Movies always involve a lot of money, from the payment of the screenwriters to the cost of production. Hiring a crew, buying the right equipment and paying the actors are also priorities.
There are also some areas that were the money needs to be spent for catering and insurance, but the most expensive part of making a movie is the post-production. This phase of production is when all the movie transforms to its best with special effects and some other modifications that are needed. But first, to this post-production to come out the set of the film needs to be perfect and this is a really expensive step of production too.
With the evolution of technology filmmakers are not so concerned about the details of the set because these scenarios can be computer made. Anyway this reality is quite recent, in the past directors and producers had to rely on meticulous and detailed building of sets to create the sensation of an exotic and fantastic place or even a dark and underground and other locations.
Even with the option of having digital sets some filmmakers prefer more physical set. But, if they prefer that they have to be prepared to spend a lot of money because a detailed and specific set can be truly expensive.
The Most Expensive Homes collected a list of the most expensive movie sets:
Maybe in this case you think that every set was computer manufactured, but the truth is the trilogy spent a lot of money on physical sets.
The most detailed movie in terms of sets was without a doubt Matrix Reloaded. The freeway scene could not be completed on a normal road because of the amount of time it needed to be closed so they built their own road and this cost $2.5 million. It was built on an old military base and a lot of concrete was spent on this construction and it was constructed with a mile and a half long. When the movie was finished the road was dismantled and 90% of the materials were recycled.
The Stanley Kubrick´s Full Metal Jacket was a truly expensive movie sets wise. The most complex and the biggest set constructed on the movie was the Vietnamese town. To do this ruined town Kubrick and the art director spent months destroying buildings and also constructing some and also they used a wrecking ball to destroy the buildings the exact same way as photographs he had in his possession. Adding more expensive details to this set Kubrick bought M41 tanks and Westland Wessex helicopters.
It is known for being one of the most expensive sets ever made, a multi-million dollar set. It was made a giant steel atoll, it was done doing the production and floated in the ocean off the coast of Hawaii. It took a lot of man work hours to complete and it was flown directly to California. Unfortunately, the weather on that area was not checked due to heavy winds on a regular basis the set was almost completely destroyed and damaged badly during a storm, fix it made the set even more expensive.
The movie Stalingrad (director: Fedor Bondarchuk) of 2013 is an intense war drama that has astonishing visuals and ultra-realistic scenery. Almost $5 million of the budget of the film was spent on creating a huge set filled with buildings, vehicles and equipment that were present in Stalingrad during Worl War II. Six months and 400 staff were the amount of time and people that this set needed.
One of the most expensive films ever created with a budget of $200 million Titanic and a good part of the money was spent on creating the hugely detailed sets that appear throughout.
The biggest set was a 40-acre facility that contained two huge tanks with water and a 90% replica of the starboard side of the ship so the director could film the replica in water and to allow it to sink at the end.
Total cost of the elaborate set: $30 million.
Other films like Hello, Dolly! a Barbra Streisand movie, Intolerance or Ben Hur are also examples of expensive sets who took a lot of man-hours and also attention to detail.