Negative cost is the net expense to produce and shoot a movie , excluding such spending distribution and promotion . 
Low-budget movies, The Blair Witch Project , can be much more expensive than the negative cost. 
The term comes from the costs up to the production of the final negative .
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- Jump up^ IMDb Explanation for differences in reported budget http://www.imdb.com/help/show_leaf?boxofficedifferentRetrieved 2007-02-12