Task 1: Presentation
• 1.Choose ONE genre
and at least 3 examples
of films from that
genre. On your slides
give the film title,
director, year of
production and a brief
Forgetting Sarah Marshall (2008)
Director: Nicholas Stoller
Writer: Jason Segel
Devastated Peter takes a Hawaii
vacation in order to deal with
recent break-up with his TV star
girlfriend, Sarah. Little does he
know Sarah's traveling to the
same resort as her ex ... and
she's bringing along her new
Jason Segel, Kristen Bell, Mila Kunis,
Russell Brand, Jonah Hill
50 First Dates (2004)
Director: Peter Segal
Writer: George Wing
Henry Roth is a man afraid of
commitment up until he meets the
beautiful Lucy. They hit it off and
Henry think he's finally found the girl
of his dreams, until he discovers she
has short-term memory loss and
forgets him the very next day
Adam Sandler, Drew
Barrymore, Rob Schneider,
That Awkward Moment (2014)
Director: Tom Gormican
Writer: Tom Gormican
Three best friends find
themselves where we've all
been - at that confusing
moment in every dating
relationship when you have to
decide "So...where is this
Zac Efron, Miles Teller, Michael B.
Jordan, Imogen Poots, Mackenzie
Davis, Jessica Lucas
I have chosen romantic comedy as my chosen genre because this is my favourite genre
of films. The reason I like this genre of films is because they are aimed at my gender
and age. Stuart Hall’s reception theory is that your age and gender will decide what
your opinion on things will be, whether they are preference (meaning you like that
genre of film) Negotiable (meaning you can give or take this genre) and oppositional
(meaning you don’t like that genre). The thing that attracts me to these kinds of films
is because I like the “fairy tale ending” that they all have. I like the cheesiness and how
unrealistically in love they make people out to be. But because they are comedies the
storylines aren't straightforward and boring. People might say they are all the same
but I think the comedy element is what keeps them different.
Although they are over the top they are still realistic. Whereas an action or Sci Fi film I
sit watching thinking “this is would never happen”.
I like Rom Coms because they are easy to watch and you don’t have to think about it
One more thing I like about Rom Coms is that they usually use actors/actresses that I
like e.g.. Mila Kunis and Zac Efron
Intertextuality is when a film uses a factor of another film.
Whether this is a quote, character, setting or scene. Just
something that has happened in another media text.
For example in the film ‘That Awkward Moment’ a man is eating
ice cream because he is heartbroken and his friends make fun of
him and call him Bridget Jones. This is because in the Bridget
Jones films she’s known for crying over a tub of ice-cream about
her break up.
Star theory is based on the fact that the audience would go to watch a
film because of the cast.
I admit I would go and watch a film based on some of the cast.
For example I went to watch Wolf of Wall Street mainly because
The people who cast films choose well known stars because films
will make more money.
Richard Dyer was the theorist that came up with ‘star theory’.
They use certain actors to attract the audience they want. For
example if producers wanted an older audience they would use
stars like Pierce Brosnan and Judy Dench.
But if they were aiming for a younger audience they would
chose stars like Anna Kendrick and Chris Hemsworth.
Frameworks of interpretation:
The Other Woman-
Codes and conventions of this
movie are love, romance, comedy,
city locations, sex, contempary
For example the whole film is
about 3 women who are all getting
played off by the same man. At the
beginning it looks as though the
film is going to be about love,
when really it’s about friendship.
The soundtrack to this film is ‘The Sun Is Rising’
by Britt Nicole.
This is a convention of a rom com as it is an up
lifting song that makes the audience feel happy
at the end of the film.
In the film ‘Friends with Benefits’ they talk
about how rom coms always have a love song
at the end of film to make you feel happy and to
make you feel as though you’ve enjoyed the
How do I find out about the films I watch?
The main way I find out about the films I watch would be through social media. Social
media is a good way to find out about new films because the trailers get advertised on
there. Fan pages are created so you can follow and read updates on the film. Social
media can get the trailer or film poster watched or looked at by millions of people in a
few seconds. The cast and crew of films can write posts about the films and their fans
will see it instantly.
Cinema trailers and TV commercials are another good way of finding out about films if
they are aired at the right times. Cinema trailers will be aired usually before the film
of the same genre is about to be shown. For example they wouldn’t show a trailer for
a children's film before they show a film rated 18.
Finally, magazine reviews are also a way of finding out about new films.
• An active audience is where fans of the film write about it on social media.
Whether this is on Facebook, twitter or blogs. Some films even gain
‘Fandoms’. These are the groups of people who love the film, they are the
hard-core fans of the film. These fans go to extreme lengths to meet the
cast and know everything about the film. They use social media to
organise meet ups and conventions.