I was recently asked to prepare a lecture and class on SciFi as a film genre. The audience was intended as new/young film school students who despite having seen a lot of ‘SciFi’ still defined the genre as anything with aliens, robots and/or space ships.
Its not easy to distill a broad, dynamic and highly intricate genre to 30minutes; moreover to make it wholly relevant to filmmaking practice not just navel gazing theoretical study.
Still, the result of what I put together is a fairly focused look at the core tennets of SciFi
- The WHAT IF scenario
- The transgression of the ‘System’
- The exploration of the ‘human’ and
- The Bisociation of the SciFi world
The notes from the presentation, images and video-clip examples are all presented here.