Genres

GENERIC CONVENTIONS: These characteristics/ typical elements make up the formula of a genre. Genre: is a French Word meaning type A Genre: is used to categorise a product which share similar Characteristics e.g. music, film We can tell Films like Die Hard are action films because there are explosions are guns which are printed on the front cover. Examples: Films: Horror, Comedy, Adventure Games: Shooter, Fantasy, Strategy Music: Pop, Hip hop, Rock CONVENTIONS: are expectations that the audience has been consuming a certain genre of media.

TV Formats
TV Formats are made up of 3 types:

Series – This is a number of episodes together which shows there is going to be an end or could maybe carry on to the next series. Generally there is a storyline running all the way through it. Serial – is a soap where the stories are continuous and doesn’t run for a set amount of episodes, but continues all year around for example Eastenders. Single Drama – A self-contained one off drama with a beginning middle and end e.g. murder

Phoenix Nights
Phoenix Nights is a sitcom as it makes the audience watching laugh and is also filmed in a few places. For example they include footage that wouldn’t normally happen in real life to make it funnier. There is also small nucleus of main characters and are normally stereotypical. The episodes are normally 30mins long.

Narratives
Narrative means the way that those events are put together to be presented to an audience. Linear Narratives follow a straight line Beginning -------------> middle -------------------> End Non Linear Narratives is the order in which the events are rearranged in which it shows the characters emotions for the story, they are also used to put the audience in the minds of the characters to help them feel what the character is going through in the story. Flashbacks: These are often used in stories to show the audience what has happened in the past of the character or scene. Realist: These are believable stories or ideas which can relate or be understood by the audience as it is a piece of history or a true story. Anti-realist: These are which stories are not believable but are used to create a story or a dramatic affect for the audience. TYPE OF ENDINGS: Open Narrative: These are normally described as cliff hangers where the ending of a story is left to be undecided until the next episode or not at all! Closed Narrative: This type of Endings are quite common in films are this means the story ends at the end and the story is solved with normally a happy ending!