What is a family film?
First the difference between this genre and children’s movies: Children’s films are made specifically for children and not necessarily for the general audience, while family films are made for a wider appeal with a general audience in mind. They stick with a G or PG format. It’s basically a movie that can been seen by everyone that almost always has a feel-good or happy tone and ending.
This is a genre that will be around as long as families are around. Every week the studios will premiere a film that an entire family will be able to see.
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Title: FLIES AND GUYS
Written by: Fred Iden
Genre: Family comedy
Type: Feature Screenplay
Logline: Struggling through a poor man’s midlife crisis is challenging but will a crazy dream help our hero realize there’s no place like home… before his wife throws him out?
Since the 1990s, many family films have been animation movies. Many of these films appeal to kids at their intellectual level while also giving the older audience (the parents) plots and jokes that they can also relate with. In the last 25 years, the list of solid animation movies with family themes is endless. Studios like Disney and Pixar (with the help of Industrial Light and Magic) has amazed the storytelling world with the way they can cross generations with their movies.
The hard part about writing a family film is to not insult the older audience with “childless” plots and situations, while not being too mature and plots too difficult to follow for the younger audience. Some call writing a family screenplay the toughest thing to do because you’re attempting to engage many generations.
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Matthew Toffolo, WILDsound