Presentation on theme: "Futurist Film. Definitions 1: SF Science Fiction Robert A. Heinlein. 1959.Robert A. Heinlein Realistic speculation about possible future events, based."— Presentation transcript:
Definitions 1: SF Science Fiction Robert A. Heinlein Robert A. Heinlein Realistic speculation about possible future events, based solidly on adequate knowledge of the real world, past and present, and on a thorough understanding of the nature and significance of the scientific method.
Definitions 2: Fantasy Fantasy is a genre that uses magic and other supernatural forms as a primary element of plot, theme, and/or setting. Fantasy is generally distinguished from science fiction and horror by the expectation that it steers clear of technological and macabre themes, respectively, though there is a great deal of overlap between the three (collectively known as speculative fiction).
Definitions 3: Horror Horror: Any flick designed to scare your date into your lap. Linda Williams (Berkeley): Horror, melodrama, and pornography are body genres.
Fantasy Horror Science Fiction
Futurist SF Focus of this class: SF film that deals with future
Futurist film Film about a timeframe yet to come Film displaying values and ideas seeking to release from the past Film of prediction, extrapolation, or speculation on future events Film about time travel to future
Futurist motifs Recurrent themes persist that reveal psychological and social focus Effect of technology on life Analysis may reveal sub-sub-genres and markers.
Space motif includes: Exploration Invasion
1951 Invasion as Cold War parable
Invasion as possession Alien
What are the motifs? --Images --Props, costumes, looks --Fads, themes, memes --Sub-genre markers
What is the message? Correlations to social, psychological issues Propaganda Claims Iconic display
Film iconography Visual motifs as signals: by film makers and audiences at time of manufacture and today.
Kitsch & Camp --Aesthetic of bad taste and irony --Contemporary view of retro future --Art history and stylistic analysis --Image criticism One iconographic approach
Heres how you can play Research paper PPT presentation SF classic written text c&c movie(s) Anachronon c&c C&C of written or visual text
ISBN: Copyright 2007 by Dan Bentley-Baker All Rights Reserved Published by SynergEbooks
What is the future of future? What affects current views? What is your view of the future? How does future work? How will futurians view us? Is time a river?