Writing the Science Fiction Film

Writing the Science Fiction Film describes the kinds of stories that work best as science fiction, explores the parameters of the science fiction genre, and shows what science fiction can offer to writers that other genres cannot.

Author: Robert Grant


ISBN: 1615931368

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 250

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Science fiction is the most creative genre available for exploring the human condition and also the most profitable. Explore classic sci-fi films such as Blade Runner, Aliens, and Star Wars, while learning how to craft your own powerful new worlds.

Screening Space

This text attempts to shape definitions of the American science fiction film, studying the connection between the films and social preconceptions.

Author: Vivian Carol Sobchack

Publisher: Rutgers University Press

ISBN: 081352492X

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 345

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This text attempts to shape definitions of the American science fiction film, studying the connection between the films and social preconceptions. It covers many classic films and discusses their import, seeking to rescue the genre from the neglect of film theorists. The book should appeal to both film buff and fans of science fiction.

Architecture and Science Fiction Film

The home is one of our most enduring human paradoxes and is brought to light tellingly in science-fiction (SF) writing and film.

Author: David T. Fortin

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781351957465

Category: Architecture

Page: 250

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The home is one of our most enduring human paradoxes and is brought to light tellingly in science-fiction (SF) writing and film. However, while similarities and crossovers between architecture and SF have proliferated throughout the past century, the home is often overshadowed by the spectacle of 'otherness'. The study of the familiar (home) within the alien (SF) creates a unique cultural lens through which to reflect on our current architectural condition. SF has always been linked with alienation; however, the conditions of such alienation, and hence notions of home, have evidently changed. There is often a perceived comprehension of the familiar that atrophies the inquisitive and interpretive processes commonly activated when confronting the unfamiliar. Thus, by utilizing the estranging qualities of SF to look at a concept inherently linked to its perceived opposite - the home - a unique critical analysis with particular relevance for contemporary architecture is made possible.

Science Fiction Film Directors 1895 1998

This enormous and exhaustive reference book has entries on every major and minor director of science fiction films from the inception of cinema (circa 1895) through 1998.

Author: Dennis Fischer

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 9780786485055

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 767

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This enormous and exhaustive reference book has entries on every major and minor director of science fiction films from the inception of cinema (circa 1895) through 1998. For each director there is a complete filmography including television work, a career summary, a critical assessment, and behind-the-scenes production information. Seventy-nine directors are covered in especially lengthy entries and a short history of the science fiction film genre is also included.

British Science Fiction Film and Television

Written by international experts from a range of disciplines, these essays examine the uniquely British contribution to science fiction film and television.

Author: Tobias Hochscherf

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 9780786484836

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 237

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Written by international experts from a range of disciplines, these essays examine the uniquely British contribution to science fiction film and television. Viewing British SF as a cultural phenomenon that challenges straightforward definitions of genre, nationhood, authorship and media, the editors provide a conceptual introduction placing the essays within their critical context. Essay topics include Hammer science fiction films, the various incarnations of Doctor Who, Stanley Kubrick’s A Clockwork Orange, and such 21st-century productions as 28 Days Later and Torchwood.

Liquid Metal

At least one subgenre of the science fiction film, the apocalyptic film, is founded
on the promise of scenes of mass destruction. ... According to Cyril Kornbluth, '
The science fiction writer churns out symbols every time he writes of the future or
an ...

Author: Sean Redmond

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 9780231501842

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 360

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Liquid Metal brings together 'seminal' essays that have opened up the study of science fiction to serious critical interrogation. Eight distinct sections cover such topics as the cyborg in science fiction; the science fiction city; time travel and the primal scene; science fiction fandom; and the 1950s invasion narratives. Important writings by Susan Sontag, Vivian Sobchack, Steve Neale, J.P. Telotte, Peter Biskind and Constance Penley are included.


Replications also considers the tension between the technological wonders that science fiction depicts and the human values it champions.

Author: J. P. Telotte

Publisher: University of Illinois Press

ISBN: 0252064666

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 222

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A haunting fascination fuels our interest in the robot, the android, the cyborg, the replicant. Born in science fiction literature, the artificial human has come into its own in films, lurching to life, holding a mirror to humanity's soul. Beginning with a pre-history of the filmic robot, J. P. Telotte traces its development through early sci-fi landmarks such as Metropolis (1926), the alien films of the 1950s (including Forbidden Planet), and recent explorations of the artificial human in Blade Runner, Robocop, and the Terminator films. Replications also considers the tension between the technological wonders that science fiction depicts and the human values it champions. Film-makers employ the latest developments in technology to fashion ever more realistic human doubles, and then use them to explore what it means to be human. Telotte shows us how the sci-fi genre has always addressed changing cultural attitudes toward technology, the body, gender roles, human intelligence, reality, and even film itself.

A Historical and Critical Survey of the Science Fiction Film

In addition , the writer had access to an extensive personal file of clippings ,
articles , stills and reviews on the science - fiction film , collected over a period of
about fifteen years . Other criticisms and synopses of the films were taken from ...

Author: Douglas Alver Menville

Publisher: New York : Arno Press

ISBN: UOM:39015003991760

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 185

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Women Scientists in Fifties Science Fiction Films

Like Menville, Warren concurs that the quality of the science fiction film declined
as the decade progressed. Writing in the preface of Volume II, he states, The
story of the period covered by this volume is sadder, as things in decline always

Author: Bonnie Noonan

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 9781476610054

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 235

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In the 1950s, science was rapidly advancing, and so were scientific opportunities for women. Modern science fiction films reflected these simultaneous social developments. This book proposes that the social ideology of the 1950s, which was partly concerned with gender issues, saturated the B science fiction films of that era and inspired a new appreciation for the role of women in scientific advancements and other social achievements. Drawing on feminist literary and cultural theory, the author argues that the emergence of the modern American science fiction film in 1950 and the situation of post–World War II female scientists together created a film genre. That genre was explicitly amenable to exploring the tension between a woman's place in her home and her place in the work force, particularly in scientific fields. Early chapters provide a general introduction to the science fiction genre and specifically describe 1950s B science fiction films as they resonate with concerns proper to feminist theory. Subsequent chapters offer detailed, historically situated readings of 10 B science fiction films from the 1950s that feature women in science. The cinematic representations of female scientists are compared and contrasted with real female professionals of the time, illuminating the changing gender dynamics reflected in popular film in the 1950s. Films analyzed include Rocketship X-M, It Came from Beneath the Sea, Them!, Tarantula, The Deadly Mantis, Beginning of the End, Kronos, Cat-Women of the Moon, World Without End, and Queen of Outer Space.

Science Fiction Studies in Film

snananananananananananananananananananananana In the mid - 1950s my
publisher , lan Ballantine , took me to lunch and offered a proposition . Would I
like to write the novel version of an upcoming sci - fi flick on which he owned the ...

Author: Frederik Pohl


ISBN: UOM:39015013317477

Category: Science fiction

Page: 346

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Science Fiction Film

Examines one of the most enduring genres of Hollywood cinema: the science fiction film.

Author: J. P. Telotte

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 0521596475

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 254

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Science Fiction Film examines one of the most enduring and popular genres of Hollywood cinema, suggesting how the science fiction film reflects attitudes toward science, technology, and reason as they have evolved in American culture over the course of the twentieth century. J. P. Telotte provides a survey of science fiction film criticism, emphasizing humanist, psychological, ideological, feminist, and postmodern critiques. He also sketches a history of the genre, from its earliest literary manifestations to the present, while touching on and comparing it to pulp fiction, early television science fiction, and Japanese animé. Telotte offers in-depth readings of three key films: Robocop, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, and THX 1138, each of which typifies a particular form of science fiction fantasy. Challenging the boundaries usually seen between high and low culture, literature and film, Science Fiction Film reasserts the central role of fantasy in popular films, even those concerned with reason, science, and technology.

Science Fiction Film

Origins of Science Fiction Cinema LITERARY ORIGINS Many descriptions of the
history of science fiction film start with the ... Science fiction writers Isaac Asimov
and Brian Aldiss point to proto - science fiction writing such as More's Utopia ...

Author: Elaine Scarratt

Publisher: Auteur Pub

ISBN: PSU:000065693452

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 198

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"Science Fiction Film: A Teacher's Guide to the Genre and Classroom Resources provides complete scheme of work for the teaching of science fiction film, including: Guidelines for practical tasks including storyboarding, designing a film poster and developing a marketing strategy A detailed history of science fiction film and its place both within the industry and the wider culture of the twentieth century A thorough grounding in all the theoretical concepts of Media Studies A focus on familiar and easily accessible texts such as Metropolis, The Terminator, the Alien quartet, Men in Black and Galaxy Quest. "

Resources in Education

They should be helped to master the language more fully, read with increased
comprehension, and write more clearly and ... “For the Future: The Science
Fiction Film in the Classroom" by W. MacPherson analyzes five representative
films from ...



ISBN: PSU:000052066344

Category: Education


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Science Fiction Film

During the writing of this book, Hollywood films such as Avatar and Inception
have reconfirmed the blockbuster status of certain sciencefiction projects, the
international contributions District 9 and Moon have combined genre credentials
with ...

Author: Keith M. Johnston

Publisher: Berg

ISBN: 9780857850560

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 192

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Science Fiction Film develops a historical and cultural approach to the genre that moves beyond close readings of iconography and formal conventions. It explores how this increasingly influential genre has been constructed from disparate elements into a hybrid genre. Science Fiction Film goes beyond a textual exploration of these films to place them within a larger network of influences that includes studio politics and promotional discourses. The book also challenges the perceived limits of the genre - it includes a wide range of films, from canonical SF, such as Le voyage dans la lune, Star Wars and Blade Runner, to films that stretch and reshape the definition of the genre. This expansion of generic focus offers an innovative approach for students and fans of science fiction alike.

Science fiction films

To create the meteor-pitted surface of Metaluna, the film's special effects
crewysed the techni- sent up to help the ... Alien allies One of the lew films of the
1950s successfully to bridge the gap between science fiction writing (which took
its ...

Author: Robin Cross


ISBN: 0831777133

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 88

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A survey of cinematic science fiction from the silent film era to the present

Hollywood Science

Sobchack writes that the science fiction renaissance of the late 1970s was
accompanied by " a major shift in the ... practice of film scholarship ... film
scholars have enriched their understanding and description of the cinema as art
and cultural ...

Author: S. Perkowitz

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 0231142803

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 255

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Looks at how science is portrayed in over one hundred films, discussing the accuracy rate of science in movies and the influence they have on public opinion.

Popular Mechanics

Science Science fiction films may prove astoundingly accurate in predicting life in
the 21st century. ... E.T. hasn't landed ENTERTAINMENT and there hasn't been
enough action on Mars to fill a postcard, let alone write “The Martian Chronicles”





Page: 120

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Popular Mechanics inspires, instructs and influences readers to help them master the modern world. Whether it’s practical DIY home-improvement tips, gadgets and digital technology, information on the newest cars or the latest breakthroughs in science -- PM is the ultimate guide to our high-tech lifestyle.

The Great Science Fiction Films

So , he became the Star Wars series ' executive producer and story writer ,
leaving details to producer Gary Kurtz . Kurtz hired five writers to develop
plotlines for the new film , then settled on science - fiction author ( The Long
Tomorrow ) and ...

Author: Richard Meyers

Publisher: Citadel Press

ISBN: 0806510846

Category: Science fiction films

Page: 255

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