Did the producer need a large budget for costumes and special effects for "The Crucible" to be effectively told on film?
No, the producer did not need a large budget for either costumes or special effects for "The Crucible." There are two reasons for this, one historical and one literary. The historical reason is that the Salem is a small and known location, within the United States. The clothing worn there was known as well, and the nature of the witchcraft practiced (if you can call it that) was all accusation and hearsay. No spells or visions have to be seen; only the character reactions are needed. The literary reason is that there was already Miller's stage play version; this meant it was adapted for minimal sets and limited special effects already.