We spoke about Genres and how there are hybrid genres and sub genres within films and music, for example, romantic comedies are sub genres of comedy and romance, but also a hybrid of these genres. We spoke about elements that are the same within genres and found it was really easy to talk and know what conventions are used within each genre.
We also found that there are some films that the audience would find hard to place in a particular category, these include, harry potter, and Narnia. We spoke on how some genres cannot be mixed, such as sci fi and western, this is because the audience just wouldn’t understand a space ship in a normal western film, however it can be argued that star wars is a sci fi film but set out like a western. In the modern society the lines of what is what have been blurred a lot, and we find that one film could contain up to 5 different genres based on the conventions of the genres. WE came to the conclusion hat the conventions of film genres cam from literature and film critics over time.
With the conventions the way we realised how easy it was to know what conventions went with what genre is because if someone turned to you and said we are going to watch a horror today, your mind starts thinking of things that the film will have in it, and then if something out of he ordinary turns out you are not expecting it. For example romance means the typical boy meets girl story, however you don’t normally see a romantic story with gay guys or lesbians.
With films what the audience sees helps critics and the audience come up with the codes and conventions, there are some things that just will not be shown on TV and shown in films, this is because it makes the audience feel uncomfortable, for example how does a solider pee? We will not now as we haven’t see it, plus in films you don’t see people going toilet ever and if you do it’s always a guy, plus in films, TV programmes and adverts you never hear about periods, it is a natural thing of a women but it is rather a unsettling subject. Another thing you never see is children being killed, these things re things that happen in everyday life but because it is unsettling or uncomfortable to watch people just dent include them into films. The main reason in my eyes why these things are not shown is because why would the audience want to watch them?
Within films we still see that men are dominant and women are submissive, even though society have moved on and have better women’s rights, in the media it hasn’t, this shows that some conventions have been around so long and just wont be changed even if society have.
Conventional closure was also mention during this seminar, the usual conventional closure is a term called coupling, this is usually a theme or actual representation of where a heterosexual relationship works out, this is applicable in all genres not just romance. A good example of a film that dos this is fight club.