When we think of Hollywood, we think of big movie stars, Spielberg and the Oscars. We think of all that is glitzy and glamorous.
What’s far more often the case is something that’s a bit disheartening, even if it is a bit expected. The majority of the people that work on a film are basically just breaking even.
Why is this a surprise? Well, it’s like running a 5 star hotel. While your top people are being paid exorbitantly, or at least reasonably well, those at the bottom of the totem pole still don’t end up with much. Lest we forget that making a film really is like running a business.
These rolling credits of what each cast and crew member makes (based on an estimated budget of $200 million), gives you a pretty decent idea of how it all breaks down. Even if it’s not entirely accurate, it’s close enough for you to be able to see the trends. It certainly might make you watch the credits of the next 200 million dollar blockbuster differently.
If you’re in this business, most likely, it’s not because of the money!
Honest Movie Credits Reveal How Little Most Of Hollywood Makes
Via Fast Company:
To show what it’s really like to work on a Hollywood blockbuster, Vanity Fair created this cutting credits sequence.
How Much Everyone Working On a $200 Million Movie Earns | Vanity Fair
In the video above, Vanity Fair present the credits of a hypothetical $200 million movie, with each staffer’s estimated salary listed next to his or her title. It’s a gut-punching visualization, to see the production assistants who pocketed $14,000 just a stone’s throw away from the actors who made literally 1,000 times that for a similar amount of work. And because it uses the language Hollywood has already ingrained in us—the credits themselves—there’s no mental hurdle needed to decode some infographic-y graph or chart before the message sinks in.
Read this article at Fast Company “Honest Movie Credits Reveal How Little Most Of Hollywood Makes”
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