In looking into the quirky film ‘Tiny Furniture,’ I stumbled upon the genre “mumblecore”!!!!
GOLD – Mumblecore films are generally set in a post-college milieu, with characters that are typically heterosexual, white, middle class, and in their twenties. These films are typically character-driven, focusing more on relationships than conventional plot points. However, a number of films considered to be part of the movement do not conform to this mold. Medicine for Melancholy focuses on African American characters; Bujalski’s Beeswax features characters that are older; and Mark & Jay Duplass’ Baghead utilises a number of tropes from the horror film genre.
Naturalism – both in performance and dialogue – is a key feature of almost all mumblecore films. Many mumblecore films feature non-professional actors; however, Mark Duplass & Jay Duplass have worked with professional actors on their films Baghead and Cyrus. Some mumblecore films feature a prominent use of improvisation, with the cast sharing script credits. However, not all mumblecore films feature significant improvisation. For example, the films of Andrew Bujalski are heavily scripted.
Mumblecore films are general produced with a low or micro-budget and low production values. Many of these films are shot digitally; however, this is not a defining characteristic. As of July 2011, all of Andrew Bujalski’s films have been shot on film.