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Scholars Day 2008, Wednesday, April 9

The Blockbuster Formula

This paper focuses on the differences (or lack thereof) between the blockbuster movies of the late 1970s and blockbusters today. Using George Lucas’s “Star Wars” and Michael Bay’s “Transformers,” two blockbusters released 30 years apart, this essay demonstrates the various aspects of production, film technique, and marketing that typify the blockbuster genre and that have remained constant over the years. Ultimately, this paper argues that, even though there have been significant technological developments, Hollywood continues to use a standard blockbuster formula.

Presenter: James Battaglia (Undergraduate Student)
Topic: Film Studies
Location: 204 Holmes
Time: 2:45 pm (Session IV)