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STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS(2013)
The genre of this film is SCI FI.
Other films that are also Sci Fi are:
The Genre Of The Film And Similar
The Purpose Of The Sci Fi Genre
• The purpose of the Sci Fi genre is to show
what an extension of the science that is
known today can do in use to everyday life. Its
exposition to new world technology and the
world of scientific imagination is used to
stimulate and exert a pull on audience.
• The main type of audience for the Sci Fi genre
is people between the ages 18-29.
• This is because Sci Fi explores futuristic
devices and technology, therefore, with young
open minds, people at this age are more
flexible to understanding and exploring this
type of genre.
Conventions Of This Genre
SCI FI CONVENTIONS EXAMPLES FROM FILMS
Fast panning and tracking shots to follow the action
occurring. This creates tension and allows audience to
feel as though they are there and caught up in the
Quick lighting for lift offs or in general, which include
special effect to emphasis the fiction of science
I Am Legend
Evil villains have deep high tech voices with
Only main characters are humans (aliens, monsters,
Massive technical jets and cars with intense lighting
Earth being damaged/exploded and isolated.
The War Of Worlds
Binary opposites of good verses evil.
Transformed and peculiar twisted buildings.
Beautiful female superhero who attracts/is attracted
to male superhero.
Conventions Of STAR TREK.
Conventions Evidence Explanation
Most heroes wear bright
However, the villains are
usually in dark clothes.
The heroes wearing bright colours
are connotations of hope, energy
and allows them to stand out.
Whereas, the villains in their
mysterious dark clothing blend in
with their surroundings.
A colossal amount of
explosions and crashes
Hero characters try to save
the planet from some sort of
invasion which results to
destruction and damage.
Big city where all action
Bright lights in a big city,
where everything gets
destroyed and completed
Subgenres Of STAR TREK
• The subgenre is Time Travel/Action.
• Other films in the same subgenre are:
• The Avengers
• The Matrix
• The War Of Worlds
Hybrids Of STAR TREK
• The Hybrid is
• Others films that represent the same hybrid
• The Time
• I Am Legend
• Spy Kids
A man standing in dark clothes with a
white mask on his face.
The villain probably feels defeated by the
superheroes by the expression of his face
and the yellow subtle explosions behind
depicts the calm after the fight.
The villain is running away from the
destruction he has just made on earth and
is ghastly looking back to see the damage
he has caused.
A man looking at something behind
High technology devices which control
every aspect of the superheroes mission
to destroy the villain from further
invasion on earth.
A bright room with many lights , table,
chairs and a window.
People glazing up at
The beautiful superhero and civilians
staring shockingly at a terrible thing
that has just occurred, which is
gathered by the superheroes facial
Places Being Represented In The Trailer
The Superheroes and the Villains are located in places which are represented as mystical and secluded.
The superheroes spaceship is
able to see this view. This
suggests the superiority of
good, and religion is included as
it depicts an angelic heaven like
The city always has mist and fog to
illustrate the mystery of who will win
the battle between the superheroes and
Objects Being Represented In The Trailer
The Technology in the way they travel, is represented as complicated machinery.
There are high angles to
portray the machinery as
highly paramount in the
world of science and
without it, futuristic
science may as well be
The intensity of the lights
exaggerates the amount of
technology utilised to construct
this type of machinery.
Within every image, the
equipment are located in an
isolated place, not alone to
show-off the technology but
to depict the power it has and
uses against everyone and
Stereotypes(Objects) In The Trailer
The jet has additional
features such as guns and
A very high tech flying
spaceship and flying
In Sci Fi movies, there is often a
stereotype that a male
superhero possesses risky
weaponry/spaceships and jets.
Stereotypes(People) In The Trailer
Sci Fi films also consist of an
extremely masculine and
attractive superhero who
becomes almost defeated
at some point and loses
faith, not only him, but the
other superheroes as well.
From the mid shot in the
two images, the superhero
and the villain are seen as
equals, no one is defeated
The villain is also a
male and cares about
nothing more than
He is depicted as a
character that gets
thrill from destruction.
In every Sci Fi movie, there
seems to be a beautiful,
slender, seductive woman that
is either with the superhero or
She is usually represented as
being vulnerable and
innocent, but from the reality
of the low angles in this film, it
portrays that she is indeed
powerful and more than cable
Are Stereotypes Challenged Or Reinforced?
Stereotype Reinforced Challenged
Very High Tech
The advanced creation of high technology
machinery is used constantly throughout
STAR TREK to show that it is the life of the
future and the necessity of life for the
superheroes and the villains.
Villain As Threatening By the use of his voice, being deep and
masculine he is portrayed as a threat.
He is also presented as threat through the
destruction of the city and his dark clothing.
The villain and the superhero at one point
are shot at a mid angle which represent
them as being equal rivals, no one being
more dominant as of yet.
This questions who actually is powerful and
who will win the battle between the
superheroes and the villains.
Beautiful Super-Woman She is a beautiful superhero who is
slender and very attractive.
A superhero/villain(male) is needed in Sci Fi
films to protect and save a woman as well
as provide for their needs, which makes her
On the hand, she is also represented as a
powerful character who is able to fight
She’s portrayed as strong and intelligent as
she is also used to seduce, manipulate and
entwine the mind of the villain.
*The Context Of STAR TREK
• In my opinion, high technology is a highlight of reality that every
person on earth is effected by. Poles are set up to receive wifi
(coverage) and scientist interfering with gear from space which is
then polluting and producing carbon dioxide on the earth and the
society of today, which is a major subject matter in the film.
• Through the centuries that have passed, women have been always
seen as the weaker sex and the incompetent beings. This sexist belief
is only reinforced in the film by emphasising the power and
dominance of the male figure.
• The action within this film is expressed by violence and destruction,
which is condoning the act of war and hostility and proving that the
only solutions toward situations are through physical combating.