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Genre in Film
Rick Altman's Genre Theory:
Rick Altman, proposed a theory
suggesting that a films genre can be
interpreted by its syntactic and
semantic elements, this means the
elements in the film that can be seen
by the audience and the elements that
can be felt, this is called the Genre
Theory by Rick Altman. This can be
seen in main Genres and subgenres.
Horror (Genre)
Horror is one of the oldest genres in film. Film
makers have been creating horror films for over
100 years to be emotionally connected to the
unknown and fear things that are improbable.
Most Horror films use the common fears the
audience has, such as; darkness, home invasion,
ghosts and monsters.
Semantic elements:
Scary costumes, fake blood, knives, balloons.
Syntactic elements:
Fear, Paranormal, Death, Grief, Murder.
Mystery (Subgenre)
Mystery comes under as a subgenre as it
combines many genres such as drama,
thriller, action and sometimes comedy like
satire.
Most mystery films involve a crime and a
main dominant character attempting to
solve the problem/crime.
Semantic elements:
Guns, Dead person, Detective, crime scene.
Syntactic elements:
Grief, Death, Suspense, Mystery, Plot
twists.
Action (Genre)
Action is one of the most popular genres as its films
are the most entertaining for the audience as they
involve exciting and loud scenes.
Semantic elements:
Guns, Swords, Weapons, Explosions, Duels.
Syntactic elements:
Rivalry, Death, Carnage, Chaos, Exhilarating

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Genre in film

  • 2. Rick Altman's Genre Theory: Rick Altman, proposed a theory suggesting that a films genre can be interpreted by its syntactic and semantic elements, this means the elements in the film that can be seen by the audience and the elements that can be felt, this is called the Genre Theory by Rick Altman. This can be seen in main Genres and subgenres.
  • 3. Horror (Genre) Horror is one of the oldest genres in film. Film makers have been creating horror films for over 100 years to be emotionally connected to the unknown and fear things that are improbable. Most Horror films use the common fears the audience has, such as; darkness, home invasion, ghosts and monsters. Semantic elements: Scary costumes, fake blood, knives, balloons. Syntactic elements: Fear, Paranormal, Death, Grief, Murder.
  • 4. Mystery (Subgenre) Mystery comes under as a subgenre as it combines many genres such as drama, thriller, action and sometimes comedy like satire. Most mystery films involve a crime and a main dominant character attempting to solve the problem/crime. Semantic elements: Guns, Dead person, Detective, crime scene. Syntactic elements: Grief, Death, Suspense, Mystery, Plot twists.
  • 5. Action (Genre) Action is one of the most popular genres as its films are the most entertaining for the audience as they involve exciting and loud scenes. Semantic elements: Guns, Swords, Weapons, Explosions, Duels. Syntactic elements: Rivalry, Death, Carnage, Chaos, Exhilarating