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Author Maddrey, Joseph, 1979- author.

Title Brainstorm / Joseph Maddrey
Published [Place of publication not identified] : Auteur, 2020


Description 1 online resource
Series Constellations
Constellations (Leighton Buzzard, England)
Contents 1. Initialising -- 2. Gathering : Science Fiction and Cinema in the 1950s -- Technology and Consciousness in the 1960s -- Darkness and Enlightenment in the 1970s -- 3. Assimilating : The George Dunlap Tape (1976 draft) -- The George Dunlap Tape 2.0 (1977 draft) -- Showscan -- The Star Wars Effect -- The George Dunlap Tape 3.0 (1978 draft) -- The Dunlap Tapes and The Light Fantastic (1979) -- Brainstorm (February 1981 draft) -- 4. Producing : Casting and Rehearsals -- Brainstorm (September 1981 drafts) -- Production and Tragedy -- Death and Rebirth -- 5. Streaming : The Grid -- The Hat -- The Tape -- Heaven and Hell -- 6. Evolving : Legacy -- Bright Lights and Tech Noir in the 1980s -- Virtual and Expanded Reality in the 1990s -- The Future is Now
Summary The makers of Brainstorm (1983) spent more than a decade transferring the revolutionary concept of an 'empathy machine' from page to screen, only for the famously troubled production to be met with critical and commercial indifference on release. But since 1984 the film has continued to inspire viewers to imagine possibilities for the future. As a result, Brainstorm now seems less like a fixed piece of film history than an idea in evolution. The screen story embodies the ambitions of sci-fi cinema going back to the 1950s, as well as the turbulent culture of the western world in the 1960s and 1970s. It also foreshadows technological breakthroughs around the turn of the twenty-first century, making the film startlingly relevant to our digitally-enhanced information age. To fully appreciate the film's 'ultimate experience, ' it helps to understand exactly how the film evolved. This book aims to provide context for such an understanding, beginning with a brief history of science fiction cinema and setting up a careful consideration of multiple drafts of the Brainstorm screenplay by three different screenwriters: Bruce Joel Rubin, Philip F. Messina, and Robert Stitzel. It will also briefly examine the production history of the film (including the tragic death of star Natalie Wood), the career of the director and special effects wizard Douglas Trumbull, the particulars of the completed film, and the film's influence on future storytellers like James Cameron
Notes Title from resource description page (Recorded Books, viewed December 09, 2019)
Subject Trumbull, Douglas, 1942-2022 -- Criticism and interpretation
Trumbull, Douglas, 1942-2022
Brainstorm (Motion picture)
PERFORMING ARTS -- Film -- History & Criticism.
Genre/Form Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 9781916084230