Film Genres:

  • Romance
    • Usually the two characters go their separate ways (after argument) then rekindle
    • Usually uses a lot “Symbols of love”, like weddings
    • What happens in day to day lives, nothing unusual
    • Happy ending
    • Aimed at females
  • Rom-Com
    • ‘Boy meets girl’
    • Happy ending
    • Sexual innuendos in the script
    • Often uses the females point of view and revolves around her
    • Wit
    • Comedy relief
  • Comedy
    • Usually has the main places as homes, work, towns, and bards (high school in a small town if a teen comedy)
    • You usually have your ‘idiot’, ‘smart people’ and ‘regular people’ (who tend to be sarcastic)
    • Has a lot of dark humour and wit/wordplay
  • Sci-fi
    • The setting is usually in the future/past or in outer space/other worlds
    • A lot of new technology, like robots and spaceships
    • Conflict between good and evil
    • Special effects
    • Fast panning
    • Heroes wear bright colours (“connotations of hope”)
    • Villains usually wear dark clothes like grey
    • Blues and greens
  • Action
    • A lot of weapons
    • Big modern cities
    • Good Vs. Bad
    • A lot of high tech machinery
    • A lot of destruction
    • Deaths
    • Fast editing
    • “Cat and mouse tests”
    • Camera filter
    • Special FX
    • Explosions, crashes, car chases, etc
  • Horror
    • Usually set in old, isolated places like an abandoned house
    • They usually use weapons that cause a slow and painful death, never guns, usually knifes
    • The villain tends to either be a person you wouldn’t expect, “a ghost/demon, a mental patient, monster, outcast or a masked murder”
    • The victims are usually people the audience can relate to, a bunch of teenage friends, a family
  • Thriller
    • Mirrors and shadows tend to show the character the darkness within themselves
    • They use a lot of flashbacks to show the audience a view to the characters past
    • Confined spaces
    • Guns, knives, cars
  • Fantasy
    • Younger target audience
    • Dedicated fanbase
    • Aspirational, escapist characters usually doing a quest
    • Usually includes magic and mystical creatures
    • Usually set in the past
    • Expensive costumes
  • Musicals
    • Dancing, singing, laughing
    • Drama
    • Bright lights
    • Good weather
    • Happy mood
  • Family
    • For the younger audience
    • Usually animated
    • Non-offensive
  • Foreign
    • Different language, usually subtitled
  • Cult
    • Strange, quirky, off beat
    • Low budget, individual films
  • Bollywood
    • Other forms of performance, usually dancing or singing
    • Religious figure
    • Romance
    • No kissing
    • Authentic, traditional costumes (saris or dresses)
  • Black Comedy
    • Dark humour
    • Murder
  • Sport
    • Sport events
    • Failure
    • Success
  • Western
    • Horses
    • Guns
    • West Vs. East
    • Revenge plots
    • Deserts, mountains, river
  • Crime/Gangster
    • Dark colours (greys and blacks)
    • Deaths
    • Guns, vehicles
    • Strong physical man
    • Themes of violence
    • Female interest
    • Accent/dialect
  • Drama
    • Realistic characters and settings
    • Struggles, hardships, difficulty and pain
    • Audience can relate
    • Happy ending
    • Alcohol, drugs, guns, knives, mobile phones
  • Disaster
    • There’s a big disaster
    • Worst case scenario
    • Chaos
    • Damage
    • Panick
    • Natural disasters
  • War
    • Battles
    • Weapons
    • Good Vs. Bad
    • Invading
    • Costume (Military)
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