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Wednesday, 20 November 2013

The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug - Case Study Research

The Desolation of Smaug

UK release date - 13th December

Production Studios - New Line Cinema

                               - Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
                               - WingNut Films

Distribution - Warner Bros. Pictures

Production budget - $250,000

Nationality - Global; many British actors but also includes cast from New Zealand,  
                      Australia, US, Canada. Shot in New Zealand. Audience is worldwide.

What kind of production? - High budget Hollywood blockbuster with wide appeal

Connection with other films? - The Lord of the Rings trilogy (2001-2003), An Unexpected Journey (2012) and the third Hobbit film, There and Back Again (Expected 2014). These are all from director Peter Jackson's 'Middle Earth' franchise based upon the written works of J.R.R. Tolkien.

Director - Peter Jackson

Star Names - Benedict Cumberbatch as Smaug and also The Necromancer
                       Martin Freeman as Bilbo Baggins
                       Ian Mckellen as Gandalf
                       Cate Blanchett as Galadriel
                       Lee Pace as Thranduil
                       Orlando Bloom as Legolas                      
                       Stephen Fry as the Master of Lake-Town
                       James Nesbitt as Bofur
                       Andy Serkis as Gollum
                       Aidan Turner as Kili
                       Richard Armitage as Thorin Oakenshield

Plot - The film continues the adventures of the title character Bilbo Baggins as he journeys with the Wizard Gandalf and thirteen Dwarves, led by Thorin Oakenshield on an epic quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor from the evil dragon Smaug.

Audience Appeal - The film will appeal to fans of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings films and franchise, as well as the books. Lovers of epic fantasy and action adventures films are also likely to be interested in the Desolation of Smaug. The niche audience of die-hard Tolkien/Middle Earth fans is important to please as they have the most knowledge of the books and therefore have expectations, as is with other popular books such as the Harry Potter series. In terms of age the film is universal, due to a diverse cast of young to old actors, so families are a big part of the audience too.

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