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Introduction to Sci Fi
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  • 1. AS Film StudiesAmercian Cinema: Comparison of two Sci-Fi films
  • 2. The exam question will ask you to comment on the MACROaspects of the two films you have studied. MACRO aspects: • Narrative • Genre • Themes • Issues The examiner wants you to compare and contrast the twofilms studied in class.
  • 3. Sci-Fi Mood BoardProduce a mood board collage of Sci-Fi filmposters from the 1950s and more recent Sci-Fifilm posters.What themes and issues do your selectedfilms deal with? Are there any similaritiesbetween your chosen films? Are there anydifferences?Would you say that Sci-Fi films have changedwith the times? Give reasons for your answer
  • 4. Major themes in sci-fi films Major themes: •  Science; • Social concerns; • Technology; • Rationality; • Politics and Ideology; • Humanity versus science; • Utopia and dystopia; • The futureWhich themes do you think are found in Invasion of the Body Snatchers and The Invasion?
  • 5. Mainstream sci-fi films have dealt with lots offears and concerns within society. Although it is a very formulaic genre (many ofthe narrative themes are repeated); it hasproved flexible and popular enough to embodydifferent fears at different times. 
  • 6. What fears do you think Invasion of the BodySnatchers and The Invasion deal with?You can think of explicit fears (those that are obviousin the film); and implicit fears (the wider societalfears the film might be dealing with).Produce a table of ideas: FILM EXPLICIT FEARS IMPLICIT FEARS   Invasion of the Body Snatchers The Invasion
  • 7. Sci-fi has been very good at including differentgenres; lots of recent sci-fi films rely heavilyon action/adventure films; other sci-fi filmshave horror, zombie and thriller elements;Films that mix more than one genre are knownas film ‘hybrids’. They are blockbusters with A list stars and lotsof special effects; What started as low-budget B-movies havegrown into multimillion dollar film franchiseswith merchandising and video games.

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