The Birth of Sci-Fi >>> The Drift Movie

The birth of Science Fiction – In Film.

“Science Fiction films have been with us since 1902, when Georges Mélie’s 3 minute epic Le Voyage Dans La Lune took cinemagoers off the planet for the very first time. Science Fiction is a difficult genre to define. It can include both prophetic and nostalgic texts, glossy big budget effects-laden blockbusters, or small, gritty films about the human condition. The finest sci fi movies challenge audiences, taking them to places so far outside their everyday experience that they leave the cinema changed forever. The worst can be laughable.” (K, Wilson, 2010)

But what is Sci-Fi?

This website sums it put pretty well. The extract below is taken from About Entertainment.

> Science fiction and fantasy both answer the question, “What if?” Science fiction takes our current understanding of how the universe works and imagines ideas and technologies that we haven’t seen yet, but still could fit within that understanding. It’s fiction that expands on what we know about science, operating on familiar principles.

Space flight, for example, is something that exists today. Some works of science fiction imagine new ways of crossing the universe that may seem impossible to us now, but still operate according to scientific principles extended from what we know now.

Ultimately the point of the best science fiction is not the technologies or inventions. Like all drama, science fiction explores the human condition, but it can look at it from unexpected angles. Science fiction imagines strange challenges and opportunities for us in order to delve deep into human nature. That’s why some of the most provocative science fiction starts with men and women very similar to us — what these people do when faced with unusual crises speaks directly to who we are in our everyday lives.

“Modern science fiction,” wrote one of its masters, Isaac Asimov, in 1952, “is the only form of literature that consistently considers the nature of the changes that face us, the possible consequences, and the possible solutions. … [It is] that branch of literature which is concerned with the impact of scientific advance upon human beings.” That is the one aspect that always lies at the root of science fiction — the impact on human beings is what is explored by true science fiction. <

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Interesting article about why sci-fi is so popular, have a read: http://www.theguardian.com/media/2007/jun/27/broadcasting.comment

Sci-Fi Engagement:

After coming across http://www.syfy.co.uk/ it’s nice to see how the development of community forums are expanding. Whether that’s through standard forums and/or video interaction – Also I’ve noticed a lot of crowdfunding campaigns being posted on these websites too which is great for sci-fi fans to engage with other users. Whether that’s them watching and sharing the videos or actively helping by being part of the process.

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Websites such as syfy.co.uk have a separate Game Centre, this allows it’s users to engage with other sci-fi fans through the use of online gaming. What is your experience with online sci-fi gaming?

Forums, forums, forums!

Forums have being around for what seems like a long time, although the principles are still the same, the people who use them aren’t. Remember when everyone was super careful to not put personal information on the internet and not to mention the overcautious moments before you start talking to a person online who you don’t know. It would seem that people are much more open to starting conversations with people online through mutual interests. Whether this is a good or bad thing, it’s important to acknowledge that it’s happening and it has many benefits! Especially in the creative word, it’s a very useful tool when you’re making connections.

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What we would like to know this week is, are you working on any projects that you are looking to promote or raise the funding for? What have your experiences been like on forums, specifically sci-fi ones? We want to hear your thoughts.

And finally be sure to check out our previous post which is about The Making of The Drift. A sci-fi feature film Directed and Produced by Darren Scales at BYPUK.com – You can also watch the trailer here.

Many thanks for reading, check back for another post next week. Enjoy the rest of your week!

References:

K, Wilson (2010) http://www.scififilmhistory.com/

NBC Universal (2015) http://www.syfy.co.uk/

About Entertainment (2015) http://scifi.about.com/od/scififantasyfaqs/f/faq1.htm

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