What is genre? Genre is a loose set of criteria of acategory of artistic composition marked by adistinctive style, form or content. It is a way todetermine the different types of music, film, mediaetc.Starter: List as many film genres as you can think ofin 2 minutes!
Genre TheoristsDaniel Chandler: Conventional definitions of genre tend to be based on thenotion that they constitute particular conventions of content (such as themes orsettings) and/or form (including structure and style) which are shared by the textswhich are regarded as belonging to them.David Bordwell: Notes that „any theme may appear in any genre‟ (Bordwell 1989)„One could… argue that no set of necessary and sufficient conditions can markoff genres from other sorts of groupings in ways that all experts or ordinary film-goers would find acceptable‟.Tom Ryall (1978): Genre provides a framework of structuring rules, in the shape ofpatterns/forms/styles/structures, which act as a form of „supervision; over the workof production of filmmakers and the work of reading by the audience.Rick Altman: Argues that genres are usually defined in terms of media language(SEMANIC elements) and codes in the Western e.g. landscape, horses, guns,characters/stars like Clint Eastwood or John Wayne, or certain ideologies andnarratives.Neale (1990): Genre is constituted by “specific systems of expectations andhypothesis which spectators bring with them to the cinema and which interactwith the films themselves during the course of the viewing process.”
Can you guess the genre’sof these film trailers?1. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wuweUUA7s-w2. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gkII_JShveI3. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FKFDkpHCQz4
The Genre’s..1. A fish called Wanda;Rom com and crime.2. The panic room;Thriller3. Evil dead;Horror
What’s the difference?Horror/Thriller…Thriller is a movie based on suspense, showingespecially the victims point of of view. Horror ismore about showing "horrid" things on screen suchas murders or torture. The suspense in a thrillerdoes not necessarily result in gruesome acts.The supernatural is part of horror is to scare theaudience. A thriller is not about scares, but ratherabout the hero being put into danger. If the point isto make an audience scream, its horror. If the pointis to make the audience just feel tense, its a thriller.And a thriller is much harder to pull off than horror(which is one of the easiest effects to achieve infilm).