Filmmaker Darren Aronofsky's Noah was never going to be a Sunday School version of the famous flood. The auteur director behind Black Swan, The Wrestler and Requiem for a Dream approached the biblical epic as a mystical tale of one man at the center of an apocalypse. It was by far the largest budget Aronofsky had ever worked with. As is its practice on $125 million films, Paramount showed the unfinished movie to test audiences. The visual effects appeared as cartoons and the audiences didn't get it. So the studio re-cut alternate versions and tested those. None fared better with audiences than Aronofsky's, so Parmount released his version. The filmmaker talks about the process, saying he was scared but had faith in his vision.