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Free Downloadable Budget Templates

For over a decade, this classic budgeting book has helped filmmakers figure out:

How do I put a budget together?

How much will my project cost?

How do I build an impressive-looking budget for Investors and funders?… and answers to hundreds of questions you may not have thought of!

The 5th edition of this "industry bible" (over 45,000 copies sold) includes:

Downloadable budget templates for free. Adapt these for your own use, and save yourself money and hundreds of hours of tedious data entry.

Expanded chapter on preproduction.

New site survey report.

New information about shooting in High-Definition.

All the sample budgets have been updated to include either digital capture or nonlinear digital post (picture and sound) line items and explanations.

New appendix, resource section, and index.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781932907735
  • Publisher: Wiese, Michael Productions
  • Publication date: 5/1/2010
  • Edition description: Fifth Edition, Revised
  • Edition number: 5
  • Pages: 477
  • Sales rank: 590,135
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Deke Simon is a writer/producer/director of documentary, dramatic, and informational programs for television and education. His work has been honored with numerous awards, including two L.A. Emmy Awards, and four L.A. Emmy nominations. His credits include series and specials for MCA/Universal, Turner, Discovery, Fox, Fox-Health, Paramount, ESPN, and PBS. More recently, Simon has produced programs for social change, with a focus on people in recovery from alcohol and drug addiction, including prison inmates and parolees and their families. These curricula are used by thousands of public and private treatment centers and by virtually every state and federal prison in the U.S. He also teaches classes in production management at Loyola Marymount University.


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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Introduction xii

How to Use This Book XV

1 Setting Up a Production Company 1

Incorporation 1

Federal ID 2

Business License 2

Bank Account 3

Corporate Taxes 3

Accounting Software 3

Accountant 3

Attorney 4

Employees 4

Becoming a Signatory to Guilds and Unions 5

Bon Voyage 7

2 Pre-Production 9

Pre-Production for Fiction Films 9

Pre-Production Checklist 12

Pre-Production for Non-Fiction Films 14

Line Items Checklist 20

Legal 21

Rights Acquisition 24

Staff Contracts 25

Music Clearance 26

Fair Use 26

Feature Film Clips 27

Archive Film Clips and Stock Footage 29

The Budget 30

Negotiations 32

Negotiating with Crews 34

Unions 44

Payroll Services 45

Productions for Large Companies 46

Below-the-Line Rates 46

Negotiating for Equipment and Services 46

Production Schedule 47

Cash Flow Schedule 47

Casting 47

Post-Production 50

Booking Post-Production Facilities 52

Completion Bond 53

Insurance 53

Locations 55

Budgets from All Department Heads 57

Art Direction/Production and Set Design 57

Credit Accounts with Vendors 58

Production Forms 58

Purchase Orders 58

Check Requests 58

Tracking Costs 58

Contact Sheet 59

Conclusion 59

3 Development/Marketing 61

4 High Definition 69

5 Line Items 85

6 Sample Budgets 227

1 $5 Million Feature Film Budget 229

Shoot: 35mm film

Post: Telecine Best Light to HDCam-SR and QT

Off-Line: Nonlinear &mdsah; Final Cut Pro

On-Line: Negative Selects to Digital Intermediate to Film-out

Rationale 245

2 Documentary-Video Budget 279

Shoot: Panasonic HPX-170 (P2) DVCPro-HD

Off/On-Line: Nonlinear to DigiBeta and Internet

Rationale 285

3 Digital Feature Film Budget 297

Shoot: Panasonic 720p VariCam DVCProHD tape

Off-Line: Nonlinear Avid MC

On-Line: Nonlinear Avid Nitris DX

Rationale 305

4 Digital "No Budget" Feature Film 333

Shoot: Sony EX-3

Off-Line/On-Line: Nonlinear Final Cut Pro to DigiBeta Rationale 341

5 Tape-to-Film Transfer and Digital Cinema Projection 363

6 Industrial/Corporate Budget 379

Shoot: Panasonic HPX-170 (P2) and Super 16mm

Off-Line: Nonlinear Avid Media Composer

On-Line: Nonlinear Avid MC to D2

Rationale 387

7 Music Video Budget 399

Shoot: 35mm Film Telecine to DigiBeta

Off-Line: Nonlinear Avid MC

On-Line: Nonlinear Discrete Logic Fire to DigiBeta

Rationale 407

8 Student Film Budget 423

Shoot: Super 16mm Telecine to DVCam

Off/On-Line: Nonlinear FCP to DigiBeta

Rationale 431

Appendix 445

Desperate Measures & Money-Saving Ideas 445

Resources 451

Directories 453

Trade Publications 455

Books 457

Miscellaneous Resources 458

Trade Associations 459

Camera Speed/Time Tables 463

Budgets for Grants and Donations 464

Quick Search 467

About The Author 470

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