Published on March 6, 2014
Which of the following films are action adventure films? Pirates of the Caribbean Bridget Jones Diary Superman Returns Rambo Platoon Jaws Die Hard Pretty Woman Troy Harry Potter
To understand what is meant by ‘action adventure’ and identify sub-genres To begin identifying the codes and conventions of the different sub-genres
What do you associate with Action film? List all the things you have come to expect in Action films. A hero Chases Fighting/combat Explosions Weapons – guns Lots of killing Now list all the things for Adventure genre films Exotic locations Treasure Humour An element of danger – but not as violent or threatening as Action films THESE ARE KNOWN AS THE GENRE CODES OR ICONOGRAPHY
Action Films - the story is largely told through physical action rather than dialogue. The action typically involves individual efforts on the part of the hero. Adventure Films - are exciting stories, with new experiences or exotic locations. They are similar to the action genre as they provide an actionfilled, energetic experience for the film viewer. However there is less emphasis on violence and fighting
Action Adventure Films are a combination of the two genres ◦ emphasis on travels, ◦ conquests, ◦ explorations, ◦ struggles and ◦ situations that confront the main characters or actual historical figures
Buddy – Men in Black Team - Red Superhero – Spiderman/Superman/Thor, etc Historical - Gladiator Rom/Com and action adventure – Romancing the Stone
A specific type of genre that has very distinct codes and conventions: • • • • • • Fantasy Disaster Historical Quest Thriller Swashbuckler
FANTASY DISASTER HISTORICAL QUEST THRILLER SWASHBUCKLER
FANTASY DISASTER HISTORICAL The setting is usually a world which bares little reality to our own, very imaginative containing strange creatures and landscapes. Society is faced with a large scale disaster that looks like the end of mankind such as a plague or hurricane. May be based on a real story or legend, but is usually based in a real historical time period and place. QUEST THRILLER SWASHBUCKLER An expedition or trip undertaken by one or more characters in order to achieve a particular goal. A tense film which is full of suspense. It is often based around a crime or deception. Will involve swordfighting and usually set in the past (though won’t have any basis in reality).
NARRATIVE CONVENTION – The type of storyline we would expect. Characterised by sword-fighting and adventurous heroic characters, often set in Renaissance Western Europe EXAMPLES • The Mask of Zorro • Pirates of the Caribbean • The Three Musketeers COMMON CODES AND CONVENTIONS Male hero, damsel in distress, romantic interest, clear morality (hero = good, villain = evil) code of honor, pirates, swords and swordfights, bows and arrows, lavish costumes
NARRATIVE CONVENTION The characters deal with an impending or ongoing disaster and its aftermath – this can be man made or natural EXAMPLES • Armageddon • Twister • Independence Day COMMON CODES ‘The world is going to end’ message. Meteors, volcanoes, earthquakes, tidal waves, tornados, fire, alien invasion, war, crashes, sinking ships, large cast of characters, multiple plot lines, usually a happy ending
NARRATIVE COONVENTIONS Heroic story set in an invented world which is a more fanciful version of our world or a legendary, mythic past EXAMPLES Clash of the Titans Star Wars Avatar COMMON CODES Very varied but could include: aliens, spaceships, wizards, witches, ghosts, imaginary places, fanciful plots, good versus evil, happy endings
NARRATIVE CONVENTIONS The protagonist goes on an epic search for an object of value or someone of personal importance EXAMPLES • Indiana Jones films • National Treasure • Romancing the Stone COMMON CODES Male hero, multi skilled, romantic interest, sidekick, exotic locations, travel, villain with same quest, danger, guns, grand finale with moral – hero learns something profound about themselves
NARRATIVE CONVENTION An exciting, suspenseful and tense plot in which the hero usually overcomes a series of distractions set by the villain EXAMPLES • The Fugitive • Cliffhanger • Die Hard COMMON CODES Male hero, villain/criminal with a master plan, fight and chase scenes, weapons, gunfights, information kept from audience, mystery, police, hero versus villain finale
NARRATIVE CONVENTION An epic story set in a recognisable historical period or against the backdrop of a famous historical event EXAMPLES • Gladiator • King Arthur • Braveheart COMMON CODES Famous events, story based on fact or real people, historical settings, costumes, personal struggle, romantic interest, battles, huge number of extras
Due this time next week: Write a 250 word analysis on any action/adventure film of your choice. You must explain what sub genre it belongs to and the codes and conventions it uses
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