Les Garland was tasked with recruiting Mick Jagger to pioneer the "I want my MTV" ad campaign, with no budget. When Jagger told Garland that he couldn't do it with no pay, Garland offered $1 from his own pocket. Mick Jagger agreed to do the ad. stonesmusic.co.uk/mtv-how…
On β€œWin Ben Stein's Money,” money won by contestants was paid by the producers. Money left over at the end of a season was given to Stein. If the total amount paid out exceeded that budget, the production company paid the excess so Stein was never in any danger of losing his own money. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Win…
The Offspring's Album 'Smash' had a small budget of $20,000, which limited studio time, the last four songs recorded for the album were worked through in just two nights. 'Smash' went on to be the best-selling album released by an independent record label with over 11 million sales. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sma…
During Vietnam's war against French colonists, 80% of the colonists' war budget was financed by the USA en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fir…
The production budget of the first season of "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia" was so low, the cast shot the opening credits sequence using a digital camera themselves while driving around Philadelphia one night. Charlie Day called it the "cheapest credits ever." indigoprod.com/nyc-video-…
George Washington's presidential salary in 1789 was 2% of the total U.S. budget. voanews.com/usa/all-about…
The Fight Club executive producer Arnon Milchan quit the film when David Fincher refused to cut the budget by at least $5 million. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fig…
Almost Famous’ music budget, featuring over 50 songs by major artists, was $3.5 million. Cameron Crowe even got Jimmy Page to agree to allow Led Zeppelin’s music to appear on the soundtrack. This is something Zeppelin hadn't done since letting Crowe use "Kashmir” in Fast Times at Ridgemont High. complex.com/pop-culture/a…
An average anime 13-episode season can cost around 250 Million yen (or around $2 million dollars) to make. Most anime’s can’t recoup this expense so they rely on the β€˜windfall’ of other big animes to save budget. animenewsnetwork.com/inte…
The Spanish Inquisition was devoid of its own budget, meaning it depended exclusively on the confiscation of the goods of the denounced. Due to this organization and possibility of abuse, someone wrote a letter to the king saying of the inquisitors "if they do not burn they do not eat". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spa…
The New York City Ballet has an annual shoe budget of $780,000; on average, their dancers go through 500-800 pointe shows for "The Nutcracker" over six weeks, and even more pairs for two weeks of "Swan Lake" dancespirit.com/the-secre…
John Mayer's production team couldn't decide a budget for the music video of his song "New Light", so he went downtown and shot one with a company that makes birthday and bar mitzvah videos. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New…
Monty Python's famous gag in Holy Grail of using coconuts for horse clops was NOT out of budget necessity, but was in fact the first idea they had which served as a starting point for the film. filmschoolrejects.com/42-…
To raise funds to produce the first Mad Max film, director George Miller went out on emergency medical calls. The budget was still too low, so some of the crew was paid in "slabs" (24-packs) of beer, and some of the props were stolen in the early morning and returned before anyone noticed vanityfair.com/hollywood/…
The 1993 Super Mario Bros. movie did not profit from its theatrical run, as it had a budget of between $42 and $48 million, but is estimated to have only earned around $35 million at the box office en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sup…
Up until 1991 there was a dedicated position in the British Armed Forces called 'The Keeper of the Apes'. Their job was solely to care for the monkeys of Gibraltar. The military even had a budget for ape-related expenses. Any sick or injured monkey was cared for in British hospitals. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bar…
"Mac and Me" had a higher budget than "E.T." youtube.com/watch?v=Ee_cP…
Christopher Nolan waited to make Dunkirk until he had earned the trust of a major studio to let him make it as a pure British film, but with an American budget. He said, "Hollywood studios are interested in films about Americans, and there were no Americans involved." telegraph.co.uk/films/201…
Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982) had the smallest budget of all the Star Trek movies, only $12m. It is often considered by many, to be the best of one en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
At the turn of the 19th century the United States had to pay the Barbary states so much money for protection from corsair attacks that in 1800 the corsair protection spending made up for a fifth of the federal budget. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bar…
Monty Python and the Holy Grail's $319,000 budget was bankrolled by Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, Genesis, Elton John, and Jethro Tull. laist.com/2018/11/28/how_…
Saw (2004) was filmed in 18 days with a budget of just $1.2 million. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saw…
The City of Boston still maintains a fleet of over 3,000 telegraph fire alarm stations all over the region, with an annual budget of roughly $2 million and a dozen workers keeping the system running. The system has been in continuous use since 1852! boston.com/news/local-new…
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (starring Clint Eastwood), one of the most famous westerns of all time, was written, directed, & produced by Italians in Italy. It was part of a popular trend of low budget Italian westerns called β€œSpaghetti Westerns”. mentalfloss.com/article/7…
Since the studio didn’t have enough budget to shoot Riddick (2013). Vin Diesel had to mortgage his house, obtain loans and spend most of his own money on the production en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rid…
The New York City Ballet has a shoe budget of $780,000: the dancers go through 500 to 800 pairs of pointe shoes performing The Nutcracker over 6 weeks, and use up even more pairs in 2 weeks performing Swan Lake. dancespirit.com/the-secre…
Today I learned about Elsa-Gate, a phenomenon of mass-produced low budget YouTube videos aimed at children featuring adult and bizarre themes including violence, pregnancy, suicide and medical procedures. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Els…
Today I learned about spiderman : turn off the dark, a musical based on the 2002 film and the greek myth of arachne. It is the most expensive Broadway production in history, with a budget of $75 million. It received predominantly negative reviews, and closed production at a Massive financial loss. syfy.com/syfywire/spider-…
Monty Python and the Holy Grail was originally planned to end with a massive battle between Arthur's forces, the French knights, and the Killer Rabbit of Caerbannog. This was scrapped because the movie didn't have a big enough budget for it. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mon…
Before firing the director of β€œThe Walking Dead”, AMC sent notes to then director Frank Darabont with suggestions on how to lower the budget for season 2. One of these suggestions read: β€œCouldn't the audience hear the zombies sometimes and not see them, to save on makeup?” hollywoodreporter.com/new…
Modern scientific research is seen by scientists and historians as "Big Science", with scientific progress since WWII increasingly relying on large-scale projects with big budgets, big staff, big machines, and big laboratories, usually funded by national governments or groups of governments en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Big…
President Calvin Coolidge owned, amongst many other pets, two lions given to him by the Mayor of Johannesburg, South Africa named Tax Reduction and Budget Bureau. presidentialpetmuseum.com…
Today I learned about the Contingency Fund for Foreign Intercourse – the earliest known black budget of the USA en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Con…
A study testing the idea of negative calorie foods, by feeding fasted bearded dragons celery and inspecting their feces and urate after meals, found celery and other foods to not be negative calorie. But, they do contribute to generating a negative energy budget and thus the loss of body weight. biorxiv.org/content/10.11…
An epic Titanic film was made in 1943 on a budget of $4,000,000 β„›β„³ (around $190,000,000 USD today), commissioned by Nazi Propaganda Minister Joseph Goebbels. youtu.be/9Xc0WgdZu0w
Home Alone was originally financed/produced by Warner Bros. When the budget grew from $13 million to $18 million and no confidence of success, WB dropped the film, which was then picked up by 20th Century Fox. The film grossed $476.7 million worldwide (of which $285.8 million were from America). en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hom…
Today I learned about Godfrey Ho, a Hong Kong filmmaker who made over 80 martial arts movies in the 1980s by combining self filmed low budget footage with existing unrelated material. Most of these movies had the word "ninja" in the title. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/God…
In 2015, Martin Scorsese directed a 16-minute short film called β€œThe Audition” that served as an advertisement for a Chinese casino. It stars Leonardo DiCaprio and Robert De Niro, with a cameo appearance from Brad Pitt. The budget was $70 million. bestentertainmentreviews.…
Before filming the gradual marriage fallout in Blue Valentine, Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams prepared by living together in their onscreen home, buying groceries with a budget based on their characters, taking family portraits at Sears, and staging arguments for a month. backstage.com/magazine/ar…
In 1833 Britain used 40% of its national budget to free all slaves in the Empire. The loan for the Slavery Abolition Act was so large that it was not paid off until 2015. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sla…
, that movie Dallas Buyers Club budget was so low, they had only 250$ for the makeups. The film's artists were able to work with that, and the film's Makeup and Hairstyling won an Oscar. vanityfair.com/hollywood/…
The movie 'Dallas Buyers Club' won an Oscar for best hair and makeup despite only having a $250 budget for it all. greenlemon.me/25-amazing-…
Hallmark movies take 3 weeks to film with a $2mil budget. gobankingrates.com/net-wo…
Interpol only has a budget of €113million (roughly $127million) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Int…
Today I learned of Rita Crundwell, who embezzled $53.7 million during her 22 year career as treasure and controller of Dixon, Illinois. She used this money to support her championship Quarter Horse breeding operation. In 2008 alone, she was able to embezzle $5.8 million off of a city budget of $8-9 million. wikipedia.org/wiki/Rita_C…
(TOR is a free browser that allows anyone to browse the internet anonymously, first developed in the 90's by a US Naval Research Laboratory employee, 80% of $2 million annual budget comes from US government, Swedish government, other organizations & 20,000 personal donation from people like you torproject.org/
The T. Rex in Jurassic Park was made of two giant animatronics that cost half the film's budget, not a result of CGI youtube.com/watch?v=1iwum…
Despite working with an annual budget of only CAD 67M (US $48M), the National Film Board of Canada is among the most highly awarded film studios in the world. It produced over 3000 films, won over 5000 awards & has been nominated for 74 Oscars, more than any film organization outside Hollywood. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nat…
The movie "Paranormal Activity" had a budget of only $15,000 but made $194 million. During the screening, people were walking out that one studio executive thought the film was bombing. They later learned that the viewers were actually leaving because they were too frightened. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Par…
President Calvin Coolidge owned two lion cubs, named Tax Reduction and Budget Bureau. lockerroom.johnlocke.org/…

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