Budgeting and scheduling are easy in principle but hard in practice. The successful producer has a solid plan for juggling dozens of activities and costs while retaining the flexibility to cope with those inevitable last-minute changes and stay on course. Preplanning the budget and schedule of any media project is absolutely essential, and the 2nd edition of Scheduling and Budgeting Your Film: A Panic-Free Guide shows you the intricacies of handling both budgeting and scheduling successfully.
This new and updated edition explains the fundamentals of line producing in an easy-to-understand style, and includes tips and techniques that apply no matter what kind of scheduling or budgeting software you’re using. Author Paula Landry includes detailed examples of breakdown forms, organizing resources, distribution expenses, and hidden costs, and discusses how to set realistic priorities and find industry and state tax incentives. The new edition also includes discussions of transmedia and multi-purpose shooting, special considerations for VR, 4K and 3D shooting, new web platforms and mobile technology, crowd funding, film festivals, and much more.
- Each chapter is filled with handy checklists, tips, practical advice, and anecdotes, showing how scheduling and budgeting are done in the real world;
- Principles apply to any type of media project: film, video, music video, projects hosted online, and corporate and educational videos;
- An accompanying eResources page offers downloadable forms and templates, and other essential resources.
Table of Contents
Chapter One—Schedule and Budget Basics
- What is Production Management?
- A Little History
- Helpful Tools and Software
- Basic Steps and Stages
- End of Chapter One Review
Chapter Two—Identifying Resources: The Breakdown
- Is There One Way to Breakdown a Script?
- Relationship of Script and Breakdown
- Script Format
- The Process of Breaking Down a Script
- End of Chapter Two Review
Chapter Three—Organizing Resources: The Schedule
- What are the chances your team will exactly follow your first version of a schedule down to the minute?
- Creating a Schedule
- The Process: Transfer Breakdown Information Into Schedule
- Grouping Like Things
- Arrange Schedule for Maximum Efficiency
- Factors Impacting the Schedule
- Sample Schedules
- End of Chapter Three Review
Chapter Four—Pricing Resources: The Budget
- Budget Components
- Backing into a Number
- Price Resources
- Factors Impacting the Budget
- Building a Budget
- Sample Budgets
- End of Chapter Four Review
- Chapter Five—Helpful Scheduling and Budgeting Tips
Chapter Six—Managing Resources
- Relationship Between Script, Schedule and Budget
- Production Accountant, AD, and Line Producer
- Optimize the Shoot
- End of Chapter Six Review
- Chapter Seven—Special Considerations
- Chapter Eight—Additional Topics You are Bound to Encounter
- Title: Scheduling and Budgeting Your Film, 2nd Edition
- Release date: June 2017
- Publisher(s): Routledge
- ISBN: 9781315454832