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Film Studies: Unit 5 - Blockbusters
Transcript of Film Studies: Unit 5 - Blockbusters
A TENT POLE FRANCHISE
is a film that a studio invests a great deal of money into with the expectation that the film will bring in MAJOR revenue for the year.
These films typically have built-in audiences and the potential for
When tent pole franchises flop...
Studios lose a LOT of money.
Sequels and merchandising are scrapped.
Many smaller projects are dropped.
Fewer unknown properties are optioned.
It creates a major domino effect in the industry.
Which makes it easier for them to draw crowds all over the world.
are LARGER THAN LIFE
and typically driven by ACTION
Budgets are MASSIVE
Attract BIG-NAME DIRECTORS
Feature "A-LIST" ACTORS
Driven by ACTION and SFX
Boast WIDE APPEAL (worldwide)
TYPICAL MOVIES BY SEASON
Can serve as a TENT POLE franchise to fund all sorts of projects for the rest of the year.
JAWS Box Office Exceeds
And it inspires a generation of imitators.
The Avengers (2012)
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 (2011)
Iron Man 3 (2013)
HIGHEST GROSSING FILMS (ALL TIME)
(or "Popcorn Movies")
Are notorious for following the "cookie cutter" three-act structure.
LESS EMPHASIS ON
MORE EMPHASIS ON
Elaborate Set Pieces
Big Budget Items
adapt an existing INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY into a film in order to tap into a ready-made fanbase.
is the industry term given to a film that makes a tremendous box office (in excess of $100,000,000)
Named for a type of bomb in WWII
An original property is developed (books, tv shows, toys,
A film studio purchases (or leases) the rights to the property
The studio finds a director or actor interested in the project.
The director (or studio) hires a screenwriter to develop a script.
The project receives a
Actors are hired, sets are built, budgets are set, and filming begins.
The film goes into
PRODUCTION (test screenings and re-shoots)
Marketing efforts and
media blitz as
the film is released.
First Three Pages:
Break Into II:
Break Into III:
Upsets the status quo
Entering a "new world"
False victory / false defeat
Hero devises a plan
Chief Martin Brody
Locks the viewer in
THE BLOCKBUSTER FORMULA FOR SUCCESS
MOVIE CAN BE "PITCHED"
IN A SINGLE SENTENCE.
(often answers the question "what if...?")
CAN YOU THINK OF ONE NOW?
Suspense / Drama
AUDIENCES CAN VISUALIZE EVERYTHING THEY'LL NEED TO KNOW ABOUT BLOCKBUSTER SIMPLY BY LOOKING AT THE ONE SHEET.