“Paranormal Activity” - The Little Indie That Did
And It Was Cut On Vegas. On a Dell. Go Figure.
By Bruce A Johnson | November 04, 2009
This week's paper edition of Entertainment Weekly has a cover story on the production of Paranormal Activity (the article doesn't seem to be available online yet.) This is the $11,000 indie horror film that has, at last count, grossed over $84,000,000 - Eighty-four MILLION dollars. Talk about catching lightning in a bottle. Was it shot on a Red One? No, the slightly less expensive Sony FX1. Was it edited on a Mac on Avid or Final Cut? Nope, it was cut with Sony Vegas on a Dell. The article contains a pretty interesting breakout of all the other expenses:
Miscellaneous camera, tape, mics, batteries - $1000
Actors - $1500
Travel, accommodations - $1000
Catering (groceries and Pizza Hut) - $500
Red Bull - $100
Baby powder - $3
I'd have to say that Paranormal Activities is the poster child for payback on an investment!
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editblog - Wed, May 22 2013 - 12:30 pm
@ronsussman @comebackshane @dwolfmeyer going in and out of AE for nearly every other shot (multiple times with changes)... No thx
editblog - Wed, May 22 2013 - 12:13 pm
@comebackshane @dwolfmeyer because I could stay right in FCP and it has much, much better eases and overall controls for moving on stills