25 – Your genre film (In depth 1920’s-30’s Gangster film scene plan)

Gangster Films


Gangster Film History

–      Modern – Ben

American Gangster is a perfect example of a modern themed gangster movie. All the aspects of a typical gangster movie are there. The guns, the suits (known for the red tie’s), the mobs, cigarettes and of course the American cafés. The accents are very Italian American with names like Tommy, Johnny, and Frankie. What makes modern gangster films different to earlier films is the environment and technology such as guns, cars, buildings etc.

–      1800s – Callum

There are few Gangster films based around the 1800’s, although many modern stories actually originate from the early mafia families, which were peaked with political power in the 1800’s. ‘Gangs of New York’ is a good example of a film within this genre and setting. While keeping with the classic trends of Gangster films, particular aspects are explored more in the age of the 1800’s. These include politics and defined factions, rather than modern hazy factions, which are more identifiable by individuals.

–      20s to 70s – Archie

The gap between 1920 and 1970 is a long period but there is a wide scale of the type of gangsters that you work on. Many of the gangsters from the 1930’s came over to America from Ireland. As well as this many of the gangsters from America originated from Italy. Italian-American. The typical way to depict a classic gangster would be to give him a suit, a hat, cigarettes, a tommy gun, and a rose to stick in his pocket. Their are many famous gangsters from this period such as Al Capone and John Dillanger. Many films have been based around these periods. The gangsters from there are gangsters that play people off for their own personal gain and there are also gangsters that try to gain political influence.

–      90s – Aaron


–      The Godfather – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yut9qPyT9jE

–      Goodfellas – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E84VqqCPI7w

–      Boardwalk Empire – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M4yA9Vle_q0

–      Scarface – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a_z4IuxAqpE

–      Angles With Filthy Souls – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4dGOfFbzvq4

Ideology and Tropes

Greed, Power, Money, Respect, Violence, Fear, Deception, Reputation.

Individual sub-factions, opportunity to become powerful without the law- high stakes if you win, high losses otherwise.

Cigars, smoke.





Red Ties.









Full vivid colour production with old 1930s music such as Blue Moon. Emphasis on dark gloomy interior filled with smoke from a cigar. Half revealed faces (shadowing) in a ca sino set.


We have chosen to go for a film scene instead of a short film; our reason is because it allows us to add depth to our film; instead of cramming it into one quick story where less attention will be paid to character building and style.


The Era will be set between the time of 1920s and the 1930s either set in America or Britain (undecided).



Location Recce

Character Profile

Brief Floor plan


Kit List

Health & Safety

Prop List

Shooting Schedule

Shooting Script/Screen Play (Film Technique)

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