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Lesson Objectives: To be able to explain the functions of film genre, and identify generic
elements in ‘Super 8’ and ‘Moon...
Read through the plot summaries of the two films.

Lesson Objectives: To be able to explain the functions of film genre, a...
What is the purpose of film genre?
• Classification
• Industry
• Audience
• Myths
• Cognition
Lesson Objectives: To be abl...
Institutions and Audiences
Genre as economic strategy.
Generic pleasures.
The study of film genre allows an understanding ...
Myths
Genres tell and re-tell familiar stories – reflect social
concerns.
Genres resolve in imaginary terms social issues ...
Cognition

One of the main functions of genre is to help audiences
to make sense of film texts.
Lesson Objectives: To be a...
Postmodern Genres/Genericity
Postmodernism – artistic style characterised by irony,
intertextuality, pastiche.
Genericity ...
Lesson Objectives: To be able to explain the functions of film genre, and identify generic
elements in ‘Super 8’ and ‘Moon...
Lesson Objectives: To be able to explain the functions of film genre, and identify generic
elements in ‘Super 8’ and ‘Moon...
Lesson Objectives: To be able to explain the functions of film genre, and identify generic
elements in ‘Super 8’ and ‘Moon...
Science fiction film is ’a film genre which emphasizes actual,
extrapolative, or speculative science…interacting in a soci...
Key Themes
•
•
•
•
•

Technology
Alien vs familiarity
Humanness
Community
Technology and Hope

Lesson Objectives: To be ab...
Hybridity – ‘Super 8’ contains elements of
sci fi, coming of age narrative, action film,
and horror.

Lesson Objectives: T...
Key Themes in ‘Super 8’
•
•
•
•
•

Technology – alien’s superior technology
Alien vs familiarity
Humanness – film suggests...
Watch the extracts and make notes on how the
extract employs sci fi conventions. How are
cinematography, sound, editing, a...
Hybridity – ‘Moonrise
Kingdom’ contains elements of
a range of genres and
subgenres including romance,
comedy, teen film, ...
Hybridity – ‘Moonrise
Kingdom’ contains elements of
a range of genres and
subgenres including romance,
comedy, teen film, ...
Coming of age film
Focuses on the maturation of
young people.
Key themes include
• Conflict with society
• Troubled family...
Bildungsroman

A Bildungsroman relates the growing up
or "coming of age" of a young person
who goes in search of answers t...
‘Stand By Me’ (Rob Reiner, USA, 1985)
Set in 1950s – writer reflecting back on
his childhood. About 4 boys on a
journey to...
Quest Motif
Many coming of age films use a quest
or journey motif.

Lesson Objectives: To be able to explain the functions...
Liminal Space and Coming of Age
Movies
Liminality is an idea identified by
anthropologist Arnold van Gennep. He
studied ri...
Coming of age film
Focuses on the maturation of
young people.
Key themes include
• Conflict with society
• Troubled family...
Genericity
The film employs genre in a
playful way, utilising elements
of a range of genres but in a
childlike context.

L...
Authorship
‘Moonrise Kingdom’ may be
best characterised as a Wes
Anderson film – the key
elements, style, and themes
are s...
To what extent does ‘Super 8’ also use elements of the
coming of age genre?
Lesson Objectives: To be able to explain the f...
How can you relate the key genre concepts to the two
films?
• Classification
• Industry
• Audience
• Myths
• Cognition
• P...
Homework
Read at least one review of each film and note down
what key messages/themes are identified?
Lesson Objectives: T...
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  1. 1. Lesson Objectives: To be able to explain the functions of film genre, and identify generic elements in ‘Super 8’ and ‘Moonrise Kingdom’.
  2. 2. Read through the plot summaries of the two films. Lesson Objectives: To be able to explain the functions of film genre, and identify generic elements in ‘Super 8’ and ‘Moonrise Kingdom’.
  3. 3. What is the purpose of film genre? • Classification • Industry • Audience • Myths • Cognition Lesson Objectives: To be able to explain the functions of film genre, and identify generic elements in ‘Super 8’ and ‘Moonrise Kingdom’.
  4. 4. Institutions and Audiences Genre as economic strategy. Generic pleasures. The study of film genre allows an understanding of cinema as both an industrial and popular medium. Altman – capitalist function of genre product differentiation Ryall – genre supervises relationship between filmmakers and audience. Lesson Objectives: To be able to explain the functions of film genre, and identify generic elements in ‘Super 8’ and ‘Moonrise Kingdom’.
  5. 5. Myths Genres tell and re-tell familiar stories – reflect social concerns. Genres resolve in imaginary terms social issues and conflicts. Lesson Objectives: To be able to explain the functions of film genre, and identify generic elements in ‘Super 8’ and ‘Moonrise Kingdom’.
  6. 6. Cognition One of the main functions of genre is to help audiences to make sense of film texts. Lesson Objectives: To be able to explain the functions of film genre, and identify generic elements in ‘Super 8’ and ‘Moonrise Kingdom’.
  7. 7. Postmodern Genres/Genericity Postmodernism – artistic style characterised by irony, intertextuality, pastiche. Genericity – postmodern culture genres not fixed and clear. Intertexuality – the way one film makes reference to other films/media texts. Eclecticism- creating a text from a range of other texts and genres. Lesson Objectives: To be able to explain the functions of film genre, and identify generic elements in ‘Super 8’ and ‘Moonrise Kingdom’.
  8. 8. Lesson Objectives: To be able to explain the functions of film genre, and identify generic elements in ‘Super 8’ and ‘Moonrise Kingdom’.
  9. 9. Lesson Objectives: To be able to explain the functions of film genre, and identify generic elements in ‘Super 8’ and ‘Moonrise Kingdom’.
  10. 10. Lesson Objectives: To be able to explain the functions of film genre, and identify generic elements in ‘Super 8’ and ‘Moonrise Kingdom’.
  11. 11. Science fiction film is ’a film genre which emphasizes actual, extrapolative, or speculative science…interacting in a social context with the lesser emphasized, but still present, transcendentalism of magic and religion, in an attempt to reconcile man with the unknown’ (Vivien Sobchack). Cultural theorist Scott Bukatman has proposed that science fiction film allows contemporary culture to witness an expression of the sublime, be it through exaggerated scale, apocalypse or transcendence. Lesson Objectives: To be able to explain the functions of film genre, and identify generic elements in ‘Super 8’ and ‘Moonrise Kingdom’.
  12. 12. Key Themes • • • • • Technology Alien vs familiarity Humanness Community Technology and Hope Lesson Objectives: To be able to explain the functions of film genre, and identify generic elements in ‘Super 8’ and ‘Moonrise Kingdom’.
  13. 13. Hybridity – ‘Super 8’ contains elements of sci fi, coming of age narrative, action film, and horror. Lesson Objectives: To be able to explain the functions of film genre, and identify generic elements in ‘Super 8’ and ‘Moonrise Kingdom’.
  14. 14. Key Themes in ‘Super 8’ • • • • • Technology – alien’s superior technology Alien vs familiarity Humanness – film suggests the alien’s humanity Community Technology and Hope/sublime Lesson Objectives: To be able to explain the functions of film genre, and identify generic elements in ‘Super 8’ and ‘Moonrise Kingdom’.
  15. 15. Watch the extracts and make notes on how the extract employs sci fi conventions. How are cinematography, sound, editing, and mise-en-scene used? Key Themes in ‘Super 8’ • • • • • Technology – alien’s superior technology Alien vs familiarity Humanness – film suggests the alien’s humanity Community Technology and Hope/sublime Lesson Objectives: To be able to explain the functions of film genre, and identify generic elements in ‘Super 8’ and ‘Moonrise Kingdom’.
  16. 16. Hybridity – ‘Moonrise Kingdom’ contains elements of a range of genres and subgenres including romance, comedy, teen film, and coming of age movie. It also contains elements of the ‘lovers on the run’ movie. Lesson Objectives: To be able to explain the functions of film genre, and identify generic elements in ‘Super 8’ and ‘Moonrise Kingdom’.
  17. 17. Hybridity – ‘Moonrise Kingdom’ contains elements of a range of genres and subgenres including romance, comedy, teen film, and coming of age movie. It also contains elements of the ‘lovers on the run’ movie. Lesson Objectives: To be able to explain the functions of film genre, and identify generic elements in ‘Super 8’ and ‘Moonrise Kingdom’.
  18. 18. Coming of age film Focuses on the maturation of young people. Key themes include • Conflict with society • Troubled family relationships • Sexual identity • Independence • Death • Nostalgia (often set in the past) • Quest/journey Often include a rite of passage. Lesson Objectives: To be able to explain the functions of film genre, and identify generic elements in ‘Super 8’ and ‘Moonrise Kingdom’.
  19. 19. Bildungsroman A Bildungsroman relates the growing up or "coming of age" of a young person who goes in search of answers to life's questions with the expectation that these will result from gaining experience of the world. Usually in the beginning of the story there is an emotional loss which makes the protagonist leave on his journey.. The genre often features a main conflict between the main character and society. Typically, the values of society are gradually accepted by the protagonist and he is ultimately accepted into society. Lesson Objectives: To be able to explain the functions of film genre, and identify generic elements in ‘Super 8’ and ‘Moonrise Kingdom’.
  20. 20. ‘Stand By Me’ (Rob Reiner, USA, 1985) Set in 1950s – writer reflecting back on his childhood. About 4 boys on a journey to find the dead body of a boy their age. The film contains all key elements of the coming of age genre. Stand by Me Trailer Lesson Objectives: To be able to explain the functions of film genre, and identify generic elements in ‘Super 8’ and ‘Moonrise Kingdom’.
  21. 21. Quest Motif Many coming of age films use a quest or journey motif. Lesson Objectives: To be able to explain the functions of film genre, and identify generic elements in ‘Super 8’ and ‘Moonrise Kingdom’.
  22. 22. Liminal Space and Coming of Age Movies Liminality is an idea identified by anthropologist Arnold van Gennep. He studied rites of passage and found they have three stages: Rites of separation – symbolic death leads to removal from community Liminality – the individual moves outside society – often into the wilderness. Re-incorporation. Lesson Objectives: To be able to explain the functions of film genre, and identify generic elements in ‘Super 8’ and ‘Moonrise Kingdom’.
  23. 23. Coming of age film Focuses on the maturation of young people. Key themes include • Conflict with society • Troubled family relationships • Sexual identity • Independence • Death • Nostalgia (often set in the past) • Quest/journey Often include a rite of passage. Summer setting. Melancholy tone – loss. Watch the extracts and make notes on how the film uses the elements of the coming of age film, and how this is constructed through technical elements. Lesson Objectives: To be able to explain the functions of film genre, and identify generic elements in ‘Super 8’ and ‘Moonrise Kingdom’.
  24. 24. Genericity The film employs genre in a playful way, utilising elements of a range of genres but in a childlike context. Lesson Objectives: To be able to explain the functions of film genre, and identify generic elements in ‘Super 8’ and ‘Moonrise Kingdom’.
  25. 25. Authorship ‘Moonrise Kingdom’ may be best characterised as a Wes Anderson film – the key elements, style, and themes are similar to his other films. To what extent does ‘Super 8’ also use elements of the coming of age film? Lesson Objectives: To be able to explain the functions of film genre, and identify generic elements in ‘Super 8’ and ‘Moonrise Kingdom’.
  26. 26. To what extent does ‘Super 8’ also use elements of the coming of age genre? Lesson Objectives: To be able to explain the functions of film genre, and identify generic elements in ‘Super 8’ and ‘Moonrise Kingdom’.
  27. 27. How can you relate the key genre concepts to the two films? • Classification • Industry • Audience • Myths • Cognition • Postmodern genres Lesson Objectives: To be able to explain the functions of film genre, and identify generic elements in ‘Super 8’ and ‘Moonrise Kingdom’.
  28. 28. Homework Read at least one review of each film and note down what key messages/themes are identified? Lesson Objectives: To be able to explain the functions of film genre, and identify generic elements in ‘Super 8’ and ‘Moonrise Kingdom’.

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