When budgeting a film, there are certain categories filmmakers can afford to slash the budget on, or “skimp on,” if you prefer. Here are our film budget line items you can go a little light on, and our advice for what budget items you probably shouldn’t cheap out on.
Hey Clyde, Is it me or has the docuseries just exploded overnight? Ever since Making a Murderer caused an uproar on the digital platform medium there has been nothing but a consistent wave of excellent documentary series coming through the trenches. There have always been documentary series that have existed on television, particularly on PBS that were more in the … Read More
Hello Bruno, I just finished watching the entire run of “The West Wing.” I wouldn’t argue about its status as classic modern television. It’s fast, intelligent, classy, and features some of the best dialogue, performances and camera movement in television history (however, I really loathed the score, especially the credits sequence music, just pandering and sentimental). However, it does already … Read More
Tell us about yourself and your company, Hot Rod Cameras. What’s your role at the company? How does your company service the film industry? My name is Illya Friedman, I’m the president of Hot Rod Cameras have been doing this for about 9 years. And I’ve been in the industry for about 25 years. My company primarily sells equipment to … Read More
Film Budgeteers recently sat down with veteran screenwriting professor and master screenwriter, Richard Walter. Walter has taught writing for the cinema for the better part of four decades and serves as the Chairman to the UCLA graduate school of screenwriting. He’s also the author of several fiction and non-fiction books and makes regular tv and media appearances to offer his … Read More
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 project, but most new filmmakers aren’t intimately familiar with the vast amount of categories and line items found in a typical professional line-item film budget. What’s a line item in a budget? … Read More
If you’re serious about raising film money from serious film investors (or at least film investors who don’t laugh you out of their office), you’re going to need to own up to at least one simple fact: Hoping your film gets into a film festival and gets sold is not, repeat, NOT, a viable film business strategy. Not even when … Read More
Well, okay, the title of this post is pretty harsh. There’s technically nothing wrong with product placement in any film, unless it’s blatant and gross and, well, product-ish. But here’s three things to watch out for when accepting a company’s product placement offer. 1) Know that no company is going to give you cash to feature their product in your … Read More