Low-budget movie

low-budget movie or low-budget movie is a motion picture shot with a movie studio or private investor. Many independent films are made on low budgets, but films made on the mainstream with inexperienced or unknown filmmakers can also have low budgets. Many young or first time filmmakers shoot low-budget movies to prove their talent before doing bigger productions. Many low-budget films that do not gain some form of attention or lack of attention in the market and are often marketed because of lack of marketability, look, story , or premise. There is no specific number to a low budget production, and it is relative to both genre and country. What might be a low-budget movie in one country may be a big budget in another. Modern-day young filmmakers rely on film festivals for pre promotion. They use this to gain acclaim and attention for their films, which often leads to a limited release in theaters. Film That ACQUIRE cult Following May be Given a wide release . Low-budget films can be professional amateur gold productions . They are being shot using professional or consumer equipment.

Some genres are more conducive to low-budget filmmaking than others. Horror movies are a very popular genre for low-budget directorial debuts . Jeremy Gardner, Director of the Battery says that horror fans are more attracted to the movies than them movie stars . This allows horror movies to focus on provoking a reaction to expensive casting choices. Thriller films are also popular for low-budget films, as they focus on narrative. Sci-fi movies , which have been the domain of B movies , frequently require a big budget to accommodate their special effects, but low-cost do-it-yourselfcomputer-generated imagery can make them affordable, especially when they focus on story and characterization. Plot devices like shooting as founding can, and scripts that rely on extended dialogue, such as Reservoir Dogs or Sex, Lies, and Videotape , can entertain audiences without many sets. [1]

The money flow in filmmaking is a unique system because of the uncertainty of demand. The makers of the film do not know how well they will be released. They can predict a movie, but only get a portion back. Or the opposite may happen where a project thinks that it will be more or less imaginable. A big gambling variable that is also involved is the use of stars. Frequently the stars are brought to a project to gain the publicity and fame film. This process can be profitable, but it is not a successful mechanism for successful funding. [2] Well-known actors can join a low-budget movie for a portion of the gross. [3]


Notable low-budget movies

One of the most successful low-budget films was 1999’s The Blair Witch Project . It had a budget of around $ 60,000 but grossed almost $ 249 million worldwide. It spawned books, a trilogy of video games, and a less-popular sequel. Possibly an even more successful low-budget movie was the 1972 movie Deep Throat which cost only $ 22,500 to produce, yet was rumored to have grossed over $ 600 million, though this figure is often disputed. [4]

Wayne Wang direct actors in an early indie movie ( Dim Sum: A Little Bit of Heart ) in San Francisco, California 1983. Photos by Nancy Wong.

Another early example of a very successful low-budget movie was the 1975 Bollywood ” Curry Western ” Sholay movie , which cost Rs. 20,000,000 ($ 400,000) [5] to produce and grossed Rs. 3,000,000,000 ($ 67 million), making it the highest- grossing movie of all time in Indian cinema . [6] Other examples of successful low-budget Asian films include the Chinese movies Enter the Dragon ( 1973 ) starring Bruce Lee, which had a budget of $ 850,000 and grossed $ 90 million worldwide. Wayne Wang’s movie Chan Is Missing, San Francisco’s Chinatown, was made for $ 20,000 in 1982. San Francisco Chronicle columnist Herb Caen wrote that the budget would not be paid for the shoe in the movie, “Annie”. quote needed ]

Rocky was shot on a budget of $ 1 million and eventually grossed $ 225 million worldwide, making Sylvester Stallone a star. [7] [8] Halloween was produced on a budget of $ 325,000 and grossed $ 70 million worldwide. [9] [10] Napoleon Dynamite cost less than $ 400,000 to make goal icts gross revenue Was $ 46 million. [11] Divisions of major movie studios That specialize in Such movies, Such As Fox Searchlight Pictures , Miramax , and New Line Cinema , the distribution-have made of low budget movies competitive. [12]

The UK film Monsters is a recent successful example of bringing about the exclusivity of the exclusive preserve of the big studios-the expensive, blockbuster-to-independent, low-budget cinema. [13] The film’s budget was reported to be around $ 500,000, [14] but it was $ 4,188,738 [14] at the box office.

A considerable number of low-and-modest-budget movies have been forgotten by their makers and fallen into the public domain . This has been especially true of low-budget films made in the United States from 1923 to 1978 (films and other works made in the US during this period fell into the domain of their copyrights were not renewed 28 years after the original production). Examples include a number of films made by Ed Wood or Roger Corman .

Some low-budget movies have failed at the box office and have been quickly forgotten. A number of cheaply made movies have been made to live-movie status after being considered some of the worst features ever made for many years. The most famous examples of this low-budget box office failures include Plan 9 from Outer Space and Manos: The Hands of Fate .

In addition, some low-cost films have had little (or modest) success in their initial release. The Last Man on Earth was the first adaptation of the novel I am Legend by Richard Matheson . Due to budget constraints, the vampires in the movie were zombie-like creatures instead of fast and agile monsters portrayed in the novel. This approach (and film) was inspired by George A. Romero’s work in his film Night of the Living Dead . Thus The Last Man on Earth has become a precursor to numerous zombie films, and fans of those movies later re-discovered the original, making it a cult classic.

The 2015 fantasy Western Western Religion by writer-director James O’Brien , produced for $ 250,000, [15] premiered at the Cannes Film Festival , where it was also sold by Screen Media Films and a national theatrical release. [16]

Micro budget

A micro budget film is that which is made on an extremely low budget, sometimes as little as a few thousand dollars. An example of such would be the popular 1992 El Mariachi film , in which the director Robert Rodriguez was unable to afford $ 7000 budget. Despite this, it was a success both critically and commercially, and started the young director’s career.

Some of the most critically acclaimed micro-budget films were by the film director Bengali Satyajit Ray , his most famous being The Apu Trilogy (1955-1959). The first film in the trilogy, Pather Panchali (1955), was produced on a shoestring budget [17] of Rs. 2 lakh ($ 3000) [18] using an amateur cast and crew. [19] The three films are now frequently listed among the greatest films of all time . [20] [21] [22] [23] All his other films that also had micro-budgets or low-budgets, with his most expensive films beingThe Adventures of Goopy and Bagha (1968) at Rs. 6 lakh ($ 12,000) [24] and Shatranj Ke Khilari (1977) at Rs. 20 lakh ($ 40,000). [25]

Another example would be the 1977 cult film Eraserhead , which cost only $ 10,000 to produce. Director David Lynch had so much trouble securing funds that the movie had to be made over a six-year period, whenever Lynch could afford to shoot scenes. In 2014, journalist Kyle Smith estimated the film has grossed over $ 7 million. [26]

Slacker , a 1991 comedy-drama film written and directed by Richard Linklater , was produced for $ 23,000. [27] The movie Was inducted into the National Film Registry in 2012. [28]Influenced by the success of Slacker , Clerks Was Written and directed by Kevin Smith for $ 27.575 in 1994 qui he paid for on His credit card and grossed $ 3.2 million in theaters. Clerkslaunched Smith’s career as a director and he has made several considerable higher budget films. [29]

In Russia, the 1997 crime movie Brother was made on around $ 10,000, and was extremely successful when it was first released. [30]

In 1998 Christopher Nolan ‘s first movie Following Was filmed budget was of £ 3,000. Nolan then another £ 3,000 to “blow it up to 35mm”. [31]

Primer is a 2004 American science fiction film about the accidental invention of time travel. The film was written, directed and produced by Shane Carruth, a trained mathematician and engineer, and was completed on a budget of only $ 7,000. [32]

Also in 2004, the documentary Tarnation had a budget of $ 218.32, [33] [34] but grossed $ 592,014.

Paranormal Activity , a 2007 horror film written and directed by Oren Peli, was made for $ 15,000 and grossed about $ 193,355,800 (adjusted by inflation: $ 215,849,495). [35] 
Entertainment Weekly critic Owen Gleiberman gave Paranormal Activity year A- rating (A being white The Highest Mark) and called Expired it “frightening … freaky and terrifying” and Said That “ Paranormal Activity scrapes away 30 years of encrusted nightmare clichés.” [36]

See also

  • Independent movie
  • No budget film


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