Ultimate Guide To Creating a Unique Genre

When you are starting out in filmmaking and have an idea for a story, it might be difficult to find a way to express yourself, so it is always a good idea to start somewhere – anywhere basically. First stop on your filmmaking journey: Genre.

There is a plethora of different types of films out there, and many of them can’t fit into just one category. This is the beauty of evolution and the world we live in today – there is a certain type of film for each of us – and there is an audience for every kind of film! Do you have a specific genre you prefer? What types of films do you tend to watch? What is that specific thing that draws you to a film? These are all valid questions you should ask yourself before you go deeper into filmmaking.

This time around, film lovers (and cheesecake enthusiasts), Dušan Mrden and Kathryn Butt, are going to help you with a little bit of brainstorming and guidance while you create the look of your film and decide on a genre to explore.

Have you decided on a genre?

D: Creating a whole new world or telling a story can be very challenging, but this is where the hard work and research comes in. As an artist, you don’t necessarily have to put yourself in a box and pursue one particular genre, but it is good to have a starting point. Pick a genre of film you enjoy watching and start there. If you like comedy, your film could very well end up being a dark comedy or even a drama with comedic elements! Find a way to expand your core genre and incorporate different styles and genres. Get to know yourself as a filmmaker.

K: Your unique brand of genre can make you stand out as a film maker and establish your tone and style. Although don’t be tempted or feel pressured to try and put as many genre combinations in as you can. Read your script, see what key genre conventions stand out to you, and see how you can maybe subvert audience expectations by using the genre – and the audience’s preconceptions of that genre – to your advantage.

Have you been brainstorming?

D: Watching a lot of films is always a fine way to get into the groove, but another good way to get your creative juices flowing is also to create a mood board. Websites like Tumblr and Pinterest can provide inspiration, and creating a visual representation of what you want helps communicate it to your crew. Sit down with your Director of Photography or your Art Director, and brainstorm the night away!

K: Also, it’s no good making a film you wouldn’t want to watch yourself. Jot down some things that have inspired you or that you enjoyed and then you’ll see a trend in what you enjoy watching. Use that to your advantage.

Creating your visual style?

D: One of the most exciting aspects about filmmaking is that you have to let yourself experiment! Take a camera, get your DoP, and start exploring your options. The use of lights and camera angles can really help you tell a story. Is your film a Film Noir? Have a look at some infamous film noirs like Orson Welles’s The Lady From Shanghai (1947) or even The Man Who Wasn’t There (2001) by the Coen Brothers.

K: Exactly. There’s nothing wrong with watching other texts for inspiration. Remember, no idea exists in a vacuum. Don’t be afraid to pay homage to well-known genre texts. Remember, your audience is most-likely film literate, your references can sometimes suggest more than expositional dialogue can.

The Lady From Shanghai (1947)

How about colors?

D: Whilst considering how to properly use colors in film, we can always turn to films like Alfred Hitchcock’s Vertigo (1958) for inspiration. You can use different shades of colors to tell your protagonists journey. Think about what they will wear throughout the film and how their costume changes reflect their journey. What colour can represent a certain emotion a character is going through? Take Wonder Woman as an example – Diana’s home of Themyscira is vibrantly colored, but when she goes out into world everything becomes desaturated and lifeless. When she becomes more confident, the life and the colors slowly start to come back. Maybe you want a very specific mood throughout the story, like the use of the color green in The Matrix (2000), or an overall broody noir atmosphere like in Seven (1995)? It’s up to you to explore different colour palettes and decide if you want to use any colours at all!

K: You can tell at a glance that a blue/orange screenshot on a film poster is most likely a sci-fi, so you can use and abuse this notion of colours connoting genre to your advantage. Take Her (Spike Jonze) for instance. Jonze opted to remove the colour blue from the film in post production, so that it wouldn’t look like a traditional sci-fi.

Use of colour in The Shining (1980)


Filmmakers tend to get extremely excited about the prospect of being on set, and while this can be a truly enticing part of the production (if planned properly) many people tend to forget that post-production can be as fun as getting the footage!

Let’s talk about film posters

D: Film posters used to be treated as works of art – they were hand painted and designed, and still today look like actual paintings. With technology being on the rise, we all now have the opportunity to express ourselves, so creating a poster for your project has to be thoroughly thought through (try saying that quickly). Use your film poster as a preview for your audience to get a sense of what is expected of them when they sit down and watch your film. Draw the audience in with a beautiful or scary poster and make them feel excited!

K: In the social media age that we live in, visuals are all the more important. Make sure yours stands out from the instagram feed. Perhaps workshop a few and get opinions from your target audience or focus group before finalising.

La Dolce Vita (1960), Casablanca (1942), Vertigo (1958), Whatever Happened to Baby Jane (1962)

Marketing campaign

D: It’s very easy to create hype around a film project that you are making nowadays. Think about utilizing all the social media around you in the most effective ways – create a little story for your campaign too! Why not get a stylized behind the scenes photographer to create materials which you can ultimately use if you’re making a drama or thriller, think of funny quotes to use on your posts if you’re doing a comedy or even little short scary clips to follow your horror film.

K: One campaign that I always remember was the one for Blair Witch Project, whose marketing campaign played on the ‘true story’ element of the found footage style. They launched ‘Missing’ posters for the film’s characters, and the website was more like a news story reporting missing teens than an ad campaign. The more inventive you are, the more attention your film will get.


Marketing campaign for The Blair Witch Project (1999) by Eduardo Sánchez, Daniel Myrick

Listen to your audience

If you’re just starting out, don’t be afraid of failing. Developing your own sense of style and creating your brand can take time, so keep watching films and listening to your peers. The most important thing is that you truly believe in the story you want to create, and the people will find ways of connecting to it. If you are showcasing your work to friends or family keep in mind their own preferences and likes and know where their comments or critique is coming from – you might create a well-rounded comedy and they might speak to you from the perspective of somebody who likes drama or even horror.

These are just some of the examples of how you could play around with different things to create your world and show the audience the atmosphere present in your work of art.

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Faraday Future is the ultimate CES cautionary tale


It was the “first of a new species.” It was going to change the game. It both was, and maybe was not, a car. It was the talk of CES. But that was then. 

Now, almost a year after Faraday Future unveiled the FF 91 at CES in January 2017, the would-be electric car manufacturer that sought to challenge Tesla has come close to crashing and burning. And while much has been written about the unfulfilled promises and stumbles of the company, its frothy CES showcase speaks to a much larger truth about the biggest consumer tech show in the world: Don’t believe the hype. 

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The Ultimate Movie Buff Vacation Destinations

Everybody loves heading to the movies to escape daily life for a few hours, but what about actually escaping into a movie? No, I don’t mean moving to Los Angeles. Movies are filmed at idyllic locations around the world. So pack your bags, book a flight, and head to these vacation destinations that have been featured on the big screen. Paris, France Who wouldn’t want to take a trip to the city of lights? An abundance of movies have been filmed in this beautiful city from Midnight in Paris to Ocean’s Twelve, but none made the city look as desirable as Amélie. The movie takes place in Montmartre, the artist’s district of Paris. If you find yourself in the part of town, be sure to visit the Sacre-Coeur, the Café Les Deux Moulins, and the Montmartre Carousel, all of which are featured in the movie. New Zealand If you have ever found yourself longing to visit the Shire, all you need to do is hop on a plane to New Zealand. The entire Lord of the Rings trilogy and The Hobbit movies were all filmed at various locations in New Zealand. You can view an online guide to all the..

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Watch: The Ultimate Filmmaker’s Guide to Getting the ‘Film Look’

We all want our films to look cinematic. This video will show you how to do it.

Let’s start with some cold hard truth. No, buying a fancy new camera isn’t gonna do jack for your production quality, and no, having the greatest gear in the world isn’t going to magically produce a cinematic aesthetic. There are many different aspects of filmmaking that need to be done well in order to achieve the all-important “film look,” which is something filmmaker Darious Britt of D4Darious talks about extensively in this awesome video. Check it out.

This video is worth the entire 30+ minutes! Not only does Britt go into detail about different camera settings, like shutter speed, frame rate, and ISO, but he also talks about aspect ratios, audio, lighting, framing and composition, music, and so much more.

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Cool Stuff: The Ultimate Collection of John Williams Music from Steven Spielberg’s Films

Steven Spielberg and John Williams score collection

You’d be hard pressed to find such an iconic pairing of director and composer as Steven Spielberg and John Williams. The two enormous talents have been working together for 42 years now, starting all the way back with The Sugarland Express in 1974 and stretching up through The BFG last year. The only two Spielberg movies that don’t have a score by John Williams are The Color Purple and Bridge of Spies. And now a new collection will assemble some of the greatest music from their long history of collaboration.

Find out about this new ultimate Steven Spielberg and John Williams score collection below.

John Williams & Steven Spielberg: The Ultimate Collection is an updated sampling of critically acclaimed, award-winning, chart-topping compositions that come from some of the most iconic films ever made. A collection like this has been made available before, but now it has a third disc made up of new recordings of tracks from films such as Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, Amistad, The BFG, Lincoln, The Adventures of Tintin, Minority Report, Catch Me If You Can, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Saving Private Ryan, War Horse, The Terminal, Munich and even Spielberg’s 1999 documentary The Unfinished Journey.

In addition, the collection will include a DVD with a new documentary by filmmaker and film historian Laurent Bouzereau, who has been documenting Spielberg’s work for more than twenty years. Three discs of music and a special documentary will cost you $ 30, and it’s available on Amazon for pre-order right now.

Steven Spielberg and John Williams score collection

Here’s the full tracklist from the whole set:

1 Raiders of the Lost Ark from “Raiders of the Lost Ark”
2 Theme from “Always”
3 Adventures on Earth from “E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial”
4 Theme from “Sugarland Express”
5 Title Theme from “Jaws”
6 Out to Sea / The Shark Cage Fugue from “Jaws”
Out to Sea
The Shark Cage Fugue from Jaws
7 Exsultate Justi from “Empire of the Sun”
8 Parade of the Slave Children from “Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom”
9 Over the Moon from “E.T. The Extra Terrestrial”
10 March from “1941”
11 Cadillac of the Skies from “Empire of the Sun”
12 Scherzo for Motorcycle and Orchestra from “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade”
13 Close Encounters of the Third Kind/When You Wish Upon a Star Medley
14 Close Encounters of the Third Kind (Excerpts)
15 When You Wish Upon A Star (interpolated)
1 Flying from “E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial”
2 Theme From “Jurassic Park”
3 Remembrances from “Schindler’s List”
4 Flight to Neverland from “Hook”
5 The Battle Of Hollywood From “1941” (includes the Irish folksong “The Rakes of Mallow”)
6 Smee’s Plan From “Hook”
7 The Barrel Chase From “Jaws”
8 My Friend,The Brachiosaurus from “Jurassic Park”
9 Jim’s New Life From “Empire Of The Sun”
10 The Dialogue From “Close Encounters Of The Third Kind”
11 The Lost Boys Ballet From “Hook”
12 Theme from “Schindler’s List”
13 The Basket Chase from “Raiders Of The Lost Ark”
14 The Face Of Pan from “Hook”
15 The Banquet Scene from “Hook” 
1 The Adventures of Mutt from “Indiana Jones and The Kingdom of the Crystal Skull”
2 Dry Your Tears, Afrika from “Amistad”
3 The BFG from “The BFG”
4 With Malice Toward None from “Lincoln”
5 The Duel from “The Adventures of Tintin”
6 A New Beginning from “Minority Report”
Escapades for Alto Saxophone and Orchestra from “Catch Me If You Can”
7 Movement 1: Closing In
8 Movement 2: Reflections
9 Movement 3: Joy Ride
10 Marion’s Theme from “Raiders of the Lost Ark”
11 Hymn to the Fallen from “Saving Private Ryan”
12 Dartmoor, 1912 from “War Horse”
13 Viktor’s Tale from “The Terminal”
14 Prayer for Peace from “Munich”
15 Immigration and Building from “The Unfinished Journey”
16 With Malice Toward None from “Lincoln” (Alternate Version)


John Williams & Steven Spielberg: The Ultimate Collection will be available on March 17.

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‘Ultimate Beastmaster’ Trailer: Sylvester Stallone Produces Netflix’s Riff on ‘American Ninja Warrior’

ultimate beastmaster trailer

When I first saw that Sylvester Stallone was executive producing a new Netflix series called Ultimate Beastmaster, I thought it made perfect sense that a tough guy like him would put his weight behind a new version of the 1982 fantasy adventure film The Beastmaster, which was later adapted into a television series that ran from 1999 to 2002. But I was way off, because Ultimate Beastmaster isn’t a sword and sorcery epic, but rather Netflix’s attempt to get in on that sweet “skilled athletes participate in punishing physical challenges for our couch-bound amusement” business. You can watch the first trailer below.

If you’ve channel-surfed at some point in the past decade, you’ve seen something like Ultimate Beastmaster. Maybe it was American Ninja Warrior (a spin-off of the Japanese series Sasuke), where some of the toughest people you’ve ever seen attempt to complete an obstacle course built to test their strength, speed, and endurance. Maybe it was the far sillier Wipeout, which got a surprising amount of traction for essentially being an excuse to watch people fall off slippery things for seven seasons.

Ultimate Beastmaster appears to be very much in the American Ninja Warrior vein, setting itself up as a grueling physical challenge that athletes from around the world attempt to conquer. Stallone himself pops up in the trailer to introduce the concept.

While this concept is very familiar (or borrowed or ripped off, pick your choice of words), Netflix is approaching this from a unique international angle. The first season’s 108 competitors represent six different nations and each of those nations will have their own pair of talking heads to provide localized commentary. The official synopsis provides the details:

Ultimate Beastmaster is the first international competition series of its kind with six customized local versions featuring local languages, competitors and hosts from each competing country. Those countries are: Brazil, Germany, Japan, Mexico, South Korea and the U.S, The series is produced by Sylvester Stallone (Creed, Grudge Match) and Dave Broome (The Biggest Loser, Strong).

The 10-episode event series will feature 108 competitors, 18 from each country, in total. Each hour-long episode will feature 12 competitors, two from each country, who will take their shot at running one of the most physically demanding obstacle courses ever devised, “The Beast.” At the end of each episode, a ‘Beastmaster’ will be crowned and in the final episode of the season, the nine individual winners from each episode will compete against each other for the chance for one contestant to become the Ultimate Beastmaster.

And here are the six pairs of commentators who will represent each participating country:

U.S.: Terry Crews (Brooklyn Nine-Nine) and Charissa Thompson (Fox Sports)
Brazil: Anderson Silva (UFC Middleweight Champion) and Rafinha Bastos (TV personality)
South Korea: Seo Kyung Suk (TV host) and Park Kyeong Rim (actress)
Mexico: Ines Sainz (sportscaster) and Luis Ernesto Franco (actor)
Germany: Hans Sarpei (soccer star) and Luke Mockridge (comedian)
Japan: Sayaka Akimoto (actress), Yuji Kondo (sports anchor)

Ultimate Beastmaster will drop on February 24, 2017. To the show’s credit, it looks like it could be a ton of simple-minded, macho fun, familiar concept or not.

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