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  1. 1. G322 Question 2 chosen case studies: Hunger Games: Catching Fire (Lionsgate) About Time (Working Title Films) By Sophie Boston
  2. 2. Lionsgate Lionsgate is a film company in North America. It was formed in 1997 and is founded by Frank Giustra. Lionsgate shows films in the USA, UK, France and Australasia mainly. Lionsgate also partly owns other film companies, including Summit Entertainment. Some of Lionsgate’s most popular films include Saw, The Hunger Games, The Bank Job, The Transporter Trilogy and part of the Twilight Saga.
  3. 3. Working Title Films Working Title Films is a British film company based in London, owned by Universal Studios. The company was founded by Tim Bevan and Sarah Radclyffein 1983. The locations where its films are broadcasted are in the UK, Ireland and Los Angeles. Its sister companies are Working Title 2 Productions and Working Title Television, which have produced box office hits such as Four Weddings and a Funeral and Shaun of the Dead.
  4. 4. FILM INDUSTRY- Production 1. What is pre production? This is the tasks that must be completed or executed before filming or shooting begins for example hiring the actors, building sets, budgeting, planning, scheduling, renting equipment and tests etc. 2. What is the production process? The tasks that must be completed or executed during the filming or shooting. This includes tasks such as setting up scenes, the capture of raw footage, and usage of set designs, to name a few of the many preproduction tasks. Production is the second step in film creation. It follows the pre-production phase and evolves into the post-production stage. 3. What is post production? Refers to the tasks that must be completed or executed after the filming or shooting ends. This includes tasks such as the editing of raw footage to cut scenes, insert transition effects, working with voice and sound actors, and dubbing, to name a few of the many pre-production tasks. Postproduction is the third and final step in film creation. It follows the preproduction and production phases.
  5. 5. FILM INDUSTRY - Distribution What is distribution? •This is the process where a movie is made available to watch for an audience by a film distributor. E.g. Posters, trailers, and also the DVD releases. This is perhaps the most important part of the entire film making process because it is the part that the audience get involved in and it’s where they see the film (trailer) for the first time so it has to make a good first impression so the audience will want to go and see it. •The marketing distribution can come in many forms e.g. Posters, trailers, advertisements on the TV and online, special offers, magazine articles. It can also create CONVERGENCE in that different industries may come together to promote the film e.g. For the latest James Bond film, the film and music industry came together to create the soundtrack Skyfall by Adele. This in turn creates SYNERGY – not only are they promoting the film but also Adele and her talent. •Distributors will already be creating a marketing campaign even if the film is not yet finalised.
  6. 6. FILM INDUSTRY - Exhibition This is the process after the distribution phase. After the film company have dubbed and edited their film to perfection, the companies then send their film to cinemas so that the film can be shown to the audience on the screens. This is very important to get this right as the exhibitor will have to think about which cinemas to send their film to – e.g. The location of the cinema, are the target audience situated around there? Ethnic groups, age groups etc. Even the titles of cinemas could influence whether an individual will want to go there or not. After the exhibition stage, the company can do no more, and hopefully, if they did produce a good film, budgeted well, and held a successful marketing campaign, they will make a great profit. Through exhibition we can see all the facts and figures, money made, money lost, success, failures etc.
  7. 7. 1. The Hunger Games Franchise (Lionsgate)
  8. 8. The Hunger Games: Synopsis Set in a dystopian North America known as "Panem", the Capitol selects a boy and a girl between the ages of 12 and 18 from each of the twelve outlying districts to compete in the annual "Hunger Games", a televised fight-to-the-death. The film is centered around Katniss Everdeen - a 16-year-old girl from District 12, who volunteers for her 12year-old sister, Prim, when Prim's name is chosen - and Katniss's fellow District 12 tribute, Peeta Mellark, whom she has some rather dramatic history with. Katniss is then rushed to the Capitol, where she undergoes intense training, before being thrust into the arena to fight to become the victor of the seventy-fourth annual Hunger Games.
  9. 9. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire Synopsis Katniss Everdeen has returned home safe after winning the 74th Annual Hunger Games along with fellow tribute Peeta Mellark. Winning means that they must turn around and leave their family and close friends, embarking on a "Victor's Tour" of the districts. Along the way Katniss senses that a rebellion is simmering, but the Capitol is still very much in control as President Snow prepares the 75th Annual Hunger Games (The Quarter Quell) - a competition that could change Panem forever.
  10. 10. Trailer XqJSDJ8
  11. 11. Josh Hutchinson (Peeta): •Zathura •Bridge to Terabithia •Journey to the Centre to the Earth Liam Hemsworth (Gale): •Paranoia •The Expendables •Knowing Jennifer Lawrence (Katniss): Woody Harrelson (Haymitch): •X Men •Silver Linings Playbook •American Hustle •Zombieland •Now You See Me •Friends wtih Benefits
  12. 12. •The Hunger Games Franchise is based on the Hunger •The second film was filmed in Atlanta USA, Games trilogy written by Hawaii USA and New Jersey USA. Suzanne Collins. •Directed by Francis Lawrence •Written by Simon Beaufoy •Produced by Nina Jacobson and Jon Kilik, also the author served as a executive producer •Editing by Alan Edward Bell •Budgeting was an •Music by James Newton estimated •Cinematography by Jo Willems •Casting by Debra Zane $130,000,000
  13. 13. •Production companies: Colour Force and Lionsgate •There were both special effects and visual effects in Catching Fire Filming Dates 11 September 2012 - 21 December 2012 Problems: One of the main cast, Philip Seymour Hoffman who played the Head Games Maker Plutarch Heavensbee, recently died, he was found in his apartment and seemed to have taken an overdose of drugs. He reportedly had just 7 days of filming left for the two last films. The alternatives now will be if they can edit his parts out, recreate him digitally in some way or get someone to replace him.
  14. 14. •Catching Fire distributed by many companies- Lionsgate did its own distributing in the UK and USA •Premiere was on the 11th November 2013 UK
  15. 15. •The second film will be out on DVD on 17th March 2014
  16. 16. • The DVD has not yet come out. The second film will be out on DVD on 17th March 2014 •However the first DVD was originally worth around £10, and was rated a 12 due to some mildly violent scenes. DVD available on Blu Ray and Bonus Features Main audience: Fans of the book of course but also teenages and young adolescents ages around 12-21 Both female and male audiences, appeal for both •Released in cinemas on the 21st November 2013 UK •Released in cinemas 22nd November 2013 USA •The Hunger Games Franchise is a major success •Opening Weekend: $161,125,000 (USA) (24 November 2013) •On roughly 4,163 screen over 13 weeks • Shown in both 2D and Imax
  17. 17. Golden Trailer Awards 2013 Nominated Golden TrailerBest Action Poster Lionsgate Ignition Creative Best Independent Poster Lionsgate Ignition Creative For "Victory Tour Close •Hollywood Film Festival 2013 Won Hollywood Film Award Song of the Year People's Choice Awards, USA 2014 Won People's Choice Award Favorite Year End Movie
  18. 18. Reviews on the first film Thoroughly enjoyed this film. Superb performances from all the actors, especially Jennifer Lawrence. Can't wait to see the next two films. Very (very) similar to the book - which is good or not depending on your point of view. The ever excellent Donald Sutherland as the chilling President Snow gets a little more in the film though, as well as on the bonus disk. The bonus disk was very good. Firstly I have read the books and I loved them. They were brutal, funny, tragic, romantic and heartwrenching. Everything a good adventure novel should be. So it was I was waiting eagerly for the film. I never got the chance to see it at the cinema; but based on the numerous good reviews I preordered the blu-ray. I really enjoyed the film; but as with many other reviewers I felt that the book was better. The book spent much more time establishing characters and relationships and I really liked that. Obviously, with the book being in first person, everything was from Katniss' perspective but that only serves to makes you sympathize with her predicament and those around her more. Her relationships with Peeta and Rue go much deeper in the book and I felt the film foolishly downplayed these moments. Likewise, the other contestants in the games seemed vastly under utilised in the film; and as a result they either became unimportant or impotent. Cato was a fierce and imposing killer in the book - but reduced merely to a brooding bully in the film (albeit one with a sword). Don't get me wrong - I enjoyed the film and I'm glad I bought it, but I just wish it been a little better. However, I am sure when I watch it again - knowing everything that's changed or omitted - I will enjoy it much more. I felt the same way with Twilight - hated it on first viewing. I look foward to Catching Fire and Mockingjay!
  19. 19. Reviews on the second film I watched the 1st movie and in my opinion, it can be used as a perfect example of how manipulative and powerful the (social) media and advertisers can be. Nevertheless, as a genre fan, I decided to give the second movie a chance. Boy, do I regret that. I was hoping of some kind of evolution in the story, or some big event that would show a little bit of action, emotion, or at least to make us care about the characters. In the end, it was just a lengthy copy of the first one. And that's not good. The acting is flat, the direction monotonous, the action is terrible and the audience does not care who lives and who dies. Don't waste your time on this, unless your age is around 12. The budget is nearly twice the original, and it shows. Great work from the A-list cast, amazing set designs and costumes. The Games sequences, while familiar from the first film, push the story towards a thrilling cliffhanger climax. Lighter on action and futuristic visuals, Catching Fire is superior to the first film by virtue of notable performances and more compelling storyline. If the quality of the filmmaking continues into Mockingjay, I'll be thrilled to see how it ends.
  20. 20. 2. About Time (Working Title Films)
  21. 21. About Time: Synopsis At the age of 21, Tim Lake (Domhnall Gleeson) discovers he can travel in time... The night after another unsatisfactory New Year party, Tim's father (Bill Nighy) tells his son that the men in his family have always had the ability to travel through time. Tim can't change history, but he can change what happens and has happened in his own life-so he decides to make his world a better getting a girlfriend. Sadly, that turns out not to be as easy as you might think.
  22. 22. Trailer OIFdWk83no
  23. 23. •Produced by Tim Bevan. •Not based on anything but is very similar to other films, especially Time Traveller’s Wife which Rachel McAdams is also in. •Written by Richard Curtis •Music by Nick Laird Clowes •Cinematography by John Guleserian •Film editing by Mark Day •Casting by Fiona Weir •No animation just raw footage but any special effects – Prime Focus World •Production companies: Working Title Films and Translux
  24. 24. Film Length 3,380 m (7 reels) Filming Locations: Notting Hill, Paddington Station, Whitehouse Apartments, and Cornwall.All set in England
  25. 25. Domhnall Gleeson (Tim) Irish •Harry Potter •True Grit Bill Nighy (Tim’s Dad) English •Pirates of the Caribbean •Love Actually •Hot Fuzz •The World’s End Rachel McAdams (Mary) American •Mean Girls •Time Traveller’s Wife •The Vow •Sherlock Holmes •Wedding Crashers
  26. 26. Soundtracks - CONVERGENCE Distributed How Long Will The Luckiest (Instrumental) by Universal I Love You by Written by Ben Folds (as Benjamin Studios Ellie Goulding Folds) Performed by Ben Folds Courtesy of Sony Music Entertainment, Inc.
  27. 27. •Distributed by Universal Pictures International – UK, Universal Pictures – USA THEATRICAL •DVD distribution by Universal Home Entertainment UK, Universal Studios Home Entertainment USA Soundtracks - CONVERGENCE The Luckiest (Instrumental) Written by Ben Folds (as Benjamin Folds) Performed by Ben Folds Courtesy of Sony Music Entertainment, Inc. How Long Will I Love You by Ellie Goulding
  28. 28. •Target audience was mainly females aged under 18 but also females in their twenties proved to be the second most popular audience. Surprisingly, males under the age of 18 were fairly common as well. •All together it was shown on 1,280 theatres, and was in cinemas for 8 weekends. Opening Weekend $1,076,250 (USA) (3 November 2013) (175 Screens) £1,761,079 (UK) (8 September 2013) (556 Screens) Budget $12 million Box office $85,312,119
  29. 29. New York Film Festival 2013 Nominated Grand Marnier Fellowship Award Best Film Richard Curtis San Sebastián International Film Festival 2013 Won Waki.TV Audience Award Best European Film Richard Curtis