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PotDC Budget: Over $100 Million

Discussion in 'Fantasy Worlds' started by The 11th UrRu, Jun 2, 2010.

  1. The 11th UrRu

    The 11th UrRu Well-Known Member

  2. frogboy4

    frogboy4 Inactive Member

  3. BobThePizzaBoy

    BobThePizzaBoy Well-Known Member

    $100 million? I'm impressed Henson is getting that much of a budget.

    Does anyone else smell burning powder?
  4. frogboy4

    frogboy4 Inactive Member

    Here are the only Henson-related movie budget listings I could find.

    MirrorMask $4M
    Muppets From Space $24M
    Muppet Christmas Carol $12M

    There are no huge star salaries, so this $100M will mainly service the picture itself. Keep in mind that 3D nearly doubles the cost so this is like a $60M picture and that's still rather robust for this sort of movie. :scary:
  5. MrBloogarFoobly

    MrBloogarFoobly Well-Known Member

    Wow. I hope this isn't just bullocks... Is it a reputable source? If it is, I'm excited! Someone must see worth (and potential profit) in POTDC!
  6. ryan19

    ryan19 Well-Known Member

    WOW ! great news if its true that is ... Wish Henson would come out with some extra additional facts , like a DATE :D
    What ever the story tho i shall sit on *pins & needles* to the day it is released .
  7. Mystic Master

    Mystic Master Well-Known Member

    I'm impressed - they must be shooting for blockbuster status - I think we can expect a toy line with the works with a budget that big - they are going to have to really market it and the merchandising should be cool.
  8. JMPrater

    JMPrater Well-Known Member

    bullsh*** That's what I think. There's just no way that some one would sink 100 million into a project that's proven itself to sit in development ****. I don't buy it.
  9. Laszlo

    Laszlo Well-Known Member

    Where did you heard that? I doubt 3D doubles the costs...
  10. frogboy4

    frogboy4 Inactive Member

    Maybe not double, but close to it. 3D is a very expensive way to shoot and adds a substancial burden on the budget! Especially in a film that uses all of these layered effects. It isn't just a difference in cameras or film stock, there's a massive difference in the dynamic of setting up each and every shot. It's a format that drastically changes every department of a production. That is, if it's actually shot in 3D and not merely converted during post production. Unless you know otherwise... :confused:

    But the fact that ticket prices are increased and the gimmick is so popular now makes 3D shooting a profitable medium.
  11. Davina

    Davina Well-Known Member

    it is not popular.. that is a lie.. it is forced upon us cuz charging more is popular with hollywood... :)
  12. frogboy4

    frogboy4 Inactive Member

    Personally, I don't favor 3D and a lot of friends feel the same way, but it is definitely popular with the masses (much the same way a lot of cheesy things in life are popular). It has gotten people back to the movie theaters instead of waiting for NetFlix. Imax is popular too, but I feel it's just too much screen for me. I prefer my movies regularly projected (non digital) in 2D on the regular movie-sized screens. That's big enough for me. Even the most mediocre movie is like Christmas to me, but I don't enjoy the recent formatting gimmicks at all. I do like that it's helped the troubled theatrical film industry.
  13. Laszlo

    Laszlo Well-Known Member

    Ok, but they can make it the easier way and just shoot with 2 cameras. Do you work in this industry if I may ask?
  14. frogboy4

    frogboy4 Inactive Member

    Nope, but I trained in film production at SVU in NY, A of A in SF and almost graduated from it until changing majors to multimedia. ;) I also follow the trades and new developments quite a bit.

    I can't quote you a figure, but even with the two camera set-up causes drastic changes in every department. It's far more challenging than plopping down an extra camera. Every shot has much more math involved, different lighting set-ups, different rigs, different everything for every single shot. That's incredibly expensive and we're not even getting into actors' performances yet! And, of course, there are fewer people with the knowledge of how to shoot a 3D film. There's a lot of on-the-job training especially with directors. I have no doubt the technology is becoming cheaper, but it will never be nearly as cheap as shooting a traditional picture. :)
  15. Laszlo

    Laszlo Well-Known Member

    Thanks for the info!
  16. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    That's the problem. I have to admit, I do like seeing the animated movies in 3-D, and some of the animated movies basically add pointless stuff specifically to make the film a 3-D film. Despicable Me had a LOT of gimmicks that weren't all that integral to the plot just so people would pay extra to see it that way... and if you see it regularly, it just comes off as tedious. The Rollercoaster sequence and the end with the minions playing around. That's basically made for 3-D.

    A Good movie (I liked Despicable, don't get me wrong) uses 3-D to ice the cake, and doesn't leave out the paying customers that DON'T want or care about the cheesy gimmicks. Both times Pixar released films in 3-D, it just added to the overall look. I saw Up in both dimensional options, and it didn't add or detract from the story or the film.

    That said, 3-D's basically the ONLY thing keeping people in the seats. It's cheaper and easier to get a scratched up netflix or Redbox rental and see it on a crummy TV than to actually go to the theaters and experiance the movie. Not to mention people with WAAAAAAY too much money (or waaay too much credit card debt) that get those expensive home entertainment systems. The 3-D TV gimmick is still in its infacny, so it's the one thing movies still have over that.

    Of course, it wouldn't hurt to NOT make a billion talking dog movies and pointless remakes of things that were pointless to begin with every year. And the price increase is crap. All Avatar's fault.

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