The Conventions Of Science Fiction Films With Reference To Armageddon And Independence Day

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The Conventions of Science Fiction Films with Reference to Armageddon and Independence Day

Two of the earliest science fiction stories were Frankenstein and war
of the worlds by H.G Wells. Telling these stories gives directors
plenty of opportunity for special effects. They can use their
imaginations to design aliens, spaceships, robots, cities etc. Science
fiction films are stories about imaginary scientific discoveries,
space travel or life on other planets, they are popular because of
this. People can just escape from their boring lives and enter a world
of fantasy, where the only limit to as far as a science fiction film
can go is your imagination. Science fiction is a popular genre of
film, with a wide range of audiences. People enjoy collecting the
memorabilia, they enjoy the action, the weapons, and the characters.
Most science fiction films are set in the future, this is because the
film can be as imaginative and as serial as you want. One of the most
popular science fiction films ever made was star trek.


All science fictions films follow a Set pattern, there is a peaceful
world at the beginning of the story, and then a problem is created by
a new type of technology, an alien world, or an unknown force. A hero
takes on the job of saving the group threatened, which is a whole
world, a town or a family. Difficulties arise in defeating the danger
that creates tension and excitement for the audience, eventually there
is a confrontation, the hero wins and order is restored.

In Independence Day it starts with a peaceful world, the film begins
with the American flag on the moon, there is then a close-up shot of
the words ‘world peace’ this revels that the film starts off
peacefully. A similar way is used in Armageddon as in Independence
Day, as it begins you see the world from space, it looks peaceful but
then the mood changes, you can tell that something is going to change
the world by the music, it changes from high keys to low keys this
indicates that something bad is going to happen. In Independence Day
you can not see the threat to the world straight away, whereas in
Armageddon the threat is apparent from the start of the film. This
starts to create tension and excitement for the audience, because they
don’t know what the threat is yet.

Independence Day focuses on an alien world, they have come to earth
in the hope to kill all the people on it and to use up the world’s
resources, and this is the problem. It is similar to Armageddon
because both of the problems come from space. In Armageddon the
problem is a huge asteroid heading towards earth, but if it hits then
the whole world will be destroyed, and the entire human race will be
wiped out.

In all science fiction films there is a hero, and Independence Day
and Armageddon are no different. They...

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