Film & Video Budgets

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  • Edition: 5th
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  • Copyright: 2010-05-01
  • Publisher: Michael Wiese Productions
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The fifth edition of this all-time standard includes new material on preproduction and High Definition as well as an update of all budgets.

Film & Video Budgets is very comprehensive and covers it all: the basics, features, smaller projects, digital, documentary, student films. The book covers it all, and is full of explanations and detailed examples. Deke Simon derives a lot of his information from respected authorities in their fields, so his book represents a lot of Hollywood expertise.

Author Biography

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.


Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Introductionp. xii
How to Use This Bookp. XV
Setting Up a Production Companyp. 1
Incorporationp. 1
Federal IDp. 2
Business Licensep. 2
Bank Accountp. 3
Corporate Taxesp. 3
Accounting Softwarep. 3
Accountantp. 3
Attorneyp. 4
Employeesp. 4
Becoming a Signatory to Guilds and Unionsp. 5
Bon Voyagep. 7
Pre-Productionp. 9
Pre-Production for Fiction Filmsp. 9
Pre-Production Checklistp. 12
Pre-Production for Non-Fiction Filmsp. 14
Line Items Checklistp. 20
Legalp. 21
Rights Acquisitionp. 24
Staff Contractsp. 25
Music Clearancep. 26
Fair Usep. 26
Feature Film Clipsp. 27
Archive Film Clips and Stock Footagep. 29
The Budgetp. 30
Negotiationsp. 32
Negotiating with Crewsp. 34
Unionsp. 44
Payroll Servicesp. 45
Productions for Large Companiesp. 46
Below-the-Line Ratesp. 46
Negotiating for Equipment and Servicesp. 46
Production Schedulep. 47
Cash Flow Schedulep. 47
Castingp. 47
Post-Productionp. 50
Booking Post-Production Facilitiesp. 52
Completion Bondp. 53
Insurancep. 53
Locationsp. 55
Budgets from All Department Headsp. 57
Art Direction/Production and Set Designp. 57
Credit Accounts with Vendorsp. 58
Production Formsp. 58
Purchase Ordersp. 58
Check Requestsp. 58
Tracking Costsp. 58
Contact Sheetp. 59
Conclusionp. 59
Development/Marketingp. 61
High Definitionp. 69
Line Itemsp. 85
Sample Budgetsp. 227
$5 Million Feature Film Budgetp. 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
Rationalep. 245
Documentary-Video Budgetp. 279
Shoot: Panasonic HPX-170 (P2) DVCPro-HD
Off/On-Line: Nonlinear to DigiBeta and Internet
Rationalep. 285
Digital Feature Film Budgetp. 297
Shoot: Panasonic 720p VariCam DVCProHD tape
Off-Line: Nonlinear Avid MC
On-Line: Nonlinear Avid Nitris DX
Rationalep. 305
Digital "No Budget" Feature Filmp. 333
Shoot: Sony EX-3
Off-Line/On-Line: Nonlinear Final Cut Pro to DigiBeta Rationalep. 341
Tape-to-Film Transfer and Digital Cinema Projectionp. 363
Industrial/Corporate Budgetp. 379
Shoot: Panasonic HPX-170 (P2) and Super 16mm
Off-Line: Nonlinear Avid Media Composer
On-Line: Nonlinear Avid MC to D2
Rationalep. 387
Music Video Budgetp. 399
Shoot: 35mm Film Telecine to DigiBeta
Off-Line: Nonlinear Avid MC
On-Line: Nonlinear Discrete Logic Fire to DigiBeta
Rationalep. 407
Student Film Budgetp. 423
Shoot: Super 16mm Telecine to DVCam
Off/On-Line: Nonlinear FCP to DigiBeta
Rationalep. 431
Appendixp. 445
Desperate Measures & Money-Saving Ideasp. 445
Resourcesp. 451
Directoriesp. 453
Trade Publicationsp. 455
Booksp. 457
Miscellaneous Resourcesp. 458
Trade Associationsp. 459
Camera Speed/Time Tablesp. 463
Budgets for Grants and Donationsp. 464
Quick Searchp. 467
About The Authorp. 470
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Excellent Production Resource April 6, 2011
I just started plotting out a documentary web series and had no idea where to start looking for money advice, having seen this textbook on a producer's shelf before I decided to pick it up. And it is worth every penny. It has answered all of my questions, pointed me in the right direction for answers to others I didn't know I had and it provides great visual aids (for those of us who really don't like to read, but do so out of necessity!) giving me a realistic place to start.
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