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Year 9 - Film Genre: Welcome to Genre!

A short presentation on Film Genre.

Shayne Travis Grieve

on 29 January 2014

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Transcript of Year 9 - Film Genre: Welcome to Genre!

welcome to
What is genre?
The term genre goes back to the earliest days of cinema and was seen as a way of organizing films according to type.

But it wasn't until the late 1960's that genre was introduced as a key concept into Western civilisation's film theory.

Basically, film genre is the categorisation of films based on the many similarities that can be found, across a number of films. These similarities can often refer to the film's tone, characters, setting, narrative, use of music etc.
The word 'genre' comes from the French
(and originally Latin) word for 'kind' or 'class'.
Genre is more than just categorising films.
Genre also refers to audience/spectator expectations and hypothesis (speculation about how a film will end)
our aim for this lesson?
to help you understand
what genre is.
in other words...
Genre is the type of film. It means it will have certain common characteristics.

We expect to see certain things in all films of the same genre.

If a film has a saloon, gunfight and sheriff what type or genre would it be?
have a go at
identifying these
what type of film
is particularly predictable?
Genre is the type of film. It means it will have certain common characteristics.We call these CONVENTIONS.

For example all war films will have soldiers, guns, explosions, death in them.

Horror films will have blood, monsters, a hero, dark tones, scary music.
...This is also known as
visual language or to be specific...
it's called 'Iconography'.
Here's a challenge
watch the trailer for
'scott pilgrim vs. the world'
- by analysing the iconographic
images, tell me what genre/s does this film belong to.
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