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Well, when the author of Shaking the Money Tree suggests that a budget would be helpful, I jump!  Thanks for the suggestion, Morrie.

My back is killing me!

My back is killing me!

Please know that the budget I’ve included here made a few assumptions that turned out not to be true.  For instance, while the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee did provide space in-kind, it did not offer adequate legal services, so I had to purchase my own.  Thank you FKKS!  And technology has changed in just 3 years, when this budget was created, so keep that in mind.  By and large, though, this budget is a good reflection of our effort. And we held to its bottom line.  Let me know your thoughts.  And please feel free to use the comments section of this blog to ask questions or discuss the budget.  Hope you find this helpful.   One note.  Some links remained in the budget document that I pasted.  I can’t get rid of them.  They go nowhere.  Sorry!

Enjoy!

Acct. Account Name Unit Qty Rate Amount Detail Totals
1100 PRODUCTION STAFF
1101 Producer allow 1 $100,000 $100,000
1102 Associate Producer weeks 77 $800 $61,280
1105 Project Intern(s) UWM In-kind 0 $0 $0
1106 Bookkeeper weeks 77 $90 $6,894
1190 Payroll Expenses
1191 Production Staff taxes & fringe allow 1 $31,325 $31,325
TOTAL 1100 DETAIL $199,499
1300 RESEARCH & PREPRODUCTION TRAVEL/MATERIALS
1301 Plane fares RT – persons 2 $350 $700
1302 Car rental days 2 $65 $130
1303 Hotel persons – days 2 $100 $200
1304 Ground transportation days 2 $75 $150
1305 Meals person-days 2 $45 $90
1306 Research materials allow 1 $750 $750
1307 Gratuities, Misc. Expenses allow 1 $250 $250
TOTAL 1300 DETAIL $2,270
1400 PRODUCTION
1401 Cameraperson shoot days 84 $600 $50,400
1402 Camera w/ ultra-wide lens months 7 $4,500 $31,500
1403 Sound Recordist shoot days 84 $325 $27,300
1405 Add’l Lighting Package allow 1 $2,000 $2,000
1406 DVCam Stock T-60 294 $24 $7,056
1407 Production supplies allow 1 $1,500 $1,500
TOTAL 1400 DETAIL $119,756
1500 PRODUCTION EXPENSES
1501 Van Rental days 28 $85 $2,380
1506 Tolls, Parking, Gas days 28 $20 $560
1507 Production Food days-persons 168 $45 $7,560
1510 Location Fees allow 1 $1,000 $1,000
1511 Gratuities allow 1 $500 $500
TOTAL 1500 DETAIL $12,000
1600 POST-PRODUCTION PERSONNEL
1601 Editor weeks 36 $2,500 $89,000
1604 Ass’t Editor weeks 40 $650 $25,740
1605 Post-production Intern weeks/inkind 0 $0 $0
1691 Post-production Staff taxes & fringe weeks / union payments 36 220.00 $7,832
TOTAL 1600 DETAIL $122,572
1700 POST-PRODUCTION EQPT, SERVICES & TRAVEL
1701 Avid (editing facilities) weeks 36 $1,000 $36,000
1702 Edit phone, office & petty cash Months 9 $75 $675
1703 Transcription Service hours 74 $120 $8,820
1705 Add’l VHS Dubs T-120 150 $7 $1,050
1706 On-line Edit hours 32 $300 $9,600
1707 Color Correct hours 24 $300 $7,200
1708 Computer Animation (Photos) hours 4 $250 $1,000
1709 Chryon Pre-programming hours 8 $100 $800
1710 Sound Editing days 10 $650 $6,500
1711 Audio Mix hours 48 $300 $14,400
1712 DigiBeta stock for masters T-124 2 $180 $360
1713 Online Layoff to Digibeta T-124 2 $180 $360
1714 Digibeta Copies from Master Digibeta T-124 8 $180 $1,440
1715 Misc dubs, preview copies, etc allow 1 $250 $250
1716 VHS cassettes of final film dubs 100 $7 $700
1717 Edit Room Computer allow 1 $2,000 $2,000
1718 Graphic Opening Sequence allow 1 $15,000 $15,000
1719 Closed Captioning hours 2 $1,600 $3,200
1720 Plane Fares trips 7 $350 $2,450
1721 Ground Transportation trips 7 $150 $1,050
1722 Meals trips 21 $65 $1,365
TOTAL 1700 DETAIL $114,220
1800 LICENSING
1801 Original Music Score (incl. production) allow 1 $15,000 $15,000
1802 Music Cue Licensing allow 1 $8,000 $8,000
1803 Archival Footage Licensing (incl. transfers) allow 1 $1,500 $1,500
TOTAL 1800 DETAIL $24,500
2000 PROFESSIONAL SERVICES
2001 Legal UWM In-kind / allow 1 $0 $0
2002 Publicity allow 1 $9,000 $9,000
2003 Insurance (E&O) allow 1 $6,000 $6,000
TOTAL 2000 DETAIL $15,000
Subtotal $609,817
Outreach Grand Total $262,048

$887,038

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  1. Brad, thank you so much for posting this budget. It really helps to see an actual, realistic, fairly recent one! I now feel that the budget I have created, which includes international travel locations, is not out of line. Being that this is my first documentary, I was a little concerned about that “total” line but this has reassured me that I am being realistic as well as thorough in accounting for everything.
    Thanks again!

    Stefani L. Weiss

    February 23, 2009 at 9:58 am

  2. I studied your posted budget, because I’m new to the trade, and want to learn from what others are doing. I’m an Executive producer and director at Red Fortress Entertainment and Liechtenstein Films. In 08, we did two shorts and one feature drama. I’ve read about the documentaries you have done, and they are similar to and idea I have. I’m preparing to go into the Arab world and to make some docs that will surprise people and help bust down the stereotypes so many people have of Arabs. If you would like to contact me, please send an invite on Linked In, or simply e-mail. I’d love to have some dialog on how you did your project on Arabs and other groups.

    Carolina

    February 23, 2009 at 7:07 pm

  3. Thanks for providing a “succesful” proposal and budget for your project. We need more sharing like this.

    Cortney Hamilton

    February 23, 2009 at 10:19 pm

  4. Brad, you’ve been extremely generous in sharing information with the documentary filmmaking community, through this blog and Doculink. We at Tallgrass Films truly appreciate it.

    We’re planning a series of “production war stories” on our blog in hopes that our stories will also be helpful to other filmmakers.

    • Great to hear from you all at Tallgrass. Please let me know when you put up your “war stories” so that I might link to them on my blog. Good luck in the wars!

      Brad Lichtenstein

      February 25, 2009 at 10:54 am

  5. Thanks for posting this Brad! And thank you for giving such a great nod to my Dad – Morrie Warshawski! He’s actually consulting with me now on a documentary we are trying to finish about Rwandan filmmakers (www.inflatablefilm.com). I’m just starting to fill out the ITVS application and this budget helps a lot – thank you.

    Leah Warshawski

    July 5, 2009 at 10:20 am

  6. Brad:
    I’m so glad you were willing to do this – it’s great to have more transparency in the field – it helps everyone out. I know this budget will be of assistance to lots of ITVS hopefulls. Thanks!
    Morrie

    Morrie Warshawski

    July 5, 2009 at 10:51 am


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