Monday, 14 March 2011

Researching Film Genres

In order for me to gain an understanding of how films are created so that they match their genre, I am going to conduct some research into film genres which will allow me to distinguish between them. This will help me in my group when we decide on what genre we would like our film to be. 


Horror films are usually designed to frighten and invoke the audience's fears by building up exhilaration through an adrenalin rush. There is often a shocking finale which both engages the audience and entertains us at the same tine. Horror films feature a wide variety of styles such as from the earliest silent Nosferatu classic, to today's CGI monsters and deranged humans. There are also many sub-genres of horror such as horror: slasher, teen terror, serial killers, satanic, Dracula, Frankenstein, etc.


Comedies are films where the main emphasis is on humour. They are usually light-hearted plots which are deliberately constructed to amuse and provoke laughter in the audience, by exaggerating the situation, action, language, characters and relationships. There are also sub-genres of comedy such as; spoofs and parodies romcoms (romantic comedies), sci-fi comedy, comedy horror, action comedy and fantasy comedy.


Science fiction is  a genre that often expresses the potential of technology to destroy humankind and easily overlaps with horror films. They usually have science-based depictions  depictions of phenomena that are complete with heroes, aliens, distant planets, impossible quests, improbable settings, fantastic places, great dark and shadowy villains, futuristic technology, unknown and unknowable forces, and extraordinary monsters ('things or creatures from space'), either created by mad scientists or by nuclear havoc.  Science fiction films have often been used to focus on political or social issues.


Adventure films are designed to provide an action-filled, energetic experience for the audience. Rather than placing predominant emphasis on violence and fighting, the viewer can live vicariously through the travels, conquests, explorations, creation of empires, struggles and situations that confront the main characters, actual historical figures or protagonists. They usually consist of; searches or expeditions for lost continents, "jungle" and "desert" epics, treasure hunts, disaster films, or searches for the unknown.


Action films have one or more heroes thrust into a series of challenges that often require physical feats, extended fights and frentic chases. They usually 
include high energy, big-budget physical stunts and chases, possibly with rescues, battles, fights, escapes, destructive crises (floods, explosions, natural disasters, fires, etc.), non-stop motion, spectacular rhythm and pacing, and adventurous, often two-dimensional 'good-guy' heroes (or recently, heroines) battling 'bad guys' - all designed for pure audience escapism. A major sub-genre is disaster film.

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