
          • medical miseries
          • devil machines
          • mad science
          • space invaders
    • Sci-Fi Sub-genres
          • futuristic films
            • visionary
            • horrific
          • graphic novels
          • medical miseries
          • devil machines
          • mad science
          • space invaders
    • Sci-Fi Sub-genres
          • futuristic films
            • visionary
            • horrific
          • graphic novels
          • medical miseries
          • devil machines
          • mad science
          • space invaders
    • Sci-Fi Sub-genres
          • futuristic films
            • visionary
            • horrific
          • graphic novels
          • medical miseries
          • devil machines
          • mad science
          • space invaders
    • Sci-Fi Sub-genres
          • futuristic films
            • visionary
            • horrific
          • graphic novels
          • medical miseries
          • devil machines
          • mad science
          • space invaders
    • Sci-Fi Sub-genres
          • futuristic films
            • visionary
            • horrific
          • graphic novels
          • medical miseries
          • devil machines
          • mad science
          • space invaders
    • Film Genres WAR MOVIES: War films acknowledge the horror and heartbreak of war, letting the actual combat fighting (against nations or humankind) on land, sea, or in the air provide the primary plot or background action for the of the film.
    • War Sub-genres
          • war dramas
          • military operations
          • anti-war films
          • POW stories
          • military training
    • War Sub-genres
          • war dramas
          • military operations
          • anti-war films
          • POW stories
          • military training
    • War Sub-genres
          • war dramas
          • military operations
          • anti-war films
          • POW stories
          • military training
    • War Sub-genres
          • war dramas
          • military operations
          • anti-war films
          • POW stories
          • military training
    • War Sub-genres
          • war dramas
          • military operations
          • anti-war films
          • POW stories
          • military training
    • Film Genres WESTERNS: Westerns are the major defining genre of the American film industry - a eulogy to the early days of the expansive American frontier. They are one of the oldest, most enduring genres with very recognizable plots, elements, and characters.
    • Western Sub-genres
          • epic Western
          • the 'singing cowboy'
          • the "spaghetti" Western
          • contemporary Western
          • revisionist Western
          • comedy Western
          • "post-apocalyptic"
    • Western Sub-genres
          • epic Western
          • the 'singing cowboy'
          • the "spaghetti" Western
          • contemporary Western
          • revisionist Western
          • comedy Western
          • "post-apocalyptic"
    • Western Sub-genres
          • epic Western
          • the 'singing cowboy'
          • the "spaghetti" Western
          • contemporary Western
          • revisionist Western
          • comedy Western
          • "post-apocalyptic"
    • Western Sub-genres
          • epic Western
          • the 'singing cowboy'
          • the "spaghetti" Western
          • contemporary Western
          • revisionist Western
          • comedy Western
          • "post-apocalyptic"
    • Western Sub-genres
          • epic Western
          • the 'singing cowboy'
          • the "spaghetti" Western
          • contemporary Western
          • revisionist Western
          • comedy Western
          • "post-apocalyptic"
    • Western Sub-genres
          • epic Western
          • the 'singing cowboy'
          • the "spaghetti" Western
          • contemporary Western
          • revisionist Western
          • comedy Western
          • "post-apocalyptic"
    • Western Sub-genres
          • epic Western
          • the 'singing cowboy'
          • the "spaghetti" Western
          • contemporary Western
          • revisionist Western
          • comedy Western
          • "post-apocalyptic"