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Do You Budget For Life Expenses During Pre-Production?

Remember back in the day when indie filmmakers was mortgaging their homes, maxing out credit cards and borrowing money from every person they’d met in life just to get films made? Yeah, that’s not cool anymore, especially to producers. So what’s a director to do?

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Budget 101: Know Your Creative Worth

Last week, Tribeca Film Institute kindly livestreamed their “Budget 101” panel for indies unable to attend the event in NYC. I tuned in since I haven’t had to make a budget for a film since college and they were short projects (the panel focused on feature films).

A ton of great information was provided for both fiction and nonfiction budgeting. There was definitely one piece of advice I had to share here as well since I have always been curious about it too.

When it comes to preparing a film budget, professional directors include their pay in the budget.

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