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Introduction - The Monsters Are Due on Maple Street

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Transcript of Introduction - The Monsters Are Due on Maple Street

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Genre: Science Fiction
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Science fiction is a genre of fiction in which the stories often tell about science and technology of the future

Note: science fiction has a relationship with the principles of science—these stories involve partially true/partially fictitious laws or theories of science

It should not be completely unbelievable, because it then ventures into the genre fantasy
Screenplay
by
Rod Serling
The Monsters
Are Due
on
Maple Street
Play written for television. Written to be filmed by a camera and not acted on stage (like IRT)


Screenplays deliver ideas through dialogue and stage directions


Audience hears dialogue (actors speaking to each other)
Screenplay/ Teleplay
Written for actors, directors, and crew members
Describe characters, setting, costumes, mood & atmosphere
Express thoughts that help cast & crew understand what they need to know
Tells actors, camera crew and other crew members what to do
Stage Directions
Pan- turn the camera to follow a person or object

Cut- switch camera from one scene to another

Close-up – camera moves in for a “zoomed in” shot

Long shot- camera films from long distance
Stage Direction Terms
Became serious about writing in college

Loved radio drama and won 2nd place in a national script contest

Began his career writing for radio drama

Wrote more than 200 television scripts during his career

Won 6 Emmy Awards (Highest honor in the television industry.)
Rod Serling (1924- 1975)
Serling wanted to write teleplays about important social issues

Television executives thought his topics were too controversial

In the 1950’s & 1960’s television censors banned scripts that questioned American Society
Social Commentary
- Author uses his writing to point out things he or she does not like about their society
Serling used the science fiction & fantasy genres to deal with social issues such as prejudice and intolerance

He had more freedom because his teleplays were not realistic

The Monsters Are Due on Maple Street aired March 4th, 1960
Twilight Zone Settings
Monsters was written during the Cold War (1946 – 1989), a period when the U.S. & Soviet Union were engaged in a nuclear arms race

Fear led to suspicion and people were often accused of being Communist spies

A lot of anti-communist sentiment in the U.S
Background
House Un-American Activities Committee (special committee of Congress)

Held hearings in which prominent Hollywood actors & directors (and other Americans) were interrogated about involvement with the Communist party

Actors & directors were “blacklisted” for alleged involvement with the Communist Party
HUAC
Streaks of light that can be seen when debris from a comet or asteroid enters the Earth’s atmosphere

High speed and friction with molecules in the Earth’s atmosphere usually cause it to burn up producing the light trail

If large enough a piece known as a meteoroid survives to lower altitudes and can cause a sonic boom
Meteors
No cordless phones
No cell phones
“Regular” phones do not use electricity
Phone calls often still went through an operator
No Ipods or cd players
“Portable” radios were battery operated
No remote starters for cars
Setting = 1960’s
Aired on The Twilight Zone
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