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24th Mar '17 7:52:20 PM dbsamurai
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* ''Film/PacificRim'' built a fully functional Jaeger cockpit, mounted on hydraulics that would allow it to rotate, drop, and tilt to mimic the exterior behavior of the titanic mechs as they moved according to the actors' motions inside. Naturally this set was redressed into all four of the Jaeger cockpit interiors we see, with frequent shots of the actors performing an action before cutting to the CG robots mimicking it.
22nd Mar '17 5:16:17 AM bombadil211
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** Suberted in Clarkson's review of the BMW X6 in the final episode of Series 14, where he briefly visits exotic locations for rather trivial reasons in an episode strapped for cash! This includes visiting Spain to see if the handling is better (it isn't), Switzerland to see if the car can deal with snow (it can't), Hong Kong in search of a metaphor (an expensive skyscraper) and to Australia to see if the glovebox works upside down (it does)!

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** Suberted Subverted in Clarkson's review of the BMW X6 in the final episode of Series 14, 14 (which they supposedly had run out of money for), where he briefly visits exotic locations for rather trivial reasons in an episode strapped for cash! This includes visiting Spain to see if the handling is better (it isn't), Switzerland to see if the car can deal with snow (it can't), Hong Kong in search of a metaphor (an expensive skyscraper) and to Australia to see if the glovebox works upside down (it does)!does)! In the same episode, Hammond's review extensively used gratuitous and costly CGI that served no real purpose in showing off his car's features. The [[BrickJoke end result]] is that the show James had no budget for his segment and had to cobble together a segment that was mostly him having tea with the woman who invented the modern road sign.
22nd Mar '17 5:11:22 AM bombadil211
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** Inverted on his last couple of weeks on NBC, where he presented a series of one-off sketches supposedly constructed to be as expensive as possible to the network such as "Purchased fossil of a ground sloth from the Smithsonian spraying an original Picasso with beluga caviar." Generally, these sketches featured obvious fakes or donated loaners.

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** Inverted on his last couple of weeks on NBC, where he presented a series of one-off sketches supposedly constructed to be as expensive as possible to the network such as "Purchased fossil of a ground sloth from the Smithsonian spraying an original Picasso with beluga caviar." Generally, these sketches featured obvious fakes or donated loaners. The music for these segments, on the other hand, all had impossibly high royalty payments and was specifically selected to screw with the network since a single clip could end up costing NBC tens of thousands of dollars should it ever be rerun. This is part of the reason why O'Brien's NBC run has been more or less locked away forever.
20th Mar '17 6:47:54 PM themisterfree
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''Please'' do not confuse with MoneyMakingShot. Also this trope has nothing to do with using cash [[MoneyToThrowAway as ammo]] or pumping stacks of bills full of lead.

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''Please'' do not confuse with MoneyMakingShot. Also this trope has nothing to do with using cash [[MoneyToThrowAway as ammo]] or pumping stacks of bills full of lead.
lead ([[WesternAnimation/CodeMonkeys Mr. Larrity]] shot a pile of money once, then stabbed it).
19th Mar '17 11:19:20 PM DanielCase
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* ''Film/Sahara2005'': Averted when a plane crash that took up 45 seconds of film time and cost $2 million to film was cut to make room for the ProductPlacement scenes.
19th Mar '17 11:10:49 PM DanielCase
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** Justified somewhat in that the effects seen in the movie were done by John Dykstra and Douglas Trumbull in a huge rush after the special effects firm originally hired failed to produce anything remotely usable after a year's effort. At the last minute someone from Paramount decided that since the studio had spent so much money on the effects, they should be front and center in the movie.
** Further justified by the ''Enterprise'' sets having originally been built for the SequelSeries project that became the movie after ''Film/StarWarsEpisodeIV'' came out. Since they would never be used for a weekly TV series, the script was written to take full advantage of them as they were struck after production wrapped and never reused.

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** Justified somewhat in that the effects seen in the movie were done by John Dykstra and Douglas Trumbull in a huge rush after the special effects firm originally hired failed to produce anything remotely usable after a year's effort. At the last minute someone from Paramount decided that since the studio had spent so much money on the effects, they should be front and center in the movie.
movieŚcutting a number of character-development scenes in the process.
** Further justified by the ''Enterprise'' sets having originally been built for the SequelSeries project that became the movie after ''Film/StarWarsEpisodeIV'' ''Film/ANewHope'' came out. Since they would never be used for a weekly TV series, the script was written to take full advantage of them as they were struck after production wrapped and never reused.
19th Mar '17 11:09:02 PM DanielCase
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** Justified somewhat in that the effects seen in the movie were done by John Dykstra and Douglas Trumbull in a huge rush after the special effects firm originally hired failed to produce anything remotely usable after a year's effort.

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** Justified somewhat in that the effects seen in the movie were done by John Dykstra and Douglas Trumbull in a huge rush after the special effects firm originally hired failed to produce anything remotely usable after a year's effort. At the last minute someone from Paramount decided that since the studio had spent so much money on the effects, they should be front and center in the movie.
** Further justified by the ''Enterprise'' sets having originally been built for the SequelSeries project that became the movie after ''Film/StarWarsEpisodeIV'' came out. Since they would never be used for a weekly TV series, the script was written to take full advantage of them as they were struck after production wrapped and never reused.
15th Mar '17 10:30:42 AM AthenaBlue
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** The production team actually traveled to Paris for [[Recap/DoctorWhoS17E2CityOfDeath "City of Death", the first time a ''Series/DoctorWho'' story was shot outside of Britain. Most of the story was set in Paris anyway, but the director made sure to include gratuitous shots of the Doctor and Romana walking around Parisian locations in the first episode. Less effective use was made of Amsterdam in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS20E1ArcOfInfinity "Arc of Infinity"]], but in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS21E5PlanetofFire "Planet of Fire"]] the island of Lanzarote doubled as itself and as an alien planet.

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** The production team actually traveled to Paris for [[Recap/DoctorWhoS17E2CityOfDeath "City of Death", Death"]], the first time a ''Series/DoctorWho'' story was shot outside of Britain. Most of the story was set in Paris anyway, but the director made sure to include gratuitous shots of the Doctor and Romana walking around Parisian locations in the first episode. Less effective use was made of Amsterdam in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS20E1ArcOfInfinity "Arc of Infinity"]], but in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS21E5PlanetofFire "Planet of Fire"]] the island of Lanzarote doubled as itself and as an alien planet.
15th Mar '17 10:30:08 AM AthenaBlue
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* Notably averted in ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda'', in which Creator/JackieChan's character Monkey got surprisingly few lines, making many people wonder why they had to get ''Jackie Chan'' for that role when they could've essentially gone with a cheaper actor.
** Animated films do this a lot. The actors don't need to do much, just read the lines, so they don't need to be paid much. Live films are incredibly hard work compared to sitting in a warm studio with a microphone, cracking jokes with Jack Black and Angelina Jolie. Plus, Creator/JackieChan provided technical guidance with the fight scenes - he is the master of kung fu comedy.









* Averted again in ''Film/{{Alien}}'', where the huge Space Jockey in its "pilot chair" was built by artist H.R. Giger for a lot of money and was used only in one scene. (then again, 30 years later [[Film/{{Prometheus}} it inspired a film of its own]])
* Next time you watch ''Film/{{Armageddon}}'' pay attention to the number of, sometimes gratuitous, shots of helicopters. They were getting the most out of those rentals.
%%* ''Film/{{Avatar}}'' surely qualifies too. - ZCE
* ''Film/BackToTheFuturePartII'' showcased newly-developed technology [[ActingForTwo that allowed the cast to play]] [[IdenticalGrandson past/present/future counterparts]] of their characters.
* ''Film/{{Equilibrium}}'''s interrogation scenes between Preston and Mary, despite simply being two people speaking to each other, were incredibly expensive. Mary required multiple dresses of various shades of pink and each scene required a smaller table than the one preceding it. Director Kurt Wimmer felt that it was absolutely necessary, despite squeezing the film's already tight budget, because the richer colors and the closing distance between the two characters showed that Preston was emotionally opening up and beginning to perceive beauty.
* Very much averted in the ''Film/HarryPotter'' films. They created an animatronic hog's head to mount on the wall of the Hog's Head pub in ''Film/HarryPotterAndTheOrderOfThePhoenix''. It appears on-screen for a few seconds and you'll only notice that it moves if you're looking for it. On ''Film/HarryPotterAndTheHalfBloodPrince'', four makeup artists spent five hours on a background extra dubbed "tattoo man" and, in the end, he doesn't appear in the final cut. The actors have often noted that the sets have much more detail than what is visible on-screen, something which ultimately paid off for the Warner Bros. Studio Tour. And that doesn't even get into all the {{Classically Trained Extra}}s.
* ''Film/{{Inception}}'' takes this trope to a new level, given that it was shot in five different countries. There's quite a lot of SceneryPorn, but it doesn't end there, especially in Paris. We don't just see Paris; we see it ''fold into itself like a taco''!
* Averted in ''Film/{{Jaws}}''. Despite the expense of the animatronic sharks used to film the movie, they were plagued with mechanical difficulties which limited their screen time. Most critics agree that this works to the benefit of the movie [[NothingIsScarier creating a more frightening atmosphere]] and increasing the effect when it does appear.



* Same with Frank Miller's ''Film/TheSpirit''. The Octopus is always hidden in shadows in the comics, but when you pay for Creator/SamuelLJackson to play the role...
* [[Film/{{Solaris 1972}} The Soviet film version]] of ''Literature/{{Solaris}}'', directed by Andrei Tarkovsky, used this trope to justify the production team's trip to Japan by a ''[[LeaveTheCameraRunning long]]'' highway scene in the middle of the movie.
* [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] in ''Film/{{Soapdish}}'' where a network executive mentions the simulated ocean background for the SoapWithinAShow cost the studio over [=$100,000=].

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* Same with Frank Miller's ''Film/TheSpirit''. Also averted in ''Film/KingKong1976''. A giant animatronic version of Kong was built and cost 1.7 million dollars to make, but because it didn't look convincing enough, it was only seen in a couple of seconds-long shots.
*
The Octopus entire ''Film/LordOfTheRings'' trilogy embodies this. The level of detail put into the, well, everything is always hidden astonishing, and it shows. Every penny of its $285 million budget is right up on the screen.
** Minor subversion
in shadows one scene, mentioned in the comics, but when you pay extended edition DVD for Creator/SamuelLJackson to play the role...
* [[Film/{{Solaris 1972}} The Soviet film version]] of ''Literature/{{Solaris}}'', directed by Andrei Tarkovsky, used this trope to justify the production team's trip to Japan by a ''[[LeaveTheCameraRunning long]]'' highway scene in the middle
''Return of the movie.
* [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]]
King'': Still in ''Film/{{Soapdish}}'' Rohan, Éowyn offers a cup to Aragorn, and he drinks from it. Miranda Otto, along with the costume designers, lamented that the dress she wore as Éowyn for that scene was fantastic and intricate, particularly the skirt and sleeves - in a scene shooting the actors from the chest upwards.
** ''Film/LordOfTheRings'' actually has a lot of subversions. For example Bernard Hill noted that Théoden's breastplate had beautiful, intricate stitching and details--''on the inside'',
where only he and wardrobe ever saw it. However, it served to make him feel like a network executive mentions king.
* ''Film/MightyMorphinPowerRangersTheMovie'' is a major BigBudgetBeefUp of
the simulated ocean background infamously low-budget children's TV show ''Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers''. Just in case the audience doesn't catch the hint that it's a BigBudgetBeefUp, the very first scene of the movie is a lengthy ''sky-diving'' sequence. It isn't the slightest bit relevant to the plot--the whole stunt is supposedly a fundraising gig for the SoapWithinAShow cost Angel Grove Youth Center--but it's an effective way to show off the studio over [=$100,000=].budget.



* ''Film/{{Inception}}'' takes this trope to a new level, given that it was shot in five different countries. There's quite a lot of SceneryPorn, but it doesn't end there, especially in Paris. We don't just see Paris; we see it ''fold into itself like a taco''!
%%* ''Film/{{Titanic 1997}}'': They made the most expensive film made up to that point, and damned if you don't see every penny of it. - ZCE
%%* ''Film/{{Avatar}}'' surely qualifies too. - ZCE

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* ''Film/{{Inception}}'' takes ''Film/{{North}}'', which has Creator/DanAykroyd and Music/RebaMcEntire in minor roles, has both sing the film's only song, despite it not being a musical, because if two big name singers are going to be in a movie, don't expect them to be silent.
* [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] in ''Film/{{Soapdish}}'' where a network executive mentions the simulated ocean background for the SoapWithinAShow cost the studio over [=$100,000=].
* [[Film/{{Solaris 1972}} The Soviet film version]] of ''Literature/{{Solaris}}'', directed by Andrei Tarkovsky, used
this trope to justify the production team's trip to Japan by a new level, given that it was shot ''[[LeaveTheCameraRunning long]]'' highway scene in five different countries. There's quite a lot the middle of SceneryPorn, the movie.
* Same with Frank Miller's ''Film/TheSpirit''. The Octopus is always hidden in shadows in the comics,
but it doesn't end there, especially in Paris. We don't just see Paris; we see it ''fold into itself like a taco''!
%%* ''Film/{{Titanic 1997}}'': They made
when you pay for Creator/SamuelLJackson to play the most expensive film made up to that point, and damned if you don't see every penny of it. - ZCE
%%* ''Film/{{Avatar}}'' surely qualifies too. - ZCE
role...



* ''Franchise/StarWars'': The iconic opening space battle of ''Film/ANewHope'' was actually due to this trope. The ship that was originally the ''Millennium Falcon'' was decided to be too close in appearance to a ship from another movie, so they rushed out a new design at the last minute. In the meantime, the original ''Falcon'''s model was repurposed as the ''Tantive IV'', Princess Leia's blockade runner. Ironically, the model for the ''Tantive IV'' was twice as large and detailed as any other model made for the movie, but only is in the film for around a minute.
* ''Film/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2014'' is often accused of spending an inordinate amount of screentime with April O'Neil to justify the hefty pricetag of hiring Creator/MeganFox for the role, though her involvement is likely much less costly than the price of the cgi/motion capture necessary for the Turtles themselves.
* ''Film/Terminator2JudgmentDay'', judging from its opening, intended to keep the presence of the T1000 ambiguous for a while (letting the audience think that Robert Patrick's character was another human sent back to stop another T-800). [[TrailersAlwaysSpoil The trailers, of course, ignored that to show off the then-new and awesome morphing effects]].
%%* ''Film/{{Titanic 1997}}'': They made the most expensive film made up to that point, and damned if you don't see every penny of it. - ZCE



* Averted in ''Film/{{Jaws}}''. Despite the expense of the animatronic sharks used to film the movie, they were plagued with mechanical difficulties which limited their screen time. Most critics agree that this works to the benefit of the movie [[NothingIsScarier creating a more frightening atmosphere]] and increasing the effect when it does appear.
* Next time you watch ''Film/{{Armageddon}}'' pay attention to the number of, sometimes gratuitous, shots of helicopters. They were getting the most out of those rentals.
* The entire ''Film/LordOfTheRings'' trilogy embodies this. The level of detail put into the, well, everything is astonishing, and it shows. Every penny of its $285 million budget is right up on the screen.
** Minor subversion in one scene, mentioned in the extended edition DVD for ''Return of the King'': Still in Rohan, Éowyn offers a cup to Aragorn, and he drinks from it. Miranda Otto, along with the costume designers, lamented that the dress she wore as Éowyn for that scene was fantastic and intricate, particularly the skirt and sleeves - in a scene shooting the actors from the chest upwards.
** ''Film/LordOfTheRings'' actually has a lot of subversions. For example Bernard Hill noted that Théoden's breastplate had beautiful, intricate stitching and details--''on the inside'', where only he and wardrobe ever saw it. However, it served to make him feel like a king.
* ''Film/Terminator2JudgmentDay'', judging from its opening, intended to keep the presence of the T1000 ambiguous for a while (letting the audience think that Robert Patrick's character was another human sent back to stop another T-800). [[TrailersAlwaysSpoil The trailers, of course, ignored that to show off the then-new and awesome morphing effects]].
* ''Film/{{North}}'', which has Creator/DanAykroyd and Music/RebaMcEntire in minor roles, has both sing the film's only song, despite it not being a musical, because if two big name singers are going to be in a movie, don't expect them to be silent.
* Also averted in ''Film/KingKong1976''. A giant animatronic version of Kong was built and cost 1.7 million dollars to make, but because it didn't look convincing enough, it was only seen in a couple of seconds-long shots.
* Averted again in ''Film/{{Alien}}'', where the huge Space Jockey in its "pilot chair" was built by artist H.R. Giger for a lot of money and was used only in one scene. (then again, 30 years later [[Film/{{Prometheus}} it inspired a film of its own]])
* Very much averted in the ''Film/HarryPotter'' films. They created an animatronic hog's head to mount on the wall of the Hog's Head pub in ''Film/HarryPotterAndTheOrderOfThePhoenix''. It appears on-screen for a few seconds and you'll only notice that it moves if you're looking for it. On ''Film/HarryPotterAndTheHalfBloodPrince'', four makeup artists spent five hours on a background extra dubbed "tattoo man" and, in the end, he doesn't appear in the final cut. The actors have often noted that the sets have much more detail than what is visible on-screen, something which ultimately paid off for the Warner Bros. Studio Tour. And that doesn't even get into all the {{Classically Trained Extra}}s.
* ''Film/BackToTheFuturePartII'' showcased newly-developed technology [[ActingForTwo that allowed the cast to play]] [[IdenticalGrandson past/present/future counterparts]] of their characters.
* ''Film/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2014'' is often accused of spending an inordinate amount of screentime with April O'Neil to justify the hefty pricetag of hiring Creator/MeganFox for the role, though her involvement is likely much less costly than the price of the cgi/motion capture necessary for the Turtles themselves.
* ''Film/{{Equilibrium}}'''s interrogation scenes between Preston and Mary, despite simply being two people speaking to each other, were incredibly expensive. Mary required multiple dresses of various shades of pink and each scene required a smaller table than the one preceding it. Director Kurt Wimmer felt that it was absolutely necessary, despite squeezing the film's already tight budget, because the richer colors and the closing distance between the two characters showed that Preston was emotionally opening up and beginning to perceive beauty.
* The iconic opening space battle of ''Film/ANewHope'' was actually due to this trope. The ship that was originally the ''Millennium Falcon'' was decided to be too close in appearance to a ship from another movie, so they rushed out a new design at the last minute. In the meantime, the original ''Falcon'''s model was repurposed as the ''Tantive IV'', Princess Leia's blockade runner. Ironically, the model for the Tantive IV was twice as large and detailed as any other model made for the movie, but only is in the film for around a minute.
* ''Film/MightyMorphinPowerRangersTheMovie'' is a major BigBudgetBeefUp of the infamously low-budget children's TV show ''Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers''. Just in case the audience doesn't catch the hint that it's a BigBudgetBeefUp, the very first scene of the movie is a lengthy ''sky-diving'' sequence. It isn't the slightest bit relevant to the plot--the whole stunt is supposedly a fundraising gig for the Angel Grove Youth Center--but it's an effective way to show off the budget.




* Gene Roddenberry's ''Series/{{Andromeda}}'' sure got their money's worth from the "asteroid base" cave set built for their fourth episode, as it appears over and over again for a variety of caves, asteroid bases, underground command centers, and so forth.



* Gene Roddenberry's ''Series/{{Andromeda}}'' sure got their money's worth from the "asteroid base" cave set built for their fourth episode, as it appears over and over again for a variety of caves, asteroid bases, underground command centers, and so forth.
* An episode of ''Series/{{Angel}}'' had Angel being poisoned by a leech-like parasite that forced him to remain asleep and have crazy nightmares. The director, David Boreanaz himself, said that there were two main props of the leech, one crafted out of a spongy material with some slime on it and another that had full animatronics and cost them $85,000. He resorted to filming as little of the costly prop as possible because he felt it was too goofy looking and the cheaper sponge prop actually worked better. He wouldn't have used it at all if it wasn't for the fact it cost $85,000.



* The sitcom ''Series/TheFactsOfLife'' had a special set in Australia. Much footage of Sydney's Harbour Bridge and Opera House, as well as Uluru was shown.

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* The sitcom ''Series/TheFactsOfLife'' British series ''Series/TheBill'' once had an end of season CliffHanger involving a special set (no doubt expensive to hire) police helicopter. The helicopter features prominently in Australia. Much the ending, and there's lots of footage of Sydney's Harbour Bridge and Opera House, as well as Uluru was shown.London shown from the helicopter.



* ''Series/StargateSG1'''s 200th episode special featured a very expensive puppetry (same as from ''Thunderbirds'') setup. The subsequent skit/parody went on for about three times as long as it should have. All for a cheap "wires cut" gag.
** The ''Stargate'' production team built a very expensive medieval set for their Season 9 Ori story arc. It appeared quite regularly through the last 2 seasons of ''SG-1'' and occasionally on ''Series/StargateAtlantis''. After ''SG-1'' finished, the ''Atlantis'' producers were able to use all the sets built, and the medieval set featured in every 2nd episode.
* In addition to dedicating an entire episode to their Japanese train vs. car race, ''TopGear'' filmed several Japanese car reviews while they were in the country.
** A good portion of any cross-country episode (Botswana, Japan, Vietnam) will be spent on shots of either scenery or local culture.
*** The Arctic Special uses this trope.
** Suberted in Clarkson's review of the BMW X6 in the final episode of Series 14, where he briefly visits exotic locations for rather trivial reasons in an episode strapped for cash! This includes visiting Spain to see if the handling is better (it isn't), Switzerland to see if the car can deal with snow (it can't), Hong Kong in search of a metaphor (an expensive skyscraper) and to Australia to see if the glovebox works upside down (it does)!



** The characters in "The Ark in Space" spend an awful long time in the cryonic chamber (even though the useful controls, supplies and computers are elsewhere in other rooms) because the set was extremely beautiful and expensive and one of the most ambitious sets the series had yet executed. All scenes that don't ''absolutely'' have to take place somewhere else in the ship take place in it.
** Robert Holmes commissioned a Sontaran story for Season 12 because the Sontaran costume created for the previous season was so expensive that the producer wanted to reuse it. The result was the BottleEpisode "The Sontaran Experiment." The strange part is that a new, lighter Sontaran head was created for it, defeating the story's original purpose.

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** The characters in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS12E2TheArkInSpace "The Ark in Space" Space"]] spend an awful long time in the cryonic chamber (even though the useful controls, supplies and computers are elsewhere in other rooms) because the set was extremely beautiful and expensive and one of the most ambitious sets the series had yet executed. All scenes that don't ''absolutely'' have to take place somewhere else in the ship take place in it.
** Robert Holmes commissioned a Sontaran story for Season 12 because the Sontaran costume created for the previous season was so expensive that the producer wanted to reuse it. The result was the BottleEpisode [[Recap/DoctorWhoS12E3TheSontaranExperiment "The Sontaran Experiment." Experiment"]]. The strange part is that a new, lighter Sontaran head was created for it, defeating the story's original purpose.



** The production team actually traveled to Paris for "City of Death," the first time a ''Series/DoctorWho'' story was shot outside of Britain. Most of the story was set in Paris anyway, but the director made sure to include gratuitous shots of the Doctor and Romana walking around Parisian locations in the first episode. Less effective use was made of Amsterdam in "Arc of Infinity," but in "Planet of Fire" the island of Lanzarote doubled as itself and as an alien planet.
** The Terileptils in "The Visitation," and the pioneering animatronic masks used to bring them to life, were intended to return. Those plans fell through. One mask did end up being reused in modified form on a delegate from Posikar in "The Trial of a Time Lord."
** "Time Flight" is a notorious example. Lavish attention is spent on the Concorde to show off that they paid to get a Concorde.
** In "Battlefield", producer Creator/JohnNathanTurner decided that StockFootage of a helicopter simply wouldn't do, and what the show ''really'' needed to blow its budget on an actual one. So we get long, lingering shots of the helicopter transporting TheBrigadier around.
** In the second episode of the Ninth Doctor's series, we are introduced to the Face of Boe, an enormous disembodied head in a tank, clearly an extremely expensive prop. It takes practically no part in the story other than looking exotic. Fans with some grasp of the economics of television production ''knew'' they'd be seeing more of it. And so it proved, as it returned in the following two series, complete with actual importance to the story.
** Many alien species in the new series will frequently appear multiple times, as a way to justify their very well done special effects and costumes. The Ood have made multiple appearances, and so have the Sontarans, Judoon, and Slitheen (strangely enough, after their first appearance in "Rose," the Autons don't show up again until the end of Season 5.)

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** The production team actually traveled to Paris for [[Recap/DoctorWhoS17E2CityOfDeath "City of Death," Death", the first time a ''Series/DoctorWho'' story was shot outside of Britain. Most of the story was set in Paris anyway, but the director made sure to include gratuitous shots of the Doctor and Romana walking around Parisian locations in the first episode. Less effective use was made of Amsterdam in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS20E1ArcOfInfinity "Arc of Infinity," Infinity"]], but in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS21E5PlanetofFire "Planet of Fire" Fire"]] the island of Lanzarote doubled as itself and as an alien planet.
** The Terileptils in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS19E4TheVisitation "The Visitation," Visitation"]], and the pioneering animatronic masks used to bring them to life, were intended to return. Those plans fell through. One mask did end up being reused in modified form on a delegate from Posikar in "The Trial of a Time Lord."
Lord".
** "Time Flight" [[Recap/DoctorWhoS19E7TimeFlight "Time-Flight"]] is a notorious example. Lavish attention is spent on the Concorde to show off that they paid to get a Concorde.
** In "Battlefield", [[Recap/DoctorWhoS26E1Battlefield "Battlefield"]], producer Creator/JohnNathanTurner decided that StockFootage of a helicopter simply wouldn't do, and what the show ''really'' needed to blow its budget on an actual one. So we get long, lingering shots of the helicopter transporting TheBrigadier around.
** In the [[Recap/DoctorWhoS27E2TheEndOfTheWorld second episode episode]] of the Ninth Doctor's series, we are introduced to the Face of Boe, an enormous disembodied head in a tank, clearly an extremely expensive prop. It takes practically no part in the story other than looking exotic. Fans with some grasp of the economics of television production ''knew'' they'd be seeing more of it. And so it proved, as it returned in the following two [[Recap/DoctorWhoS28E1NewEarth following]] [[Recap/DoctorWhoS29E3Gridlock two]] series, complete with actual importance to the story.
** Many alien species in the new series will frequently appear multiple times, as a way to justify their very well done special effects and costumes. The Ood have made multiple appearances, and so have the Sontarans, Judoon, and Slitheen (strangely enough, after their first appearance in "Rose," [[Recap/DoctorWhoS27E1Rose "Rose"]], the Autons don't show up again until the end of Season 5.))
* The sitcom ''Series/TheFactsOfLife'' had a special set in Australia. Much footage of Sydney's Harbour Bridge and Opera House, as well as Uluru was shown.
* {{ZigZagged}} in ''Series/GameOfThrones''. In [[Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire the books]], Tyrion loses much of his nose in battle, turning his already-misshapen face into a twisted lump of scar tissue. In the series, he receives an understated scar that Margaery Tyrell says may actually make him ''better''-looking. Partially this is to save the time and expense of putting Creator/PeterDinklage behind an elaborate facial prosthesis, but mostly it's because, if you hire ''Peter freaking Dinklage'', the last thing you do is hide that gorgeous mug from the camera.
* The producers of ''Series/TheGrahamNortonShow'' originally built the Bid Red Chair for a one-off segment as a tribute to ''[[Series/TheTwoRonnies Ronnie Corbett]]'' but the prop and the associated hydraulics were so expensive that they turned it into a regular segment, which quickly became a trademark, to close each show to justify the cost.
* A series 6 episode of ''Series/{{House}}'' featured a video game developer who succumbs to a medical complaint while testing his new virtual reality game, depicted using very expensive-looking CGI. Not only do House's team find an excuse to give us another look by playing the game themselves while supposedly investigating his symptoms but the patient is also obliging enough to develop hallucinations that incorporate similar CGI elements. In addition, whenever any future episodes show characters playing a video game it is always this one. The controls have inexplicably been mapped from the original virtual reality system to standard console controllers while the graphics remain as pre-rendered shots from camera angles that would make gameplay very difficult, but at least it gives the show an excuse to reuse the CGI footage again.



* Creator/TheHistoryChannel must have spent a small fortune on creating the CGI collapse of the Space Needle in Seattle, because they used it over and over again in the original ''Series/LifeAfterPeople'' special.
* The Vendaface machine on ''Series/TheMuppetShow'' was meant to be only used once, but executive producer David Lazer suggested that he should be used more often as it was an expensive puppet to build.
* Although ''Series/ThePrisoner1967'' seemed to make extensive use of Portmeirion, the location filming had been restricted to just a few weeks early in the production, and later episodes were mostly studio-bound. The directors nonetheless gave the impression that most of the series had been shot on location by carefully rationing the existing footage.
* A smaller version of Zoe was used for the ''Series/SesameStreet'' special "[[Literature/AliceInWonderland Abby in Wonderland]]" (Zoe played the Dormouse, called Mousey the Hatter Helper here). However, it was used for a few episodes in season 40 alongside the normal-sized Zoe.
* The producers of ''Series/{{Space 1999}}'' spent a tonne of cash on the show's modelwork and sets, and made sure that they got their money's worth; shots of the show's Eagles taking off and crashing and blowing up were used over and over again, and alien spaceship popped up in several different guises in different episodes. Creator/BrianBlessed even guest starred as two completely different characters in two episodes a season apart.
* ''Series/StargateSG1'''s 200th episode special featured a very expensive puppetry (same as from ''Thunderbirds'') setup. The subsequent skit/parody went on for about three times as long as it should have. All for a cheap "wires cut" gag.
** The ''Stargate'' production team built a very expensive medieval set for their Season 9 Ori story arc. It appeared quite regularly through the last 2 seasons of ''SG-1'' and occasionally on ''Series/StargateAtlantis''. After ''SG-1'' finished, the ''Atlantis'' producers were able to use all the sets built, and the medieval set featured in every 2nd episode.



* The British series ''Series/TheBill'' once had an end of season CliffHanger involving a (no doubt expensive to hire) police helicopter. The helicopter features prominently in the ending, and there's lots of footage of London shown from the helicopter.
* An episode of ''Series/{{Angel}}'' had Angel being poisoned by a leech-like parasite that forced him to remain asleep and have crazy nightmares. The director, David Boreanaz himself, said that there were two main props of the leech, one crafted out of a spongy material with some slime on it and another that had full animatronics and cost them $85,000. He resorted to filming as little of the costly prop as possible because he felt it was too goofy looking and the cheaper sponge prop actually worked better. He wouldn't have used it at all if it wasn't for the fact it cost $85,000.

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* The British series ''Series/TheBill'' once had In addition to dedicating an end of season CliffHanger involving a (no doubt expensive entire episode to hire) police helicopter. The helicopter features prominently their Japanese train vs. car race, ''Series/TopGear'' filmed several Japanese car reviews while they were in the ending, and there's lots country.
** A good portion
of footage any cross-country episode (Botswana, Japan, Vietnam) will be spent on shots of London shown from either scenery or local culture.
*** The Arctic Special uses this trope.
** Suberted in Clarkson's review of
the helicopter.
* An
BMW X6 in the final episode of ''Series/{{Angel}}'' had Angel being poisoned by a leech-like parasite that forced him Series 14, where he briefly visits exotic locations for rather trivial reasons in an episode strapped for cash! This includes visiting Spain to remain asleep and have crazy nightmares. The director, David Boreanaz himself, said that there were two main props of see if the leech, one crafted out handling is better (it isn't), Switzerland to see if the car can deal with snow (it can't), Hong Kong in search of a spongy material with some slime on it metaphor (an expensive skyscraper) and another that had full animatronics and cost them $85,000. He resorted to filming as little of Australia to see if the costly prop as possible because he felt it was too goofy looking and the cheaper sponge prop actually worked better. He wouldn't have used it at all if it wasn't for the fact it cost $85,000.glovebox works upside down (it does)!



* The producers of ''Series/{{Space 1999}}'' spent a tonne of cash on the show's modelwork and sets, and made sure that they got their money's worth; shots of the show's Eagles taking off and crashing and blowing up were used over and over again, and alien spaceship popped up in several different guises in different episodes. Creator/BrianBlessed even guest starred as two completely different characters in two episodes a season apart.
* Although ''Series/ThePrisoner1967'' seemed to make extensive use of Portmeirion, the location filming had been restricted to just a few weeks early in the production, and later episodes were mostly studio-bound. The directors nonetheless gave the impression that most of the series had been shot on location by carefully rationing the existing footage.
* A smaller version of Zoe was used for the ''Series/SesameStreet'' special "[[Literature/AliceInWonderland Abby in Wonderland]]" (Zoe played the Dormouse, called Mousey the Hatter Helper here). However, it was used for a few episodes in season 40 alongside the normal-sized Zoe.
* A series 6 episode of ''Series/{{House}}'' featured a video game developer who succumbs to a medical complaint while testing his new virtual reality game, depicted using very expensive-looking CGI. Not only do House's team find an excuse to give us another look by playing the game themselves while supposedly investigating his symptoms but the patient is also obliging enough to develop hallucinations that incorporate similar CGI elements. In addition, whenever any future episodes show characters playing a video game it is always this one. The controls have inexplicably been mapped from the original virtual reality system to standard console controllers while the graphics remain as pre-rendered shots from camera angles that would make gameplay very difficult, but at least it gives the show an excuse to reuse the CGI footage again.
* Creator/TheHistoryChannel must have spent a small fortune on creating the CGI collapse of the Space Needle in Seattle, because they used it over and over again in the original ''Series/LifeAfterPeople'' special.
* {{ZigZagged}} in ''Series/GameOfThrones''. In [[Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire the books]], Tyrion loses much of his nose in battle, turning his already-misshapen face into a twisted lump of scar tissue. In the series, he receives an understated scar that Margaery Tyrell says may actually make him ''better''-looking. Partially this is to save the time and expense of putting Creator/PeterDinklage behind an elaborate facial prosthesis, but mostly it's because, if you hire ''Peter freaking Dinklage'', the last thing you do is hide that gorgeous mug from the camera.
* The Vendaface machine on ''Series/TheMuppetShow'' was meant to be only used once, but executive producer David Lazer suggested that he should be used more often as it was an expensive puppet to build.
* The producers of ''Series/TheGrahamNortonShow'' originally built the Bid Red Chair for a one-off segment as a tribute to ''[[Series/TheTwoRonnies Ronnie Corbett]]'' but the prop and the associated hydraulics were so expensive that they turned it into a regular segment, which quickly became a trademark, to close each show to justify the cost.



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* You can bet that this is probably how a lot of theaters operate, especially community theaters that operate on a very catch-as-catch-can kind of way. If, for example, a patron of the arts donates a large amount of clothing that's very period-specific, say, TheSixties, expect them to find a play set in the Sixties so they can use it.

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* You can bet that this is probably how a lot of theaters theatres operate, especially community theaters theatres that operate on a very catch-as-catch-can kind of way. If, for example, a patron of the arts donates a large amount of clothing that's very period-specific, say, TheSixties, expect them to find a play set in the Sixties so they can use it.
it.






* Presumably, the reason why Silver was introduced as a new character in ''VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehog2006'' was so that Sonic Team could make the most out of the [[WreakingHavok Havok physics engine]] by creating a character whose sole gimmick is that [[MindOverMatter he can manipulate physics-enabled objects with his mind]]. The rest of the game is also chock-full of physics objects to show off the engine, but [[SpecialEffectsFailure the manner in which they were implemented wasn't quite perfect]].



* Presumably, the reason why Silver was introduced as a new character in ''VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehog2006'' was so that Sonic Team could make the most out of the [[WreakingHavok Havok physics engine]] by creating a character whose sole gimmick is that [[MindOverMatter he can manipulate physics-enabled objects with his mind]]. The rest of the game is also chock-full of physics objects to show off the engine, but [[SpecialEffectsFailure the manner in which they were implemented wasn't quite perfect]].










* Notably averted in the animated film ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda'', in which Creator/JackieChan's character Monkey got surprisingly few lines, making many people wonder why they had to get ''Jackie Chan'' for that role when they could've essentially gone with a cheaper actor.
** Animated films do this a lot. The actors don't need to do much, just read the lines, so they don't need to be paid much. Live films are incredibly hard work compared to sitting in a warm studio with a microphone, cracking jokes with Jack Black and Angelina Jolie. Plus, Creator/JackieChan provided technical guidance with the fight scenes - he is the master of kung fu comedy.



* Joked about in ''WesternAnimation/{{Sam And Max Freelance Police}}'' where, in the series finale parodying clip shows, Sam tells Max to stop talking, it costs money.




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* Joked about in ''WesternAnimation/{{Sam And Max Freelance Police}}'' where, in the series finale parodying clip shows, Sam tells Max to stop talking, it costs money.
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* ''Film/MightyMorphinPowerRangersTheMovie'' is a major BigBudgetBeefUp of the infamously low-budget children's TV show ''Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers''. Just in case the audience doesn't catch the hint that it's a BigBudgetBeefUp, the very first scene of the movie is a lengthy ''sky-diving'' sequence. It isn't the slightest bit relevant to the plot--the whole stunt is supposedly a fundraising gig for the Angel Grove Youth Center--but it's an effective way to show off the budget.
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