Genre Theory

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Genre and Genre Film
Introduction to Film
Rachel Kamrowski
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Genre Theory is used in the categorization of films. Genres are dependent on various factors such as story line, whom the director is, and what are the audience expectations In using genre theory we create a short cut in how we describe films. Genres are categorized into and then sub categorized depending on the story and plot. Fantasy is a genre described as, “Any film with obviously unreal, magical, or impossible situations, characters, or settings, often overlapping with various other genres, especially science fiction, but sometimes historical dramas.” (Goodykoontz, 2014) Fantasy is a genre that typically includes a crossover genre, sci-fi, …show more content…

Low key lighting and odd camera angles are used in this part of the film while Harry searches for the Sorcerer’s stone and battles Voldemort. There is a slight horror aspect to the following scenes as Harry deals with the antagonist of the film, Voldemort. Horror is a genre that aims to create a sense of fear, panic, and dread for the audience. These films are often unsettling and rely on scaring the audience through a portrayal of their worst fears and nightmares. As we grow to love Harry and realize his biggest fear is the man who killed his parents and also him, and then are forced to watch him return this brings horror into the mix as a sub-genre.

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