Best way to form an opinion about a movie is to never see it.
Don't believe a word I say.
We made salads and fancy tacos once in awhile too. Indian and Thai a couple times, too.
I love the ability to be totally lazy and still premiere my film at SXSW. Best of both worlds.
The rehearsals period always for total improvisation. My original script changed immensely after goofing around and trying new things in that long rehearsal period.
Any filmmaker going to a big film hopes to sell their film to a distributor (in the US and overseas). Disclosing the budget gives a distributor a idea of how much they can offer to pay for the film. It's important to protect the "value" of a film.