Language tip of the week: films

Posted by on May 23, 2013

c ImageSourceIn this weekly post, we bring more useful content from the Macmillan Dictionary to English language learners. These tips are usually based on areas of English which learners find difficult, e.g. spelling, grammar, collocation, synonyms, etc.

This week’s language tip helps with key words which are used for talking or writing about films.

Types of film
thriller: a film with an exciting story that often involves a crime
horror film: a film that tries to make the audience very scared
comedy: a film that tries to make the audience laugh
romantic comedy: a type of film that combines a love story with a comedy
drama: any serious film
costume drama: a historical film
sci-fi film: a film that is set in the future and deals with imaginary scientific developments
animated film: a film in which the characters are drawn, made by computer, or made from models
cartoon: a short humorous film in which the characters are drawn

Places where you see films
cinema: the place where you go to see films. The usual American word is movie theater.
pictures: (informal old-fashioned) the cinema
multiplex: a cinema with many screens

People who work in films
director: the person who is responsible for the artistic aspects of a film
producer: the person who is responsible for the business aspects of making a film
star: a famous film actor

Other vocabulary
trailer: a series of short sections of a film that are shown to advertise it
soundtrack: the music that accompanies a film
credits: a list of the people involved in making a film, shown at the beginning or end of it

Check out the Macmillan Dictionary & Thesaurus for more terms relating to films and types of films.

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Comments (1)
  • thank you for the insight into film. i learned a great deal reading this short expository on films.

    Posted by banimibo-ofori jack on 7th November, 2013
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