Genre or Film Type
In the TAMI library, "genre" describes more than the categories of feature films that we all know and love, such as western, action, or comedy. Our collections contain a whole range of moving image production types, from advertisements to government films to home movies. What type of film do you want to watch today?
These films were created by people who are not full-time professional filmmakers. While often intended for a wider audience than home movies that document regular family events, the form and content of these films varies widely and may include student or experimental work.
These pieces are based in fact and actuality. While they aim to probe or document a particular subject, the filmmakers can take much creative license in how they treat their topic. The films may be intended for television or feature distribution, or a more limited exhibition, but they are intended for a broader audience than a typical home movie.
The aim of educational films is to teach, instruct, or train. Although the goal of these films is to provide information rather than entertainment, educational films can contain many creative and entertaining elements.
These productions were sponsored by a government office or agency at the federal, state, county, or municipal level.
Home movies are shot by anyone and everyone, from famous Texans and professional filmmakers, to average folks like you and me! They were primarily intended to document ordinary and extraordinary, public and private events in the lives of those who took them. They were typically meant to be viewed by close family and friends, rather than exhibited in public.
Produced for companies, organizations, and the government, industrial movies were most often used to address internal training and safety needs. Sometimes strange, sometimes highly creative, many lost and neglected industrial movies are once again coming to light. Industrial movies record an underdocumented aspect of society, reminding us in fresh ways of just how important and complex our work lives can sometimes be.
Popular in the first half of the 20th century, itinerant films were produced by traveling filmmakers that moved from town to town making movies using local people as the cast and incorporating local landmarks into the film. Some had little narrative structure while others mimicked popular Hollywood features of the time period.