The History Of Science Fiction Movies
The history of science fiction movies can be traced back to the time when the term science fiction was conceived. Science and fiction were considered opposites as one dealt with facts and the other with fantasy. Imagining the impossible and suggesting a scientific explanation is what science fiction videos and movies are all about.
Science fiction movies are inspired by global threats of that time. When space exploration became predominant in the arena of science, science fiction movies premiered cosmic issues. Invasion from an alien life force or dooms day as a result of meteor hit was portrayed in movies. Rapid advances in technology are depicted as injurious if gone uncontrolled. This was pictured in movies based on robots and scientists going insane and misusing chemicals.
French filmmaker Georges Melies can be crowned as the first ever to produce a science fiction movie. He did most of the chores himself, from costume designing to set coordination. His movie La Voyage Dans La Lune (A trip to the moon) in 1902 was about an aircraft landing on the moon. This movie opened up new horizons for an artistic and imaginary approach to science. The next marked science fiction movie came in the year 1931, called Frankenstein.
In 1925 with the release of “The Lost World” new horizon was explored in the genre of science fiction movies in the industry. This movie used model animals for its making. This concept was later used to create life like giant dinosaurs for the film “Jurassic Park” in 1993.
The 1950's produced a lot of movies based on the Armageddon theory. Well known of these were “The Day the Earth Stood Still” 1951, “When Worlds Collide” 1951, “The War of the Worlds” 1953, “Deep Impact” 1998, “Armageddon” 1998
The post war era produced feature length space exploration movies. The devastation of war urged people to give an escapist approach to the people. Space travel could emerge as hope to explore new and better worlds. “Rocket Ship X-M” and “Destination Moon” are two notable space exploration movies of this time.
The era of cold war brought alien invasion movies. This suggests the mind set of people in that time. It was feared that the world would be taken over by a super power. Important movies of that time were “The Day the Earth Stood Still”, “Close Encounter of the Third Kind”, “E.T. Extra- Terrestrial” and “Invaders from Mars”. There is a sub genre of mutated creature’s oriented movies. These have gained renown in audience manifold over the years.
Science fiction movies have served to give hope for a better life. Science fiction movies suggest a path from fantasy to the real world. Many of these movies have proved prophetic.