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Old January 12 2010, 07:29 AM   #1
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SF/F Movie Under $5 Million?

1.) Can a good Science Fiction/Fantasy film be made under $5,000,000 now-a-days?

2.) Briefly, If you could what SF/F movies would you make?(If you had $5,000,000 to blow on your idea)

I would hope so to question 1. and 2. I would love to do some sort of original Superhero movie or Time Travel story.
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Old January 12 2010, 07:33 AM   #2
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Moon was made for $5 million. Best science-fiction movie in a while. Primer was made for something like $7,000 and that was pretty sharp.
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Old January 12 2010, 07:37 AM   #3
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I heard alot of good stuff about Moon I need to check it out.

[edit] Just saw the trailer for it, looks interesting.
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Old January 12 2010, 07:41 AM   #4
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I'd love to do something low budget like Memento but with a science-fiction flavor to it.
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Old January 12 2010, 08:07 AM   #5
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I think District 9 cost ten million, or something close to that. 'twas awesome.

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Old January 12 2010, 08:10 AM   #6
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^$30 million. Most of it spent on the weapons and vehicles, IIRC.
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Old January 12 2010, 08:16 AM   #7
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Re: SF/F Movie Under $5 Million?

Primer was an excellent sci-fi movie, and a very low budget only $7000.00

A must see...
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Old January 12 2010, 02:10 PM   #8
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I forgot the name of it, but there is a film on youtube about giant robots and planes attacking a cioty. It was made for 300 bucks. Now the director has been given a chance to reshoot it with a huge budget. Saw a clip on CNN and it looks impressive.
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Old January 12 2010, 03:08 PM   #9
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You could make a sci-fi film for any amount of money and it could be good - though the less money, the more restricted you are in the kind of story you want to tell. It'd also be far more dependent on the performances of your leads and the strength of the idea. I mean, Stalker is basically a sci-fi film with three guys wandering around some grimy environs, there's no high tech doodads or alien monsters at all. So yeah, can be done.

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I forgot the name of it, but there is a film on youtube about giant robots and planes attacking a cioty. It was made for 300 bucks. Now the director has been given a chance to reshoot it with a huge budget. Saw a clip on CNN and it looks impressive.
That's similar to what happened with Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow and District 9, both of which were based on much cheaper shorts by the director.

As for Panic Attack, (link to short), well, it could be the next District 9 - or it could be a low-budget Transformers. The guy has honestly a better handle on keeping the action from the viewpoint of the humans while it remains comprehensible, unlike Transformers... and here's hoping the final film is still set in Uruguay because as a stomping ground the USA is a little overused.
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Old January 12 2010, 03:16 PM   #10
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That short looks awesome. I wish I could do special effects.
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Old January 12 2010, 03:18 PM   #11
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I forgot the name of it, but there is a film on youtube about giant robots and planes attacking a cioty. It was made for 300 bucks.
Damn this guy's team has talent! It looks great.
I really like the sunlight lighting on the rendering of the robots & buildings and the nice use of atmospheric effects in the start with the fog & the kid by the bridge. I skimmed most of it as the length and volume level of the music made the first 1/3 feel like a music video.

With all the handheld cinematography all that motion tracking was done really well for the CGI model integration.

and the big explosion...low budget CG fire is getting really good these days at mimicing what can be captured on analog motion picture film. Looks more like film and less like a PS3 videogame digital CG explosion.

The sound design wasn't overdone either.

Good work.
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Old January 12 2010, 06:01 PM   #12
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With $5mill, I'd make Clarke County, Space by Allen Steele. You'd only need to CGI the sky and a missle traversing space.
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Old January 12 2010, 06:14 PM   #13
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They should make a cheap feature of this:

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Old January 12 2010, 06:29 PM   #14
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Moon only cost $5 million? I haven't seen it but the previews look good. The Stargate DVD movies cost $7 million and for the life of me I have no clue why.
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Old January 12 2010, 06:33 PM   #15
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Here's a neat short independent film based on the game Half-Life 2... part 1 anyway. (part 2 being worked on, apparently)... It was filmed for $500. Anyway, a neat example of low-budget scifi/action:

Escape From City 17
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