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The Anatomy of a Blockbuster AS Film Studies


PowerPoint to accompany AS Film Studies unit on what is a blockbuster

Transcript of Blockbusters

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The Anatomy of a

BlockbusterAS Film Studies

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Blockbuster» More than financial

» But it is key Profit Box office receipts

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Blockbuster» What makes a punter got to the cinema

» Discuss

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Task 1» What are the elements which make an

international blockbuster? Franchise Literature Other source

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Stars» Expensive» Guarantee?

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Producer/Director» Reputation» Style» Guarantee?

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Global appeal» Main issue is

accessible to all» Weather» Global warming» Love story

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Global Appeal» Gay cowboys do

not fill cinemas

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Good v Evil

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Good v Evil

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Culture neutral» Offends no body» Assumes no cultural knowledge

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Get it wrong?» Eg

Brassed off Kes Local Hero

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Simple characterisations» Easy to

understand» Straightforward» Understandable » Uses stereotypes» Does not mess

with stereotypes

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Save the world» Universal interest» Avert disaster» Save mankind

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Love interest» Love universal» Sex sells» Romeo and Juliet» Love against the


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CGI,Big production, pyrotechnics

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CGI,Big production, pyrotechnics

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Visual vs dialogue

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Branding» Helps continuity» Note

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Merchandise» Additional income

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