105mc: Genre : Conventions, Hybridity and Interactivity

In our groups we looked at the genres we considered the below films to be in and then we looked at the genres IMDB had catergorised them in:

The Godfather – gangster/crime/action.     crime/drama

From Dusk Till Dawn – action/horror.     action/crime/horror

Man of Steel – action/adventure.     action/adventure/fantasy

Up – animation/comedy.     animation/adventure/comedy

Gravity – sci-fi/thriller.     sci-fi/thriller

As you can see IMDB used even more genres to catergorise the films than our group did! this really shows that in recent times there is a lot more crossover between genres. the ‘rules’ of genre seem to be becoming less rigid and more hybrids are now developing. as future filmmakers this is a very exciting prospect as it opens up even more possibilities to us.

My favourite film genre is horror. horror is a classic example of how genres crossover and often produce subgenres within themselves. for example: gothic horror, horror/comedy, zombie, slasher horror, horror/crime, horror/sci/fi, vampire, psychological horror and many, many more.

In the wes craven movie Scream the character randy quotes the rules to ‘successfully survive a horror movie’

I love the horror genre because it has so many different variations yet sticks to certain familiar rules.

  •  most of the action is set around a young central character (usually female)
  • most of the action is set at night and in the dark
  • the central characters friends are often picked of one by one ending with a big showdown between the hero/heroine and the killer
  • there are plenty of ‘jump’ scenes
  • the killer is usually unknown till the end of the film and when revealed they are often well known to the central characters and trusted by them.
  • you often think the killer has been vanquished and then they resurrect for one last big scare

I think these common rules make a horror movie familiar and comfortable for me. like snuggling up on the sofa with your long term boyfriend. but every now and then a horror film breaks away from the formulaic and surprises you and turns your cozy night in into a wild night out with someone you’ve only just met! a good shocking twist finale is what keeps me watching and the over the top, cheesy,’not so special’ effects of some horror movies is what stops me from getting bored with the same rehashed plotlines.

visual cues

western – cowboys, horses, desert, guns/gunfights.

structured reality TV– young characters, hair extensions, fake tan, parties, drink, arguments, crying.

saturday night entertainment show– bright colours and lights, big prizes, members of the public, familiar comedy/jovial hosts (like ant and dec/dermot o’leary), people making fools of themselves, large live studio audience


I used last weeks viral video as a basis for my storygami project. i think there was more we could have done with the video if we had had more time so this was the ideal opportunity to explore that.


I really would have like to have added a copy of the video minus the voice over so people could use it to create their own and a link to post it back up to make it easier for people to interact with, but i was unsure how to do that, as yet. a couple of examples by friends would also have been good to include as an ideas guide for people. i will discuss it with Daniel on monday and see if he can help make these changes so it works correctly.


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