How They Made ‘Everything Everywhere at Once’ on a Budget

I guess you could say that the budget couldn’t be “everything everywhere at once.”

Everything everywhere at once

By Meg Shields · Published on October 9, 2022

Welcome to The queue – your daily distraction of curated video content sourced from around the web. Today we watch a video essay that looks at how Daniels shot Everything Everywhere All At Once on a budget.


We have talked about how Everything everywhere at once speaks to the experience of being chronic online. And we spoke to cinematographer Larkin Seiple about why the latest film from the directing duo Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert is chock full of movie references.

And now we’re going to talk about how the universe-hopping sci-fi epic in 2022 crossed a global box office of $100 million on a production budget of $25 million. Everything everywhere at once feels huge, spanning genres, time periods, genres and dimensions with kinetic ease that never betrays the fact that the film cost less than the craft services budget for a Marvel movie.

Everything everywhere at once is a masterclass in how to stretch every dollar to impress an audience without swelling the budget. As the following video essay explores in more detail, Daniels used various “think smarter, not harder” techniques that saved production money without sacrificing spectacle. The directors wisely did their best to combine locations and even production offices to limit unnecessary travel. They also used their multiverse premise to reuse sets (in ways you might spot and others you won’t). Seiple, the aforementioned DoP, also made clever use of specific lenses and aspect ratios to convey the visual languages ​​of different universes. It’s also amazing to think what this film’s VFX team was like only seven self-taught people.

It’s an indie spirit you don’t often see get this kind of commercial recognition. So it’s a good reminder: don’t let your dreams be dreams, folks.

See “Everything Everywhere at Once – How to Shoot a Sci-Fi Kung Fu Epic (on a Budget)”:


Who made this?

This video essay on how Daniels shot Everything everywhere at once on a budget is created by StudioBinder. This production management software developer also happens to produce wildly informative video essays. They tend to focus on the mechanics of filmmaking itself, from staging to pitches and directorial techniques. You can check out their YouTube account here.

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Meg Shields is the humble farm boy of your dreams and a senior contributor at Film School Rejects. She currently runs three columns on FSR: The Queue, How’d They Do That?, and Horrorscope. She is also the curator of One Perfect Shot and a freelance writer for hire. Meg can be found screaming about John Boorman’s ‘Excalibur’ on Twitter here: @TheWorstNun. (She her).

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