The Case of Walden Media
Chapter 3: The Walden Touch
The Walden Touch
The present chapter does not intend to discuss all Walden Media films, the list of which would by no means be exhaustive as the company was still operating at the time of writing. The purpose is simply to show how the discussed films give an idea of Walden productions as a whole and live up to Walden Media creators’ and patrons’ expectations, while being part and parcel of the Hollywood landscape.
The first Walden co-productions were not feature films but documentaries, as befits the company’s educational project. There was, for example, Pulse: A Stomp Odyssey (Luke Cresswell and Steve McNicholas, 2002), a forty-minute documentary that depicts the world of percussion groups on several continents. Walden also co-produced Ghosts of the Abyss (James Cameron, 2003) in which Titanic’s director1 decided to return to the site of the unfortunate wreck. The documentary cost James Cameron’s Earthship Productions, Walt Disney and Walden Media $13 million to produce, and was released in 3D and Imax formats by Buena Vista, Disney’s distribution arm. Ghosts of the Abyss opened in 97 cinemas on 13 April 2003 and ranked thirteenth at the box office. It eventually earned $17 million at ← 107 | 108 → home and $5 million abroad. Initially clocking about one hour, it was then extended to one hour and a half for its TV broadcast and DVD release, and was reissued as a 3D Blue-Ray disc in 2012. Walden Media carried on...
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