Chapter 11

Budgeting for Documentaries

Budgeting for a documentary production essentially involves the same process as budgeting for a feature film. The same form can be used although individual sponsors, usually television companies, may have their own forms. The main difference between the two budgets will be the size of the final figure and therefore it is important to understand how these figures are arrived at.

The first factor which has an effect on the budget is the agreement under which the film is being produced. The union and the Employers' Association have signed a freelance production agreement. Part of this agreement covers the crew rates for feature films, and there is a separate scale of rates for documentary productions. This ...

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