Re: what's with huge production budgets?
One thing that's hurting is that Vancouver is no longer a cheap place to go since the U.S. dollar dropped down even with the Canadian dollar. The only cheap outlet left to Hollywood productions is Australia, and even it ain't that cheap anymore.
There's always Eastern Europe.
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