Budgeting A Film Crew – Union or Non-Union?

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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 film can hit the skids, get bogged down, swell with cost overruns, and sometimes even implode. When crewing for a film, especially a smaller independent film, you need to know how to think like … Read More

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 we couldn’t have pulled either … 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 several influential film festivals, including … Read More

How to Create a Film Business Plan (Part 2)

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Your Film Details Section The next section is your Film Section, where you detail what your film is about. This includes a brief summary of your film, maybe the film’s logline, synopsis; whatever you think best conveys your film to potential investors. Keep it brief and don’t overwhelm them. You may want to use “mashups” to help bridge the gap … Read More

How to Create a Film Business Plan (Part 1)

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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 one for a fellow filmmaker. So here’s the skinny on how to write your own film business plan. It’s a general overview, not intended to be a step-by-step guide. But it … 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 your film company as an … Read More