What is the study of Film and Religion?
Film as an art form has been in existence for approximately one hundred years. Over the last quarter of a century, the interaction of religion and film has become a subject of academic emphasis. Because film is a relatively new medium, it has a uniquely modern voice combining vision, sound, and narrative with dominantly secular sensibilities. It reflects our enlightened society’s hopes, desires, and fears, especially in the genre of science fiction. The future course of humanity and its faith has been charted to various ends in science fiction films with the common theme of Christianity and religion fading away and the secular ideal of rationality reigning supreme. Our podcast seeks to examine this theme.
What does “checking the gate” mean?
This is a technical film term that a director calls out, usually when they have completed shooting a scene. This is so the cameraman can make sure there was nothing inside of the camera to ruin the shot. You can find a more detailed explanation here
Where can I learn more about Film and Religion?
There are several very interesting books on Film and Religion available from the bookstore or the library. Here is the bibliographic information.
Screening the Sacred:Religion, Myth, and Ideology in Popular American Film. Martin, Joel W. and Oswalt, Conrad E Jr. (Boulder. Co: Westview Press, 1995).
Film & Religion: An Introduction. Flesher, Paul V.M., and Robert Torry. (Nashville, TN: Abingdon Press, 2007).
Religion and Film: An Introduction. Wright, Melanie J. (New York, NY: I.B. Tauris, 2007), 22-23.
What movies will you be talking about on the podcast?
Here is a list, in no particular order, of some of the movies we are considering.
Avatar, Clash of the Titans, Percy Jackson, Superman Returns, The Complete Metropolis, Blade Runner, Fight Club, Dune, Boondock Saints, Book of Eli, Godfather Trilogy, Doubt , Keeping the Faith, Ghostbusters, Godzilla,Varan, Star Trek V, Easy A, Saved, The Riddick Trilogy, Babylon AD, The Final Inquiry, Fireproof, Ghost Rider, Knowing, Da Vinci Code/Angels & Demons, Hellboy, The Invention of Lying, Event Horizon, Persepolis, Expelled, Star Wars
If you have any suggestions, please feel free to e-mail us with your ideas!