Tuesday, 21 September 2010

What is a B-Movie?

- A B-movie is a movie which is made on a relatively low budget, when compared with major feature films. The B-movie genre is quite diverse, ranging from cheesy science fiction movies to taut modern thrillers.
- The B in B-movie is a refernce to the B-movie's traditional place on a double feature marquees. Originally, B-movies were developed to have something to fill the second slot in a double feature, allowing theatre patrons to feel like they were getting their money's worth. A B-movie would be made with lesser known actors and significantly less money, generating a film which would consistently generate a return on investment, thanks to being paired with a major feature film.
- The double feature started to decline in the 1950s, as films became longer, but the B-movie endured. The term came to be used more generally to refer to any low budget film, with B-movies appearing in a range of genres including westerns, science fiction, thrillers, horror, fantasy, exploitation and mystery. The B-movie became associated with a campy style, wooden acting, and crude sets and costumes, creating a distinctive look and feel.
- Many actors and actresses got their start in B-movies, while others went on to make their careers in the B-movie world. B-movies have also been used as a proving ground for directors, producers, and other people who work in the film industry, and some even went on to become major hits. A number of B-movies have also achieved cult classic status, with fans being attracted to the cheesiness of these films.
- In the modern day, some people refer to low budget films which lack the sobriety of independent films as B-movies. Some people actually enjoy working on such projects, taking it as an opportunity to be silly and have a good time, although such films can also be serious in their own right.
- Westerns were a Golden Age B-movie staple, while low budget sci-fi and horror films became more popular in the 1950s.
- Individual B-movies were often ignored by critics.
- John Wayne and Jack Nicholson first became established in B-movies.

3 comments:

  1. I think the bit with "low-budget film " is very interesting and important: it means our place of action has to be quit ordianry, cause these films never had the money to build impressive sets ect.. so bare this in mind when thinking your story ideas/ drawing thumbnail storyboards

    :)

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  2. Bob, add Earl on this blog :)
    I'm not an author I can't do it

    Earl-mills@hotmail.co.uk

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  3. Hey guys,
    Would we be able to change when we meet up each week? I won't be able to meet up on any Friday so could we change it to say, lunchtime on Tuesday or Thursday? I don't want to put anyone out of place and don't want the team to reschedule around me, but I would like to attend them...
    See y'all tomorrow

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