Saturday, 29 January 2011

Cinema Audiences

1) How many suspense films were released in 2009? How many films were released altogether that year? 
31 thriller films. 501 films were released in 2009.

2) Action, animation and comedy account for 52% of box office in 2009. Why do you think these genres are so popular?
I think these genres are popular because they appeal to the mass target audience.
Children and teenagers are more likely to watch animations and comedies. The population of children and teenagers is more than half of the whole population. So effectively, the genres they enjoy will be more more popular.
Action films are watched by mainly all aged males.

3) Why do you think Thrillers account for quite a low proportion of UK Box office takings (4% in 2009)?
Thrillers have a niche audience.
The age restriction for most thriller films are always 15 or 18 so anyone under the age of 15 or sometimes 18 will not be able to watch the film in cinemas. People under 18 are usually the main audience of cinemas. Therefore thrillers lose a fairly large number of takings.

4) Looking at the 'genre by gender' diagram on the teaching blog, what information can be derived about Thriller audiences and gender?
The 'genre by gender' diagram shows that males are more likely to watch horror, crime, action and sci fi films. Thrillers can easily be added to this list as it links with the genres.
Females are more likely to suspense, period and romantic films. Thrillers fit more into the males list. Therefore the audience to watch thrillers are more male viewers.

5) Look at the age certificate for 10 of the films featured on the teaching blog. What does this tell you about Thriller Audiences?

The films above are all mostly aged 15 or 18. It indicates that thrillers are aimed at older teenagers and adults.
Thrillers are not suitable for young children for obvious reasons.
The audience these films are targeted to need to have a matured mind so they can also understand psychological thrillers.

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