Where can I find information on how much data storage is used to produce a film? For example it took over 1 PB of data to produce Avatar.

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Where can I find information on how much data storage are used to produce a film? For example it took over 1 petabyte of data to produce Avatar.
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Catherine Boland

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That's an interesting question. As there is no default place for that on IMDb such information can sometimes be found in Trivia. As an example, this trivia item from Dau.  
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(Nikolay, as a Champion, do you have the tools to merge the two discussions initiated by Catherine Boland on the same topic?)

I think raw footage makes sense when it is shot on physical film, but when it comes to digital data, it depends on so many factors... And as I mentionned in the other similar topic, when it comes to digital effects, how do you account for the effective data amount that may turn out as "raw footage"?

Just curious.
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He does but since I saw it, I went ahead and merged it, even though I wonder if I should have just deleted the other one.
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(I can actually, but someone already merged it with something. Hm. Edit: this someone was Adrian.)

In visual effects amounts of data are usually not that speaking compared to number of VFX shots. Tthere are some snippets of information provided by VFX departments from time to time but, as many factors vary in productions it hardly could be properly compared. 

Not to mention that while many movies are filmed digitally in 2K or 4K, many documentaries and low budget productions, as well as some of the TV shows are still done in 1080p HD, so the same amount of data might actually house much more footage depending on that.
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Fair enough, thank you.
What makes me say that the answer is not that obvious is discovering the function of "data wrangler" in recent (couple of years) blockbuster productions with major VFX. I don't think that you would need to "wrangle data" if the process what straightforward. But I may be wrong.
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This is the question I meant to ask and as Vincent pointed out, the other question was not the right wording. There are a few articles I have found online that say "X movie took 500TB to produce" or something like that and I want to know if anyone is collecting that sort of data after a movie is produced. Trying to do some research for a school project!
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I'm looking for a total number of data used after shooting and visual effects. Usually with cuts and edits studios can compress the film down to about 10-30 TB but thats not what I'm looking for. More interested in the amount of data that is produced in total from the making of one film. 
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hence that "raw footage" wasn't the best choice of words!
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Nikolay, how did you find that trivia fact from Dau? Trying to find other trivia similar to this one. 
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Hi Catherine Boland,

I recommend that you check with your instructor to determine the scope of your research and what he or she considers primary sources of information. Many instructors do not consider IMDb a primary source.

Talk with you librarian for ideas on how to research this subject. If you are a college student, your college librarian probably has more resources to help you find this information than a high school librarian.

There are a number of professional trade publications for VFX. Here are a few that may be helpful.

VFX Magazine
http://vfxmagazine.com/

Cinefex
http://www.cinefex.com/

Filmmaker
https://filmmakermagazine.com/

Post Magazine
http://www.postmagazine.com/

How much time do you have? If you have a few weeks, you may wish to directly contact the VFX companies for the films. Here is the contact information some of the major VFX companies.

ILM (Industrial Light & Magic)
https://www.ilm.com/
https://www.ilm.com/production-inquiries/
Contact
Industrial Light & Magic
1 Letterman Drive
San Francisco, CA 94129
Email: contact-sf@ilm.com

WETA Digital
https://www.wetafx.co.nz/about/
Weta Digital Ltd.
P.O Box 15208
9-11 Manuka Street
Miramar, Wellington
New Zealand 6022
General inquiries
Email: digital@wetafx.co.nz

PIXAR
https://www.pixar.com/contact-us/#contact-us-main
PIXAR ANIMATION STUDIOS
1200 PARK AVE
EMERYVILLE, CA 94608
Contact Form

You can find VFX company for the film you are researching in IMDb credits and the company credits link. For instance:
Avatar (2009) Full Cast & Crew
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0499549/fullcredits
Lizi Bedford ... assistant vfx producer: Framestore
Matt Sloan ... lead on-set vfx technical director: Weta Digital
Steven Adams ... vfx executive producer: BUF (uncredited)
Julian Bryant ... vfx production coordinator (uncredited)
Philip Fraschetti ... stereoscopic compositor: Prime Focus VFX (uncredited)
Dave Levine ... flame artist: Lola VFX (uncredited)
Sergio Najera ... systems administration: Prime Focus VFX (uncredited)
Jeremiah Sweeney ... flame artist: Lola VFX (uncredited)

Avatar (2009) Company Credits
Special Effects
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Hi Catherine Boland,
As a follow-up: I'm a long time user of IMDb and have a background in computer science. After you turn in your research paper to your instructor and after he or she grades it, I would appreciate it if you make a copy of your paper available via a blog or other suitable means, and providing a link to your paper.

IMDb depends upon users like you to add information to their database. If you locate information pertinent to IMDb that IMDb doesn't already have, please consider adding that information.

Best of luck on your assignment.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Where can I find data on the amount of raw footage production for each movie? For....

Just want to see how much data movies today are taking up