Tuesday, 30 September 2014

Dredd Essay

This essay is about the film Dredd and why it was not success at the box office.
Pre-production is a huge part of making a film such as the script will be written and changed multiple times and the locations, props, cast members, costumes, special effects and visual effects are all decided. The film's producers were Alex Garland, Andrew Macdonald, and Allon Reich. Dredd was distributed by Entertainment Films Distributors and Lionsgate. Entertainment Films are a British distributor of independent films, founded in 1978 by Michael L Green, they have also done films such as The Inbetweeners, Scream 4 and many others. Lionsgate are a Canadian/American entertainment company that was founded in Vancouver, Canada in 1997, the company was founded by Frank Giustra. Lionsgate have distributed films such as the Hunger Games series, Expendables 1-3 and many more. The writer was Alex Garland who has also written films such as Never Let Me Go and Halo. IM global are the biggest film financing, sales and distribution companies in the world, the company was founded in Los Angeles, California in 2007 by Stuart Ford. DNA films are one of the co-producers of Dredd, they are a British film production company founded by Duncan Kenworthy and Andrew Macdonald, they have also produced films such as Love Actually, Never Let Me Go and many others. DNA Films partnered with IM Global, Lionsgate, Reliance BIG Pictures, IMAX and Entertainment Film Distributors to create Dredd. The majority of the film was filmed in Johannesburg South Africa because it lowered the cost of employing cast and crew in place such as Europe, it was also filmed briefly in North London England. Lionsgate announced their three picture deal with IM Global on the 2nd November 2010, this meant that Lionsgate had the agreement to produce three action films. The films distributors had to pay $30 million to show the rights to show the film in the UK, this helped as then it could reach more of an audience. Dredd made $30,000,000 from just pre sales which are companies buying the right to show this film. When Karl Urban announced that he was playing the role of Dredd at Comic-Con 2010, the film makers knew this would be an ideal place to announce this as Dredd was created from an old comic book.
Production is the process in which the film is created. The filming for Dredd took from the 12th November 2010 to early February 2011. Dredd was primarily filmed in 3D using the Red One MX, Phantom Flex, and Silicon Imaging SI-2K, some 2D elements were were concerted to 3D in post production. The camera lenses that was used was the Zeiss Ultra Prime Lenses. Dredd used the same 'slo-mo' as the film 'Never Let Me Go' which Alex Garland was the writer for. The opinion of the film makers that Dredd would be a 18 certificate, they did not mind as they knew that with the amount of gore and drug usage would have made it an 18, although making it an 18 does mean that the film will lose a lot of younger audiences, this could be a reason why it didn't do as well as people thought
Post Production
Post production is the final step of making a film and has the task of editing the entire film, colour correction and adding music. Whilst editing Dredd there was a disagreement between Pete Travis the director and the producers and executives, therefore Travis was not allowed to help the in editing process.
Distribution and Marketing
At the box office Dredd grossed $13,401,683 this is not what he film makers expected. The way the film distributors got people to watch Dredd in 3D was that they only released it in 3D in cinemas. This was a bad step as 4% of audiences physically cannot see 3D imaging, also when a film is created in 3D 30% of the light is lost when watching therefore making it harder to see clearer images. Dredd was unfortunately released after Gareth Evans' film 'The Raid' who's plots are very similar.
The Avengers
The Avengers was produced by Kevin Feige who has also produced films such as Guardian of the Galaxy, Iron Man 1-3 and Captain America 1 and 2. The Avengers is not different to the film Kevin Feige usually produces. The Avengers was distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures, who have also produced films such as all Disney films and Marvel films, there is no shock that this film did so well in the box office. Having a budget of $220,000,000 meant that they could hire the best actors and film in more expensive locations. This film was announced at Comic-Con this meant that the film would have made an impact as Marvel are one of the biggest comic book companies in the world.
The Avengers took from 25th April 2011 to 4th September 2011 which is understandable as long film. The cameras used to film The Avengers were Arri Alexa, Panavision Primo, PCZ and Frazier Lenses, Arriflex 435, Panavision Primo Lenses, Canon EOS 5D Mark II, Canon EOS 7D, and Canon Lenses all of these are high quality cameras as they could afford to get the best with such a large budget. Marvel try to make all of their films 12A, PG13 or lower as then their films can reach a wider audience.
Post Production

With the developments in CGI this means films such as The Avengers are becoming easier and less expensive to produce. The Avengers grossed $623,279,547 which is almost triple the budget which was expected as Marvel has a very large audience. Unlike Dredd, The Avengers is a one of a kind film as all superheroes have not been in the same film.

1 comment:

  1. Max

    An essay should not include subheadings, it should be a piece of prose which is subdivided into paragraphs. In future ensure your essays actually follow the essay structure.

    Why would not attracting a younger audience mean it failed to make money? Are they the largest cinema demographic? Remember to always justify and prove your explanations. Also, why have you not mentioned the stars at this point in your essay? Surely star power is key to success?

    You must supply figures for the the distribution pattern of the film, how many screens was the film shown on and what % of these were 3D? Why might that have impacted on the films success. Why is being released after The Raid important? Remember to mention audience categories and explain how similar audiences might overlap.

    There is a lot of work to be done Max, you MUST delvelop an sense of argument and opinion, currently you give examples supported by incredibly vague explanantions which lack the required depth.

    Take time to look at Sophie Marlow's response


    What impact might Travis not being involved in the edit have on the final product?