Types of Convention Used by Filmmakers
A movie, also commonly known as a video, short film, video animation or motion picture, is an artistic work of visual art typically produced in the style of film, using motion pictures and sometimes sound, to simulate real-life experiences that convey ideas, emotions, impressions, beauty, or mood through the use of moving pictures. Hollywood is known to churn out hundreds of movies every year, many of which are highly successful box-office hits. There are many different types of movie making technologies, such as film, videotape, computer animation, CGI, and even computer animation technology. Filmmakers who wish to pursue a career in movies can attend film school or take classes online to learn the basics of movie making. Once a person is confident about their film making abilities, they can actually begin to make their own movie with the assistance of various on-line instructional videos.
Animation refers to any type of representational film where the main characters are the animated characters or objects. Animation typically refers to live-action films and commercials but can also be used in television shows and in other forms of media. The two major types of animation include actual human movements, such as that seen in animated movies and cartoons, and computer generated characters (CGI). Computer generated characters are a lot easier to keep track of during a scene, which is one of the reasons why many people prefer to watch live-action movies and animations over comedy films or humor films.
One of the most popular genres of movies is the story line of a story filled with action, mystery, and adventure. Many movies provide the action and mystery through storyline that tell the story from start to finish, while others provide a beginning, middle, and end to tell a continuous story. In recent years, television has become much more of an entertainment choice than films, but there are still movies that are considered a classic. Some of these classic movies continue to entertain millions of viewers each year. Many of the more popular films in this category have long running syndicates; they are known as long-running television series. For example, The Incredible Hulk, Star Wars, and Batman all started as small, short-running shows, but grew into long running, classic series.
Some of the most classic and popular movies that provide the story lines that can either start or continue to the end of an ongoing story are horror movies. There are horror movies that start off with a bang and go on to build tension and build up tension until the climax, and there are horror movies that do not maintain the momentum throughout the entire movie. Examples of this are Hostel, The Shining, and The Ring. The Ring is a great example of a horror movie because it starts very simple and then builds up tremendously. It is suspenseful, creepy, and exciting all at once, but it never loses its sense of darkness or horror even when the tension builds throughout the movie.
A family film is usually considered a family film, unless it is specifically for children. Many animated films that have huge home entertainment audiences are actually considered a family film even when the lead character is a child. An example of this would be Toy Story, Finding Nemo, and The Incredibles.
The conventions I have mentioned above are just a few of the many that can be used to categorize a film as being of interest to the target audience. Film makers use many different conventions to tell a story. They can utilize all of the film genres I have listed, or they can combine several of the major categories to tell a successful, if not spectacular, film.