This lecture will briefly outline the methodology of Film Futuristics followed by a close analysis of a number of films depicting encounters with the “other.” The following synthesis, consolidation, and extrapolation in the form of three scenarios will explore the uncanny relationship humankind has with the “Alien” as “Other” as shadow, healer, teacher, and touchstone.
A close examination of the scenarios will show that the future may well be in plain sight as the Science Fiction “alien” in some instances exemplifies: a proxy for our own unknown self. Both levels may be unpacked across rich layers of symbolization and metaphoric rebirth in the great dance of creative destruction and renewal.
By focusing on the myths, symbols, signs and powerful narratives within film, we can identify harbingers of events to come. Film Futuristics develops foreknowledge and oracular skills necessary for writing prescriptive scenarios that articulate possible, probable and preferable future conditions.