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Production Management for Film and Video, 3rd Edition by Richard Gates

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Chapter 10

Budgeting for Features

The budget is one of the key documents in any project and particularly so in film production, especially in the realm of feature films where costs sometimes reach what appear to be extraordinary levels. Consequently a proper understanding of how costs are arrived at is essential.

Generally speaking the calculation of the initial budget is not the job of the production manager. However, this is not to say a production manager will not be involved in working out costings for a possible project in the very early stages, because of the usual ‘chicken or egg’ situation that arises at the conception of a film.

Almost always the first question asked of a film maker presenting a script or proposal is how much is it going ...

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