Originally Posted by ComputerTech0903
Figuring that releasing a movie on 2000 screens can cost movie studios less than $100,000 on d cinema screens versus $4,000,000 on film reels has there been any movies released that woud have not been possible before or a future movie coming out that would have not been possible before?
Just fewer release prints for movies that had low budget and wasn't expected to draw a large audience.
I know Paul Thomas Anderson was having troubles getting funding for the Master which was awesome and I don't know if dci had anything to do with it and I'm hoping more risky, independent, art house dramas can get made because of the dci initiative.
Paul Thomas Anderson also has a new movie coming out called Inherant Vice and I know his films are low budget and I wonder if digital cinema helped the movie get made at all.
Director have problems financing movies all the time. Specially their own "pet project" movies.
Even directors like Ridley Scott doesn't have guaranteed financing.
His movie "Kingdom of Heaven" really started as a project for a movie about the Battle of Tripoli with Russel Crow leading. Had gotten green light from Fox and started building sets in Morocco, when Fox suddenly pulled the funding.
By then Ridley Scott had hired full crew and actors. So he turns to the script writer and ask him if he has something else in the same vein, which was the script to Kingdom of Heaven which Fox green-lit after Ridley had reduced the script from 150 pages to 130 pages by removing all parentheses, commas and whatever he could remove fast without changing or rewriting the script.
I have to assume digital cinema will be vastly easier to open movies on a world wide scale also allowing lower budget movies to be made too.
Lower budget movies have never opened on a worldwide scale. The prints are touring from one place to another often ending their world tour several years after it original opening date.
Owning a Digital camera makes it possible to shoot and edit the movie on your own equipment without needing to have funding for film-stock, lab costs and distribution prints. In that way it is cheaper now to make an independent movie than before.
The biggest problem for Independent movies is that the big studios/distributors have locked in all their movies in the cinemas, and this way there are little or no opening for Independent movies to have free screens they can be shown on.
Only Independent movie producers that are able to score a deal with a big enough distributor have any chance at being seen by a big audience and have a chance of recuperating some of the budget.
Hundreds of movies every year will only be seen at film festivals and special screenings.
Originally Posted by ComputerTech0903
Dang I'd really like to know some specific movies. Availability for Americans isn't a huge problem but those people in small foreign towns in like Germany or the UK population 10,000 must be happy they can watch the Avengers 2 or Man of Steel.
Years ago, all movies opened in Europe months after the US. (many still does)
The reason being that first the prints played in American cinemas. Then they went through a chemical wash and was sent to Europe where they had their European run.
Lately (10-15 years ago) more and more big blockbusters started to have approximately same opening date all over the world. That was the first time countries outside the US started to get "fresh prints" of US movies.
The reason for this change was more about the savings on promoting the film worldwide in one timeslot and not have to re-start promotion with moths apart. Internet did this possible.
All big movies have always been available in Europe even in small towns without movie theatres. A guy would tour the country with a projector and show the movie in local community houses.
In addition, in Europe regular commercial cinemas has always shown European produced movies. Movies you in the US would only be able to see in Art House Cinemas in big cities, even though the European movies often was not the Art house type.
Much larger diversity in European cinemas than in the US.
Do the copies really cost a couple hundred of dollars? A 500gb hard drive only costs like $50-100 retail depending on the model and what like $30 each if you buy like 1,000 directly from the manufacturer? I'm sure these companies probably buy like 10,000 hard drives at a time for like $300,000.
Here is a recent Variety article that should give you some more info on movie distribution today; Filmmakers Lament Extinction of Film Prints.Victim of Its Success: Film’s Last Surge Plants Seeds of Its Demise