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What's the correct term to refer to the way a film feels?

 
 
Reply Mon 25 Jan, 2021 01:40 am
Hi. This is a question about the anatomy, or the structure of a film.

A setting of a film is when and where the story takes place.

The theme is the central, underlying concept. The basic idea of what the film is about.

The plot is the storyline, the events of the film as they are laid out.

What is the correct term to refer to the way a film feels?

Recently I watched a short cartoon video on YouTube that was made recently. I felt like I was watching something from the '70s, especially with the background music that was played in it.

Is what I am referring to the mood of the movie, the tone of the movie, or something else?

Please help. Thank you.
 
jespah
 
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Reply Mon 25 Jan, 2021 10:52 am
@JGoldman10,
I think mood may be what you're looking for.

I think it's beyond genre, genre tends to refer to comedy versus romance, etc. Hitchcock was very good at setting mood, and it's very easy to figure out if a film was made by him or inspired by his work.
hightor
 
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Reply Mon 25 Jan, 2021 01:05 pm
@JGoldman10,
"Atmosphere" might work as well. Or you can refer to well-known films which exhibit similar qualities — "It had a 'Last Picture Show' type of vibe."
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JGoldman10
 
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Reply Mon 25 Jan, 2021 07:30 pm
@jespah,
Thank you. A handful of other people I know said "mood".
jespah
 
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Reply Mon 25 Jan, 2021 07:57 pm
@JGoldman10,
You're welcome. I think hightor is actually closer to the correct term. But I know what you mean; it's how you can tell the difference between Disney and Pixar films, for example.
JGoldman10
 
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Reply Mon 25 Jan, 2021 10:39 pm
@jespah,
Some people I know said "feel" could work, but I think "mood" is better.
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