Micro-budgets: The New Hollywood Windfall
In this time of crisis, where the word austerity has become a leitmotif, a Hollywood elite rubs his hands and count the dollars.Products with a shoestring budget, their films, entitled "Chronicle" and "Project X", cartonnent box office.
Micro-budgets: the new Hollywood windfall
In this time of crisis, where the word austerity has become a leitmotif, a Hollywood elite rubs his hands and count the dollars.Products with a shoestring budget, their films, entitled “Chronicle” and “Project X”, cartonnent box office.
The gains are so high that the major studios have decided to branch called “budget”, like the Warner launches Primal Pictures.Objective: To produce fast and cheap and then turn to the cabinet.
A concept that has proven
The Blair Witch Project, in 1999, had dusted off the horror genre by playing the card of the mockumentary. Far from being a “coup”, Blair Witch was the work of filmmakers who wanted to come forward without getting eaten by the Hollywood machine.Same for Paranormal Activity, which had cost $ 15,000 and who has reported from nearly 200 million. Devil Inside will follow, with the same technique. A subjective camera, several times, filming without film. For in this kind of horror, we never see “the thing” but you can feel. ”We did not have as many chips in the cinema since Shining”, proudly announces the Blair Witch Project. If you look closely at profit margins, has never earned much money from Avatar.
Unfortunately, whenever there is a success, Hollywood press the lemon to the last drop. Chronicle will and its sequel, according to press reports. As for Project X, its producer Todd Phillips (director of “The Hangover”) recently told the Hollywood Insider that planchait already on an even more crazy than the last.Explanation of the phenomenon, according to Todd Phillips: This film is an inexpensive tool designed to minimize economic risks taken with his blockbusters. It is understandable when one sees the breakup ‘John Carter’ …
The Ouija, the famous board used during the seances, should also have its own movie, an adaptation signed by McG and Michael Bay. Original Budget: $ 100 million. Since we brought in Jason Blum of “Paranormal Activity”, the budget was increased to 5 million. The project that was lying on the shelves is now ready for release in 2013.
Hopefully with all these micro-budget Hollywood, you do not fall into the trap of immediate benefit, that of the first weekend box office, at the expense of quality. Also hope that this does not give bad ideas to these filmmakers French, Spanish and English who are still in love micro-budget film.