Everything You Need to Know About Creating The Budget for Your Film
With DGA producing manager & line producer Stephen Marinaccio (13 Hours, Marco Polo, The Stoning of Soraya M.)
Creating a budget and production plan for a project is no small task. These are critical elements, fundamental building blocks to move financing and the production forward. How does one start thinking about making them, what should be included, and what do they do with that information? These questions and more will be answered in this workshop so you'll know both the theory and technique of building your budget and production plan. Understanding the “how” will enable you to better understand the bigger picture within all the details.
Who should attend: Filmmakers, directors, producers, unit production managers, and anyone who has a genuine desire to learn more about how film budgets and production plans are created.
Requirements: Note taking tools.
By the end of this class, you'll know:
- How to create a detailed budget for your film or television project;
- What budget and production items are often overlooked or unnecessarily included;
- The industry standards for the formats of budgets and production plans; and
- How to get the most bang for your buck when utilizing your project's funds.
Stephen Marinaccio is an accomplished production manager and line producer who has gained a wealth of experience working in various positions on feature film, television, and reality productions since 1990. With a varied background working in development, production, post, and marketing, Stephen has shot projects in 16 countries around the world, including Jordan, Russia, Germany, Italy, Kazakhstan, Malaysia, Scotland, Thailand, and South Africa, as well as numerous places in the United States and Canada. His credits as a UPM or line producer include The Alienist, The Stoning of Soraya M., Marco Polo
, and Ghosts of the Abyss
with James Cameron. He understands the details of moviemaking while still keeping larger-scope issues in mind, and he has worked with both small and large budgets. A member of the Director's Guild of America since 2008, Stephen also writes for LineProducing.com
, a website he created to help people understand the sometimes perplexing details involved the the line producer's role.
Are there ID requirements to enter the event?
The good folks at the CBS Security Gate will need to see a government-issued photo ID to match with your name on the list we give them, so make sure you register here and bring your driver's license or passport with you.
What are my parking options getting to the event?
The security personnel will instruct you on where to park when you arrive. This will be based on what other things are happening on the lot that day, so make sure you arrive early enough to walk from where they have you park to MPR-6, the room we will be in that morning. You can ask the security personnel for a map of the lot when you arrive so you can find the building easily. Please do not park on the streets in the neighborhood around the studio lot.