225 ONLINE PRODUCTION STUDY GUIDE

225 ONLINE PRODUCTION STUDY GUIDE - MST 225 Study Guide...

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MST 225 Study Guide – Film Production The following is based mostly on Barsam Chapter 11, but some content has been added. ________________________________________________________________________ Exhibitors rent films from major distribution companies like “The Big Six”: Warner Bros., Paramount, Disney/Buena Vista, Columbia, 20 th Century Fox, and Universal, as well as other smaller companies like Sony Pictures, Dreamworks (owned by S. Spielberg and others), Columbia Tri-Star, New Line Cinema, Lions Gate Studios, Miramax, Touchstone, and Hollywood Pictures (the last five owned by Disney). Independent producers must distribute their films through the big six if they want large audiences. Taken together, these major studios now comprise what we call “Hollywood.” Film Industry Figures In 2001 Hollywood released 482 feature films, shown on 36, 754 screens across the USA, yielding a gross revenue of $8.4 billion. The industry employed 259,000 people in production. 67% of these films were rated R. Average film cost today: $50 million + $30 mil for marketing. Citizen Kane cost $840,000 (ca. $10 mil today). James Cameron’s Titanic (1997) was made at a cost of $200 million. As Barsam mentions, investors care about profit first, art second, so it is
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This note was uploaded on 06/01/2011 for the course ECON 101 taught by Professor Profeessor during the Spring '11 term at Aachen University of Applied Sciences.

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