The SciFi genre has been around since the early 1900’s. It started off with silent films, by people like Georges Méliès. The Genre first became big in 1968 when Stanley Kubrick made the film ‘2001 space odyssey’, after this he want on to make two of the greatest films ever made; A Clockwork Orange and One Flew Over the Cuckoos nest. This film set the landmark for SciFi films.
After 2001 space odyssey gave the SciFi genre the advertisement needed to grow commercial. Through out the 70’s and 80’s many classic SciFi films were released including Alien, Aliens, Star Wars many more. This commercialization meant there was now a lot more money involved meaning promotion companies like Warner Brothers and 20th century fox could exploit this.
Science fiction film is a film genre that uses science fiction: speculative, science-based depictions of phenomena that are not necessarily accepted by mainstream science, such as extraterrestrial life forms, alien worlds, extrasensory perception, and time travel, often along with futuristic elements such as spacecraft, robots, or other technologies. Science fiction films have often been used to focus on political or social issues, and to explore philosophical issues like the human condition. In many cases, tropes derived from written science fiction may be used by filmmakers ignorant of or at best indifferent to the standards of scientific plausibility and plot logic to which written science fiction is traditionally held. This is what SciFi is in the words of wikipedia. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Science_fiction_film
Modern SciFi films like avatar have huge budgets and have exploded onto the red carpet scene. It had a budget of over 250 million dollars, some say this is taking it away from Scifi’s B movie origins. The film made over 2 billion dollars.
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• In the guardians top 10 scifi films, most of the films are made by 20th Centuryfox and Warner Brothers production companies. They have extremely largebudget and expectations. With this this budget they can put lots of money intoadvertisement like posters, websites and trailers.
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http://trailers.apple.com/trailers/fox/avatar/ Look at the difference in CGI, and camera technology. Even the style of font has changed. http://www.imdb.com/video/screenplay/vi2 84858393/
The Avatar trailer gets straight to the action, showing off all the special effects and the big budget. The Avatar trailer also shows many images of the the main characters (Michelle Rodriguez and Sam Worthington) The Alien trailer is slightly slower and builds up more tension.
There are many actors you can expect to see over and over again as the main characters. Arnold Schwarzenegger often has a main role in SciFi Film. When you see his name in the film poster, you immediately know its going to be an action packed high budget SciFi film. Hugh Jackman is another example of this, when you see Hugh Jackman in a film you automatically know its going to be a SciFi film.
You often find Will Smith in SciFi films, and he always plays the same role… Jesus. In every SciFi film Will Smith is in, he has to sacrifice himself or something to save someone.
X - men has a huge franchise, as soon as you see wolverines claws or storms eyes you know its going to be an X – men film. Having a franchise this big is a huge marketing concept. Marvel could release a film about wolverines claw and people would still pay to watch because X – men has built a reputation for action packed SciFi films.
There are many concepts dealt with, within SciFi films. They make you question humanity, and what will the future be like? And what kind of mess will we get ourselves into? This is also seen in SciFi books too. In George Orwells 1984 he speaks about cameras watching everyone on ‘tele screens’. This book was made before tv was big and before CCTV and big brother! You never know the fictional SciFi films could become true.
Another theme it also very common is Robots Vs Humans. Most modern SciFi films are about robot invasion. Most of these films have a little kid who screams a lot and is highly attached to someone e.g. a brother, a girl he likes, or just a friend. Most Steven Spielberg films have this theme. With this formula and Spielberg’s budget and reputations, they are bound to make money. Recently his films Super 8 and War of the Worlds were awful films but had that money making formula.
Another theme that often re-occurs in SciFi films, is the do robots / aliens have feelings? iRobot is a classic example of this, the main robot has feelings because the robot programmer wanted to make him different. This raises the issue, do clones have feelings? In Super 8 as well the Robot also has feelings. The little kid manages to have some kind of connection with the robot. We know this because when he speaks to him in a sympathetic way the robot stops what he is doing and drops what he is holding.
Blade Runner is going to be top of every top SciFi film list. The film was made in the 80’s yet it still to this day, it looks futuristic and modern. The film was directed by Ridley Scott. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0083658/ This is a review and description of the film, although they have only given 4 stars; your average SciFi fan will say this is the best film ever made. The film shows many SciFicliches including robots, spaceships and a quest. Blade Runner is a film about distopia.