Types of Filmmaking
A film, also called a “video” or a ” filmed film,” is a collection of recorded video images, most often with synchronized sound, which form a complete story. While most people know the basic plot outlines of most films, not many can deny the emotional power of the images they allow us to see. To someone watching a film, the images may seem real, and the audience may react accordingly. Yet many people find it difficult to separate the fact from the fantasy, and the reality from the imagination.
Film noir is a subgenre of horror, which typically describes a darker mood and content than most films carry in this category. Most films in this subgenre are highly rated, and are known for their graphic depictions of murder and mayhem. However, there are also plenty of films which deal with issues like the death of a love interest, or a young child who is lost inside a big city. Some films in this hybrid genre even present a “what if” type scenario, in which a different crime is being committed at the same time as the main event.
Another hybrid film genre is the silent film. The concept of the silent film was borrowed from the early French Revolution, when some artists felt threatened by the ringing of the mists of smoke from their local theaters. They created a film that showed the citizens of a town discussing their daily activities after the play of a popular show. Although the idea of a silent film was adopted from the French Revolution, the concept has its roots in the era of Greek and Roman cinema. Most of these “hyphenated” genres, such as the novelette and the essay-length dramas, have been lost to history.