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Genre research By Divine Mckengo

Here are a list of examples of conventions that you would find in an action/adventure movie: - Usually involve straightforward story of good guy versus bad guy, where usually the disputes are resolved by physical force. - Usually heroes in Hollywood films are patriotic Americans. - they most likely have an exotic location some point in the film. - Bad guys in Hollywood films tend to be drug lords, terrorists or some other sort of criminal rather than a Nazi or a Communist like in the past. - Usually requires big budget special effects and stunt work. - Damsel in distress tends to be used but in recent movies female characters have become stronger in action/adventure movies and even work alongside the strong male characters. - It is more than likely that a chase scene will feature somewhere in the movie, whether it is by foot, car, boat etc. - The good guys always win. :

Here are a list of examples of conventions that you would find in an action/adventure movie: - Usually involve straightforward story of good guy versus bad guy, where usually the disputes are resolved by physical force. - Usually heroes in Hollywood films are patriotic Americans . - they most likely have an exotic location some point in the film. - Bad guys in Hollywood films tend to be drug lords, terrorists or some other sort of criminal rather than a Nazi or a Communist like in the past. - Usually requires big budget special effects and stunt work. - Damsel in distress tends to be used but in recent movies female characters have become stronger in action/adventure movies and even work alongside the strong male characters. - It is more than likely that a chase scene will feature somewhere in the movie, whether it is by foot, car, boat etc. - The good guys always win. Action/Adventure

The codes and conventions of a thriller include low key lighting, shadows, obtrusive editing, quick cuts, changes in camera angle, tension music, stairs, flashbacks, use of photographs in black and white, disorientation of time and space as well as montage editing. The mirrors represent the darkness within some characters while shadows and low key lighting represent the inner darkness within beings. The primary elements of the thriller genre: The protagonist(s) faces death, either his and/or her or somebody else's. The force(s) of the antagonist's must initially be cleverer and/or stronger than the protagonist's. The main storyline for the protagonist is either a quest or a character that cannot be put down. The main plotline focuses on a mystery that must be solved. The film's narrative construction is dominated by the protagonist's point of view. All action and characters must be credibly realistic or 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, each character is dragged into a dangerous conflict or situation that they are not prepared to resolve. Characters usually include criminals, stalkers, assassins, innocent victims (often on the run), menaced women, characters with deep dark pasts, psychotic individuals, spree killers, sociopaths, agents, terrorists, cops and escaped cons, private eyes, people involved in twisted relationships, world-weary men and women, psycho-fiends, and more. The themes frequently include terrorism, political conspiracy or pursuit. :

The codes and conventions of a thriller include low key lighting, shadows, obtrusive editing, quick cuts, changes in camera angle, tension music, stairs, flashbacks, use of photographs in black and white, disorientation of time and space as well as montage editing. The mirrors represent the darkness within some characters while shadows and low key lighting represent the inner darkness within beings. The primary elements of the thriller genre: The protagonist(s) faces death, either his and/or her or somebody else's. The force(s) of the antagonist's must initially be cleverer and/or stronger than the protagonist's. The main storyline for the protagonist is either a quest or a character that cannot be put down. The main plotline focuses on a mystery that must be solved. The film's narrative construction is dominated by the protagonist's point of view . All action and characters must be credibly realistic or 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, each character is dragged into a dangerous conflict or situation that they are not prepared to resolve. Characters usually include criminals, stalkers, assassins, innocent victims (often on the run), menaced women, characters with deep dark pasts, psychotic individuals, spree killers, sociopaths, agents, terrorists, cops and escaped cons, private eyes, people involved in twisted relationships, world-weary men and women, psycho-fiends, and more. The themes frequently include terrorism, political conspiracy or pursuit . Thriller

Romance film can be defined as a genre wherein the plot revolves around the love between two protagonists. This genre usually has a theme that explores an issue within love, including but not limited to: love at first sight, forbidden love, love triangles, and sacrificial love. The tone of Romance film can vary greatly. Whether the end is happy or tragic, Romance film aims to evoke strong emotions in the audience.. The main Narrative for romance films The couple meet and fall in love, but there is someone who disagrees. There is a typical feud, and they break up. The Stock Characters are always A boy and a girl. Usually the boy isn’t ‘good enough’ for the girl. The parents who generally disagree. The girl is usually the one who is well off. Romance Sub-genres: Romantic Drama Romantic Drama film is a genre that explores the complex side of love. The plot usually centers around an obstacle that is preventing love between two people. The obstacles in Romantic Drama film can range from a family's disapproval, to forbidden love, to one's own psychological restraints. Many Romantic Dramas end with the lovers separating because of the enormity of the obstacle, the realization of incompatibility, or simply because of fate. Romantic-Comedy Romantic-Comedy is a genre that attempts to catch the viewer’s heart with the combination of love and humor. This sub-genre is light-hearted and usually places the two protagonists in humorous situation. Romantic-Comedy film revolves around a romantic ideal, such as true love. In the end the ideal triumphs over the situation or obstacle. :

Romance film can be defined as a genre wherein the plot revolves around the love between two protagonists. This genre usually has a theme that explores an issue within love, including but not limited to: love at first sight, forbidden love, love triangles, and sacrificial love. The tone of Romance film can vary greatly. Whether the end is happy or tragic, Romance film aims to evoke strong emotions in the audience .. The main Narrative for romance films The couple meet and fall in love, but there is someone who disagrees. There is a typical feud, and they break up. The Stock Characters are always A boy and a girl. Usually the boy isn’t ‘good enough’ for the girl. The parents who generally disagree. The girl is usually the one who is well off . Romance Sub-genres: Romantic Drama Romantic Drama film is a genre that explores the complex side of love. The plot usually centers around an obstacle that is preventing love between two people. The obstacles in Romantic Drama film can range from a family's disapproval, to forbidden love, to one's own psychological restraints. Many Romantic Dramas end with the lovers separating because of the enormity of the obstacle, the realization of incompatibility, or simply because of fate . Romantic-Comedy Romantic-Comedy is a genre that attempts to catch the viewer’s heart with the combination of love and humor. This sub-genre is light-hearted and usually places the two protagonists in humorous situation. Romantic-Comedy film revolves around a romantic ideal, such as true love. In the end the ideal triumphs over the situation or obstacle. Romance

- 'teen comedy' - often set in high school and involving adolescent sexual adventure and conflicts with authority; - 'romantic comedy' - a popular hybrid, targeted at women and couples, especially in the 25-35 age group; - 'social comedy' - 'situational comedies' drawing on class conflict and social realism, a feature of British cinema; - 'gross-out comedy' - a currently successful cycle which may involve any of the above, but pushed more towards outrageous gags. - ‘parody or spoof’ - a comedy that satirizes other film genres or classic films. Such films employ sarcasm, stereotyping, mockery of scenes from other films, and the obviousness of meaning in a character's actions. - ‘a fish out of water comedy’ - the main character or character finds himself in an unusual environment, which drives most of the humour. :

- 'teen comedy' - often set in high school and involving adolescent sexual adventure and conflicts with authority; - 'romantic comedy' - a popular hybrid, targeted at women and couples, especially in the 25-35 age group; - 'social comedy' - 'situational comedies' drawing on class conflict and social realism, a feature of British cinema; - 'gross-out comedy' - a currently successful cycle which may involve any of the above, but pushed more towards outrageous gags . - ‘parody or spoof’ - a comedy that satirizes other film genres or classic films. Such films employ sarcasm, stereotyping, mockery of scenes from other films, and the obviousness of meaning in a character's actions. - ‘a fish out of water comedy’ - the main character or character finds himself in an unusual environment, which drives most of the humour . Comedy

The main things audiences see when watching a Horror film; an old spooky houses, Isolation is key, making the audience feel like the character(s) are alone. I.e. Alley ways, run down houses, hotels & Insane Asylums. superstitious people punishment of sinners mostly in the dark ( not brightly lit) unknown or new diseases old gothic houses They are also usually either psycho murders with masks or demons. » Exaggerated diegetic sound will allow tension to build within the film world » Fast and loud non diegetic sound can add to making the audience jump or feel scared I.e. the music in the shower scene in Psycho. :

The main things audiences see when watching a Horror film; an old spooky houses, Isolation is key, making the audience feel like the character(s) are alone. I.e. Alley ways, run down houses, hotels & Insane Asylums. superstitious people punishment of sinners mostly in the dark ( not brightly lit) unknown or new diseases old gothic houses They are also usually either psycho murders with masks or demons. » Exaggerated diegetic sound will allow tension to build within the film world » Fast and loud non diegetic sound can add to making the audience jump or feel scared I.e. the music in the shower scene in Psycho. Horror

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