Blockbuster movies are those, which are very popular or successful in terms of production. It even works for films, which are made on very low budget, but eventually succeed and exceed the expectation of the film of the particular genre. For example, Fried Green Tomatoes, The Rugrats Movie, The Blair Witch Project, Crouching Tiger and Hidden Dragon to name a few.
The period from 1975 to 1985 was a period of Blockbuster hits and major publicity campaign with new technologies and special effects. Jaw (1975) by Steven Spielberg is a concrete example of new type of filmmaking. George Jucas Star Wars (1977) was a mega hit, which used all the elements of traditional and modern elements. It was also an important phase of the American film history.
Hollywood Blockbusters essentially means the technique of the film. It is not the three-act type of structure that they want to see. This does not at all mean that a weak story can make a way. One of the most important techniques that makes a Hollywood film hit is the double track line. That means, it has a story line and an action line, which again simplified gives a personal story and a case to be solved. A character line is where we see a character developing or growing. Whereas, a case or an action line is something the plot develops into a complete story.
Blockbusters usually are round about stories, which have a theme of high concept. The simplest and the thumb rule for a blockbuster is, it should have stakes or consequences. It is the consequence, which has a lot of involvement of the protagonist. So is the case with Hollywood movies too. We can see such technicalities in the films like The Lion King, Forrest Gump, Raiders of the Lost Ark and the like.
One secret of Hollywood Blockbuster movies is that it uses Linux to produce their movies. The three reasons for using this operating system, other than Windows or Mackintosh is that, it is faster, cheaper and better. Even the big budget production houses, like Disney Pixar or Sony to create their visual effect or animation, they use Linux based operating system. The all time studio, Rhythm and Hues that brought out Scooby Doo was touched up by the Linux system. Other Blockbuster Movies like, The Matrix, Titanic, Gladiator, Superman Returns, Shrek, Men in Black, Hollow Man are a few to name which created by Linux software, such as Maya, RAYZ and Shake.
The Hollywood blockbuster movies began its journey from the very initial period of the Hollywood film industry. The trick for making blockbuster movies is hidden deep in the creation of good work along with analyzing the mass psychology. Though, frequently many directors and producers confess that there is no hard and fact rules for making such movies. The result for art works is totally unpredictable. But, the good work returns good profit most of the time. The huge records of films like Titanic, Jurassic Park is the real example of Hollywood blockbuster movies.