I’ve been spending the year working on a short film titled Sidekick and an accompanying paper exploring genre blending and fantasy films. I wrote about Sidekick earlier this year here on the site. When I first started exploring the fantasy film genre it seemed so restrictive. Audiences have so many ideas about what a fantasy film should be. However what I’ve discovered that to deliver on the fantasy film promise a filmmaker only has to incorporate magic, creatures, make-believe, or supernatural events. Once the filmmaker incorporates one of those elements the filmmaker can then go anywhere and do anything with the story from there. This makes fantasy one of the most flexible film genres allowing other genres to easily play into the story.