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 • 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 • 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 “The amount of [early] planning made it easier than you would imagine.”
Scope • To bring the JRR Tolkien books to life with three full feature films.
Cost • Budget of more than $270 million dollars for the three films.
Time • Principal photography on the trilogy began October 11, 1999 and wrapped up on December 22, 2000.
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.
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.
Locations • Filming took place in many remote parts of New Zealand.
Special Effects • 1200 state-of-the-art computer generated effect shots.
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.
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
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
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