Title

Star Wars' and Sci-Fi's Coming of Age

Presenter Information

Caleb Allison

Document Type

Oral Presentation

Location

SURC Theatre

Start Date

21-5-2015

End Date

21-5-2015

Keywords

Film, Science-Fiction, Star Wars

Abstract

George Lucas' Star Wars (1977) marked a crucial turning-point in film history, reshaping how science-fiction films could and should present themselves, incorporating themes never before used in the genre, reaching an audience untouched by its predecessors, and establishing a firm and economically viable market for sci-fi films that had hitherto not existed. I will be presenting my final paper from History of Narrative Film from winter quarter of this year: "Star Wars' and Sci-Fi's Coming of Age." I will explore the narrative and aesthetic elements that set Star Wars apart as a groundbreaking science-fiction film within its historical and cultural context. My presentation will include visuals via PowerPoint slides, incorporating stills and brief clips from the film where necessary, as well as a version of my essay that I have modified to fit as a verbal presentation. Professor Melissa Johnson has been my mentor throughout this process. As always, her input and support are truly invaluable. I am grateful for the opportunity to present my findings at SOURCE this year!

Faculty Mentor(s)

Melissa Johnson

Department/Program

Film and Video Studies

Additional Mentoring Department

Film and Video Studies

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May 21st, 1:50 PM May 21st, 2:10 PM

Star Wars' and Sci-Fi's Coming of Age

SURC Theatre

George Lucas' Star Wars (1977) marked a crucial turning-point in film history, reshaping how science-fiction films could and should present themselves, incorporating themes never before used in the genre, reaching an audience untouched by its predecessors, and establishing a firm and economically viable market for sci-fi films that had hitherto not existed. I will be presenting my final paper from History of Narrative Film from winter quarter of this year: "Star Wars' and Sci-Fi's Coming of Age." I will explore the narrative and aesthetic elements that set Star Wars apart as a groundbreaking science-fiction film within its historical and cultural context. My presentation will include visuals via PowerPoint slides, incorporating stills and brief clips from the film where necessary, as well as a version of my essay that I have modified to fit as a verbal presentation. Professor Melissa Johnson has been my mentor throughout this process. As always, her input and support are truly invaluable. I am grateful for the opportunity to present my findings at SOURCE this year!