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Producing and Directing the Short Film and Video, 3rd Edition by Peter W. Rea, David K. Irving

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chapter five

Budget

In total I spent around $2,000 from start to finish. Of course, my shooting ratio was one to one.

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Creating a Budget

Now that you have some idea of how long it will take to shoot your project and what elements will cost you money, creating a budget will be that much easier. If you have only so much money available or have set a limit on the amount of money you feel comfortable spending, put these figures aside for the moment and concentrate on creating a realistic budget for the script you want to produce. After the ink dries, see how your original figures compare to your financial limitations.

Even if you have all the money in the world, it doesn’t make sense to spend it all on one picture. Throwing money at ...

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