Science Fiction has no limits. Science Fiction films can take place wherever the director decides. While it used to be limited because of the lack of technology, the sky (and beyond!) is now the limit when it comes to location. There can be an apocalypse in New York City, an alien in Antarctica, a monster in Tokyo, and an interstellar battle in a galaxy far, far away thanks to the advancements in special effects. No matter where the film is located, location is the key because its symbolic value. For example, there is something very symbolic in placing science fiction movies, especially apocalyptic films, in major cities. Whenever the Statue of Liberty crumbles it not only symbolizes the destruction of the world but also the destruction of everything we hold onto for hope and reassurance. It is no surprise then that so many science fiction films take place in the major cities such as New York City, Los Angeles, London, Paris, and Tokyo. This album also takes a look at the studios where films are made possible. The first center of American filmmaking was in New York, not in Hollywood. However, around 1910, filmmakers made the move west to California because its climate offered them the ability to film year-round. Today, many science fiction films are shot in the U.K., Canada, Australia, Japan, Eastern Europe, and Antarctica. For example, "The Man Who Fell to Earth" staring David Bowie was filmed in the U.K. at Pinewood studios along with many other classics such as "Alien," "The Chronicles of Riddick," and "Lost in Space." Often times, films will take place in cities but will be completely filmed in a studio - such was the case for "The Day After Tomorrow." The images that capture space and science fiction planets are far-reaching ? including frames from major paramount films such as "Star Wars," not so famous films like "The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai across the 8th Dimension," and modern remakes of classic movies such as "Prometheus." However, there are also images that cross through other genres. These images are more than just science fiction. The captions in this album provide information about the movies not well known, and also trivia that may surprise you.
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