CHAPTER 2

MASTERING THE BUDGET AND SCHEDULE

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Andy Collins

NOTHING PUTS A DAMPER on the creative juices quite like a spreadsheet. Yet the budget, and the process you use to create it, can have a very real impact on your creative options and outcomes. In production, there are always multiple variables that you can’t control. Frankly, that’s part of the fun of the medium. Add in the variable of working with non-professionals appearing before the camera, and you have a potent cocktail for budget disaster. Don’t panic. There is one area where real people on set will affect your budget most. As with algebra, if you can solve this one variable, you’ve ...

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