How much do films cost?

Christmas is upon us and many of us spend time sitting in front of the tv. It’s the time of year when quite a lot of the films we can choose to watch are pleasant escapist nonsense. Some are what can only be described, in the politest terms possible, as complete bollocks.

About 10 years ago Independence Day (1996) apparently cost $75,000,000 Waterworld cost $175,000,000. Many ‘low budget’ films cost around $30million and about half the budget goes in publicity.

Some of the films are so bad I wonder

  1. how anyone managed to spend a lot of money making such rubbish and
  2. where did they get the money from in the first place for such bad ideas?

I can only come to a limited number of possible reasons for this. You may very well come to the same answers.

On the other hand thousands of children die each day from diarrhoea or acute respiratory infection linked to polluted water or malnutrition. These can be avoided quite cheaply, but even if not entirely avoided, saving a child’s life with Oral Rehydration Therapy only costs about 10 cents/day for a few days gives

Diarrhoeal diseases are very common among young children and are a leading child killer in developing countries. About 2.2 million children die from dehydration due to diarrhoeal diseases, 80% of them in the first two years of life.

Oral Rehydration Therapy (ORT), a simple, cost-effective treatment given at home using either packets of Oral Rehydration Salts (ORS) costing about 10 cents each or a simple home solution of sugar, salt and water can prevent about 90% of child deaths from diarrhoeal dehydration. UNICEF and its partners have helped more than 45 countries to achieve treating 80% of child diarrhoea cases with ORT.

ORT now helps save more than 1 million children’s lives each year, indicating substantial progress towards the year 2000 goal of halving the child death rate from diarrhoeal diseases during this decade.

[Then we could start to look at cheap inoculations that also save lives, but that is another matter.]

So the immensely rich backers of film studios can either pay $millions for something that is very likely to do badly or they can pay cents for something that is likely to very well for everyone concerned. You would think it would be a no-brainer.

There is an interesting list of bombs on Wikipedia

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