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Oct 9th 2012 at 8:53:14 PM •••

Since We Paid For That Shot has been scrapped and the sandbox is not being used, here is the contents for reference:

Maybe they broke the bank on computer graphics or special effects. Maybe they got two hundred people dressed up in period costumes. Maybe they had to work for months to get a particular interview. Whatever it was, they suffered for that scene, and now they are going to make you watch that scene over and over and over again.

This trope is primarily associated with documentaries, where the budgets are usually small and the alternatives can be rather slim.


  • Discovery's "Nefertiti Resurrected" has maybe ten minutes of re-enacted footage, played over and over for two hours. You can watch Nefertiti and Akhenaten blissfully join hands...about ten times.
  • Much of the history channel fits this trope, for obvious reasons.

Edited by EarlOfSandvich
Oct 11th 2011 at 6:07:42 PM •••

Is this trope name an expression in the industry? Because the first and only thing I think of when I hear it is Billy the Kid in that Simpsons Treehouse of Horror episode:

"Now let's rob the bank, give the money to the poor, then rob the poor and shoot the money!"

Edited by Zeke
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