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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

The Lord of the Rings

Time Management Group

Casey Briscoe - Presenter

Josh Schubert

Greg Hinck

Matt Decker

Fall 2004, University of Minnesota


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Time Management

A look at movie distribution and the Lord of the Rings


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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


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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.


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Peter Jackson

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


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Scope

  • To bring the JRR Tolkien books to life with three full feature films.


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Cost

  • Budget of more than $270 million dollars for the three films.


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Time

  • Principal photography on the trilogy began October 11, 1999 and wrapped up on December 22, 2000.


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Casting

  • 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.


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Filming

  • 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.


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Locations

  • Filming took place in many remote parts of New Zealand.


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Special Effects

  • 1200 state-of-the-art computer generated effect shots.


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Distribution

  • 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.


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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


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References

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

  • http://www.compleatseanbean.com/rings.html

  • http://www.howstuffworks.com

  • http://www.csmonitor.com/2001/1214/p17s1-almo.htm


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