9780240816647

Scheduling and Budgeting Your Film: A Panic-Free Guide

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    9780240816647

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  • Edition: 1st
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  • Copyright: 9/19/2011
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Summary

On time and on budget: the Holy Grail for filmmakers. Budgeting and scheduling are easy in principle but hard in practice. The successful producer has a solid plan for juggling dozens of activities and costs while retaining the flexibility to cope with those inevitable last-minute changes and stay on course. Other resources look at budgeting and scheduling in isolation; this book is unique in covering the two closely intertwined activities in a single volume. Readers get both topics for the price of one book; competitors cover each topic separately. All the fundamentals of line producing are covered in a quick-reference format and the tips apply no matter what kind of scheduling or budgeting software you're using. . Useful tricks of the trade show you how to squeeze the most of a limited budget and tight schedule . Includes specific tips for film, video, shorts, online projects, corporate and educational video, and docs . Companion web site features useful forms/templates, and 60 minutes of video demonstrating line producing techniques and case studies-see the principles put to work! . Includes sample budgets/schedules from different types of projects that you can adapt and use for your own project

Author Biography

Paula Landry is a film and music producer who creates commercials, multimedia concerts, films, and branded videos for the internet. Landry is president of Idea Blizzard Productions. An active member of NYWIFT, the IFP and AFM, Landry speaks at seminars around the world about the film, music, and media business.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgementsp. ix
Introductionp. xi
About the Websitep. xii
Schedule and Budget Basicsp. 1
What is Production Management?p. 1
The Schedule and Budget Relationshipp. 2
Who Manages the Schedule and Budgetp. 4
A Little Historyp. 6
Helpful Tools and Softwarep. 8
A Manual and Computer Approachp. 8
Basic Steps and Stagesp. 10
Schedulingp. 10
Budgetingp. 12
End of Chapter One Reviewp. 14
Identifying Resources: The Breakdownp. 15
When Is A Breakdown Created?p. 18
Relationship of Script and Breakdownp. 19
Script Formatp. 22
Metricp. 23
Rigid Guidelinesp. 23
Word Processing Softwarep. 24
Set Up Your System: Software, Colors, Numbersp. 26
Software Systemp. 27
Color Systemsp. 28
Number Systemsp. 31
Breakdown Formsp. 34
the Process of Breaking Down a Scriptp. 38
Read Script Completely Throughp. 40
Number Scenesp. 40
Eighths of a Pagep. 44
Identify Resourcesp. 46
Transfer Information to Breakdown Formsp. 53
End of Chapter Two Reviewp. 62
Organizing Resources: The Schedulep. 63
Creating a Schedulep. 64
Your System: Workflow and Consistencyp. 66
The Process: Transfer Breakdown Information into Schedulep. 71
Let's Go: Manual Versionp. 72
Let's Go: Computer Versionp. 73
Grouping Like Thingsp. 78
Sorting by Setp. 78
Castp. 83
The Most Finite Resourcep. 87
Arrange Schedule for Maximum Efficiencyp. 89
One Line Schedulep. 92
Day Out of Daysp. 9494
Factors Impacting the Schedulep. 96
Film or Digital Formatp. 96
Shooting Ratio and Experiencep. 97
Unions and Guildsp. 98
Locationsp. 99
Length of Shooting WeekDayp. 100
Sample Schedulesp. 103
Short Doc. Filmp. 103
Student Short Filmp. 104
Webisodep. 104
Corporate Videop. 105
Transfer Information to Breakdown Formsp. 53
End of Chapter Two Reviewp. 62
Organizing Resources: The Schedulep. 63
Creating a Schedulep. 64
Your System: Workflow and Consistencyp. 66
The Process: Transfer Breakdown Information into Schedulep. 71
Let's Go: Manual Versionp. 72
Let's Go: Computer Versionp. 73
Grouping Like Thingsp. 78
Sorting by Setp. 78
Castp. 83
The Most Finite Resourcep. 87
Arrange Schedule for Maximum Efficiencyp. 89
One Line Schedulep. 92
Day Out of Daysp. 9494
Factors Impacting the Schedulep. 96
Film or Digital Formatp. 96
Shooting Ratio and Experiencep. 97
Unions and Guildsp. 98
Locationsp. 99
Length of Shooting Week / Dayp. 100
Sample Schedulesp. 103
Short Doc. Filmp. 103
Student Short Filmp. 104
Webisodep. 104
Corporate Videop. 105
TV Commercialp. 105
Featurep. 106
End of Chapter Three Reviewp. 108
Pricing Resources: The Budgetp. 109
Budget Componentsp. 110
Constructionp. 111
Presentationp. 113
Calculationp. 116
Account Numbersp. 121
Backing into a Numberp. 125
Price Resourcesp. 127
Identify and Obtain Pricesp. 127
Negotiatep. 131
Lock in Your Dealsp. 132
Factors Impacting the Budgetp. 133
Type of Projectp. 133
Locations and Incentivesp. 135
Union, Guilds, and Wagesp. 137
Project Length and Formatp. 143
Building a Budgetp. 152
Setupp. 152
Above the Line: Creative and Development Costsp. 158
Below the Line: Productionp. 169
Below the Line: Post Productionp. 1188
Below the Line: Other Expensesp. 194
Sample Budgetsp. 196
End of Chapter Four Reviewp. 203
Helpful Scheduling and Budgeting Tipsp. 205
Gaining Experiencep. 205
Evolution of the Schedule and Budgetp. 215
The Teamp. 216
Priorities, Prices and Deal Makingp. 217
Changes During. Shootingp. 221
Safety and Insurancep. 223
Publicity and Marketingp. 226
Distribution Expensesp. 228
Hidden Expensesp. 229
End of Chapter Five Reviewp. 233
Managing Resourcesp. 235
Relationship between Script, Schedule and Budgep. 238
Production Accountant, AD and Line Producerp. 239
Optimize the Shootp. 243
No Unnecessary Movemenp. 243t
Consider the Weatherp. 243
TV Commercialp. 105
Featurep. 106
End of Chapter Three Reviewp. 108
Pricing Resources: The Budgetp. 109
Budget Componentsp. 110
Constructionp. 111
Presentationp. 113
Calculationp. 116
Account Numbersp. 121
Days Off, Turnaround, Meal Timesp. 244
Using a Second Unitp. 244
Other Factorsp. 245
End of Chapter Six Reviewp. 248
Special Considerationsp. 249
Narrative Feature Filmp. 254
Strengthening the Relationship with your Teamp. 256
Documentary Filmp. 257
Shorts, Web Video and Webisodesp. 265
Televisionp. 269
Who's Driving the Bus?p. 269
The Pilotp. 273
Educational and Corporate Filmsp. 276
Working Without a Scriptp. 278
End of Chapter Seven Reviewp. 280
Additional Topics You Are Bound to Encounterp. 283
Schedulingp. 284
Contrast and Comparep. 284
Lock it UPp. 284
Stay Practicalp. 286
Questions about Eighthsp. 290
Script Inconsistency and New Versionsp. 290
Honing Your Scheduling Skillsp. 291
Location, Location, Locationp. 292
Budgetingp. 294
Catering and Craft Servicep. 295
Digital Formatp. 295
Transportationp. 296
End of Chapter Eight Reviewp. 298
Indexp. 299
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