I’ve always hated the amount of money spent [wasted] on things like music videos, films/tv shows (and the way the news and documentaries have become entertainment in style) and things that distract us.
The pointlessness of it is so tiring.
This video brings me to tears.
The song was used as an ending theme to a film called ‘The Coming’ (2008) written and directed by Chad Costen, his first film which cost under $50,000. Still more money than many of us can hope to see or save in a lifetime but pittance for a film and yet like other examples I’ve seen of ‘cheap’ filmmaking (and music videos going into the million bracket) it fares a lot better than much of the mind numbing, sensory overload and badly written drivel that hits our screens. He acknowledges that it has production issues, some of which would make many modern audiences give up on too quickly but the content, story telling and improvement in filming is there as it goes a long. The ending is a bit cerebral and unsatisfactory for some but at least it’s interesting. I roll my eyes at filmmakers who claim they need tens of if not hundreds of millions to make a film now, even fully cgi animated ones in the US and then you see a European one made for less than 10mil at the same standard and sans the unnecessary big celeb vocals. That said, it’s still far too much, it’s like money means nothing to them to spend as long as they make a profit to put it into the next film and luxury lifestyles that fuel more desire for such living and forgetting those who really need it.
Outrageously ‘budgeted’ media also tend to lack imagination (unless it’s the news and they just want to make things up) – thought the time travel genre for example had become stale and everything done already? Think again.
Budgets are made to be broken? No (except for government departments and national events) but it’s not hard to come across contractors, regardless of industry, who when given a fund to use for a project (with in-built auxiliary amounts) will try to use as much of it as possible to prove they needed it. Using up the budget just to ensure the next one isn’t less.
There’s plenty of things to waste money on of course be it the latest gadget which will only decrease in value or fashion. I saw a stunningly attractive coat recently selling for a few thousand dollars (price increased because worn by celebs though overpriced brand labels and non-fair trade sweat shop labour are the norm) but if I really wanted it I could get a second hand taffeta/sari/cheongsam fabric coat, stick cheapo faux flowers on it and it’d look exactly the same. Seriously, these things are aimed at people who have money to literally throw in a bin and set fire to – other than the vanity and ego in buying from such pricey fashion houses – I think that the designers are secretly laughing at their clientèle. ‘I can charge you whatever the hell I want and you’ll still pay for it!’ I’ve seen items in markets selling at ridiculous prices in department stores, yes the same quality. That’s another lie many people fall for, that the higher the price the better quality. BS. Some decades ago ok, all those vintage and hand-me-down clothes from the 40’s onwards that as long as they are kept well look almost as good as new. Nowadays we have throwaway fashion that whether looked after or not doesn’t last long. I remember a woman scoffing at me for saying the leggings she was promoting weren’t worth the price and doing the usual condescending thing about the quality – I held up a pair of ‘cheap’ leggings next to a pair of hers and showed her the fabric content and she realized. That’s not to say there aren’t brands that are in the higher price brackets that aren’t high quality, that take pride in the products, maybe even individual attention and have tailors with many years of experience who can in one glance tell you your sizes and start ‘fixing’ the clothing your wearing pulling/folding your sleeve cuffs, straightening your collar etc, but it’s not the norm anymore.
A food example? I used to buy high quality olives in multiple types (not the rubbery pizza olives you tend to find everywhere on everything) by the kilo and they lasted months. I paid £4-5 per kilo. Then one day at a Southbank (River Thames, London) open air exhibition which they have regularly (trust me the open air helps for things like the cheese show) they were selling the exact same olives, even the stuffed ones for £20 per kilo. Yep, 4-5x the amount and I wasn’t buying wholesale, I was buying retail from a Turkish supermarket in a multi-cultural area instead of the uber affluent Southbank area where the posh-ness practically oozes on one part and the poverty on the other. The people at the stall and customers were pontificating about how fair it was being based on weight and worth it 🙄 I told them what I thought and they offered me some free food to go away, I didn’t take it but I did sample a piece of ginger which for some reason no one else could tell was ginger (they’d been marinated).
Let’s not get started on property – HOW MUCH above labour and material costs did you say?!?!