Live Poll: Your Directorial Debut

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Greetings to all who read this.

Imagine that you are making your first live-action feature-length film.
Your budget is very low, but you are free from any studio interference.

So, with that in mind... what GENRE would your first film be? If it's a mixed-genre film, then pick the predominant one.
(to avoid voter bias, I've decided against putting actual films as entries).

LIST: https://www.imdb.com/list/ls095945618

POLL: https://www.imdb.com/poll/u7dfqdvZlzo/
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Horror can be done effectively with relatively little money. I'd take either that or Drama.

Anyway, congratulations on your well-made and original first suggestion!
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mihailo.razvigor

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Thank you!

My friend once made a short, 5 minute long horror film, with no budget, but only his cell phone camera, and an editing software afterwards. There were no effects, but only smart editing choices that created suspense and fear.
So I agree, Horror genre is often most suitable for new filmmakers, while Drama is good if you want to show you have some writing skills, although Drama does require at least one good actor, for it to be taken seriously.
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No need to imagine: I'm filming my first feature film for nearly 13 years and I hope to finish it until I'm 28, at least assemble rough cut for screenings. As for genre... It's a mess with everything in it and I've seen that very problem with many other directorial debuts. It's not the worst kind of problem: it's kind of natural for a filmmaker to try everything at first, or at least multiple things: many directorial debuts are leaning towards at least two genres.  

An important missing genre in your suggestion is documentary. I actually have one feature film technically that way already, but I count it more as a 0,5th one. Firstly because it's a very limited interest production which has more to do with videography than movies (I tried my best for it to have bits and pieces of cinematic style and mostly miserably failed) and secondly because when I started and finished production of this documentary feature I was deep in the middle of making that other movie, which I consider my true feature debut.
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I believe that, when you do manage to assemble a final cut of your film (I wish you success with that!), a viewer - including yourself, would be able to categorize your film in some genre, based on the personal emotional response they got out of it.
It reminds me of a very interesting IMDb poll about the film Jaws (1975).
But I find your story interesting, because it shows that you can set out to make one genre, and end up with others (or others).

Ah, thanks for noticing I was missing a Documentary genre! It actually WAS on the original list, but when I was retooling the list with new images, Documentary got lost in the shuffle.
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GREAT IDEA, but I don't like the idea of using 14 times to the same image to represent each genre.
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I'm not that satisfied with it myself, but I chose the lesser of three evils, and have given my explanations as to why, in my replies to dan_dassow and albstein up above.
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Why not take real directors a a epitomal wildcard?
Like e.g. Scorsese for crime. It would be a change in the list.
The list would have to be a names list.
It could also be a title list with extraordinary titles of each genre.
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As I stated in my post to dan_dassow, I would like to make this list wholly and completely bias-free. I want voters to decide for themselves, without the poll itself giving them ideas. I don't want for a voter to sее an image of Tarantino (for Crime) and say: ''I love Pulp Fiction! I love Tarantino films! I wanna be like him! *vote*'', and putting any of the known directors or films would do just that.

I've seen a lot of the polls where, for example, Christopher Nolan makes a landslide victory in votes, even though his directorial competition is very strong. IMDb has a lot of fan bases, and I'm trying to avoid this poll being overrun by passionate fans.
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Christopher Nolan never flopped a movie (according to me and IMDb rating of his movies) none of them are below 7.0. Plus, most people will vote on the basis of the director is recent work, Yes Steven Spielberg Was Great in the 1980s and the 1990s, but in the last decade is best movie is Bridge of the Spies with only 7.6.

In conclusion,  Nolan his movies are more recent, the voters will more likely remember " Christopher Nolan is the best, he has made Inception" than "Steven Spielberg is the best he has made Schindler's List."

Subjective opinion: I think that Christopher Nolan is the best (I'm part of what most people call "Nolanites".)
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