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September 27, 2004 9:11 AM Subscribe
The evocation of dystopian space with contemporary settings. One of the many challenges faced by directors of low- or no-budget SF films is the convincing depiction of futuristic space, especially where it needs to appear oppressive or totalising. What are you to do, when you lack the wherewithal
to create elaborate sets
, and even the cheesiest CGI
is well out of reach?
You use extant buildings and artifacts, and you crop carefully. But which ones? Frank Lloyd Wright's Marin County Civic Center appears particularly popular in this context: here it is
, and here
- the latter a film which also featured the Citroen DS
and Studi Avanti
to precisely evocative effect. (What's so sinister about this poor building? In real life it's stunningly pretty
Jean-Luc Godard had a field day
, with the anomic architecture of mid-60s, high modernist Paris, and again with the same sorts of mainframe installations
Lucas relied so heavily upon in THX
. Even (cough) Logan's Run
found low-rent dystopia in various Dallas and Fort Worth settings, here Fort Worth's Water Gardens
Maybe the poor Marin Center's a bit played out, huh? As an aid to future directors, then, let me ask you: What are some dystopic settings near you?
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