29 Famous Songs and Shows That Were Thrown Together Quick, Cheap or Both

Makes you wonder why studios give artists any budget at all
29 Famous Songs and Shows That Were Thrown Together Quick, Cheap or Both

Big-deal entertainment is famously expensive and time-consuming. Movie studios spend hundreds of millions on the next huge blockbuster. Musicians agonize for months over tunes and lyrics. It's why theater and concert tickets are so stupidly expensive.

The thing is, sometimes it's the shoestring-budget, stupidly fast-turnaround stuff that's the most entertaining. And sometimes it's even the stuff that sets the standard for years and decades to come. For example...

The original setting of Planet of the Apes was completely modern. The IMPROVISATION: There were supposed to be monkeys watching movies, shopping, driv
ONE OF THE BEST HORROR MOMIES OF ALL TIME WAS MADE IN ABOUT A MONTH. HALLOWEEN It took John Carpenter and Debra Hill ten days to write the screenplay,
Vince Gilligan planned on setting Breaking Bad in Riverside, CA. THE IMPROVISATION: They shot the pilot in Albuquerque, NM, because it was the only lo
Koji Kondo composed the Legend of Zelda theme music in just one night. ZLDN THE LEGEDD OF 00 During development, the Nintendo team used RAVEI'S Bolero
Alfred Hitchcock shot Psycho as an episode of his TV show. THE IMPROVISATION: Hitchcock shot Psycho with the crew and assets of his TV show Alfred Hit
President Whitmore's CRACKEDCO renowned speech from Independencel Day was written in just about 5 minutes. The producers hoped to rewrite it to make
What'd I Say was improvised. LIVE. Ray Charles said he and his band had run out of material with another 20 minutes still left to play. He told his
A Charlie Brown Christmas producer Lee Mendelson banged out the lyrics to Christmas Time is Here in one sitting. It was the last minute, and all his
Rihanna's Diamonds took 14 minutes to write. (The producer said, That's insane.) It sold 3.5 million copies.
29 Famous Songs and Shows That Were Thrown Together Quick, Cheap or Both
Clerks, the movie that launched Kevin smith's career, was filmed in just three weeks, in the same convenience store where Smith worked. CLRKS During t
James Cameron didn't have a filming permit for Terminator, So the crew had to avoid cops. THE IMPROVISATION: They shot at night so they had less chanc
There was absolutely no narrative reason for The Walking Dead to spend a season on a farm. THE IMPROVISATION: The network axed the Season 2 budget bef
Kevin Williamnson wrote the genre- revolutionizing script for SCREAM over a long weekend. Inspired by severe poverty, he drove out to the desert and i
Rocky and Adrian's lovely first date owes its magic to the movie running out of money. VISITOR THE IMPROVISATION: Rocky's ice rink date scene was supp
The Purge's budget went from $8 million to $2.5 million.. THE IMPROVISATION: The producer realized the movie shouldn't be that expensive, as it's set
John Hughes frantically wrote the screenplay for Ferris Bueller's Day Off in one week. In 1985, a writers' strike was about to hit Hollywood. Upon hea
Instead of spending money on music for The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, the director made it himself. THE IMPROVISATION: With a sound recordist, he did t
The costumes of 1990's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles almost kept it from getting made. THE IMPROVISATION: The producers couldn't get actors to wear the
Freddie Mercury wrote Crazy Little Thing Called Love in ten minutes on a guitar despite only knowing a few chords.
Citizen Kane had to depict obscene wealth, but it had a shoestring budget. THE IMPROVISATION: Orson Welles got super creative, coming up with tricks l
To get home in Back to the Future, Marty was supposed to drive into a nuclear explosion. THE IMPROVISATION: The original plan of sending Marty into a
It took Kanye West only 15 minutes to Write the lyrics for All Falls Down which went on to peak at #4 on the Billboard top REB chart.
The plan for dressing the main cast of Clueless was to have them all in designer couture. THE IMPROVISATION: The budget for that didn't pan out, So th
The monster of Gojira, the granddaddy of Godzilla films, was supposed to be a giant octopus. THE IMPROVISATION: The movie's special effects wizard rea
Doctor Who's TARDIS was originally supposed to change shape regularly to fit in with its surroundings. OTC THE IMPROVISATION: The series creators real
The first Saw was shot in LESS THAN WEEKS, that is- IN ONLY 18 DNS
A 1960s Batman episode had Batman, Robin, and Batgirl fight all their villains at once. THE IMPROVISATION: There was no money to actually show that, s
Because it blew its budget, Lost locked up a bunch of major characters in cages. The IMPROVISATION: The producers saved most of the third season's bud
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