- Reflection Piece due Thursday 11/3 at the beginning of class. NO submitting on time and showing late or it’s invalidated.
- Archive Project worth 20%
- Review questions handed out in class especially questions 5, 6, and 7.
- Midterm grades coming next week; Essays coming 11/3
- Second Essay is up on the website.
- Same format as last essay and due two weeks from today (Due 11/15)
- Extra credit groups email Prof.
Sidenote: Hippopotomonstrosesquipedaliophobia means fear of short words ironically.
- Adaptation- based on the story but not a direct translation(important to keep in mind), usually considered to be a better but that doesn’t always pan out
- Sci-fi- biggest area of adaptation
- Philip K. Dick- Minority Report, Total Recall, Man in the High Castle etc.
- Final Cut, true final cut Ridley Scott had full creative control over, gets rid of voiceover, includes full Unicorn dream sequence, etc.
- Professor made joke about “the cyber” – good one
- Big questions concerning adaptations is “How adaptations reimagine the source text?”
Discussion on Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? and Blade Runner
- This is the point where we began to look at different cover arts for the book.
- Focus of this was to point out the idea of how imagery, especially the first imagery you see, can help guide the narrative.
- Most of the covers were “obsessed” with the marriage of the authentic and ersatz, specifically the physical aspect of the two.
- “Start to think of the choices made.”- concerning adaptations and what they purposefully include or exclude.
Class’ Thoughts on Blade Runner
- Joselin- Liked Roy, thought that the movie did more with the character to make him human
- Rino- Roy has different motivations in the movie, driven by desire to live longer.
- Ruben- The importance of memories, authentic or implanted
- Alex- The world felt more lively and populated in Blade Runner, dispels the post-apocalyptic notion of the text
- Emmanuel- Found Tyrell to be a stronger presence in the movie, more ambitious or challenging
- Shiaja- Clearer reason for hunting replicants
- Duron- Bothered by the nomenclature “replicants” Android is better, suggests they are actually trying to blend in because of the etymology of the word. Skinjob name is disgusting.
- Daniel- Screen lady stood out (Bonus points to you because this also stood out to me but I neglected to mention it)
- Danny- Felt the movie was too linear, no flexibility in andy characters. Pointed out the scene of Roy saving Rick.
- Johny- City as a character(lighting played a huge role in this), Asian aesthetic made setting familiar but foreign( Kind of like Firefly even though it’s set in space)
- Tajay- Androids had really distinct personalities.
- Rachael, seductive and caring
- Roy- bluish, cold, uncaring
- Pris- playful, black eyes to denote something wrong(very similar to double of Maria in Metropolis)
- Cody- noted that the replicants were also combat models
- Me(Moises)- sleeker visual of the city than the book
- Mercerism is absent
- Religious function
- Motivated empathy in society
- Way to connect people
- integral to expose plot twist
- Voight-Kampff test was present, empathy box was absent though
- Animals played a smaller role
- Iran is absent in the movie.
- NO BUSTER(appears in a different form; remember it’s an adaptation)
- No mention of World War Terminus
- Garland side story with fake police is gone in the movie
- Isidore becomes J.F Sebastian, “special” but not explicitly stated, bonds with replicants because of similar degenerative issue
- No mood organ
- Rachael/Rick relationship ends in a much different place
- Ricks motivations are entirely different.
Additions in FIlm
- Gaff w/ origimai figures
- Unicron scene(plays into above point)
- Obsession with reproduction and longevity; question “Where do people come from in this world?”
- Sebastians toys
- Scene where Deckard warps the image to find Zhora, meta moment about film
- Replicants highly sexualized, possible exhibiting of more human behavior
- Rosen became Tyrell
- Toy scene shows hierarchy among replicants
- “Do we just see them[replicants] as toys?”
That’s all folks. Sorry for being late on notes, I had some technical difficulties the last few days.