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How to Budget a Movie

February 22nd, 2010 · No Comments · Screenplay Products & Resources, Screenplay Tips


Whether your script is a low budget film or a Hollywood blockbuster movie, investors will always ask for a film budget.

Film budgeting refers to managing the cost for a film during its production. Typically a rough budget is produced by filmmakers during script development in order to convince film producers and film studios to give them the greenlight. After this, a much more detailed film budget (up to 150 pages) is created to be used to secure financing for the film.

A budget typically consists of four parts: Above-the-Line, which includes the costs of creative talent, such as screenwriting, directing, acting talent, Below-the-Line, which involves direct production costs like camera crew, sets, wardrobe, and transportation, Post-Production, includes services such as editing and special effects, and Other, like insurance and completion bonds.

Due to the complexities of production and the ever-changing issues facing finance professionals, one of the easiest ways to develop a professional movie budget is to invest in and master an intuitive budgeting software program.

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