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How to Budget A Film – The Topsheet Line Items

Film budgets can be daunting. Any good filmmaker knows what it takes to get her film made, and knows how to put together a simple budget for their …

Salaries & Wages

How to List Comparable Films in Your Film Business Plan

In every film business plan, it’s always good to include a list of films similar to yours, which have already made it out into the world and become a …

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Budgeting A Film Crew – Rates and Work Hours

When budgeting a film crew for a union picture, the rates and work hour limits and thresholds are set by the union and you pay them. End of story.<p>But …

Budgeting

Budgeting A Film Crew – Union or Non-Union?

Hands down, the most important element of a successful small film is your crew. Without the right people in the right crew positions, even a large …

Budgeting

Two Film Budget Versions – $40k and $200k

A few years ago, my company and I produced two feature films, from script to screen. We had no money and no significant investors, despite garnering …

Salaries & Wages

Film Budgeting and The Two Most Important Rules for Indies

Budgeting a film is a pretty heavy chore, especially if you’ve never budgeted a film before. And especially if you’re planning on shooting a …

Budgeting

What is a line producer? Ask Roger M. Mayer

Film Budgeteers recently sat down with Sundance producer Roger M. Mayer (IMDB) and asked him: “What is line producing?”<p>Roger’s produced a litany of …

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Learning Film Budgeting – Why Most Filmmakers Don’t Bother

Film <i>budgeting</i>? But they didn’t teach me that in film school!<p>Neither was it one of those skills I was able to pick up when I started in the film …

Budgeting

How to Create a Film Business Plan (Part 2)

<b>Your Film Details Section</b><p>The next section is your Film Section, where you detail what your film is about. This includes a brief summary of your film, …

Box Office

How to Create a Film Business Plan (Part 1)

I’ve been raising money for films for almost 25 years now and am always asked about what goes into a film business plan, or worse, am asked to write …

Business Planning

Is it necessary to start a film company?

If you’re setting out to produce a feature film, and you’re serious about finding film investors and making money with the film, you’re going to …

Investing