Sunday, 13 January 2008

Hollywood Babble On & On... #24: The High Cost of Filmmaking.

"A poet needs a pen, a painter needs a brush, but a filmmaker needs an army." --Orson Welles.

This little quote is often cited to explain the ballooning costs of film-making, which exceed the rate of inflation by an order of magnitude.

I want you to watch this video.

It's about 4 men recreating the D-Day landing on Omaha Beach for a history documentary series with 3 men playing all the soldiers, and 1 man running the camera.

Now why do even modest Hollywood productions now cost around $60,000,000 and grander 'A-List' pictures costing anywhere between $100,000,000- $250,000,000?

Makes you think, doesn't it.

1 comment:

  1. That was amazing. I'm sure that the post production afterwards needed some extra hand to complete those shots, but the effort in is such a little window of time blew me away. I love the pause for the passing horse that added more time lost in shooting. Must of set them back 5, or even 10 pounds with the time measured in precious seconds to rewind! Love reading your great site.