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Science fiction conventions

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This presentation outlines the conventions of the Science Fiction genre and why they are used.

This presentation outlines the conventions of the Science Fiction genre and why they are used.

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  • 1. The conventions of Science Fiction Film Techniques: Special effects Film Techniques: Close Ups of futuristic technologies/ scientific elements. Setting - Time: The future, an alternative timeline, or an historical past that contradicts historical records. Setting - Place: Outer space, other worlds, or alternative versions of earth. Science Fiction Conventions Symbolism: Futuristic props, costume and setting that represent the scientific advancement at the centre of the film. Narrative Elements: Conflict between good and evil. Narrative Elements: The development and/or application of: a) new technology (e.g. nanotechnology, robots, spaceships) b) new scientific principles (e.g. time-travel) c)new political systems (e.g. dystopian/utopi an societies)
  • 2. Setting – Time/Place TIME - The future, an alternative timeline, or an historical past that contradicts historical records.  PLACE - Outer space, other worlds, or alternative versions of earth.   WHY IS IT USED? It gives a different setting to the present, allowing viewers to see the narrative from a more neutral perspective. “It places the unfamiliar and alien in the context of the familiar”
  • 3. Narrative Content  The development and/or application of:  a) new technology (e.g. nanotechnology, robots, spaceships)  b) new scientific principles (e.g. time-travel)  c) new political systems (e.g. dystopian/utopian societies)  WHY IS IT USED? It is used to create a dialogue between these new ideas (technology, scientific principles, and political systems) and the technological/scientific imagination of the viewers.
  • 4. Narrative Content  Conflict between good and evil.  WHY IS IT USED? This is a technique that is often used to comment on conflicts within society, in particular to comment on the relationships either between different countries or cultures within a nation.
  • 5. Symbolism of Futuristic Elements  Futuristic props, costume and setting that represent the scientific advancement at the centre of the film.  WHY IS IT USED?  SciFi films seek to make us believe in the images we are viewing. They use somewhat familiar elements of technology in a fictional way that helps to make the connection between fiction and reality.  The use of fictional science elements are used to enable pivotal developments in the plot, in particular they generally enable the protagonist to obtain the “MacGuffin”.
  • 6. Film Techniques Close Ups of futuristic technologies/ scientific elements.  WHY IS IT USED?  Emphasises the importance of the technology/science to the plot. Special effects  WHY IS IT USED?  Helps to make the film-world more realistic and continue the dialogue between the new ideas these special effects enhance and the technological/scientific imagination of the viewers.
  • 7. Compare these conventions…  You will be creating a chart that compares how each of these conventions are used in the following films:  2001: A Space Odyssey  Star Wars: A New Hope  Terminator 2: Judgement Day  In Time  another science fiction film of your choice
  • 8. Analysing your conventions data  For each convention, answer the following questions:  Compare how the conventions are used in each film.  Does its use change over time? How? Give examples.

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