Wednesday, February 04, 2009

The word "film."

Over the last few years, more and more people think they know something about movies because they went to a class in college. To show off their knowledge and education, they have started to use the word “film” to talk about movies. Ironically, they use the word in the wrong context making them look stupid. Here is a how-to on where and when to use the word “film” and other movie terms.

There are many words you can use to refer to movies each with their own connotation. The most versatile word is “movie” it is a good multi-purpose word that can be used in most all conversation. When in doubt, use “movie.”

The word “film“ connotes quality and artistic integrity (or something french). Use this word when you are referring to something good. Examples of films include: The Godfather, Raiders of the Lost Ark, PSYCHO, etc. Do not use “film” to describe movies of questionable quality. Don’t Mess With the Zohan is not a film. The Love Guru is not a film. In fact, most everything featuring SNL alumni is not a film.

Use “feature film” or “feature” when you are referring to the length of the movie. It goes in the same vein as “short film” or “short.”

When you are talking about silent movies or when movies incorporated sound, use the words “silent“ and “talkie” respectively.

Now, this isn’t gospel. There are exceptions to every rule but remember these guidelines and save yourself some embarrassment.