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Hollywood’s Biggest Gamble. The Lord of the Rings Time Management Group Casey Briscoe - Presenter Josh Schubert Greg Hinck Matt Decker Fall 2004, University of Minnesota. Time Management. A look at movie distribution and the Lord of the Rings. Background Information: Lord of the Rings.

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hollywood s biggest gamble
Hollywood’s Biggest Gamble

The Lord of the Rings

Time Management Group

Casey Briscoe - Presenter

Josh Schubert

Greg Hinck

Matt Decker

Fall 2004, University of Minnesota

time management

Time Management

A look at movie distribution and the Lord of the Rings

background information lord of the rings
Background Information: Lord of the Rings
  • Author of the books was John Ronald Reuel (J.R.R.) Tolkien (1892-1973)
  • The Hobbit, the predecessor to the Lord of Rings, was written in 1937
  • The title of The Lord of the Rings was published in three parts during 1954 and 1955
early stages
Early Stages
  • Director Peter Jackson wrote the scripts for the Lord of the Rings movies
  • It took 8 years from obtaining film rights to the final product film.
  • It took 3 years of preparation to build sets, find locations, write scripts, and cast actors.
peter jackson
Peter Jackson

“The amount of [early] planning made it easier than you would imagine.”

  • To bring the JRR Tolkien books to life with three full feature films.
  • Budget of more than $270 million dollars for the three films.
  • Principal photography on the trilogy began October 11, 1999 and wrapped up on December 22, 2000.
  • Crew of 2500 people with 77 speaking parts and over 26,000 extras.
  • Casting extras began April 1999.
  • Main characters were cast in July and August 1999.
  • August 1998 - Miramax agrees to fund production of 3 movies at once.
  • Filming lasted 274 days.
  • Filming the 3 movies at once allowed the movies to be released in 3 consecutive years.
  • Filming took place in many remote parts of New Zealand.
special effects
Special Effects
  • 1200 state-of-the-art computer generated effect shots.
  • The distribution company New Line Cinema shows the movie to prospective buyers representing the theaters.
  • The prints are sent to the theaters a few days before the opening day.
movie releases
Movie Releases
  • The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the RingRelease Date: 12/19/2001
  • The Lord of the Rings: The Two TowersRelease Date: 12/18/2002
  • The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the KingRelease Date: 12/17/2003
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Time Management
  • Excellent planning led to a successful launch.
  • Project integration allowed all three films to be shot at the same time.
  • To date, the films have grossed over

$1 Billion

  • http://www.tolkiensociety.org/tolkien/biography.html
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