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Ciaran O'Riordan ciaran at
Mon Feb 11 10:47:36 UTC 2008

Alex Hudson <home at> writes:
> So on what basis is $100k expensive for a film?

In the case of a bunch of low-budget art students wanting to make a film in
Brussels, EUR70,000 kills the project.

The need to clear the rights for the background advertisements, music which
may be playing nearby, and even copyrighted facades and monuments kills the

So the low-budget film-maker doesn't exist (because of copyright).  This has
the knock-on effect that there is no market for reasonably priced equipment
and related services.

For making a 3D animated film, or something with experienced actors, there
will be inherent costs, but people only make the assumption that all films
involve 3D annimation or expensive actors because copyright law makes it
reasonable to assume that all film-makers have six figure budgets.

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