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About this product
- Product InformationThe Movies is an original strategy-simulation game that calls on players to use both their creativity and their management skills. Developed by Lionhead Studios (led by visionary designer Peter Molyneux), the game puts players in charge of their own Hollywood movie studio, with authority over everything from project approval and budgeting decisions to conception, scripting, directing, and editing of the movies the studio produces.
The business sim aspects of The Movies put players in charge of developing the studio and keeping it running smoothly. Beginning with an empty lot, players build their business by purchasing the facilities and equipment they'll need to produce a feature film, from actors' trailers and wardrobes to stages, lighting, and cameras. They'll have to decide which movies are made, how much is spent on the productions, and even how they'll treat their star actors. Will they abide distracting on-set romances and childish tantrums for the sake of the art, or send actors packing when they don't recognize the producer's ultimate authority?
The movie-making aspects of the game are designed to give players realistic cinematic tools and near-complete creative freedom. Inspired players can take charge of every step in the process: hiring the talent, approving the script, shooting the scenes, and editing the final product in post-production. The game's 3D actors, props, sets, and editing tools are designed to allow creative players to take extensive control over every shot and put professional polish on their final film.
Whether players prefer to spend their time schmoozing the front office or shooting on the soundstage, in the end, the studio will live or die by the financial success of its movies. There is lots of money to by made by following trends, sticking to popular genres and actors, and staying on schedule, but a well-run studio can stay afloat with independent films and pet projects as well. Even if the player takes no direct role in the creation of the films themselves, responsible budgeting and proper marketing can make nearly any movie profitable.
For those players who would rather pour themselves into the movie-making gameplay without worrying about all the paperwork, the game also features a sandbox mode, which gives them freedom to use any of the studio tools without worrying about balancing the budgets or winning the box office. Films created by players in the game can be uploaded and shared on the Internet, so virtual producers and directors can share their favorite creations with a real live audience.
In addition to the complete game and manual materials, the "Premiere Edition" of The Movies includes ten exclusive in-game costumes, a 20-song soundtrack on CD, a "mini-guide" to making great movies, and five trailers from the game's "This Is Hollywood" promotional series.
- GameMovies: Premier Edition
- ESRB RatingT - Teen
- Game EditionPremier Edition
- ESRB DescriptorBlood and Gore, Crude Humor, Mild Language, Sexual Themes, Use of Tobacco and/or Use of Alcohol, Violence
- Number of Players1
- Release Year2005
Most relevant reviews
- elfiiDec 18, 2008by
The Movies discontinued
Microsoft Vista does not care for The Movies program, But you can make it work. Once it starts playing the program moves smoothly... Also, there is no support available. There is two modes available: one is the main game, starting at the begining of your movie studio. Training actors, building sets, writing scripts, detoxing actors, and shooting your movie... ANd you get to view it! The Second Mode: Sandbox, You start with everything. A complete movie studio! I have not used this mode yet... I can imagine if you want to test your directorial skills this may be a good start...
- doctorscribblerJul 15, 2006by
You make movies!
No doubt about it, you must have heard of this game sometime and trust me, everything they say about it is true. It was designed by Peter Molyneux himself and, what a great concept. You make movies. At first, it seems like the best thing ever and it really is. You start off with a blank studio and you hire janitors, builders, crew members, actors, directors, scientists, and more at your will. The whole beauty of it is how it starts in the early 20's and watching the technology evolve as the time progresses is impressive. You go from no sound and color, to color, then sound, the special effects, to cgi, and so on! The main meat of the game is the story in where you compete against other studios for awards and every five years, an awards ceremony is held where you can win awards which unlock things such as paying your actors half their salary without them noticing. There is a management part to the game aswell as a moviemaking part. You could spend the entire game just managing the lot and vice versa. It is true that as you get bigger and hire more actors/directors, the management part gets overly tedious and the game slows down tremendously due to the amount of things going on in the game all at once. Graphically, it is not very impressive but definitely not subpar. Imagine the Sims 1.5, not 1 or 2, but somewhere in between for the graphics. I got the special limited edition which gives you a hint book, a DVD, has extra music, trailers, and what not, a star creator, and a little more. Frankly, you might aswell get the regular version since the hint book is common sense, the music tracks are nothing you will die missing, and the star creator can be downloaded from any good site. It is fun to create yourself though and then making your own script. Although it may seem fun to make movies, it truly is hard to make something worth watching and you can either make your own movies or hire script writers to write the movies for you and they gain experience each time. The second part of the game is the Sandbox mode and it is recommended to play this after beating the main part, so as to get everything unlocked. This eliminates the the problems of the regular game such as worrying about your actor's moods, buildings deteriorating, and so on. You can focus on just making movies. You can add your own music and even do your own voiceover which lip synch with the actors quite impressively. Then you can upload these movies to the Movies website to get rated and the highest scoring movies earn your credits to download extra content. Not bad. This is a good game but in the long run, it may become tedious and repetitive. There are multiple ways to play and in the end, it definitely is something worth checking out.Read full review
- myoasisangelOct 25, 2008by
One of my favorite games!!!
I love this game. It is very addicting you can spend hours on it without noticing the time flying by. So much fun conrolling a studio and actors and getting to make your own movies, which isn't hardat all but can be challenging. AWESOME!
- 937411087@delet...Sep 09, 2009by
Great program -lots of flexibility
My 12-year-old son really enjoys this program. Lots of flexibility. Easy to make revisions. Better than previous reviews indicated. A great outlet for his creativity.
- 869053989@delet...May 10, 2010by
The only problem is that a file seems to be missing and you have to boot it up from the 'my computer' icon. Other then that Love the games and i am a film maker!