Sarah Dixon
INTRODUCING GENRE
Definition
 A category of artistic composition, as in music or
literature, characterized by similarities in
form, style, ...
Examples of film genres
 Action and Adventure – James Bond
 Animation – Toy Story
 Bollywood – Rangeela
 Comedy – Hang...
Why is genre important to
audiences?
 Audiences choose films based on genre. Certain genres are
considered appropriate fo...
Why is genre important to
producers?
 Genre gives the producer a template to follow when producing
the film.
 Genre attr...
HYBRID
 Hybrid genre is where 2 or more genres are put
together into one film such as comedy and horror.
 Examples: -Hor...
Sub genres
Comedy
 Black comedy/Dark comedy – disturbing subjects such as death and war etc.
 Character comedy – drives ...
Are genres fixed?
 Genre isn’t fixed, it depends on what the
audience wants and likes to see. It is constantly
changing t...
Bibliography
Slide 3
 http://www.theguardian.com/film/list/filmgenres
Slide 4
 http://mediaknowall.com/as_alevel/alevkey...
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  1. 1. Sarah Dixon INTRODUCING GENRE
  2. 2. Definition  A category of artistic composition, as in music or literature, characterized by similarities in form, style, or subject matter.
  3. 3. Examples of film genres  Action and Adventure – James Bond  Animation – Toy Story  Bollywood – Rangeela  Comedy – Hangover  Crime – 21 Jump Street  Documentary/Music Documentary – March Of The Penguins  Drama - Titanic  Family – Despicable Me  Horror – The Exorcist  Musical – Moulin Rouge  Period and Historical – Oliver Twist  Romance – 50 First Dates  Sci-fi – Star Wars  Sport – Rocky  Thriller – Side Effects  War - Saving Private Ryan  Western - The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
  4. 4. Why is genre important to audiences?  Audiences choose films based on genre. Certain genres are considered appropriate for certain ages and genres and peoples choice of film are made from this eg chick flicks audiences are mostly teenage girls.  Films have certain expectations and conventions it has to follow according to its genre. This makes the audience aware of what type of film it is and are more likely to go watch it if the genre is apparent.  People identify with different genres, such as sci-fi fans tend to go to conventions and dress up as their favourite characters. Audiences tend to buy clothing which is used in the genre of films they like.  It is important to know what the audience likes so you can engage them and helps them relate to the story of the film.
  5. 5. Why is genre important to producers?  Genre gives the producer a template to follow when producing the film.  Genre attracts an audience and the producers then know what they like within a film.  Producers can develop their skills when working with certain genres.  Actors or stars can be associated with certain genres, for example Will Ferrell is particularly known for his slapstick comedy and audiences can recognise the genre when looking at a poster with him  Fans of a genre know the codes and conventions so you don’t have to reinvent all the time.
  6. 6. HYBRID  Hybrid genre is where 2 or more genres are put together into one film such as comedy and horror.  Examples: -Horror Romance – Twilight -Horror Comedy – Scary Movie -Sci-fi Action – Paul -Western Sci-fi- Cowboys and Aliens
  7. 7. Sub genres Comedy  Black comedy/Dark comedy – disturbing subjects such as death and war etc.  Character comedy – drives humour from persona invented by performer. Most comes from stereotypes  Observational comedy – makes fun out of everyday life  Alternative comedy – differs from traditional comedy, features other forms of comedy  Physical comedy/Slapstick comedy – uses physical movements and gestures.  Prop comedy – comedy relies on ridiculous props  Topical comedy – headlining/important news and current affairs  Mockumentury – a fiction film that copies the conventions of a documentary  Sitcom – a comedy drama which develops over a long period of time, usually a television series
  8. 8. Are genres fixed?  Genre isn’t fixed, it depends on what the audience wants and likes to see. It is constantly changing to reach demands.
  9. 9. Bibliography Slide 3  http://www.theguardian.com/film/list/filmgenres Slide 4  http://mediaknowall.com/as_alevel/alevkeyconcepts/alevelkeyco n.php?pageID=genre Slide 5  http://www.mediaknowall.com/gcse/keyconceptsgcse/keycon.ph p?pageID=genre Slide 7  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comedic_genres

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