Negative cost

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Negative cost is the net expense to produce and shoot a film, excluding such expenditures as distribution and promotion.[1]

Low-budget movies, for example The Blair Witch Project, can have promotional expenses that are much larger than the negative cost.[2]

The term comes from the costs up to the production of the final negative.


  1. ^ Barnes & Noble Glossary Retrieved 2007-02-12
  2. ^ IMDb Explanation for differences in reported budget Retrieved 2007-02-12

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