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'Hunger Games' Director Explains Core Difference Between Making A Movie And Music Video

Kirsten Acuna

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"Hunger Games: Catching Fire" director Francis Lawrence on set of the film.

A recent Quora thread asked the difference between making a movie and music video.   

For one thing, t he former averages around 110 minutes give or take and depending on the studio can have a production budget ranging from under $5 million to $200+ million .   

The latter usually averages around 3-5 minutes in length and can cost anywhere from $20,000 (for an Indy label) to upwards of $1.2 million if you're a top pop singer.

Other than the money and length, "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" director Francis Lawrence took to Quora to deliver a response suggesting all movies have one thing that most music videos lack: a story.    

Read Quote of Francis Lawrence's answer to Movie Making: What are the key differences between directing a film versus a music video? on Quora

If you're not satisfied with the director's answer, Brand.gineer and film producer Carl Hartman went into more detailed explanation comparing a music video to a commercial for an artist and mentioning movies involve a lot of back and forth with a bonding company. You can read his full response here.

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