A2 Media Studies - Genre Analysis


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A2 Media Studies - Genre Analysis

  1. 1. A2 MEDIA STUDIES Genre Analysis Ana, Raissa, Maheni.
  2. 2. CHOSEN GENRES THRILLERA thriller provides the sudden rush of emotions,excitement, sense of suspense and exhilarationthat drive the narrative, sometimes subtly withpeaks and lulls, sometimes at a constant,breakneck pace thrills. FANTASYImagining the impossible or the improbable,using magic and other supernatural things as aprimary plot.
  3. 3. THRILLER CONVENTIONSThriller is a genre of literature, film and television that uses suspense, tension and excitement as the main elements Characteristics: - Exotic locations (e.g. foreign lands, hidden places, forests, woods. - Fast paced: constantly moving/running etc. - Hero/Heroine & Villain/s: in this case Hansel and Gretel - False ending: where the villain thinks they have won - Theatre of the mind: Where the audience can decide what has happened where something hasn’t been shown
  4. 4. THRILLER: SUB-GENRESPsychological Thriller: Heavy focus on the unstable emotional states of characters, incombination with mystery and thriller (e.g. Psycho and Funny Games)Spy Thriller: the subject of fictional espionage, either in a realistic way or as a basis for fantasy(such as James Bond). Spy films show the espionage activities of government agents and their riskof being discovered by their enemies (e.g. Bourne Identity).Political Thriller: In which the hero/heroine must ensure the stability of the government thatemploys him. Political thrillers can be based on true facts such as the assassination of John FKennedy (e.g. JFK, directed by Oliver Stone)Horror Thriller: Horror films are unsettling movies that strive to elicit the emotions of fear, disgustand horror from viewers. They often feature scenes that startle the viewer, and the macabre and thesupernatural are frequent themes (e.g. Resident Evil, Dawn of the Dead)Supernatural Thriller: In which the film brings in an otherworldly element (such as fantasy and/orthe supernatural) mixed with tension, suspense and plot twists. Sometimes the protagonist and/orvillain has some psychic ability and superpowers (e.g. Pokémon: The Rise of Darkrai, The X-Files)
  5. 5. T H R I L L E R : P R I M A RY E L E M E N T S ( F RO M W I K I P E D I A )• The protagonist(s) faces death, either their own or somebody elses.• The force(s) of antagonism must initially be cleverer and/or stronger than the protagonists.• The main storyline for the protagonist is either a quest or a character who cannot be put down.• The main plotline focuses on a mystery that must be solved.• The films narrative construction is dominated by the protagonists point of view.• All action and characters must be credibly realistic/natural in their representation on screen.• The two major themes that underpin the thriller genre are the desire for justice and the morality of individuals.• One small, but significant, aspect of a thriller is the presence of innocence in what is seen as an essentially corrupt world.• The protagonist(s) and antagonist(s) may battle, themselves and each other, not just on a physical level, but on a mental one as well.• Either by accident or their own curiousness, characters are dragged into a dangerous conflict or situation that they are not prepared to resolve.
  6. 6. FANTASY CONVENTIONSFantasy is a genre that uses magic and other supernatural phenomena as a primary element of plot, theme, and/or setting Characteristics: - Contains elements that are not realistic (e.g. talking animals, magical beings/powers) - Often set in a medieval universe - Involves mythical beings
  7. 7. FANTASY: SUB-GENRESHistorical Fantasy: Would contain historical contextFantastique: Overlaps with science fiction, horror and fantasy.Races/Creatures: The use of creatures (e.g. Aliens, Hobbits, Fairies, Witches etc.)Worlds: A fictional universe. Typical worlds involve magic or magical abilities and often, but notalways, either a medieval or futuristic theme.Magician: A magician, which may also be known in various regions as a magic-user, mage,magister, archmage, sorcerer/sorceress, witch, wizard, warlock, enchanter/enchantress, illusionist,diviner or conjurer.Religious Fantasy: These themes may be expressed directly, or through allegory and symbolism(e.g. In ‘The Chronicles of Narnia’ by C.S. Lewis, Aslan the Lion, can be considered as arepresentation of Jesus. Aslan offers himself up as a sacrifice in place of the traitorous Edmund,and is mocked, tortured, executed and subsequently resurrected. Aslan himself blatantly alludes tohis nature as an alternate Christ in the final scene of Voyage of the Dawn Treader, wherein he revealsto the protagonists Edmund, Lucy and Eustace that in their own world, he is known by "anothername", and that they must learn to know him by that name.)
  8. 8. WHY DID WE CHOOSE THESE GENRES?For our production these two genres (Thriller and Fantasy) would be suited and indepth, the sub-genre ‘Fantastique’ and perhaps ‘Supernatural Thriller’. Ourproduction consists of these genres, and it’s shown initially by the fact that Hansel& Gretel in itself is a fantasy story. It can then be said that the type of shots, whichare fast paced and with mostly the two main characters running and looking behindthem to check if anyone/anything it behind them gives the audience a thrill. Theywant to know what’s happening, who’s there, and why they are there. The sense ofbeing unaware to your surroundings and being lost makes the production seemrelated to the the two genres and it’s why they were both chosen.