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Comparative Case Study between Avatar and The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

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Transcript of Comparative Case Study between Avatar and The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

Producers and Audiences
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Comparative Case Study Avatar
(2009, James Cameron) The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
(2012,John Madden) The director and screenplay writer of this film is James Cameron
The film was produced by Cameron himself as well as Jon Landau
Other movies which he has directed include;
Titanic (1997)
Aliens (1986)
The Terminator (1984)
Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)
True Lies (1994)
The Abyss (1989)
Described by a biographer as part-scientist and part-artist Comparative Case Study
Avatar (2009) & The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2012) between... and... Let's find out more about Avatar Avatar The film cost $237 million to make and was distributed by Twentieth Century Fox
Other estimates put the cost between $280 million and $310 million for production and at $150 million for promotion.
It was revealed in a Bloomberg BusinessWeek story that 20th Century Fox had fronted $10 million to Cameron to film a proof-of-concept clip for Avatar.
In 1996, Cameron announced that after completing Titanic, he would film Avatar, which would make use of synthetic, or computer-generated, actors.
The project would cost $100 million and involve at least six actors in leading roles "who appear to be real but do not exist in the physical world".
Cameron also revealed that his film Project 880 was "a retooled version of Avatar", a film that he had tried to make years earlier, Who are the stars of Avatar? Sam Worthington Zoe Saldana Stephen Lang Sigourney Weaver Michelle Rodriguez Giovanni Ribisi Joel David Moore Dileep Rao C. C. H. Pounder Wes Studi Laz Alonso All of the Na'vi characters were played by actors of color, including C. C. H. Pounder and Laz Alonso. This represents the fact that the movie industry is becoming more accepting of people from different backgrounds and colours; something which was very rare in the early years of film making. Now let's go back to The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel The screenplay, written by Ol Parker, was based on the 2004 novel These Foolish Things, by Deborah Moggach
The movie was distributed by Fox Searchlight Pictures and was produced by Participant Media and Blueprint Pictures on a budget of $10 million.
Most of the filming took place in the Indian state of Rajasthan in order to add to the sense of authenticity throughout the film.
Due to the sheer success of the movie, Vulture reported in October 2012 that screenwriter Ol Parker was consulted to deliver a treatment to Fox Searchlight executives for a sequel to The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.
Ravla Khempur, ahotel about an hour and a half outside of Udaipur served as the title resort. The director of this film is John Madden.
His notable achievement to date was directing Shakespeare in Love.
Some of the films that he has directed include;
Ethan Frome
Golden Gate
Mrs. Brown
Shakespeare in Love
Captain Corelli's Mandolin
Proof
Killshot
The Debt Who are the stars of The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel? Dame Judi Dench Dame Maggie Smith Bill Nighy Tom Wilkinson OBE Dev Patel Penelope Wilton OBE Celia Imrie Ronald Pickup Now let's have a look at the trailers for both films Exhibition and Distribution Avatar The Marigold Hotel Avatar has been exhibited to attract the UK audience in many different ways, by showing the film in many different places and different ways, for example;
General release, re-release, DVD, blu-ray, and 3D.
Avatar was released on Thursday 17th December 2009, many people watched the film and in its opening weekend, box office sales were £8,509,050.
Avatar premiered in London on December 10, 2009, and was released theatrically worldwide from December 16 to 18. The film was originally set for release on May 22, 2009, during filming, but was pushed back to allow more post-production time, and to give more time for theatres worldwide to install 3D projectors
The DVD was released on April 22, 2010, coinciding with Earth Day. This was to raise awareness of environmental issues, and this in turn helped to promote and further advertise the film, as Earth Day is a positive cause which links with the film, and is something Cameron cared a lot about.
Running times varied-
162 minutes
171 minutes (re-release)
178 minutes (Extended Collector's Edition) The film remained in development for years before Parker and Madden worked together to bring the film to the screen. Despite lukewarm critical reviews, it proved to be a stunning success at the box office, making $130 million worldwide from a budget of $10 million.
In the United Kingdom, the film was released on 24th February 2012 The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel came in second to The Woman in Black at the box office in its first week, earning £2.2 million.
It eventually topped the UK box office with £2.3 million in its second weekend on release.
By the end of its UK run, the film had grossed around $31 million
The film fortunately recieved many positive reviews from critics including this from Rotten Tomatoes- "The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel isn't groundbreaking storytelling, but it's a sweet story about the senior set featuring a top-notch cast of veteran actors."
Running time-124 minutes Nominations and Awards Were these films nominated for any awards? Did they win any? During its theatrical run, the film broke several box office records and became the highest-grossing film of all time
It also became the first film to gross more than $2 billion.
Avatar was nominated for nine Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Director, and won three, for Best Art Direction, Best Cinematography and Best Visual Effects The film and its cast earned five nominations from the British Independent Film Awards.
Although the film was nominated for a numerous amount of awards, it unfortunately did not win any unlike Avatar.
It was however ranked among the highest-grossing 2012 releases in Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom and the highest-grossing specialty releases of the year. What are the key similarities and differences between the American and British film industry? Finally.. Let's take for example Slumdog Millionaire (Danny Boyle), this is a British film with a relatively high budget yet has a unique low budget feel to it. This shows how not all high budget films need revolutionary special effects and big Hollywood stars, many of the cast in this film are either British or Indian, yet became a huge success. Hollywood- Hollywood films are often set in America. Their films are also based on American culture/life in comparisson to British films which mainly focus on British life, already a stark contrast can be seen here British cinema is known for it’s lower budget, independent, and realism oriented films. As we can see, the differences between Avatar and The Marigold Hotel are clearly apparent and something which is expected from a British and American film. The American film gains considerablely more success than the British film due to the brand new state of the art technology and excessive budget, whereas the low budget British film gains success on a much lower scale. Although, there are more 'stars' in The Marigold hotel, this did not add it's success, but rather the story line did so. Hence why Avatar (which had very few well known stars) succeeded tremendously.
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