I understand real movies costing a lot - filming locations, studio, actors, stunt doubles, special effects, etc...But Avatar which is in all cgi cost 500 million dollars, how so?
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because it takes lots of time, technology and the people to run said tech who are all probably highly paid specialists.
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You can shoot an entire scene with a video camera using only a cameraman (or not if you have a tripod), an actor, and that's it.
To recreate the same scene with a virtual actor in a virtual environment, you need high spec computers, concept artists, 3d artists... A one minute scene in a movie like Avatar can take months to recreate. Months of labor from tens of artists.
The movie took 10 years to make.
I have no idea how big the team that made the movie is, but say there were 150 people making an average of $75,000 a year. That's $11,250,000 on labor for one year alone. Multiply that by 10 years, and that's $110,250,000. Add the amount of money they paid to all of the actors, and that probably bumps it up to $150mil - $200mil. Add to that the cost of the equipment, props, consulting fees, research and development, green screen studios/hangars, marketing, the 3d tech, lighting specialists, make up artists, costume designers and costumes, the orchestra/scoring of the movie, etc etc... it builds up.
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