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

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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 interest (and even a few Letters of Intent) from a handful of name actors. The road to production on both films was a long one, and a bumpy one. But … Read more

Film Budgeting and The Two Most Important Rules for Indies

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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 low-budget film or no-budget film. If you don’t know what you don’t know when putting together your budget, your film could be a spectacular explosion of fail. But don’t let that … Read more

What is a line producer? Ask Roger M. Mayer

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Film Budgeteers recently sat down with Sundance producer Roger M. Mayer (IMDB) and asked him: “What is line producing?”  Roger’s produced a litany of independent features, shorts, and music videos, from out-and-out art films to family and commercial features, and has seen his share of film budgets and breakdowns. He’s also served behind the scenes of … Read more

Is it necessary to start a film company?

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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 probably want to set your film company up as an official, you know, company. But first, before you start researching all the different directions you can go when starting up … Read more