Making the Genre Film: Horror, Sci-Fi, and Fantasy


Working within a genre can greatly assist the fledgling filmmaker by suggesting content and stylistic elements, thereby freeing the artist to focus on self-expression. This is a hands-on production course focused on producing genre films. Our class discussions and video exercises will explore various ideas present in the so-called “lesser genres” of horror, sci-fi, and fantasy: the idea of the “monster,” man/woman vs. society suspense, fear, sexual politics, and repression, as well as the smart use of special effects and other strategies for the independent filmmaker working in the genre. In addition to class exercises, students will each produce and direct a short video project for their conference work.