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Alien Zone II

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Publisher : Verso
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ISBN 13 : 9781859842591
Pages : 328 pages
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Download Alien Zone II PDF Format Full Free by Annette Kuhn and published by Verso. This book was released on 1999-12-17 with total page 328 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Science fiction cinema is too often left at the margins of serious critical film study. While a handful of films are the subject of general theoretical works, the genre as a whole, and especially its cinematic aspects, are neglected in favor of straightforward considerations of character and narrative. Alien Zone 2 redresses this imbalance by looking at the ways in which contemporary science fiction cinema transforms the themes and conventions of the genre itself. In many ways a companion volume to Alien Zone, it pursues theoretical issues opened up in the earlier book but also explores fresh territory with an eye that is both reflective and interventionist. Visionary cities, psycho-cybernetics, internet fandom, the convergence of science fiction literature and science fiction film, and bodybuilder stardom are all brought under its gaze. Contributors: Will Brooker, Scott Bukatman, Catherine Constable, David Desser, Barry Keith Grant, Brooks Landon, Linda Mizejewski, Vivian Sobchack, Claudia Springer, Janet Staiger, Garrett Stewart.


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Digital Storytelling

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Publisher : MIT Press
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ISBN 13 : 0262304198
Pages : 320 pages
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Download Digital Storytelling PDF Format Full Free by Shilo T. McClean and published by MIT Press. This book was released on 2008-09-26 with total page 320 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: How digital visual effects in film can be used to support storytelling: a guide for scriptwriters and students. Computer-generated effects are often blamed for bad Hollywood movies. Yet when a critic complains that "technology swamps storytelling" (in a review of Van Helsing, calling it "an example of everything that is wrong with Hollywood computer-generated effects movies"), it says more about the weakness of the story than the strength of the technology. In Digital Storytelling, Shilo McClean shows how digital visual effects can be a tool of storytelling in film, adding narrative power as do sound, color, and "experimental" camera angles—other innovative film technologies that were once criticized for being distractions from the story. It is time, she says, to rethink the function of digital visual effects. Effects artists say—contrary to the critics—that effects always derive from story. Digital effects are a part of production, not post-production; they are becoming part of the story development process. Digital Storytelling is grounded in filmmaking, the scriptwriting process in particular. McClean considers crucial questions about digital visual effects—whether they undermine classical storytelling structure, if they always call attention to themselves, whether their use is limited to certain genres—and looks at contemporary films (including a chapter-long analysis of Steven Spielberg's use of computer-generated effects) and contemporary film theory to find the answers. McClean argues that to consider digital visual effects as simply contributing the "wow" factor underestimates them. They are, she writes, the legitimate inheritors of film storycraft.


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Alien Woman

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Publisher : A&C Black
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ISBN 13 : 9780826415707
Pages : 262 pages
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Download Alien Woman PDF Format Full Free by Ximena Gallardo C. and published by A&C Black. This book was released on 2004-05-21 with total page 262 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: This text examines the construction of sex and gender in the four science-fiction films comprising the Alien saga (starring Sigourney Weaver). It will be useful to researchers and teachers in film, mass communication, women's studies, gender studies and genre studies.


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Blade Runner

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Publisher : Columbia University Press
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ISBN 13 : 1911325108
Pages : 100 pages
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Download Blade Runner PDF Format Full Free by Sean Redmond and published by Columbia University Press. This book was released on 2016-09-06 with total page 100 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Ridley Scott’s 1982 film Blade Runner is now widely recognized as an undisputed masterwork of science fiction cinema and one of the most influential films released in the last forty years. Yet on its original release it was both a critical and commercial failure, criticized for its perceived prioritizing of style over content and a narrative that did not deliver the anticipated high octane action that its star casting and large budget normally promise. How did a film that was removed from circulation within a month of its premiere come to mean so much to modern audiences and provide such a rich seam of material for film and media studies? Sean Redmond excavates the many significances of the film – its breakthrough use of special effects as a narrative tool; its revolutionary representation of the future city; its treatment of racial and sexual politics; and its unique status as a text whose meaning was fundamentally altered in its re-released Director’s Cut form, then further revised in a Final Cut in 2007, and what this means in an institutional context. This volume was previously published as Studying Blade Runner in 2008.


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Science Fiction

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ISBN 13 : 1137474459
Pages : 192 pages
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Download Science Fiction PDF Format Full Free by Brian Baker and published by Bloomsbury Publishing. This book was released on 2017-07-05 with total page 192 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: This Guide summarises the main critical trends and developments surrounding the popular genre of science fiction. Brian Baker reviews the attempts to formulate a critical history, connects the major developments with the rise of theoretical paradigms such as feminism and postmodernism, and introduces key critical texts and major critics.


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The Seven Beauties of Science Fiction

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Publisher : Wesleyan University Press
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ISBN 13 : 0819571520
Pages : 225 pages
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Download The Seven Beauties of Science Fiction PDF Format Full Free by Istvan Csicsery-Ronay and published by Wesleyan University Press. This book was released on 2012-10-01 with total page 225 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: This major critical work from one of the preeminent voices in science fiction scholarship reframes the genre as a way of understanding today’s world. As the application of technoscience increasingly transforms every aspect of life, science fiction has become an essential mode of imagining the horizons of possibility. Though the broad scope of science fiction may vary in artistic quality and sophistication, it shares a desire to imagine a collective future for the human species and the world. A strikingly high proportion of today’s films, commercial art, popular music, video games, and non-genre fiction are what Csicsery-Ronay calls “science fictional” —stimulating science-fictional habits of mind. We no longer treat science fiction as merely a genre-engine producing formulaic effects, but as a mode of awareness, which frames experiences as if they were aspects of science fiction. The Seven Beauties of Science Fiction describes science fiction as a constellation of seven diverse cognitive attractions that are particularly formative of science-fictionality. These are the “seven beauties” of the title: fictive neology, fictive novums, future history, imaginary science, the science-fictional sublime, the science-fictional grotesque, and the Technologiade, or the epic of technoscience’s development into a global regime.


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The Ridley Scott Encyclopedia

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Publisher : Scarecrow Press
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ISBN 13 : 9780810869523
Pages : 336 pages
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Download The Ridley Scott Encyclopedia PDF Format Full Free by Laurence Raw and published by Scarecrow Press. This book was released on 2009-09-28 with total page 336 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: From his first feature film, The Duellists, to his international successes Alien, Blade Runner, Thelma and Louise, Black Hawk Down, Gladiator, and American Gangster, Ridley Scott has directed some of the most compelling films of the last 30 years. Apart from his work as a film director, Scott has engaged in a vast range of activities, including that as a designer, producer, film mogul, and advertising executive. The Ridley Scott Encyclopedia is the first book that focuses on all aspects of his work in a wide-ranging career that spans nearly 50 years. The entries in this encyclopedia focus on all aspects of his work and are divided into four categories. The first focuses on Ridley Scott's work as a director, encompassing his feature films from The Duellists to Body of Lies, as well as his work in television, including commercials. The second category focuses on the people who have been involved in Scott's projects, including actors, directors, producers, designers, writers and other creative personnel. The third focuses on general thematic issues raised in Scott's work, such as gender construction, political issues, and geographical locations. Finally the encyclopedia incorporates entries on films by other directors who have influenced Scott's approach to his work as a director or producer. Each entry is followed by a bibliography of published sources, both in print and online, making this the most comprehensive reference on Scott's body of work.


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Science Fiction Film

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Publisher : Berg
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ISBN 13 : 1847884784
Pages : 192 pages
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Download Science Fiction Film PDF Format Full Free by Keith M. Johnston and published by Berg. This book was released on 2013-05-09 with total page 192 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Science Fiction Film develops a historical and cultural approach to the genre that moves beyond close readings of iconography and formal conventions. It explores how this increasingly influential genre has been constructed from disparate elements into a hybrid genre. Science Fiction Film goes beyond a textual exploration of these films to place them within a larger network of influences that includes studio politics and promotional discourses. The book also challenges the perceived limits of the genre - it includes a wide range of films, from canonical SF, such as Le voyage dans la lune, Star Wars and Blade Runner, to films that stretch and reshape the definition of the genre. This expansion of generic focus offers an innovative approach for students and fans of science fiction alike.


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The Cinema of Michael Winterbottom

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Publisher : Rowman & Littlefield
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ISBN 13 : 0739125842
Pages : 238 pages
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Download The Cinema of Michael Winterbottom PDF Format Full Free by Deborah Allison and published by Rowman & Littlefield. This book was released on 2013 with total page 238 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: The Cinema of Michael Winterbottom, by Deborah Allison, examines eight films by the contemporary British director Michael Winterbottom. This study explores the ways his inflection of established genre traditions partake in a personal, idiosyncratic style of film-making. Across a career encompassing both mainstream and art house cinema, the potency and integrity of his authorship unites films as generically diverse as the road film Butterfly Kiss, western drama The Claim, science fiction movie Code 46, and docudrama The Road to Guantanamo.


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Liquid Metal

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Publisher : Columbia University Press
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ISBN 13 : 0231501846
Pages : 360 pages
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Download Liquid Metal PDF Format Full Free by Sean Redmond and published by Columbia University Press. This book was released on 2005-01-19 with total page 360 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Liquid Metal brings together 'seminal' essays that have opened up the study of science fiction to serious critical interrogation. Eight distinct sections cover such topics as the cyborg in science fiction; the science fiction city; time travel and the primal scene; science fiction fandom; and the 1950s invasion narratives. Important writings by Susan Sontag, Vivian Sobchack, Steve Neale, J.P. Telotte, Peter Biskind and Constance Penley are included.


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Framing Monsters

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Publisher : SIU Press
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ISBN 13 : 9780809326242
Pages : 260 pages
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Download Framing Monsters PDF Format Full Free by Joshua David Bellin and published by SIU Press. This book was released on 2005 with total page 260 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Beginning with celebrated classics, the author locates King Kong (1933) within the era of lynching to evince how the film protects whiteness against supposed aggressions of a black predator and reviews The Wizard of Oz (1939) as a product of the Depression's economic anxieties. From there, the study moves to the cult classic animated Sinbad Trilogy (1958-1977) of Ray Harryhausen, films rampant with xenophobic fears of the Middle East as relevant today as when the series was originally produced. Advancing to more recent subjects, the author focuses on the image of the monstrous woman and the threat of reproductive freedom found in Aliens (1986), Jurassic Park (1993), and Species (1995) and on depictions of the mentally ill as dangerous deviants in 12 Monkeys (1996) and The Cell (2000). An investigation into physical freakishness guides his approach to Edward Scissorhands (1990) and Beauty and the Beast (1991).


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Culture and Technology

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ISBN 13 : 1137089385
Pages : 229 pages
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Download Culture and Technology PDF Format Full Free by Andrew Murphie and published by Bloomsbury Publishing. This book was released on 2017-03-14 with total page 229 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: We are 'going virtual' in more and more areas of our lives - from shopping to education, filing systems to love affairs. How can we assess the relationship between technology and culture when culture is so imbued with technology? This clear, concise and readable text aims to offer the student a one-stop guide through this complex and slippery terrain. Introducing a wealth of theoretical perspectives in a lucid and engaging style and covering a range of topical, challenging and intriguing examples - from cyborgs to digital art - it will be an essential text for everyone wanting to make sense of crucial forces of change on contemporary culture.


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Meanings of Ripley

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Publisher : Cambridge Scholars Publishing
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ISBN 13 : 1527553442
Pages : 235 pages
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Download Meanings of Ripley PDF Format Full Free by Elizabeth Graham and published by Cambridge Scholars Publishing. This book was released on 2020-05-22 with total page 235 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Ellen Ripley of the Alien Quadrilogy has become an iconic female figure in the male dominated genre of science fiction/action/horror since her first appearance in 1979. This collection offers readers varied interpretations of Ripley that are grounded in the social context and theoretical perspectives that were dominant prior to and during the time the films were released. Specifically, the rise of Second Wave Feminism—and the backlash against it—provides a backdrop for this collection. Is Ripley a feminist hero? A patriarchal woman and mother? Does she embody de Beavoir’s “myth of the feminine”? Does she exhibit sexual agency? Does she offer us a glimpse of individual autonomy that moves away from dichotomous gender roles? These are the primary questions explored in this collection. While the focus is clearly on Ripley, the arguments go beyond the confines of the films by examining the relationship between the individual and society in which both are product and producer of the other, and illustrate that social artifacts such as film can provide insights into the lived experiences of our world. The contributors come from a variety of backgrounds including Literature, Cinema Studies, Gender and Women’s Studies, Philosophy, Sociology, Theatre History, and reside in Canada and the United States. They represent a range from junior to senior scholars. While science fiction is clearly an interest of all these individuals, it is not the primary area of research for most of them. By bringing voices from multiple disciplines into the discussion about Ripley, this collection offers readers perspectives that deviate from and yet complement the current trend in film criticism and, thus, contributes to opening up discussions about such characters and the genre to a wider audience.


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Masculinity in Contemporary Science Fiction Cinema

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ISBN 13 : 1786733153
Pages : 256 pages
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Download Masculinity in Contemporary Science Fiction Cinema PDF Format Full Free by Marianne Kac-Vergne and published by Bloomsbury Publishing. This book was released on 2017-12-14 with total page 256 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: If science fiction stages the battle between humans and non-humans, whether alien or machine, who is elected to fight for us? In the classics of science fiction cinema, humanity is nearly always represented by a male, and until recently, a white male. Spanning landmark American films from Blade Runner to Avatar, this major new study offers the first ever analysis of masculinity in science fiction cinema. It uncovers the evolution of masculine heroes from the 1980s until the present day, and the roles played by their feminine counterparts. Considering gender alongside racial and class politics, Masculinity in Contemporary Science Fiction Cinema also situates filmic examples within the broader culture. It is indispensable for understanding science fiction and its role in contemporary cultural politics.


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Blade Runner

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Publisher : Columbia University Press
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ISBN 13 : 1906660336
Pages : 138 pages
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Download Blade Runner PDF Format Full Free by Matt Hills and published by Columbia University Press. This book was released on 2011 with total page 138 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Annotation More than just a box office flop which entered the midnight movie circuit, Ridley Scott's 'Blade Runner' has gone on to become a cult classic which continues to inspire and influence the latest cinema releases. This book studies the legacy of the film.


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Cinema in the Cold War

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Publisher : Routledge
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ISBN 13 : 1317358791
Pages : 152 pages
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Download Cinema in the Cold War PDF Format Full Free by Cyril Buffet and published by Routledge. This book was released on 2017-10-02 with total page 152 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: The film industry was an important propaganda element during the Cold War. As with other conflicts, the Cold War was fought not just with weapons, but with words and images. Throughout the conflict, cinema was a reflection of the societies, the ideologies, and the political climates in which the films were produced. On both sides, great stars, major companies, famous scriptwriters, and filmmakers were enlisted to help the propaganda effort. It was not only propaganda that was created by the cinema of the Cold War – it also articulated criticism, and the movie industries were centres of the fabrication of modern myths. The cinema was undoubtedly a place of Cold War confrontation and rivalry, and yet there were aesthetic, technical, narrative exchanges between West and East. All genres of film contributed to the Cold War: thrillers, westerns, comedies, musicals, espionage films, documentaries, cartoons, science fiction, historical dramas, war films, and many more. These films shaped popular culture and national identities, creating vivid characters like James Bond, Alec Leamas, Harry Palmer, and Rambo. While the United States and the Soviet Union were the two main protagonists in this on-screen duel, other countries, such as Britain, Germany, Poland, Italy, and Czechoslovakia, also played crucially important parts, and their prominent cinematographic contributions to the Cold War are all covered in this volume. This book was originally published as a special issue of Cold War History.


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Edging Into the Future

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ISBN 13 : 9780812218046
Pages : 292 pages
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Download Edging Into the Future PDF Format Full Free by Veronica Hollinger and published by University of Pennsylvania Press. This book was released on 2002-04 with total page 292 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: "The savvy critical essays in this provocative collection investigate the interface between science fiction and postmodern culture. . . . Highly recommended for readers at all levels."—Choice