There’s no doubt that spending lots of money on a film will likely result in realistic computer-generated imagery (CGI), stunning visual effects, and top-notch acting. The same cannot be said, however, for movies that are shot on a far more modest scale. In fact, small budget films are often known for their less than expensive-looking props and laughable sets
But sometimes you strike gold with inexpensive films, as was the case with the movie Paranormal Activity. Made on a teeny tiny budget of $15,000 in 2009, this thriller raked in $107.9 million domestically. Not too bad for a film that cost less to make than many people pay for vehicles.
Cher and Dionne made runway styles attainable.
This iconic reptile proved that less is more.
No buts, no cuts, no coconuts—almost
In one of the movie’s most memorable scenes, knights pretend to ride horses while their assistants bang coconuts together. For those who don’t get it, the coconut noise is used to simulate the sound of horse hooves, thus making it appear that the knights are indeed actually riding on horses.
A guitar string came to the rescue.
The director looked to the film’s dinosaur effects supervisor Michael Lantieri for help. For his part, Lantieri enlisted inspiration from his guitar.
“I set a glass and started playing notes on a guitar and got to a right frequency … a right note … and it did exactly what I wanted it to do.” Lantieri said in an interview.