Ethan Marshal Slattery19 Oct 2009Eng 120-2Ms. Vicki PierceMovie Budgets and SuccessIn the modern world, we have come to expect our movies to be loaded with expensive production costs and filled with extravagant special effects. We look for actors and directors with big names before making the decision to rent a movie. Now, whether this is the actual opinion of the public or just a trend in filmmaking remains to be seen.Michael Bay, the famous director of the “Transformers” movies, as well as others, isknown for his almost non-existent storylines and huge, frequent, and detailed explosions.Viewers expect these things and watch his movies to be awed by the scope of the explosions thatrock through the world in slow motion. They are not watching a movie, they are watching scenesof visual gloss with a bit of limping dialogue and shots of Megan Fox’s breasts in between.I am not criticizing those types of entertainment, however. I enjoy that kind of pointlessstimulation occasionally. I am saying that they do not live up to the standards of more purposeful, more masterful movies.The success of a new work, simply titled “Paranormal Activity”, stands as an example of one such movie. With an incredibly low budget of $15,000, it does not seem to be the sort of filmthat would attract a large audience, but it did. All the filming was done in a week through a hand-held home video camera used by the director, Oren Peli. There was no script; the actors weregiven only a rough story outline and told to improvise. During the first screening, people beganto get up and walk out of the theater. The movie wasn’t bad, they were just too scared.