Yuan Yuan Chen started off the lecture talking about film genres, which will help us with our 30 second animation.
How do you group films:
What type or kind of film that it is. It can indicate whether it alls under sci-fi, comedy, romance, rom-com, action, horror etc. Sometimes film can have a mix of genres for example Scream with its horror comedy and Lord of the Rings with its multitude of genres and sub genres, it has a bit of everything.
What rating it got at the box office, it shows how wanted the movie is to be seen and how well it has done overall, this can make it memorable.
Grouped by the director, meaning all the movies that that director has made.
Films can be grouped by the actor and what they have been in.
They may be grouped by the length that they are, since there are short story’s, animated shorts, as well as long feature films.
- Year they were brought out
They could be grouped by the year that they were brought out. Like on IMDB where you can see what movies were brought out in that particular year.
Similar to genre they could be grouped by their plot, they may have a similar story. Romance films usually have a similar plot line, especially if they are set in high school.
They may be grouped by their budget, high and low budget films.
Films can be grouped by where they are made, this can be applied to comedies as there are British comedy and american comedy.
The usefulness of genre category
- Can be damaging if the film is put in the wrong category
- Popular genres can help the producer decide what film to make
Genre Conventions and iconography
You can define a movie from the get go. Factors that can tell you the movies genre are;
- Setting – Its important to show the genre through the location, you need to set the scene and make it familiar to the audience.
- Plot – The plot is also important, you need a good story to show the genre clearly and have a good narrative that makes sense.
- Character types – Characters are also very important because they also show the genre of the movie. The Hero’s Journey explains this well.
- Theme – The theme of the film will also show the genre of the movie.
- Presentation – The presentation of the film is also very important as it includes important elements like the lighting and the music, which can contribute on how you want the audience to feel.
Iconography is the symbolic images that carry meaning from film to film.This will be different for each genre, for example in an action movie they would have guns, bullets,, weapons, near death, car chase, rage, gangs, explosions, fighting, tattoos, police, army, destruction etc.
While in a horror film the iconography would be; blood, gore, jump scares, demons, monsters, ghosts, murder, creaking doors, glass breaking, cats, owls, wolves, crows, crickets, eerie wind sound, footsteps screaming, heavy breathing, flickering lights, stormy weather, psychopaths etc.
What genre is our animation and what iconography is our animation:
Our animation is romance with a sub genre of comedy and the iconography that we are going to include is romantic/happy music and to have a happy ending, which is a very strong aspect in romantic comedies. We also want to look at the lighting as we know that is most romantic films the lighting tend to consist of warm colours, such as oranges, reds, pinks, and dark yellows. This will give the audience a sense of warmth within the scene, without noticing it specifically.
Our team also discussed the location of our 30 second film and we decided that we should go with the French Alps, as France is known for being the country of love, as well as it being a snowy area which makes sense for our ice skating love story.