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When are we likely to know the running length?
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burgahobbit
Rohan


Oct 7 2012, 4:33pm

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Same story as FOTR and TTT, lol [In reply to] Can't Post

If you click on Daniel and Magpie's above posts, there were reports of 2:45 minutes and 2:43 minutes for FOTR and TTT respectively. Laugh

Is this PJ's way of teasing us into believing we will get 15 minutes less until finally releasing the 3 hour version? Wink He's a believer in fate Tongue, maybe he's trying to keep the same pattern going?

Awesome news though! 2:44 minutes! Yes!!!!!


Magpie
Immortal


Oct 7 2012, 6:03pm

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not knowing a thing about film making... [In reply to] Can't Post

I wonder if constraints similar to those that figure into print medium can be at play in film medium.

For example, the way books are constructed means that the page numbers are multiples of certain numbers. It might be multiples of 4. So when I'm considering how long a catalog is going to be, it can be 48 pages long or it can be 52 pages long but it cannot be 49 pages long. If I only have 49 pages of content, I will have to arrange for a 52 page book to printed and leave 3 pages blank. Or come up with 3 more pages of content. Or stretch my 48 pages of content into 52 pages.

4 seems like an easy number to work with but I think it can be larger than 4. Like 8, or 16. So editors will be told, 'your book will be X number of pages long' and that is what they must work in.

Also, depending on how postcards or business cards are printed, there sheet is laid out with maybe 12 cards on on sheet. So if I order 100 cards, they will need to print 108 cards or 96. Again, the factors can be larger so the difference between what the customer wants and what the vendor will need to print can be larger. I've had my print reps tell me that customers are so insistent on receiving a certain number of printed products and absolutely no more (convinced that they will be charged for 'more') that the printer merely quotes on the job based on the larger number, prints the larger number, and then tosses the excess.

The point I'm posing or pondering here is: is there some factor that figures into how long a movie can be before it bumps up against a constraint that is either impossible or difficult to surmount, or surmounting it is complicated and/or more expensive (in a way that might push a project out of budget)?

I tend to think not... because there are lots of movies longer than this and the technology is changing so much that it would be hard to find similar constraints present in 2001 and 2012. But still, it would interesting to know.


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Fardragon
Rohan

Oct 7 2012, 9:06pm

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It's not a hard and fast rule [In reply to] Can't Post

but cinemas (movie theaters) prefer movies to be less than 2 hours, since this make scheduling easier and they can show more movies in a day.

But everyone knows that with PJ it aint gonna happen.

A Far Dragon is the best kind...


Elenorflower
Gondor


Oct 7 2012, 10:36pm

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I think its going to be [In reply to] Can't Post

2hrs 44 mins. Wink

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