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What type of film is easiest

What genre is easiest to make

Action26%[ 10 ]
Horror37%[ 14 ]
Sci-Fi5%[ 2 ]
Comedy32%[ 12 ]

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Posted: Wed, 13th Feb 2008, 11:22am

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I have started up this poll just to see what people think is the easiest type of film to make
Posted: Wed, 13th Feb 2008, 11:33am

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All of them are as hard as each other from an objective perspective - it totally depends on you, your talent and motivation.
Posted: Wed, 13th Feb 2008, 11:39am

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I'd actually say horror is the easiest, but that's not to say it's at all easy.

However, a bad horror film can still actually be quite amusing. A bad comedy, action movie or sci-fi film will just be plain bad, however.

Of course, to make a GOOD film in any of these genres is equally difficult.
Posted: Wed, 13th Feb 2008, 11:57am

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Horror is possibly easiest in the sense that the bar is set pretty low, and people seem to accept any old crap in the genre. See (or avoid) "Bikini Blood Bath" as an example - short, dreadful production values (all audio off camera masked by random rock tracks where the audio was too bad or script just too awful to justify), approaching nil storyline, no characterisation, awful effects, nothing good about it except the title. Absolutely BRILLIANT title - although surprisingly the film even fails to deliver on that low target. It'll make money, though. Horror is the only of those genres where people expect crap and get it most of the time.

It is hard to make a good film in any genre, very hard to make a good comedy (Ladies and Gentlemen of the jury, may I refer you to exhibit B "National Lampoon's Pledge This" - it had the money but falls flat on its arse).

My 2p, anyway
Posted: Wed, 13th Feb 2008, 12:16pm

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Tarn wrote:

A bad...or sci-fi film will just be plain bad, however.
Bad sci-fi films can actually be very amusing. Same can go for action as well. As long as the pace is kept up and it isn't all that boring, the result can be extremely enjoyable and ridiculous. I enjoy watching really bad movies if it fits that criteria (and I'm not talking bad Hollywood movies, I'm more alluding to movies that only air on sci-fi channel and may get covered on Mystery Science Theater.)

I'd agree with that horror would probably be easiest. However I don't even think professionals make good horror films often, so as pdrg says, the bar is set pretty low. It doesn't inherently require the budget that a sci-fi or action film would require.

Of course, this depends on what kind of person you are. If you are a naturally funny person, writing a comedy wouldn't be as difficult. It's also a genre that doesn't necessarily call for a huge budget.
Posted: Wed, 13th Feb 2008, 3:43pm

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I guess if I HAD TO PICK one I would pick comedy. WHY, well because most comedies don't require alot of special effects or costumes. Not to say that there aren't comedies "EPIC MOVIE" that require costumes and special effects but take your old fashion people movie like "What Women Want" with Mel Gibson. Now while the budget may have been high to pay the right actors to be in the film in my mind that movie was a whole lot cheaper to make than "STAR WARS" or "SAW" or even "DIE HARD" so all in all and this is only my opinion comedies are and can be the cheapest movies to make.

Anyone watch "King and Queens" I bet you could make 10 episodes of that with the budget used to make "DIE HARD".
Posted: Wed, 13th Feb 2008, 3:59pm

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Horror. All you need is Nicolas Cage and a lot of bees.
Posted: Wed, 13th Feb 2008, 4:07pm

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Posted: Wed, 13th Feb 2008, 4:36pm

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I saw the Wicker Man on HBO the other day, and it wasn't that bad. Nicolas Cage is very on-and-off on some of his projects (more notably his recent ones) but he's definitely a very accomplished actor.

Digressing, I think by far the easiest movie to make (for anyone, even Hollywood directors) is horror. Because horror so often plays off of a lingering fear of the unknown or unexpected (like a masked murderer coming after someone, but they don't know when; or, better yet, someone being chased by an unknown entity) it is so easy to suspend disbelief to insane amounts while quickly padding such fiction in a 'it's supernatural/horror/etc' wrapper.

Moreover, horror can get cheap jump and scares out of people just by presenting something abruptly or violently. Or, more recently, with an immense amount of gore. Seldom do horror movies (mainly American, here) have to be 'smart' or tactful in approach. Hide and Seek, Final Destination 1-3, The Wicker Man, One Missed Call, Prom Night......they're all essentially just 'throw away' movies that one watches just for an hour of entertainment; not to see an actual film.

A horror movie will always be a mysterious man or killer or supernatural being after a group of people that gets picked apart. At least more recently, the likes of the original Saw took note of the positive parts of Seven and set a standard for a relatively smarter horror genre.

Still, I think horror can be done cheaply (in both monetary and literary costs) and without much skill. Granted, films like Seven or the classic Halloween or Ju'On or what have you are good, but still....they're horror.

Good action takes planning to be good, even if superificial. Good comedy takes good writing, good drama takes good acting and direction.

Good horror requires little of any of these key elements.
Posted: Thu, 14th Feb 2008, 9:58am

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Horror would normally be the easiest die to the fact you can get away with using one location and a lot of unknown actors then just chop them up! People will go to see this kind of movie - lol.
Posted: Thu, 14th Feb 2008, 1:28pm

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I'd probably say horror- then again it depends on your perspective, and skills in whatever genre.
Posted: Fri, 22nd Feb 2008, 8:40pm

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By far Horror.

It's hard EXTREMELY hard to read a script or plot, and know if it'll "scare" people.

Plus it's expensive to shoot, production cost in effects, monsters, locations are more complicated.

Most filmmakers take the lazy approach - and just concentrate on gore, hot screaming women, loud sounds, creepy characters, overdone cliche plots, etc.

But that's also why most B-Movies are slasher/horror flicks.

A REAL scary movie like the Exorcist, Signs, Hellraiser, Texas Chainsaw, etc. are hard to make, and come once in a blue moon.

Ex: Everyone throw out 10 horror plots. Which one will be scarier? You don't know. You won't know til it's shot. You really have to be a horror master director, to know from a script - if you can make it really scary. It's like a skill. Wes Craven, Clive Barker, etc. have those skills.

Comedies are easy but most over-complicate them. Dramas depend a LOT on your actors. Romance, too boring for me.

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Posted: Sat, 23rd Feb 2008, 12:18am

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The easiest kind of movie to make is the kind where you just start the camera and then walk away for a few hours.
Posted: Sat, 23rd Feb 2008, 12:45am

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I noticed you didn't say "Which type of film is easiest to make GOOD"

If you're talking about just making a film that can be defined as one of those genres, I'd say comedy, because it technically doesn't require any props, more then one location, or much planning.
Posted: Sat, 23rd Feb 2008, 4:04am

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As most said, Horror probably the easiest and doesn't require the skills that label other movies in the other genres from good to bad.
Though you can just have some guy running around killing people and hope it looks good and scary. One thing is that you should have a scary character (or group of them) for your killer, demon, whatever.
Horror is good and easy because it doesnt need any computer generated effects, a cool grade filter would be about the most you would really use (try a good red {or dark blue} tint and a bit of contrast), unless you can't figure out ways to create blood and different horror effects (i suggest indymogul.com they heart themselves some gore) other than that you can get ideas for horror from about anyway. for example i was waiting for my train today and while my train was pulling into the station i could see my reflection in the windows then there would be a gap and then some more windows and i could see myself again, Thus two ideas. #1, reflection seen for a few windows and gaps and then suddenly dissapearing (ooo freaky) and then #2 a train wizzing by but the same "being" can be seen inside the train infront of you (or your character) everytime a window shows even though its going real fast (once again freaky) if you've seen the grudge and know the scene in the elevator and everytime a new floor is reached the kid is still outside (also getting closer to the elevator, adding to the effect) the fact that the movie with be REALLY scary may not happen but still you can add suspense and still have it be a horror movie. If you seen dark water, this movie if you look back at it is not scary at all, just while watching you dont know what's happening for about 2 straight hours and always expect something around the next corner, In the end the demon girl isnt out to kill anyone (great plot twist razz), and if you havent seen it i suggest you dont.
anyway thats my view, if you want to do horror just put a lot of thought into it first and it'll probably turn out pretty good

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Posted: Sat, 23rd Feb 2008, 11:32am

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Tarn wrote
THE BISS! NOT THE BISS! OH MY EYES!
I should not have wrote that in the live chat the other day smile

As a few are saying however, all are pretty hard to create as it depends entirely on your skill,

Comedy would be hard because it involves knowing where and how to put your jokes
Horror is seems quite easy to me as it just involves scaring the audience but it is hard to pull of succesfully
Action is quite hard as well as you need to cherograph things and keep the script belivable
Sci-fi is quite hard nowadays as it can be quite hard to create an origional idea so most people just copy others (including myself smile)

Those are just my two cents.
Posted: Sat, 23rd Feb 2008, 5:31pm

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Tarn wrote:

THE BISS! NOT THE BISS! OH MY EYES!
*punches three women in the face*
Posted: Tue, 26th Feb 2008, 6:17am

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I really wouldn't say anyone is harder than the other. They all have their differences and challenges.
Posted: Tue, 26th Feb 2008, 7:37am

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I think the question is nonsense. There's no genre that's "easier to do" then another genre.

Generally, the easiest type of film to make to as bad film. Regardless of the genre.
Posted: Tue, 26th Feb 2008, 9:52pm

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Sollthar wrote:

I think the question is nonsense. There's no genre that's "easier to do" then another genre.

Generally, the easiest type of film to make to as bad film. Regardless of the genre.
Oh my gosh you changed your icon!!!!!!!!!!

And very good point to.

I always thought comedies were the easiet because they were lower budget but then most comedies now a days (austin powers) have bigger budget's then some horror films. So there really isn't an easiest film. I was kind of thinking cheaper was easier though. lol
Posted: Fri, 29th Feb 2008, 8:57am

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my vote goes for porno
Posted: Fri, 29th Feb 2008, 10:13am

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Nothing beats "the world as seen by a blind person who isn't Matt Murdock"
Posted: Fri, 29th Feb 2008, 3:38pm

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Pooky wrote:

Tarn wrote:

THE BISS! NOT THE BISS! OH MY EYES!
*punches three women in the face*
in a bear carcass
Posted: Sat, 1st Mar 2008, 1:51pm

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Definately comedy or Sci-Fi. The comedy one is easier b/c it requires limited editing and no greenscreen, etc.

Sci-Fi can be a little more demanding, but if you are up to the task it is worth it. This is my favorite type of movie to make b/c it is fun.
Posted: Sat, 1st Mar 2008, 2:13pm

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You could always do something like Cloverfield and The Blair Witch Project where you watch a tape that was on someone's camcorder. Maybe you could go rob a bank and take a camera with you!
Posted: Sun, 2nd Mar 2008, 6:35am

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Jabooza wrote:

You could always do something like Cloverfield and The Blair Witch Project where you watch a tape that was on someone's camcorder. Maybe you could go rob a bank and take a camera with you!
yeah but those involves 'creativy' in creating something that's never been done before. And the quick path most people take, is creating something that's been way overdone (horror, porn, etc.).

Creativity and imagination is the difference between M. Night Shamalayan's and Steve the filmmaker down the street.

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Posted: Sun, 2nd Mar 2008, 12:06pm

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EvilDonut wrote:

Jabooza wrote:

You could always do something like Cloverfield and The Blair Witch Project where you watch a tape that was on someone's camcorder. Maybe you could go rob a bank and take a camera with you!
yeah but those involves 'creativy' in creating something that's never been done before.
I find it much easier to do things that haven't been done before! And just think how realistic it would be to actually go rob a bank and film it with your camera!


-Jabooza
Posted: Sun, 2nd Mar 2008, 5:14pm

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I think horror is the easiest. I completely disagree that comedy is the easiest because it's hard to write a comedy movie that triggers everybodys funny bone.