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. Isn't it?

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...

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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

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President Whitmore's CRACKEDCO renowned speech from Independencel Day was written in just about 5 minutes. The producers hoped to rewrite it to make

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Rihanna's Diamonds took 14 minutes to write. (The producer said, That's insane.) It sold 3.5 million copies.

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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The first Saw was shot in LESS THAN WEEKS, that is- IN ONLY 18 DNS

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