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Studio and Big Finance Films. These films require a star and studio or major distribution backing with an exceptionally big marketing budget. US$15 million is the minimum dollars for a Prints and Advertising Budget release in the US.
Secondly, the Full Budget Film. Many high quality film productions are full budget films. Often they have B List names and everybody gets paid.
Generally one is looking at US$1million – US$10million.
Finally, the Micro Budget Films. These films have very little money and are made with massive contributions and favours. Student Short Films fall into this category as well as micro budget feature films up to a budget of US$100,000.
So for the purpose of this article, I will focus totally on Micro budget films.
The first requirement is a Solid Deadline. There must be a date where the film will be shot and also a date where the film is completed.These deadlines must be set in stone. If they are wobbly, they will not happen. Make a solid Deadline.
All films are a mixture of the following elements.
- Production Management Personal
- Film Equipment
- Props and Set Dressing
- Post Production
The cost of the above elements is the budget of the film.
So for the micro budget film, it is very important to minimise the spending and maximise the Favourse contributions and freebies to make the film happen.
Each section will be dealt with over the next 11 emails.
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Colm O’Murchu Director