The film Titanic premiered in 1997. However, certain facts about the production of the film have only now become known. Some of them were shared by James Cameron in a conversation with the Los Angeles Times, writes Variety.

At the time of its creation, Titanic was considered the most expensive movie in history. It had a budget of $200 million, all because of the complex engineering and resources required to create the large sets and scenes.

“The scale of everything was beyond anything we could imagine in terms of our prior experience. At the time we thought, wow, there’s no way this movie could ever make its money back. It’s just impossible,” said the prominent director.

However, in the end, the film’s team was able to save $750 thousand by refusing to use one of the large sets. Another interesting fact concerns the people who played extras. According to James Cameron, they were specially selected by height.

“We only cast short extras so it made our set look bigger,” Cameron said. “Anybody above five foot eight, we didn’t cast them. It’s like we got an extra million dollars of value out of casting.”

By the way, in the summer, scientists conducted the first full-size 3D digital reconstruction of the sunken Titanic. This allowed us to show the liner in incredible detail.