Navigating a Film's Financials: Budget, Cash Flows & Cost Reports

Hosted by Line Producer of Oscar-Nominated 'Winter's Bone'
Taught by Maura Anderson

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Class hosted by: Maura Anderson

Award-Winning Line Producer (Winter's Bone, Suit Up, Would You Rather, Bad Samaritans)

Maura Anderson has worked in independent film production for over a decade. She began work at New York based Gigantic Pictures (Goodbye Solo, Dare) handling everything from clearances to casting. She left Gigantic a year later to freelance, working as a production coordinator, location manager, production manager and line producer. She has since production managed Academy Award nominated Winter’s Bone, Sundance nominated On The Ice, Max Winkler's Ceremony starring Uma Thurman and Night Catches Us in competition at Sundance 2010. In 2011 she produced Would You Rather, which was acquired by IFC Midnight. In 2012 she line produced Bad Samaritans and produced two seasons of the web series Suit Up for Fox Digital which played across the internet on Yahoo, Crackle, College humor and later on DirectTV's audience network. Her directorial feature debut, Heartland debuted in 2017 and she is currently a producer on the sensational hit Miss 2059, a short form web series featuring a fully diverse cast and influencer Anna Akana on Go90.  Full Bio »

Budgets, Cash Flows and Cost Reports, oh my! Have you ever looked at one of these documents and just seen numbers? Have you ever tried to fill out tax incentive pre-qualification form and been overwhelmed?

All of these things can be confusing for any filmmaker, whether you're a seasoned veteran or doing them for the first time. They are documents every project uses but most people don’t know how to read them, never mind make them. We're here to help make this easier for you as a filmmaker.

Stage 32 is thrilled to bring you the previously-recorded 2 part class: Navigating a Film's Financials: Budget, Cash Flows & Cost Reports taught by award-winning line producer, Maura Anderson. Maura takes you in depth on the financial side of a film; learn how to create a budget and cash flow, navigate cost reports, accounting, tax incentives and more!

"It's obvious that she is an experienced and working UPM/Producer. She is a great blend of knowledge and approachability! I really appreciated that she always presented with honesty and sincerity without ever once "bs-ing" Thanks Stage 32, you provided a real pro!” – Michael S.

"Terrific! Very informative. Could never have learned this from reading a book. Thanks so much! Will recommend this to others.” – Sherrie S.

"Clear and pointed information. A great validation for all the line producers out there. I loved your comment about being a working member of the team and setting the tone for being approachable and a solution oriented individual. Thank you so much. – Vicky B.

"Thanks for a very interesting presentation. It was clearly quite comprehensive and pointed me to things I would likely have forgotten (to my peril). – Daz K.


Summary:

Part 1 - Budgets & Cash Flows

Maura teaches you how to create a realistic plan for your film and make sure there is always money in the bank for what you need. You'll learn how to figure how much money you really need, and how to put together a proper film budget.

Part 2 - Cost Reports, Film Infrastructure, & Tax Incentives

Maura discusses setting up a film's infrastructure (from setting up an LLC to finding a lawyer) and various accounting options. She details cost reports, and how to analyze what you've spent and what you need to spend. Lastly, she discusses tax incentives before hosting a Q&A session.

Purchasing gives you access to the previously-recorded live class. Although Maura is no longer reviewing the assignments, we still encourage all filmmakers to participate.

 


About Your Instructor:

Maura Anderson has worked in independent film production for over a decade. She began work at New York based Gigantic Pictures (Goodbye Solo, Dare) handling everything from clearances to casting. She left Gigantic a year later to freelance, working as a production coordinator, location manager, production manager and line producer.

She has since production managed Academy Award nominated Winter’s Bone, Sundance nominated On The Ice, Max Winkler's Ceremony starring Uma Thurman and Night Catches Us in competition at Sundance 2010.

In 2011 she produced Would You Rather, which was acquired by IFC Midnight. In 2012 she line produced Bad Samaritans and produced two seasons of the web series Suit Up for Fox Digital which played across the internet on Yahoo, Crackle, College humor and later on DirectTV's audience network.

Her directorial feature debut, Heartland debuted in 2017 and she is currently a producer on the sensational hit Miss 2059, a short form web series featuring a fully diverse cast and influencer Anna Akana on Go90. 


Frequently Asked Questions:

Q: What is the format of a class?
A: Stage 32 Next Level Classes are typically 2 to 4 week ongoing broadcasts that take place online using a designated software program from Stage 32.

Q: Do I have to have to be located in a specific location?
A: No, you can participate from the comfort of your own home using your personal computer! If you attend a live online class, you will be able to communicate directly with your instructor during the class.

Q: What are the system requirements?
A: You will need to meet the following system requirements in order to run the class software: Windows 7 or later Mac OS X 10.9 (Mavericks) or later.
If you have Windows XP, Windows Vista and Mac OS X 10.8 (Mountain Lion): The class software does not support these operating systems. If you are running one of those operating systems, please upgrade now in order to be able to view a live class. Upgrade your Windows computer / Upgrade your Mac computer 

Q: What if I cannot attend the live class?
A: If you cannot attend a live class and purchase an On-Demand class, you will have access to the entire recorded broadcast, including the Q&A.

Q: Will I have access to the class afterward to rewatch?
A: Yes! After the purchase of a live or On-Demand class, you will have on-demand access to the audio recording, which you can view as many times as you'd like for a whole year!


Testimonials:

Testimonials:

It's obvious that she is an experienced and working UPM/Producer. She is a great blend of knowledge and approachability! I really appreciated that she always presented with honesty and sincerity without ever once "bs-ing" Thanks Stage 32, you provided a real pro!” – Michael S.

Terrific! Very informative. Could never have learned this from reading a book. Thanks so much! Will recommend this to others.” – Sherrie S.

Clear and pointed information. A great validation for all the line producers out there. I loved your comment about being a working member of the team and setting the tone for being approachable and a solution oriented individual. Thank you so much. – Vicky B.

Thanks for a very interesting presentation. It was clearly quite comprehensive and pointed me to things I would likely have forgotten (to my peril). – Daz K.

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Reviews Average Rating: 4.5 out of 5

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