Making movies has been a big business for almost a hundred years, the kind of complicated enterprise that employs hundreds of skilled technical people who all make a lot of money.
The music business used to be a smaller version of the movie business. There weren't as many high-priced technicians need to make a good album, but making records was a good living for a lot of people.
Then came the digital revolution. Suddenly, anyone could make a pretty good album on their home computer with just a few thousand dollars of equipment and software. The big recording studios closed and, suddenly, a lot of people were out of work.
People in the movie business didn't worry so much. Even after directors started using digital cameras instead of film, there were still large crews needed to support a film shoot. And yet the equipment kept improving and creative filmmakers started finding ways to make a films with a smaller crews and an even smaller budget.
And now we come to Monsters, a soon-to-be-released horror film that its makers claim was made for $15,000.
$15,000. That's less money than it costs to rent just one trailer for location shoots on a Tom Cruise movie.
Granted, it takes a very talented filmmaker to make something look this good on such a tiny budget. But if Monsters finds real success in theaters, it's going to cause an earthquake in moviemaking. This could be the filme that changes the game for everyone.
In this video, Gareth Edwards talks about what it's like to work with such a tiny budget:
Monsters will be available On Demand on September 24th and in theaters October 29th.