Scheduling & Budgeting for Films

Movies live and die by their budgets. Once a screenplay is brought into development, whether it gets greenlit or not is all about money. Every line written into a script affects the cost of the film: locations, wardrobe, cast size, extras, set design, etc. Determining a film’s budget starts with the words on the page. Budget cuts start there. After the script is tight, then scheduling and budgeting software helps a producer determine the final film budget.

Screenwriting Product Review: Chimpanzee Software Review

This review really should be titled “What I Just Learned About Scheduling and Budgeting My Film.” I say this because I’ve been involved in several no-budget films as an actor, camera man, assistant director, lighting guy… well you get the idea. If you make your own independent films you almost always...

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Behind the Lines with DR: The Cost of Location

A few nights back I was having dinner with some new friends when I was reminded of this story. I was describing a conversation I’d had with director Florent Siri during pre-production on Hostage. Most of the movie takes place in and around a very special mountaintop house I’d invented for the movie....

What Goes Into An Indie Film Proposal?

Based on your hit list targets and call to action goals, your package may or may not include all of the following material (you may not even have or have a clue to some of it - but it's a living, breathing, evolving document - part of the process is doing...