Negative cost is the net expense to produce and shoot a film, excluding such expenditures as distribution and promotion.[1]

Low-budget movies, for example The Blair Witch Project, can have promotional expenses that are much larger than the negative cost.[2]

The term comes from the costs up to the production of the final negative.


  1. ^ Barnes & Noble Glossary 2007-02-12 Archived 2009-07-31 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ IMDb Explanation for differences in reported budget 2007-02-12 Archived 2016-03-07 at the Wayback Machine