Film Budget Breakdown

Detailed Film Budget Breakdown Service

If you’re going to make a film — whether it’s a Movie, Documentary, TV Show, or even a Short — you’re going to need money to get it made. Most of our clients are looking for film financing, which means that you’re going to be asked where every dollar is going to go. The only place to find that information is in your film’s detailed budget. Our Detailed Film Budget Service is designed to help creative people like you answer the financial and budgeting questions your investors are going to ask.

What Goes Into a Detailed Film Budget?

So what goes into a film’s detailed budget? How long is it? Where do the numbers come from? What factors can make a budget grow or shrink? How long and detailed is it, and how much time goes into making it? (And of course, you might also be wondering if you can make your detailed film budget yourself.)

Those are all questions that we can answer for you in a brief phone consultation, but here are some of those answers in a nutshell.

Detailed Film Budget Questions & Answers

Our Detailed Budget is typically 40-60 pages and includes every line item expense related to your project. That means that we’re going to read your script and make note of every scene, location, actor, extra, prop, effect, lighting, transition, title…and much more.

Our experience of budgeting projects like yours for over 20 years allows us to quite literally “see” the things your script says you’ll need, even if you don’t realize it yet. We can also see where to create efficiencies in the shooting schedule to save you days and weeks of production, and thousands of dollars on your budget. We also know where to find location-based tax incentives that your script makes possible. And all of that goes right into your detailed film budget.

The goal is to create a detailed budget from which you can realistically produce the film as-written, because there are few things more heartbreaking than beginning production on your masterpiece, only to run out of money before it’s complete.

Detailed Film Budgets and Investors

But before the film gets made, your investor needs to know that he’s got his or her best shot at getting a return on investment. That means not only that you need a detailed film budget, but that you need a credible detailed film budget that your investor and production company can rely on. That’s why our Detailed Film Budget Service is so valuable. Experienced film investors know Jacob Mosler and Film Budget Pro, and that they can rely on the budgets that we create.

An incomplete film budget is an inaccurate film budget, and no investor wants to invest in either. That’s why every detailed film budget that we create includes:

• Shooting Format
• Shooting Schedule Work Days/Weeks
• Applicable Union Rates/Non-Union Rates
• Location Expenses
• Cast and Above-The-Line Fees
• Production Expenses
• Cast & Crew Over-Time Calculations
• Post Production Expenses
• Insurance and Deliverables
• Current Fringe Rates for State, Country, Unions, and Guilds
• Completion Bond, Financing and Contingency Fees
• Critical Assumptions

…and much more.

Your Detailed Film Budget (also called a Film Budget Breakdown) is the financial blueprint for your project. Film budgeting contains the key information that you and your investor must have for your production. It is critical that the budget is in alignment with your schedule and script. If these 3 critical documents are not equitable your creative vision could be in jeopardy.

Many clients of ours have started out thinking they can do all of that on their own, only to discover that the task of budgeting a movie is very different than the task of envisioning and writing the project in the first place.

The Film Budget Pro Promise

At Film Budget Pro, we understand that you’ve got a million things to do. We are committed to ensuring that your needs are met, including your Detailed Film Budget Breakdown. As seasoned budget consultants, we will work tirelessly to ensure that you have all the support and direction you need to create the film you’ve always dreamed of.

Complete our Questionnaire and we will send you a competitive bid for your film budget breakdown. Our rates are negotiable and based upon the complexity of your project.

You can also Complete our Contact Form or Call 323.591.4776 to learn how to hire a Film Budget Pro line producer. Start your project on a successful path to production and call about our detailed film budget service today!

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