Producing : Budget Estimate by Kioumars Ahmadi

Kioumars Ahmadi

Budget Estimate

Hi everyone, I hope you are doing well. I was wondering if anyone here can help me with estimating a budget for a short film (15 minutes) with two main characters, mostly outdoors, in saint-petersburg, Russia?

Art Thomas

Hello Kioumars, great question.My quick response is, 'it depends' on a variety of factors. Do you own the equipment or do you have to pay someone to shoot it? Are the locations free or is there a cost, etc? I can email you a budget template if that would help. My email is: art_thomas@mainmanfilms.com

Kioumars Ahmadi

that would be very helpful dear Thomas. in addition to rent the equipment, I need to rent a theater hall for one night as well. I will email you so we can be in touch. many thanks.

Karen "Kay" Ross

Great question Kioumars Ahmadi, and how generous of you to reach out with a template Art Thomas! As it was once told to me, the general rule is both one page = 1-minute of screen time but also $1k, so 15 pages = $15k, which can go way up or down depending on production factors, which will take up 60% (at least) of your total budget.

Do either of you use budgeting software?

Art Thomas

Hi Karen, thanks for your message. I was thinking of purchasing 'Movie Magic', but since we produce our original films, we have a handle on what it takes to produce them. How about you?

John Ellis

For the film you describe, Kioumars Ahmadi, the budget will be whatever you can raise. The more you raise, the more you can pay for things (cast, crew, equipment, locations, etc.) - the less you have, the more "creative" you'll have to become to get the film done.

Kioumars Ahmadi

thank you all for your insight. I haven't use any budgeting software. as I am now raising money, every financier ask me of a budget breakdown which is problematic for me in Russia, as it my first film here. again thank for your help. looking forward to hear from you.

Karen "Kay" Ross

Hey, Art Thomas! DUDE! You've worked with Terrell! LOL! I saw you were from Denver, and I went to CFS and worked with Terrell and Alicia and Justin Lewis on Anomaly. Small world!

Yeah, you can totally do budgeting from an excel spreadsheet if you know what the line items are supposed to be, totally. I learned on Movie Magic, taught a curriculum around Gorilla/Chimpanzee, but I really like StudioBinder's system, too. Honestly, it just depends on whether or not you have to time to fuss with it LOL!

Tasha Lewis

Here are some resources. Filmdaily.tv, Stage 32 and Thescriptlab.com .

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