Drama Genre Research | 06.10.17

In my previous post, I made it clear that I would like to do a short film on Schizophrenia, which leads to the genre of Drama. The purpose of any short film is to entertain, but drama also specifically sparks emotion amongst its audiences, via the characters and their experiences. A lot of dramas have the common theme of conflict, weather that is with society, another character or in my film’s case, themselves. Dramas show realistic situations to its audience with realistic actors, setting and a realistic narrative. There is commonly a protagonist the is followed throughout the film that the viewers sympathise with. Dramas tend to show a journey, that the viewer become emotionally invested in. Drama films tend to be based on a true story, or made to portray real-life situations, my short film is essentially an insight into the life of a person with schizophrenia.

Drama, alike most genres, is split into sub-genres which indicate a certain narrative or setting which applies different moods with in the viewer. This includes Romantic Dramas, such as 1997 James Cameron’s ‘Titanic’ and Historical Dramas, such as 2017 Christopher Nolan’s ‘Dunkirk’. One genre which particularly applies to me and my short film idea is Psychodrama.  An example, which is listed on IMDb’s 30 Best Psychodramas is David Lynch’s 1986 ‘Blue Velvet’. As said before, it is the moods portrayed and settings that portray a sub-genre. So for psychodrama, a common theme is psychotherapy, which my short film is a therapy session.

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Above is the results from a survey of 100 British people’s preferred genres (there could chose more than one) and Drama came out at 3rd. Drama’s tend to be quite easy-watching they often hold messages or are based on true stories, which engages the viewer even more than an Action film about a guy dresses as a Bat.


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