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Saturday, August 28, 2010

9 Things you probably didn't Know about Inception

Inception is so awesome, this is my third post about it. This is a list of 9 things many people don't know about inception.

Inception had a budget of $160million

In 2001, Christopher Nolan realized a film like Inception needed a large budget, because "as soon as you’re talking about dreams, the potential of the human mind is infinite. And so the scale of the film has to feel infinite. It has to feel like you could go anywhere by the end of the film. And it has to work on a massive scale." Nolan realised he needed more experience on large-scale films. So he worked on Batman Begins and Dark Knight. The $160 million cost was split between Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures.

…With an advertising budget of $100million

In the spring of 2010 a viral marketing campaign was started for the film. On June 2, 2010 a manual was sent out to various companies. The manual was filled with bizarre images and text all relating to Inception. As the month went on, more and more viral marketing began to surface, including posters, ads and strange websites all related to the film.

It grossed over $21million on its opening day
And $62.7million that weekend. With the advertising hype, Inception became the top trending topic on Twitter for days. After the first weekend of release the top four trends on twitter were related to Inception. Since its release, Inception has grossed more than $248 million in the United States, and an additional $314 million in the rest of the world. In total, the film has grossed $560 million worldwide so far.

Inception has the second highest grossing debut for a stand-alone sci-fi film in its opening weekend.

Falling second behind Avatar, Inception’s opening weekend gross made it the second highest-grossing debut for a stand-alone science fiction film, falling behind Avatar’s $77 million opening weekend gross in 2009.

Its been in Nolan’s head since he was 16

Christopher Nolan had these ideas since he was about 16. He was intrigued by how he would wake up and then, while falling back into a lighter sleep, hold on to the awareness that he was dreaming, a lucid dream. He also became aware of the feeling that he could study the place and alter the events of the dream.He said, "I tried to work that idea of manipulation and management of a conscious dream being a skill that these people have. Really the script is based on those common, very basic experiences and concepts, and where can those take you? And the only outlandish idea that the film presents, really, is the existence of a technology that allows you to enter and share the same dream as someone else."

Inception was originally envisioned as a horror film

While revisiting the script for the movie, Nolan decided basing it in a horror genre did not work because the story "relies so heavily on the idea of the interior state, the idea of dream and memory. I realized I needed to raise the emotional stakes."

The script was worked on for 10 years.

Nolan wrote the original script in 2001, when he wrote and 80 page treatment about dream stealers. After working on Batman Begins and Dark Knight, he worked on the script for 6 more months before selling it to Warner Bros. in February 2009.

The long hotel corridor in dream level 2 was able to turn 360 degrees.

Constructed by Guy Hendrix Dyas, special effects supervisor Chris Corbould, and cinematographer Wally Pfister, The long hotel corridor in the 2nd dream level was able to rotate 360 degrees to create the effect of alternate direction of gravity. As the film’s sequence grew bigger, the hallway’s length grew from 40ft[12m] to 100ft[30m]

Inception was not a rip-off

Christopher Nolan was accused of ‘ripping off’ the French Film ‘L’anee derniere a Marienbad’[Last year at Marienbad] but Nolan stated he never saw the movie until after Inception was finished. He said this in an interview with New York times. It was also suggested that Inception might have been inspired by a Donald Duck comic called Uncle Scrooge: The Dream of a Lifetime. In it the Beagle Boys enter Scrooge McDuck's dreams in order to steal the combination to his safe while Donald Duck and his nephews enter the dream as well in order to stop them.

Source: Wikipedia,

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