People may often be hesitant to delve into the science fiction genre of cinema, not least because there is the proclivity to stereotype science fiction films and their audiences, which puts science fiction in a box. This album deals with films that take the science fiction genre and bring it to the next level by combining it with other genres (romance, action, historical fiction, etc.), creating cinema which is accessible to a much wider audience, and thereby effectively breaking the genre out of the box. While working on this compilation of representative film stills, it became clear that there were some which embodied what we were attempting to get across more effectually than others. A prime example of a science fiction crossover is "Cowboys & Aliens" (Favreau, 2011, U.S.), a film that combines so cleanly two genre worlds that it can be summed up in the title. We have included a number of screenshots from this film, especially ones that somehow combine the two genres in one frame, e.g. the cowboys riding, silhouetted, under the spotlight-esque search beams of the alien vessels. After working our way through the more popular or obvious science fiction crossovers, we delved deeper, finding good examples in cult classics such as "Van Helsing" (Sommers, 2004, U.S.), "Stardust" (Vaughn, 2007, U.S.), television shows such as "Dr. Who" (2005, U.K.), and popular films with more subtle influences of science fiction throughout, such as "The Hunger Games" (Ross, 2012, U.S.), and "The Prestige" (Nolan, 2006, U.S./U.K.). Hopefully our project will assist not only in breaking the stereotype of the typical science fiction but also in allowing viewers to realize that perhaps, though they may never be a Trekkie, they can appreciate science fiction as a genre that illuminates and enhances the kinds of films they do enjoy.
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