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G322 Institutions and Audiences - Avatar

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G322
Audiences and instituions:
The Film Industry

the issues raised by media ownership in contemporary media practice;

the importance of cross media convergence and synergy in production, distribution and marketing;

the technologies that have been introduced in recent years at the levels of production, distribution, marketing and exchange;

the significance of proliferation in hardware and content for institutions and audiences;

the importance of technological convergence for institutions and audiences;

the issues raised in the targeting of national and local audiences (specifically, British) by international or global institutions;

the ways in which the candidates’ own experiences of media consumption illustrate wider patterns and trends of audience behaviour.
“…as we think of the audiences of tomorrow, we need to think of ways to engage them, not alienate and control them. There's a lot of creativity in this room. Why put it into trying to maintain status quo rather than taking things to the next level?

By and large, we treat the Internet as another broadcast medium where you push content at people. In other words, we're still aiming to localize rather than to co-opt. A better way of conceiving it is as a public space where people want to pull content in to personalize it, identify with it, and share it. It is no secret that we're not yet sure how to monetize this practice, but efforts to stop it are like trying to build gigantic walls after planes were invented.”

Danah Boyd
Cannes Film Festival Opening Forum:
"Cinema: The Audiences of Tomorrow" May 16, 2007
TRANSLATION
LOCALIZATION
CO-OPTION
Old practices are kept intact and
imported into the new medium
Practices are modified to take
advantage of the technology,
usually to make things more efficient.
New practices emerge that are completely incomprehensible to those who were fluent in the previous culture of film
Audiences
Answer the question below making detailed reference to case study material to support points made in your answer.

Discuss the ways in which the media prodcuts are produced and distributed to audiences, within a media area that you have studied.

Candidates must choose to focus on one of the following media areas though you may make reference to other media where relevant in your answer.

Film
Music
Newspapers
Radio
Magazines
Video Games

[50 marks]
The exam question
What you're expected to know...
http://boxofficemojo.com/movies/?id=avatar.htm
Production
Initial budget: $287 million
Began in 2005
Distribution
Released 16th December 2009
January - April 2006

Dr Paul Frommer, a linguist, developed the Na'vi language
Dr. Jodie S Holt

Professor of
plant psychology
October 2006
Principal Production:

April 2007 utilising digital 3D Fusion Camera System
900 staff

1 minute of final footage constitutes 17.28 gigabytes
BUF
Blur Studio
Framestore CFC
Framestore
Gentle Giant Studios
Giant Studios
Halon Entertainment
Hybride Technologies
Hydraulx
Industrial Light & Magic (ILM)
Lola Visual Effects
Pixel Liberation Front
Prime Focus
Stan Winston Studio
Stereo D
Third Floor, The
Weta Digital
Atlantic Records
Chapman/Leonard Studio Equipment
Codex Digital
Cunning Stunts Limited
Direct Tools & Fasteners
Dolby Laboratories
Fairfield Studios
Filmtools
Fisher Technical Services Rentals
Modern VideoFilm
Movie Movers
Newman Scoring Stage, Twentieth Century Fox Studios, The
On Tour Productions
Pacific Studios Inc.
Panasonic
Rockbottom Rentals
Scarlet Letters
Skatedolly
Skywalker Sound
Spitfire Audio
Star Waggons
Synxspeed
Marketing
21st August 2009
Trailer released
http://www.amazon.co.uk/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=avatar+toys&x=0&y=0
http://www.avatarmovie.com/
3,457 U.S. theatres
2,032 of these 3D
90% of ticket sales went to the 3D showings
14,604 screens worldwide
3,671 of these were 3D
The film value chain

Cinema

DVD/Blu-Ray

Download

Subscription TV

Terrestrial TV
Exchange
On December 3, MTV.com put together an Facebook-hosted, LG-sponsored webcast called “Avatar Live.”
1,149,471 fans as of 28th January,2010
1,518 fan photos
3,235 links
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