Chapter 10

Budgeting

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FIGURE 10.1 Oh, the glory of numbers.

THE BUDGET FROM 30,000 FEET

This is not a step-by-step guide to budgeting your film. The topic is too broad to squeeze into one chapter. There are many worthy books and online resources that cover the details of budgeting (some of these are listed in Appendix A). What this chapter will give you is an aerial view of the budget and how it impacts the shoot. We’ll also talk about how the budget structure of an indie feature like yours differs from that of a studio or “Indiewood” feature.

It’s easy to get lost in the details of the budget and forget why you’re building one in the first place. ...

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