Genre Research

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GENRE Tempore Productions Georgia Marchant

What is genre?:

What is genre? ‘ a specific type of music, film, or writing. Your favourite literary  genre might be science fiction, and your favourite film genre might be horror flicks about cheerleaders’ Different genres can be identified through these conventions: Content Theme Mood Plot Setting Recurring icons Character profiles Situations Period Props

What genres are there?:

What genres are there? Action Adventure Comedy Crime Drama Family Fantasy Horror Musical Mystery Romance Sci-fi Short film Sport Thriller War Western World Cinema Above is a list of popular genres in film. The most popular genre has to be action adventure, however this is made up of two genres making it a sub-genre.


Sub-genres Action Adventure Fantasy Adventure Romantic Comedies Situation Comedies Family Comedies Crime Drama Fantasy Mystery Fantasy Drama Horror Comedies ‘Sub-genres are identifiable sub-glasses within film genres. They have their own subject matter, styles, formulas and iconography’ Here is a table of some sub-genres of film:

Action – Casino Royale:

Action – Casino Royale Casino Royale is an identified as a film within the action genre. It can be identified through the plot, the character types, props and more. PLOT: ‘ Armed with a licence to kill, Secret Agent James Bond sets out on his first mission as 007 and must defeat a weapons dealer in a high stakes game of poker at Casino Royale, but things are not what they seem’ Peter Gonzalez; CHARACTER PROFILES: James Bond, the leading character in the film is a spy. He is presented to be stern and dangerous, with his eyes set on the mission he has to successfully complete. His character type is one of action genre because they generally have attributes like extreme physical fitness, a harsh, guarded personality and efficiency with the ability to fight and kill. These are all features that a spy must have and so Bond has. Bond also has a side kick, Vesper Lynd, an anti-stereotypical female role who has an alpha female persona that has the same attributes and features as Bond. PROPS: The props within this film are mainly weaponry such as guns and knives. This Is stereotypical for films of the action genre as they usually have a lot of action such as fights. If they are not hand to hand combat scenes, they will include weapons like guns so it would make sense for Casino Royal to use these as props.

Fantasy – Avatar:

Fantasy – Avatar Avatar can be identified as a film of fantasy or sci-fi genre as it challenges realism that can be found in other films. It can also be identified through key conventions such as the plot, character profiles and costumes, settings and more. PLOT: A paraplegic marine dispatched to the moon Pandora on a unique mission becomes torn between following his orders and protecting the world he feels is his home . Anonymous; CHARACTER PROFILES AND COSTUMES: In Avatar the characters are traditional warriors that do not use modern technology such as guns or cars. They are tall (taller than normal), blue ‘aliens’ that have a body form that is similar to that of a humans but yet still has differences that suggest how they are from a different planet. Their costumes are that of which would be considered to be worn by those of traditional African tribes. SCENARY/SETTING: Fantasy genre films have beautiful, elaborate settings that are scenic and ‘out of this world’. They are often computer generated as it would be difficult to achieve real settings like the ones seen in Avatar, in real life for a couple of reasons. The first reason is because it would be too expensive to build a set like ones seen in Avatar and because some of the locations do not exist in the real world. Avatar is set in a giant, mystical , magical and beautiful forest that stretches for miles. Parts of it are also set in the trees of this forest. The tree’s branches stretch for miles and become walk ways for this race of blue people.

Mystery – Sherlock Holmes:

Mystery – Sherlock Holmes A mystery film often includes a case, a detective, some clues, an antagonist and the resolution of a case. All these conventions is what Sherlock Holmes has. PLOT: After finally catching serial killer and occult "sorcerer" Lord Blackwood, legendary sleuth Sherlock Holmes and his assistant Dr. Watson can close yet another successful case. But when Blackwood mysteriously returns from the grave and resumes his killing spree, Holmes must take up the hunt once again. Contending with his partner's new fiancée and the dim-witted head of Scotland Yard, the dauntless detective must unravel the clues that will lead him into a twisted web of murder, deceit, and black magic - and the deadly embrace of temptress Irene Adler . - The Massie Twins http:// CHARACTER PORFILES AND COSTUME: Robert Downey Jr pl - ays Sherlock Holmes, famous private detective. The character created by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle in the __ century. Jude Law plays his trusty sidekick, John Watson, a war doctor. Of course, because the stories of Sherlock Holmes were set back in the __century, the actors costumes and the location match the time, however their characters can still be identified by them. Watson wears a tailored suit and a top hat which indicates he’s quite wealthy which is understandable as doctors were quite prestigious and earned a nice sum of money. Holmes wears a suit that’s not so nice and a long trench coat which has become synonymous with the fictional detective over time.

Thriller - Seven:

Thriller - Seven Thrillers, especially psychological thrillers have different mysteries entwined in each other and huge plot twists that make the audience get really engaged and think “Woah, I wasn’t expecting that”. Sometimes they can be quite scary and full of suspense which can be found in Seven. PLOT: Taking place in a nameless city, Se7en follows the story of two homicide detectives tracking down a sadistic serial killer who chooses his victims according to the seven deadly sins. Brad Pitt stars as Detective David Mills, a hopeful but naive rookie who finds himself partnered with veteran Detective William Somerset (Morgan Freeman). Together they trace the killers every step, witnessing the aftermath of his horrific crimes one by one as the victims pile up in rapid succession, all the while moving closer to a gruesome fate neither of them could have predicted. CHARACTER PROFILES AND COSTUME: The two detectives, one a veteran and the other, a rookie are identified by their costume as detectives because they wear professional looking suits, carry around a police badge and weaponry. They are made to look dedicated to the case in the film, as detectives should be and are also quite smart as they have to figure out the clues to the mystery of a string of murders inspired by the seven deadly sins. The antagonist, the serial killer who goes by the name John Doe is presented to be cunning and smart in a way that the audience actually start to warm up to him as they are amazed about the lengths that he goes to not to get caught. In the film he cuts his fingers regularly so he doesn’t have any finger prints, has no documented identity and plays many mind games with the detectives. This shows him to be smart but also slightly insane which is documented in films as a common convention for serial killers. SCENARY/SETTING: This film is set in a built up city like many mystery/crime films are as this, typically is where crime happens in real life. The producers of this film took aspects from real life and included it in the making of Seven to make the story line more believable and it is this that really effects the audience in a way where they are slightly bewildered because they know that it is entirely possible that the events that went on in the film could happen in real life.

Romance – The Notebook:

Romance – The Notebook Romance films often include two lovers who come together and their lives are perfect when they are with each other, and then something happens and they break up. However, the film usually ends with them getting back together and everything be perfect because they realised that they cant live without each other. PLOT: The movie focuses on an old man reading a story to an old woman in a nursing home. The story he reads follows two young lovers named Allie Hamilton and Noah Calhoun, who meet one evening at a carnival. But they are separated by Allie's parents who disapprove of Noah's unwealthy family, and move Allie away. After waiting for Noah to write her for several years, Allie meets and gets engaged to a handsome young soldier named Lon. Allie, then, with her love for Noah still alive, stops by Noah's 200-year-old home that he restored for her, "to see if he's okay". It is evident that they still have feelings for each other, and Allie has to choose between her fiancé and her first love . - Jessica Cymerman http:// CHARACTER PROFLIES AND COSTUME: Both characters come from significantly different backgrounds. Noah, a mill worker, does not have a lot of money where as Allie comes from a wealthy background and it is their class difference that separates them. Their class difference can be seen in their costume and their life style. Allie wears a lot of jewellery, perhaps pearls which shows the audience how they can afford expensive luxuries. She also wears her hair in a pin up, styled fashion which portrays her to look very proper and takes care of herself a lot. This is the opposite to how Noah looks. He wears simple plain clothes to show how he can’t afford to spend out on nice, fancy ones and is a lot more ‘shaggy’ with an unshaven beard and hair that sits naturally.. Though Allie doesn’t care for their class difference, her parents do. They fit the stereotype of judgemental rich people where Allie breaks i t.

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