Why I have chose the fantasy genre…I have chose to write and research fantasy films because I love them and how they can make up thisworld or animal or story about something that’s not real. It makes me think how would you even beginto think of something like this and how did it become so real on screen. You have to have a goodimagination to watch a fantasy film.Lots of fantasy films are crated from novels so already have a big following I think this is a part of whatattracts me to fantasy films because if it’s a book and is now being made into a film it means it must begood enough For someone to want to make it real. Fantasy film is a genre that incorporates imaginativeand fantastic themes. These themes usually involve magic, supernatural events, or fantasy worlds.Although it is its own distinct genre, these films can overlap into the horror and science fiction genres.This is a main reason why I like the fantasy genre because it can be so easily mixed with other genresespecially romance and horror.Often fantasy films bring to life reality and centre around an ordinary person but in an extraordinaryplace. This makes fantasy more real if the main character is just like us, they don’t know about this place.Other things that attract me to fantasy films are the special effects things that aren’t real and you didn’teven know could be suddenly look like they are actually happening and could be. The story has a lot todo with why I like fantasy films because it interests me when its something completely new Ive neverheard or seen someone write or make a film about.Usually big fantasy films have new actors in them because the story in so un life like therefore sometimesif you know an actor to well you don’t believe the situation. However if a big star in a similar film orgenre is in a film this will also attract me just as much as the story and special effects.
The Journey to The Centre of The EarthDirector: Eric BrevigYear of production: 2008Professor Trevor Anderson receives histeenager nephew Sean Anderson to look afterfor the next 10 days while his sister preparesto move to Canada. She gives a box to Trevorthat belonged to his missing brother, Max, andTrevor finds a book with references to the lastjourney of his brother. He decides to follow thesteps of Max with Sean and they travel toIceland, where they meet the guide HannahÁsgeirsson. While climbing a mountain, thereis a thunderstorm and they protect themselvesin a cave. However, a lightening collapses theentrance and the trio is trapped in the cave.They seek an exit and falls in a hole,discovering a lost world in the centre of theEarth.
The Hunger GamesDirector: Gary RossYear of production: 2012In a futuristic place the totalitarian nation ofPanem is divided between 12 districts and theCapitol. Each year two young representatives fromeach district are selected by lottery to participatein The Hunger Games. Part entertainment andcelebration, part brutal retribution for a pastrebellion, the televised games are broadcastthroughout Panem. The 24 participants are forcedto eliminate their competitors while the citizens ofPanem are required to watch. When 16-year-oldKatnisss young sister, Prim, is selected as District12s female representative, Katniss volunteers totake her place. She and chosen boy Peeta, arepitted against bigger, stronger representatives,some of whom have trained for this their wholelives.
Harry Potter Series Harry Potter and the Order of the PhoenixHarry Potter and the Philosophers Stone Director: David YatesDirector: Chris Columbus Year of production 2007Year of production: 2001 Harry Potter and the Half-Blood PrinceHarry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets Director: David YatesDirector: Chris Columbus Year of production: 2009Year of production: 2002 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban Director: David YatesDirector: Alfonso Cuarón Year of production 2010Year of production: 2004 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire Director: David YatesDirector: Mike Newel Year of production 2011Year of production 2005Harry Potter is an orphaned boy brought up by his unfriendly aunt and uncle. At the age of eleven, half-giant Rubeus Hagrid informs him that he is actually a wizard and that his parents were murdered by anevil wizard named Lord Voldemort. Voldemort also attempted to kill one-year old Harry on the samenight, but his killing curse mysteriously rebounded and reduced him to a weak and helpless form. Harrybecame extremely famous in the Wizarding World as a result. Harry begins his first year at HogwartsSchool of Witchcraft and Wizardry and learns about magic. During the year, Harry and his friends RonWeasley and Hermione Granger become entangled in the mystery of the Philosophers Stone which isbeing kept within the school. All the films follow Harry and his friends through the 6 years at Hogwartsgoing facing the dangers from challenges and all the supernatural characters trying to bring down HarryPotter.
Star TheoryWhen I saw Journey to The Centre of The earth I didn’t know any of the characters so the star theory didn’tattract me to this film the genre did. However after watching more films with the actor out of this film, JoshHutcherson, in them I then wanted to watch the film again and told other people to because it’s a good filmand they liked one of the main characters.The next film I chose to research from the fantasy genre was The Hunger Games and I was attracted to thisfilms because of Josh Hutcherson from The Journey to The Centre of The Earth. So when I chose to watchthis film it was because of the star theory, I think they needed him and some of the other well known actorsin the film because it’s a new kind of fantasy film with a different story.The Harry Potter Films had a lot of famous well known actors but they were mainly the older charactersplaying teachers, so this film didn’t appeal to me because of the stars cast in it. Star theory is a big part ofmaking some fantasy films successful though because not everyone is attracted to the story but they think ifsomeone they look up to as an actor wants to play a role in it then it might be good. Stars bring in a lot offans whereas the theme and story alone need to be stronger to bring in new fans and audiences. I am morelikely to go and see a film mostly because I like an actress or actor in it and a lot of people do this and sodirectors know this and use star theory to make their film more appealing. IntertextualityThis is when a film involves other things – scenes, props, similar characters, in a movie asanother. Sometimes they are sequels or just using the same character in a completelydifferent film. For example vampire themed films have become popular and the vampirecharacter is used in lots of different films like comedy, horror, romance etc.. but its all thesame character just used and played differently.
Twilight trailerCodes and conventionsTwo main characters a boy and a girl and one of them doesn’t quite act normal around otherpeople but is interested in the other main character. Dressed like teenagers going to Americanhigh school. An incident occurs revealing something representing the genre and themes.Stereotypical costume and make-up very pale skin like a vampire. Supernatural abilities shownthroughout. Blood sucking, killing fights. The main villain always out to get the good maincharacter, the good character protecting someone.
SettingRainy dull looking small town. Lots of scenes in school and classrooms to showthey are young and appeal to the young teenage audience.Big dark forests representing a scary place linking with vampires being scary.CharactersGoody guy vampires and Villain vampires. Helpless damsel who everyone loveswho’s human and always needs protecting and looking after. The good and badvampire covens and the normal school friends.
ThemesBlood, Vampires, Conflicts, Investigations, Battles, Runaway, Romance,Fantasy.NarrativeLinear because the film goes in order, from us not knowing to eventuallydiscovering new things and that some of the characters are vampiresIconographyThere isn’t any because its set in a made up town and place because of thegenre fantasy.
Toy Story trailer - Linear filmCodes and conventionsThere are seven characters but the story is about woody who is the main character along withBuzz light year who is introduced a bit later in the film than woody. We first see woody so weknow he is the main one and the story is about him, his human and his friends. They are toys,we know this because the little boy who owns them in the film plays with them, speaks forthem and moves them, then he leaves the room and all the toys wake up and are alive. Theyare in the stereotypical little boys bedroom. An incident occurs a new toy is brought into theroom who thinks he’s real.
SettingLittle - boys bedroom where most of the scenes are because that’s where the toys live.Toy box - what all the toys jump out of when the little boy leaves the room.House – we see round this when the toys are trying to see what presents the little boy gets forhis birthday.Truck – when Woody is trying to help Buzz and they are trying to get away from the evil dog.Next door’s garden
Characters• Toys• New toy• Little boy• Little boys friends• Villain trying to steal the toys• Evil boy next door• Evil dog next doorThemesRomanceFantasyToysIncidentRunawaySelf-discovery
Scott Pilgrim vs. The World TrailerNarrative – Linear filmCodes and conventions:The main character is Scott Pilgrim the story is about his life and a girl hebecomes linked with. The story then becomes a lot about her and her life aswell as his. He is dressed like a geek, a typical teenager in a failed rock band,messy hair, retro tops. The girl is very comic book character looking, blue, pinkother bright coloured hair. Other characters are dressed, act and havesuperpowers just like they are in a comic book to give the whole film the lookof reading one. Always a villain and a hero. Geek fighting for the girl he loves.
Setting:Small town lots of snow – they use a lot of snow in the scenes and talk about it.Nightclubs – this is where he meets the girl he falls in love with. A few of the scenes are innight clubs where he has the fights with some of the ex’s so there is lots of space andpeople watching.Bars – This is where one of the main scenes is when they have the battle of the bands. Alsoa few more of the fights happen with the ex’s in bars.I think the setting is in bars and nightclubs because the film is for young people and it’smeant to be fun and they need lots of space to fight.
CharactersScott Pilgrim the main character – geek of the comic book, becomes heroic.The girl – geek falls in love with her, has 7 evil ex’s7 evils ex’s – fighting the geek one by one to create the story, all been out with the girl.Scott Pilgrims friends – part of his band, in the battle of the bands and like the girlGeeks stalker – in love with the geek, helps him fight one of the ex’sThemesComic bookFightingViolenceLoveFantasyComedy
IconographyVideo game coins when someone diesVideo game weapons (the hero sword)Comic book words when someone is hit/hurt (POW)Slow motion action in fightsVideo game sound effects
Media LiteracyI found out about films through technology mostly TV adverts or social networking sites. If atrailer comes on TV I will watch it if it looks interesting, however with pause and fast forwardnow I mostly don’t end up watching the adverts anymore so miss them. Another place Iwatch a lot of trailers is YouTube, sometimes before my video comes on the advertisementwill come on and you can’t always skip it , this makes me watch trailers and makes me wantto go and see films if it looks good. I think social networking is one of the best ways toadvertise because of how many people are a part of it. I don’t usually see films advertised ontwitter or Facebook which are other sites I spend time on, unless an actor I follow or a page Ihave liked says something about it because they are in it or like it.Magazines is another place I might see a movie poster for an upcoming film but I don’t buymagazines that much and I wouldn’t go out of my way to buy one just for looking at whatfilms are coming out. I think the best way to advertise a film is online or in real life.Sometimes if I see an advert for a film on the side of a bus or on a billboard it will draw myattention and I will read it because of how big it is. This is another good way to catcheveryones attention from any audience because you only have to go out to see it, also a lotof people use buses daily.Another place I see films advertised is when Im actually at the cinema when your waiting forthe film to come on. I think this is a good way of advertising for the target audience becausethe right people are there. They usually play trailers that the film you’ve paid to watch is like,maybe from the same genre or writer/director.
Reception TheoryThis is when a person might like a film because it relates to them and their personality. Theymight enjoy a certain genre so will be drawn to a film because it has that genre. The way thefilm communicates to a person makes them dislike or like it. It’s were a film emotionallyconnects with someone because of something in hi life. For example a romance film mightrelate to someone and they might enjoy it more because of whats going n in their life.Romance is one of the main genres that tries to relate to peoples lives to make themconnect with the film. Also comedy films do this because they try and show re life funnysituations to make people laugh because maybe something like that has happened in theirlife. An example of a film that uses reception theory is ‘Meet The parents’ (Jay Roach 2000).His film shows new boyfriend going to his girlfriends house to meet her parents for he firsttime. This story is relatable to a lot of people in some way because most people have beenin a situation like this. This theory helps films become more popular and people like themmore.