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Subbing 'The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy' - the Film

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Bluebottle

A87927141 'The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy' - the Film
I'll be subbing this, so please subscribe and smiley - dontpanic

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SashaQ - happysad

Thanks <BB< smiley - ok This is an honour smiley - biggrin

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Bluebottle

Quick question - can we include Douglas Adams' famous quote that making a film is like
'trying to grill a steak by having a succession of people coming into the room and breathing on it'?

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SashaQ - happysad

Yes please indeed - that would go very well as a quote at the start of the Entry smiley - ok


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Bluebottle

I've added that quote now – let me know what you think or if you want it moved somewhere else.

Incidentally the production budget a film cost to make doesn't normally include the money spent on advertising. A very rough guide to how much money is spent on advertising is 'equal the budget, with a maximum of $100 million'. So a $25 million film might spend another $25 million on advertising so to make profit it would need to make over $50 million. A $150 million film might spend $100 million on advertising and so would need to make over $250 million to make a profit.

Using this very rough rule, if 'The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy' cost $50 million to make you would expect about another $50 million to be spent on advertising, so the $104 million made at the box office is a very slim profit margin.

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SashaQ - happysad

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I think it would be even better that the quote would be at the very start of the Entry, as:

Getting a movie made in Hollywood is like trying to grill a steak by having a succession of people coming into the room and breathing on it.
- Douglas Adams (year)

So 'moderately successful' is putting it too strongly? Would 'not unsuccessful' be better?

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Post 7

Bluebottle

I've changed the section about being profitable slightly – let me know what you think.

I don't want to say how successful or not the film was as the $50 million smiley - 2cents spent on advertising & distribution is a guesstimate. The advertising budget it isn't a hard and fast rule (and there are occasionally films that exceed spending $100 million on advertising – presumably if prices keep rising, in a decade or so it might become standard practice to spend over that much?). It is useful for how much Hollywood Studios spend on advertising Hollywood films, but it doesn't apply to independent American films or films made elsewhere in the world. One of the main problems that British films have had in the past is that they get practically no advertising in America as the main US distributors aren't interested. So a British or French film might have cost a fair amount to make but have a small marketing budget.
So was this film treated as a Hollywood blockbuster and widely advertised, or considered a niche British production and largely ignored in the US? I assume that as Disney's money was at stake it was fully advertised in the US, but that isn't always the case.
In any event the film has made money from DVD sales and television broadcasts.

Hopefully you can see why I decided to keep things simple. smiley - biggrin

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SashaQ - happysad

Yes, that looks good indeed smiley - ok


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Bluebottle

I've also added the fact that Sam Rockwell's up for a Best Supporting Actor Oscar (for playing a similar role to that of Zaphod Beeblebrox). Hope that is okay?

Would you like to have a thorough read-through and let me know if there's anything you'd like to see amended, or if this can go on its way?

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SashaQ - happysad

Thanks <BB<

One thing that popped into my mind randomly last night was that we could put a link to A491672 on 'fans'.

That's a good idea to go into a bit more detail about Sam Rockwell's subsequent films. Let me write something:

Sam Rockwell who went on to appear in Iron Man 2 (2010) and numerous other films including Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017), for which he won the Best Supporting Actor Oscar. He played another President (George W Bush) in Vice (2018).

Tricky about the Vice nominations as the ceremonies haven't taken place yet - that can be tweaked in February as necessary, though smiley - ok


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Bluebottle

I made those changes and also added a bit in the Earth Edition. Would you like another read-through and let me know if you'd like to make any more changes or if it can be sent on its way?

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SashaQ - happysad

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A bracket has gone astray! "(2017) ), for which he won the Best Supporting Actor Oscar. He played another President (George W Bush) in Vice (2018."

Thanks for adding the information about your limited edition smiley - ok The only tweak needed is to replace 'as well as' with 'and'.

After that the Entry is ready to go smiley - ok


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Bluebottle

Right, button pressed smiley - dontpanic

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