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OCR GCSE Action Adventure Films Glossary of Terms

Rob Miller | Tuesday April 14, 2015

Categories: GCSE, OCR GCSE, Film, Action Adventure, Hot Entries

BBFC Certification: Many action adventure films are either U, PG or 12a/12 to attract a wider target audience that includes a significantly younger demographic.

Genre hybridisation: Action adventure films are a mix of the codes and conventions genres, often not just action and adventure but also comedy and on occasion, fantasy and science fiction.

Todorovian narrative: Many action adventure films can be structured in a classic equilibrium, a disruption followed by resolution and a new equilibrium (things will never be the same again).

Propp: Propp’s 8 character roles can often be applied to the genre (not always all categories) – Hero, Villain, False Hero, Princess, Donor, Dispatcher, Helper and Her Father.

Protagonist: Central character.

Antagonist: The bad guy/villain.

Conventions: Typical features that allow audiences to identify genre.

High production values: Most action adventure films have high production values (big budget) that includes star marketing, CGI, set and costume design, multiple camera technology and studio and on location shooting. A high production budget would be $100m plus – Skyfall for example had a budget of $200m.

Star marketing: Well known, recognised film actors (audience identification).

Wide/saturated distribution: Most action adventure films have a significant marketing budget and are distributed to between 400 and 700 UK cinemas.

CGI: Computer generated imagery, commonly used in the genre.

Classic 3 act narrative structure: The way a film can be split into a simple beginning, middle and end.

Major Hollywood studio: The six major Hollywood studios that dominate film production – Warner Bothers, 20th Century Fox, Disney, Universal, Paramount and Sony.

Shot/reverse shot: Often used in action adventure films, this is where the character is shown looking at another (often off screen) and then the other character is looking back – good for establishing conflict e.g. between protagonist...


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