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Media Coursework Research- Artist and Genre

Published October 6, 2011 by Shanice Butler A2 Media Studies

I am now going to talk a bit about the Fantasy genre and the different artists that have been most involved whilst concluding with my thoughts and final decisions.

Fantasy Genre

Fantasy are films with fantastic themes, usually including magic, supernatural events, creatures or exotic worlds. The genre is considered to be distinct from science fiction and horror, although the genres do overlap in some cases. For example much about the Star Wars saga suggests fantasy, yet it has the feel of science fiction because it is set in space and on distant planets. Another important sub-genre of fantasy films that has become more popular in recent years is Contemporary Fantasy. Such films feature magical effects or supernatural occurrences happening in the “real” world of today. The most prominent example in the early 21st century is the Harry Potter series of films adapted from the novels of J.K Rowling which is where I found my inspiration when thinking about the genre that i should follow for all my products.Fantasy films often have an element of magic, myth, wonder, escapism and the extraordinary. This gives the audience a feeling that anything is possible in the film world which gives them excitement and can also create hordes of fans especially with series.

Other Fantasy films that i have discovered through my reasearch:  

  • 17 Again (2009)
  • Inkheart (2008)
  • Eragon (2006)
  • Lord of the Rings Trilogy
  • The Lovely Bones (2009)
  • The Never Ending Story (1984)
  • The Wizard of OZ (1939)
  • Alice in Wonderland (2010)
The artists that create the films could also be called Directors as they have the direction to produce their film to what they want it to be like from costumes to performance.

Steven Spielberg

The known famous Directors that I have found are:      
  •  Tim Burton
  • Peter Jackson
  • George Lucas
  • Steven Spielberg
  • James Cameron
  • Gore Verbinski

Research on Tim Burton

Tim Burton

Timothy Walter “Tim” Burton (born August 25, 1958) –Tim Burton is an American film director, producer, writer and artist. He is famous for dark, quirky themed movies such as ‘Edward Scissorhands’ , ‘Alice in Wonderland’,  and ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’. Among Burton’s many collaborators are Johnny Depp, who became a close friend since their first film together, musician Danny Elfman (who has composed for all but five of the films Burton has directed and/or produced) and domestic partner Helena Bonham Carter. As well as films, he has also directed music videos such as for the song ‘Bones’ which is the third single by the band The Killers off of their second studio album, Sam’s Town.  Other notable stars are Alan Rickman and Timothy Spall.


Actor Johnny Depp

In conclusion to the research on Artist and Genre I have learnt a lot on the many directors that I have named above who have the most experience of making films to fit with the Fantasy genre. I have watched many of their films in particular Tim Burton and Gore Verbinski as they have a wide target audience meaning young children and adults are able to watch the films. I would like to include that in to mine as i would want my film to be enjoyed by young children as well as the adults.