- Paperback: 480 pages
- Publisher: Michael Wiese Productions; 3rd Updated edition (July 12, 2001)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0941188345
- ISBN-13: 978-0941188340
- Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 1.2 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 14 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,875,545 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Film & Video Budgets: Includes Digital Video 3rd Updated Edition
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"The most effective and valuable book that I have used in teaching production ... an invaluable resource for students to develop and manage their productions. I highly recommend this book."
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"...if you follow the guidelines here, you'll wield a finely-honed financial weapon rather than a blunt instrument when you meet with bankers, lawyers and completion bon companies. This book lowers your stress level by altering your perception of the budgeting process."
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"Anyone involved in managing budgets for film and video recording, be it for feature films or concerts, will find this book useful...It's well laid out and written and offers many money saving hints and tips." - Lighting and Sound International
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Also includes new and highly useful materials such as a comprehensive master list of line items, which covers just about everything that could possibly be put into a production; and chapters on pre-production and setting up a production company.
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I decided to purchase this publication over "Film Budgeting". Even though Singleton's companion book "Film Scheduling" is essential to learn how to breakdown a script and "Film Budgeting" might have seamlessly taken me step by step from schedule to budget. "Film and Video Budget 4th edition" contains the most up-to-date information (it was published in 2006), presents five different types of sample budgets that range from a 5 million dollar feature, to music video to a no-budget digital feature and they can be downloaded as Excel sheets, which you can use for the projects that more closely resemble each scenario.
As if all this wasn't enough it provides useful resources for all steps of the production process and money saving tips for shoestring budgets. This is a must for independent producers starting out in the industry or producing different type or more complex shows than before.
Then there are the budgets. It starts with a budget for a $5 Million Feature Film project. It lists seventeen pages of budget items that include just about everything you can think of to include in a budget. From there it goes down to a $12,000 sample budget for a student film.
These budgets are discussed here with explanations of what goes into each line item. Then the budgets themselves are available for down loading in Excel format. You can take in the budget and then modify it as needed to fit your own needs. Just the sample budgets are enough to make this book worthwhile, if they keep you from forgetting some critical item it could make the difference in getting the production done or not. The explanations of the line items in the budget clearly describe what each of these mean and how they might fit into your project.
The book clearly shows that these people have been working on budgeting for such productions for a long time. They simply have the ring of 'been there, done that.'
You really don't need to look anywhere else for a budgeting book.
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