Sunday, 28 September 2014

Narrative: Exploring Genres

Action/Adventure (A goal to achieve)
Essentially one long quest with a succession of issues to overcome. It has rising tension and anticipation leading to the final 'sequence.'

          Examples:
          ~ Flying a toy plane
          ~ Using toys to escape (toy plane, bouncing on a ball, skateboard)
          ~ Trying to be the toy on the top shelf/on pillow

Comedy
There are many different ways to explore a comedy genre. The conventions that allow this are; Types of Comedy, Setting, Iconography, Character, Theme, Bright Colours.

          Subgenres within comedy:
          American ~ Cheesy
          Slapstick  ~ Banana skin (silly usually involves pain, timeless)
          Horror      ~ Seeing something unscary, VERY scary
          Adult        ~ Cheeky, unaware of its nature

Crime
Commonly the narrative offers room for debate

          Examples:
          Race, Policing, Gender, Social Events

Romance
There is a common plot within Romance: Boy meets Girl - They become good friends - There are frequent hints made that they would make a great couple - Unfortunately an argument makes the characters hate each other - Until a huge over the top gesture is made and the characters leave happily ever after.

Sci-fi
Generally following a disaster in the past, mankind turns to robotics and scientists to build a new world. Following Todorov's Narrative Theory.

Thriller
There is usually a crime at the core of the narrative, often a murder. The film is sculpted around this, with complex structures and false paths, clues and resolutions.

Horror (A fear of something)
Horror's tend to follow Todorov's Narrative Theory in a linear fashion. With tension climbing for the duration of the film until the resolution that answers all the questions rose within the film.

          Examples:
          ~ Loosing limbs
          ~ Scissors
          ~ Loose threads
          ~ Dogs chew toy

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