Monday, 21 March 2011

Warp Films

Warp is one of the foremost and most respected creative independent companies, now composed of Warp Records, Warp Films and Warp Music Videos & Commercials. It is based in London, England and Sheffield, with a further office now in Melbourne.
Tyrannosaur (2011) ... Production Company
Submarine (2010) ... Production Company
"This Is England '86" (2010) ... Production Company
Four Lions (2010) ... Production Company
The Mighty Boosh Live: Future Sailors Tour (2009) (V) ... Production Company
Curtains (2009) ... Production Company
Le Donk & Scor-zay-zee (2009) ... Production Company
All Tomorrow's Parties (2009) ... Production Company
These are some of the most recent films that warp films has produced, all of these released as a DVD and some of them also released straight onto television. The most famous films produced by this company, are 'Four Lions' and 'This is England '86'. Four Lions released on 7th May 2010 and on its opening weekend it made £608,608 (UK) (9 May 2010) it became more popular much later after its release. This is England '86 was released as a t.v drama in 2010, in 2006 they released the film This is England, on its opening weekend it made, £207,676 (UK) and has become increasingly popular since.

Trash Humpers (2009) ... Distributor (2010) (UK) (all media)
Cinema16: World Short Films (2008) (V) ... Distributor (2008) (worldwide) (DVD)
Arctic Monkeys at the Apollo (2008) ... Distributor (2008) (UK) (theatrical)
Cinema16: American Short Films (2006) (V) ... Distributor (2006) (UK) (DVD)
Rubber Johnny (2005) ... Distributor (2005) (worldwide) (all media)
My Wrongs 8245-8249 and 117 (2002) ... Distributor
These are the main distributors that are with Warp films company.

Media Convergence: Changing the nature audience

Media convergence is different types of media and technology coming together.
It’s a term that has been widely used and long predicted in the digital media, online and television worlds – Convergence. The bringing together of broadcast driven television with a broadband enabled ‘rich media’ internet experience. Media is broadcasted in many different ways for example, most successful films have released a game version of the film. This attracts a larger audience to the film, due to the fact that there is a movie and a game which means there is a varied range of consumers.

Convergence is changing the nature of audiences by creating different ways for the audience to access the films. Films can now be viewed online by streaming from the internet, they are also available for download, we can also rent movies and watch them on box office. This allows the film companies to reach a wider audience as there are so many more ways to view films nowadays. In the third weekend of the new year, 14-16 January the box office took in £139,667,174. Whereas the weekend, 11-13 March the box office took in £130,500,992. This tells us that more people are not going to the cinema to watch films as much any more, because there are a variety of ways to access films now.

Sunday, 6 March 2011

127 Hours

127 Hours is the true story of mountain climber Aron Ralston's (James Franco) remarkable adventure to save himself after a fallen boulder crashes on his arm and traps him in an isolated canyon in Utah. Over the next five days Ralston examines his life and survives the elements to finally discover he has the courage and the wherewithal to extricate himself by any means necessary, scale a 65 foot wall and hike over eight miles before he can be rescued. Throughout his journey, Ralston recalls friends, lovers, family, and the two hikers he met before his accident. Will they be the last two people he ever had the chance to meet?

Danny Boyle wanted to do a film where he followed the actor like they did in the movie 'The Wrestler'. So he said 127 Hours is his version of that. Boyle and Fox Searchlight announced plans to create 127 Hours in November 2009. Filming began in March 2010 in Utah. Boyle intended to shoot the first part of the film with no dialogue. By June 17, 2010, the film was in post-production. 
20th Century Fox was the main distributors for the US and other countries such as Australia, Japan, Germany and others. However Pathé was the main distributor for France and also the UK. There were also various production companies including, Film4, Everest Entertainment and Cloud Eight Films.  

Box Office:
The movies estimated budget for the film was $18million. On its opening weekend in the US it made $264,851 (4 Screens) in the UK it made £2,168,570 (9 January 2011) (310 Screens). The movie increased its profit further in the coming weekends, and its highest weekend gross in the UK was £805,418 (23 January 2011) (346 Screens). The worldwide gross, which is the total US gross added to the International gross, was $44,070,544, £27,080,250.

The premiere for 127 hours, closed the London Film Festival in Leicester Square on 28 October 2010. 
On the left is the real life man the movie was based on, Aron Ralston, in the middle is the Oscar winning director Danny Boyle, and on the right is the actor who played Aron in the movie, James Franco. 127 Hours also premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival on September 12, 2010, following its premiere at the 2010 Telluride Film Festival.