• Amanda Vanderbeek

    Amanda Vanderbeek

    Class of 2012
    Ely, MN
    Elementary education

    Amanda's Bio:
    I grew up in the Twin Cities, but now live up in Ely, MN near the BWCA, where my family has been for the last 7 years. I have three brothers, who I adore, and I enjoy fishing, playing basketball, and rough housing with them whenever I can. My mom has been a daycare provider since I was born, which served as inspiration for me to pursue a degree in Elementary education. I also love to paint, draw, and DANCE! I have been dancing for twenty years and am a dance instructor in Superior, WI....I can't imagine a life without it!

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    Aurora, CO
    Biology and Chemistry (Pre-Med)

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    Graduate Student
    Oak Grove, MN
    Doctorate of Physical Therapy

    Neena Koslowski

    Apple Valley, MN

    Laila Zemar

    Casablanca, Morocco
    Biochemistry, Biology and Pre-med

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    Minneapolis, MN
    Psychology, Organizational Behavior, and Social Work

    Kathryn McCarrick

    Saint Paul, MN
    Elementary Education

    Bryan Chavez

    Richfield, MN
    Accounting and Finance

    Laura Salazar

    Bogotá, Colombia
    Marketing and Business Management

  • Yael Ikoba-Ndjip

    Brussels, Belgium
    Accounting Major; Finance minor

    Malvern Madondo

    Harare, Zimbabwe
    Mathematics & Computer Science

    Halle Nystrom

    Graduate Student
    Fargo, ND
    M.S. Health Information Management

    Daniela Moreno Gomez

    San Salvador, El Salvador
    Computer Information Systems and Finance

  • Brooke Elvehjem

    Mora, MN

    Conrado Eiroa Solans

    Madrid, Spain
    Psychology Major, Biology minor

    Shivani Singh

    Mumbai, India
    Management & Marketing

    Takudzwa Munjanja

    Gweru, Zimbabwe
    Health Information Management, CIS minor

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    East Bethel, MN
    Exercise Physiology for Pre-Physical Therapy

Entertainment: A True Matter of Money

I was very excited to go see a movie at the theater the other day for the first time in a very long time.   The movie (Sherlock Holmes) was awesome and I had a blast, but I couldn’t help focusing on the production of the movie itself as I was watching.   It never ceases to amaze me how realistic and high-tech the movies of our generation have become, with computer-generated characters, realistic fights and injury, and vastly complicated settings.  Do you ever wonder how much it actually costs to produce these elaborate modern films?  I most definitely do!  I did some research on which recent films have proven the most expensive to create, and was somewhat surprised at what I discovered.  Bet you won’t expect this!

(Most expensive to less expensive):

  1. Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End- $300 Million
  2. Tangled- $260 Million
  3. Spiderman 3- $258 Million
  4. Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince- $250 Million
  5. Avatar- $237 Million
  6. The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest- $225 Million
  7. X-Men: The Last Stand- $210 Million
  8. Superman Returns- $209 Million
  9. King Kong- $207 Million

So…regardless of which film it is that takes the cost “cake,” it appears that each and every one was still immensely expensive to make!  Yikes.



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