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Title: Genre Reflection
Post by: Acans on October 12, 2018, 09:49:01 PM
Do you agree with the criticism that genres can’t be artistic? Or are they a helpful framework for filmmakers to write and sell their films?

At first I thought completely the latter, however after some pondering I'm leaning 20% towards artistic and 80%. I came to this realization after thinking about how two different action movies can have the same basic plot, but a completely different tone to each other. This tone I believe is the filmmakers own artistic input for that action movie. I also believe this to be completely necessary. If every "western" movie had the same tone to it, they wouldn't have kept getting made as audiences would eventually stop going to see them. However because enough had a different tone to the last, it allowed the genre to stay popular from the early 20th century to the 1960's.

However that was the 20%. Now comes the reason I lean so heavy towards the latter of the quote, and it can be summed up in one word; money. Film's can be quite expensive, from the smallest short to the biggest blockbusters. To fund these, where you get the money from wants to see a return for their investment. The returns to keep skilled individuals in all aspects of the film-making industry employed and making a living, to the company's producing returns to share holders or investors. This is why I lean 80% towards being a helpful framework to sell films. If you come up with an idea but cannot fit it into a genre, than trying to have it green lit without knowing an audience to sell it to becomes a very tall task. One last reason I believe using genre as a framework is inspiration. If you're trying to fill in some blanks for your story, you can take some inspiration from other films of that genre, or sometimes other genres. To give you're spin, you're take on it.


Indick, W. (2007). The Psychology of the Western (p. 2).