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Filming only cost $500,000, while the digital effects cost an additional $10 million.
The film was completely financed by Greg Strause and Colin Strause without the assistance of any major studio.
Most of the large alien spaceships were designed from the different appearances of various low-altitude clouds ranging from Stratocumulus to Cumulus.
Jared Leto is a friend of the Strause brothers so let them use a Thirty Seconds to Mars song at a reduced rate.
The film was shot almost entirely at co-director Greg Strause's condo building adjacent to Marina Del Rey (but technically located in the city limits of Venice, Los Angeles).
The filmmakers shot a test trailer on Thanksgiving 2009, while the writers started developing the treatment, marking less than a year from the blank page to the big screen.
Features over 1000 special effects shots.
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Shot entirely on the new Red cameras with the Mysterium-X chip owned by Greg Strause and Colin Strause.
There are over 800 VFX shots in the film, more than most franchise tent poles.
Sony Pictures launched legal action against Greg Strause and Colin Strause and the owners of Hydraulx Films on the basis that the latter had been hired to provide the special effects for the similar Battle Los Angeles (2011). Sony claimed that Hydraulx had not informed it that the company was working on a competing project. The case was later dropped.
The Brothers Strause claimed that this was just the first in a series. The film's lackluster box-office performance suggested otherwise, but a direct-to-streaming sequel did eventually appear in 2017.
When distributor Relativity Media asked for newscasters for the teaser, co-writer and producer Liam O'Donnell suggested his uncle, political commentator Lawrence O'Donnell.
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The trivia item below may give away important plot points.

Wilhelm Scream: The well-known sound effect is used when Oliver gets grabbed by the giant walker and the soldiers are shooting at it. As it swipes the soldiers from the balcony, one of them falls with the Wilhelm.

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