Hot FuzzDirector: Edgar WrightYear of Production: 2007Hot Fuzz is a police comedy about a top policeofficer in London who is transferred to a smallvillage in the countryside and is paired with anincompetent sidekick who is the son of one ofthe police force’s senior members. At first the itseems as though there is no crime whatsoeveruntil they discover until they discover that thecrime rate is so low because everything isdisguised as accidents. The two police maninvestigate and discover that there is a secretorganisation of the village’s residents who aremurdering anybody who tries to hinder thevillage’s reputation.
AnchormanDirector: Adam McKayYear of Production: 2004Anchorman is a film about a man named RonBurgundy who is the top Anchorman in San Diegoand is loved and respected by all, he is also veryfond of himself. He meets a woman at a part onenight and the next day she becomes a newanchor and the first female anchor, she is intenton becoming a figure in San Diego and basicallystanding up for females, in the process her andRon develop a hatred for each other and sheends up sabotaging his career. Ron ends up outof a job and must redeem himself and earn hisplace as the top anchor once more.
American PieDirector: Paul WeitzYear of Production: 1999American Pie is a film about four teenageboys in their last year of high school, onenight at a party, all of them run out of luckwith women and encounter people far lessconfident than themselves having plenty ofluck. The following morning they decide thatthey go to college if they’re virgins andsubsequently make a pact to lose theirvirginity before their senior prom and withthe help of each other try to achieve thisultimate goal in the short time they have.
The main elements of the comedy genre that attract me to it are mainly thestars, actors such as Will Ferrell, Seth Rogen, Simon Pegg and many more, this iscalled star theory. Star theory basically means if I was to see a film coming outin the cinema with Seth Rogen in, I would go to see without hesitation because Ihave seen lots of films with Seth Rogen and know that they are generally goodfilms and that he makes it more enjoyable to watch. Elements of the story ofteninvolves the characters encountering problems on the way to achieving theirgoal which are often given a twist because of the nature of the genre and theyalways make the film more enjoyable and funny to watch. Also I find comedyfilms to be quite relatable because of the age I am at and the sense of humourused in comedies is generally the same sense of humour that me and peoplemy age would have. Usually the characters have a problem which I and lots ofother people can always relate to because people of the age who the film isaimed at may have similar problems and can often relate but with a humoroustwist.What attracts me to this genre?
Area of Analysis Example Technical feature (Camera/sound/mise enscene/ editing)Conforms to genre? Y/N Breaks conformity? Y/NIf yes, how?Codes and conventionsAppearance of thecharacters, funnyclothes/moustaches.Characters pulling funnyfaces.Characters talking in funny voices, lots ofcharacters together talking and laughing.Yes NoSettingSet in San Diego, mainly in aTV studio. Typical Americancity.Lots of large buildings, always sunny. A fewestablishing shots of San Diego are used.Yes NoCharacterDressed in funny costume,all have funny hairstyles andunusual facial hair.Close ups of characters so you can see thefunny elements of the characters.Yes NoThemesLove – between RonBurgundy and the femaleanchor.The two characters are shown on screentogether a lot and there is a theme of loveat some parts even though mainly theydislike eachother.Yes NoNarrativeRon Burgundy is a veryhighly rated anchorman inSan Diego but his place astop anchor is jeopardisedwhen a female anchor aimsto become top anchor.The two anchors sat in the studio shows therivalry between the two and the goal incommon.Yes NoFilm title Anchorman trailerDirector Adam McKayYear 2004Genre ComedyIconographyLarge bridges + buildings inSan Diego – typicalAmerican cityLots of establishing shots are used to showthis.Yes NoAnchorman Trailer Analysis
Area of Analysis Example Technical feature (Camera/sound/mise enscene/ editing)Conforms to genre? Y/N Breaks conformity? Y/NIf yes, how?Codes and conventionsLots of references to rudescenes: parents catchingtheir son watching porn,scenes of characters with fewclothes on, characterswatching girls on livestreams.Some comedy films often include rudescenes like the ones mentioned because itappeals to the target audience.Yes NoSettingTypical American high school,large American houses,parties.American flags all around the school. Lots ofscenes with people drinking and dancing toindicate it’s a party.Yes NoCharacterFour slightly geekyteenagers, one friend whohas lots of luck with girls.The four main characters all have strangefashion sense and unusual haircuts whereasthe other friend has a slightly better fashionsense etc.Yes NoThemesLove – each of the charactershas a love interest within thefilm.The characters are often shown with theirlove interest and presented so you knowthere is something between them.Yes NoNarrativeThe four main charactersenter a pact to lose theirvirginity by prom.There is a scene where the four charactersput their hands together and make the pactofficial so you know they’re all in it together.Yes NoIconographySunny American city. A few shots are used giving you a glimpse ofwhat the city they are in looks like and showsit to look sunny and like a nice place to live.Yes NoFilm title American PieDirector Paul WeitzYear 1999Genre ComedyAmerican Pie Trailer Analysis
Area of Analysis Example Technical feature (Camera/sound/mise enscene/ editing)Conforms to genre? Y/N Breaks conformity? Y/NIf yes, how?Codes and conventionsPolice uniforms, police cars,guns, criminals, goreyincidents.All things you would expect to see in apolice movie but there is the humoroustwist to all of these things.Yes NoSettingRural English village. Churches, country pubs, cottages are allfeatures of a typical rural village and thereare no particularly large buildings.No Yes, usually an action/policefilm would set be set in alarge city but the mainpoliceman has been movedto this rural village.CharacterTypical highly skilledpoliceman and a slow wittedcompanion.There are lots of clips of him showing hisability and determination.No Yes, usually the mainpoliceman would be quitegood looking and would bequite muscly but thispoliceman is fairly ugly andquite chubby too.ThemesFriendship between the twopoliceman, at first it takesthe main policeman a whileto get used to the slowwitted policeman but theydevelop quite a strong bond.Lots of clips of the two together, looking likea great police partnership.Yes NoNarrativeA highly skilled policeman istransferred to a rural villagewhere it appears nothing ishappening but there is a bigmystery behind it all.There are scenes of the main policemandoing lots of research and paperwork touncover the truth behind the village.Yes NoFilm title Hot FuzzDirector Edgar WrightYear 2007Genre Comedy-ActionHot Fuzz Trailer Analysis
What makes me go to see a film?The main thing that makes me to go to see a film is the trailer of the film or if itis a highly anticipated sequel to a film series or franchise I have enjoyed. If thetrailer makes the film look interesting or if star theory comes into play andthere are some actors who I really like then most of the time I will go to seethe film. The genre can also influence me, generally I would be moreinfluenced to go and see a comedy than any other type of film but action andhorror films also appeal to me and if the film looks really good then I willusually just go for any genre. I would also go to see a film if it is a highlyanticipated summer blockbuster, even if it doesn’t interest me all that much Iwould still probably because it has high expectations. Also I would see a filmbased on the director, if a director I like released a new film I would be moretempted to see it because I know that director generally makes films I enjoy.
Where I find out about my films?Quite often I find out about films from friends and family who wouldrecommend a film to me based on what they know I like. Also social networkingsites such as twitter and facebook sometimes help me find out about films,when people talk about them and hype them up it persuades me to go and seeit. Quite often if I like an actor, I would use IMDB and look at films they havebeen in and watch a few of them and films similar. Also on IMDB, there is a listof similar films to a film I like and sometimes I choose to watch one of thembecause I know it would be good.
Reception TheoryReception theory is the theory of people being interested in a specific genreor type of film based on their cultural background, what they like doing, lifeexperiences and more. For example, I enjoy watching comedy films,particularly teenage comedies because it’s something I can relate to becauseof my age and the things that happen in those films interest me because ofthe way I am and the age I am at. However with other people, they may enjoyromance films because they are generally a romantic person and may haveexperienced break-ups similar to those in films so they can relate to it. Itapplies to more or less everybody but with different genres, all based on age,cultural background, experiences, what they like to do and it can affect theway they look at certain films.
Active SpectatorshipActive spectatorship is looking at elements of a specific genre and researchingwhy they attract people to that genre. For example in James Bond, we alwayssee nice cars, nice looking women etc and that attracts people to watch itbecause they like to see that in films. In comedy films you see things such asparties which interests most teenagers because it’s what people of that agegenerally do and enjoy. These are typical things we see in certain genres andmust be included in a film of that genre to attract as many viewers as possible.