FIND WHAT YOU WANT TO WATCH
Finding the perfect movie to watch has always been a challenge. Whether you were wandering the aisles at Blockbuster eons ago or browsing titles on your new streaming service yesterday, the genres haven’t changed much. We’re used to thinking of movies as drama, action, romance, and adventure. Of course, you know what these categories mean, but they don’t really help you find a movie you want to watch tonight.
Do a quick search for “Action Movies”. Among the top 8 you’ll find:
- Mile 22 - an American espionage movie
- Mulan - a Disney movie
- The Gentlemen - a British gangster comedy • Peninsula - a Korean zombie flick
At Nanocrowd, we provide audience analytics for studios by analyzing audience comments about movies and TV shows. When viewers describe their reaction to a show, they use powerful and interesting words – ranging from common words like funny and friendship to evocative words like honorable, soulful, or hard-hitting. Using these words as our source data, we analyze the types of movies that are trending and box office hits.
Through this work, we discovered that audience responses didn’t really fit into categories like action or drama. Instead, titles are clustered around common themes or character arcs, like heroic leaders overcoming obstacles in their quest or the disrespected underdogs finding victory in their own unique style. It’s these themes that drive audience reactions, and we used these themes to uncover new genres.
NEW GENRES ARE EVOCATIVE AND FUN
Bullied nerds, unheralded sports teams, or unlikely spelling bee superstars all share something in common. As their story begins, they’re disrespected by
the “leaders” in their world. As their story unfolds, these underdogs find a path to success while hanging onto their original character. Whether these titles are currently classified as Sports, Coming of Age, or Drama, they consistently make us feel happy and inspired by the possibility that our unique spirit can also be victorious.
WHY DO WE NEED NEW GENRES?
New genres make it easier for audiences to find the kind of stories they want to watch, and they help studios find the largest passionate audience for their content.
How many times have you said to yourself, “there’s just nothing good on”? Viewers want it to be quick and easy to find a title that matches what they feel like watching. And distributors want that too. Viewers are tired of browsing the long list of titles on each of their streaming services by old genres like action and drama.
Remember that list of action titles that showed up in our search? Here are the new genres for each of them:
Mile 22 is
“High Speed and Special Ops”
the Gentlemen is
“Crime Drugs and Gangsters”
“Monsters, Aliens and Sci-Fi”