The world of film budgets -- even for an independent feature -- can be a confusing, occasionally shady place. Audiences constantly hear about the large paydays that movie stars receive, but, as films become less reliant on celebrity performers and more dependent on complicated effects work accomplished by giant teams of artists, videos like this provide some much needed perspective. Deep into the credits, visual effects artists are pulling down $70K for their hard-work on a project. Even if some of these numbers are off-base, when you look at how many names and numbers there are, that $200 million budget begins to make sense.
At the very least, it gives you an idea of how much money it costs to have a team of people that put CGI pants on the Ninja Turtles. It takes a well-compensated village to raise a hypothetical blockbuster.