Movie Budget Breakdown

This is a summary budget breakdown. It can be downloaded here.

Each line represents the total for a category. For example, “Rights, Music, & Talent” represents the total budget for that category.

Added together, the entire movie costs $672,852.

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Budget Summary

ACCT DESCRIPTION     AMOUNT
1000 Project Development (Click description to jump to category breakdown) 48,357
2000 Producing Staff 105000.00
3000 Rights, Music & Talent 31,350
4000 Crew & Personnel 210,923
5000 Production Expenses 30,586
6000 Travel 21338.00
7000 Post-Production 74,445
8000 Insurance 15,300
9000 Office & Administration 28,495
10000 Publicity, Promotion, Website 18,735
SUB TOTAL     584,529
CONTINGENCY 10.0% 56,983
FISCAL SPONSOR FEE 5.0% 31,340
GRAND TOTAL     672,852

Project Development and Producing Staff

PROJECT DEVELOPMENT # UNIT PRICE TOTAL $ COST
1000 PRODUCING & PRODUCTION STAFF – RESEARCH/DEVELOPMENT PHASE 39,257
1010 Director/Producer/Writer 1 flat 5000 5,000
1020 Producer 1 flat 5000 5,000
1030 AP/Researcher 1 flat 2000 2,000
1040 DP 10 days 750 7,500
1050 Sound 10 days 700 7,000
1060 Editor 3 weeks 2500 7,500
1070 Production Assistants 10 days 150 1,500
1089 Union and Guild Fees % 0 0
1099 Personnel Taxes (FICA, Medicare, payroll) 25,500 payroll 7.65% 1,951
1099 Personnel Taxes (Fixed due to wage limit – FUI, NY SUI, NY Re-Empl ) 5 employees 361.3 1,807
1100 RESEARCH 2,450
1110 Books 1 allow 500 500
1120 Videos, screenings 1 allow 300 300
1130 Research meetings with potential advisors, allies, etc. 1 allow 500 500
1140 Research travel 1 allow 1,000 1,000
1190 Misc research 1 allow 150 150
1200 PRODUCTION & POST-PRODUCTION OF FUNDRAISING SAMPLE 6,650
1210 Rights, Music and Talent 0 allow 0 0
1220 Production Expenses
1221 Camera/Lighting/Grip Equip Rental 10 days 200 2,000
1222 Sound Equip Rental 10 days 150 1,500
1230 Travel (none) 0 days 0 0
1240 Post-Production (none, edited and finished on edit system) 0 allow 0 0
1250 Insurance 1 allow 2,000 2,000
1260 Office & Admin 1 allow 1,000 1,000
1270 Promotion & Publicity 0 allow 0 0
1290 Miscellaneous 1 allow 150 150
TOTAL         48,357
PRODUCING STAFF # UNIT PRICE TOTAL $ COST
2000 DIRECTORS, PRODUCERS, WRITERS 105,000
2010 Director/Producer/Writer 1 flat 75,000 75,000
2020 Producer 1 flat 30,000 30,000
2030 Executive Producer flat 0 0
2035 Associate Producer flat 0 0
2040 Writer flat 0 0
2089 Union and Guild Fees % 0 0
2099 Personnel Taxes (FICA, Medicare, payroll) 0 payroll 7.65% 0
2099 Personnel Taxes (Fixed due to wage limit – FUI, NY SUI, NY Re-Empl ) 0 employees 361.3 0
TOTAL         105,000

Rights, Music, & Talent

RIGHTS, MUSIC & TALENT # UNIT PRICE TOTAL $ COST
3000 STORY & OTHER RIGHTS 500
3010 Story Rights flat 0 0
3020 Title Report 1 flat 500 500
3090 Miscellaneous allow 150 0
3100 ARCHIVAL PHOTOGRAPHS & STILLS 4,000
3110 Researcher (contractor) 1 weeks 1,400 1,400
3120 Preview fees 1 allow 150 150
3130 Shipping/messenger 1 allow 100 100
3140 Stills licensing 10 stills 200 2,000
3150 Stills duplication costs 1 allow 200 200
3190 Miscellaneous 1 allow 150 150
3200 STOCK FOOTAGE & FILM CLIPS 6,850
3210 Researcher (contractor) 1 weeks 1,400 1,400
3220 Preview tape fees 1 allow 150 150
3230 Shipping/messenger 1 allow 100 100
3240 Stock footage licensing 60 seconds 80 4,800
3250 Stock footage transfer costs 1 allow 250 250
3260 Feature Film clip licensing seconds 0 0
3280 Feature Film clip transfer costs seconds 0 0
3290 Miscellaneous 1 allow 150 150
3300 TALENT 0
3310 Union & Guild Performers allow 0 0
3320 Union Narrator allow 0 0
3398 Union & Guild Fees allow 0 0
3399 Personnel Taxes (FICA, Medicare, payroll) 0 payroll 7.65% 0
3399 Personnel Taxes (Fixed due to wage limit – FUI, NY SUI, NY Re-Empl ) 0 employees 361.3 0
3400 MUSIC/COMPOSER 20,000
3410 Composer (all-in package includes musicians, score, and recording session) 1 flat 20,000 20,000
3420 Music Supervisor (songs, etc.) flat 0 0
3430 Add’l Music Rights (songs, etc.) allow 0 0
3489 Union and Guild Fees % 0 0
TOTAL       31,350

Crew & Personnel

CREW & PERSONNEL # UNIT PRICE TOTAL $ COST
4000 PRODUCTION STAFF 122,309
4010 Line Producer weeks 1,600 0
4012 Unit Production Manager weeks 1,200 0
4015 Production Coordinator 55 weeks 800 44,000
4020 Director’s Assistant weeks 600 0
4030 Director of Photography 35 days 750 26,250
4035 “B” Camera Director of Photography days 700 0
4040 Assistant Camera days 400 0
4060 Sound Recordist 35 days 700 24,500
4065 Add’l Boom Operator days 400 0
4050 Gaffer days 700 0
4070 Hair/Makeup/Wardrobe Stylist w/kit days 500 0
4080 Production Assistant #1 (Prod Ofc during prep + shoot period) 19 weeks 600 11,400
4081 Production Assistant #2 (On-Set, Manages media & drives) 35 days 175 6,125
4098 Union & Guild Fees allow 0 0
4099 Personnel Taxes (FICA, Medicare, payroll) 112275 salary 7.65% 8,589
4099 Personnel Taxes (Fixed due to wage limit – FUI, NY SUI, NY Re-Empl ) 4 employees 361.3 1,445
4100 EDITORIAL STAFF 88,614
4110 Editor (independent contractor)
Prep/consult during shoot 1 week 2,500 2,500
Edit period 24 weeks 2,500 60,000
Post sound, online, color correction 1 weeks 2,500 2,500
4120 Assistant Editor
Setup edit room & system 1 weeks 1200 1,200
Log/capture/ingest all footage 5 weeks 1200 6,000
On-call – rest of edit period 20 days 240 4,800
Post sound, online, color correction 8 weeks 1200 9,600
4198 Union & Guild Fees 0 allow 0 0
4099 Personnel Taxes (FICA, Medicare, payroll) 21600 salary 7.65% 1,652
4099 Personnel Taxes (Fixed due to wage limit – FUI, NY SUI, NY Re-Empl ) 1 employees 361.3 361
TOTAL         210,923

Production Expenses

PRODUCTION EXPENSES # UNIT X PRICE TOTAL $ COST
5000 CAMERA 7,074
5010 Canon C100 Mark II package with 3 lenses 1 allow 0.5 9999 5,000
5011 64 GB SDXC cards 4 cards 0.5 64 128
5012 Canon BP-975 Battery 3 batteries 0.5 214 321
5013 Field laptop w/built-in SD card reader 1 allow 0.5 1200 600
5020 Carrying Case 1 allow 0.5 250 125
5021 Tripod 1 allow 0.5 1500 750
Note that the camera package is budgeted at 50% of the purchase because either (1) it will be rented from a crew member under a funder’s policy that rentals cannot exceed 50% of the purchase price or (2) the entire kit will be purchased at at the beginning of project, and will then be sold at the end of the project for 50% of the original purchase price. Also note that on-set drives are listed under 5600.
5030 “B” Camera pkg rentals 0 days 500 0
5031 “B” Camera accessories 0 days 150 0
5090 Miscellaneous 1 allow 150 150
5100 SOUND 5,925
5110 Sound equipment rentals 35 days 150 5,250
5120 Sound equipment purchases 0 allow 0 0
5130 Batteries & Expendables 35 days 15 525
5190 Miscellaneous 1 allow 150 150
5200 LIGHTING & GRIP 3,850
5210 Lighting & grip package rental 35 days 100 3,500
5220 Lighting & grip purchases 0 allow 0
5230 Expendables 1 allow 200 200
5290 Miscellaneous 1 allow 150 150
5300 STUDIO FACILITIES 0
5310 Studio facility rental days 0 0
5320 Electricity & facility charges allow 0 0
5390 Miscellaneous allow 0 0
5400 SET DRESSING 0
5410 Set dressing for studio interviews allow 0 0
5490 Miscellaneous allow 0 0
5500 WARDROBE 0
5510 Wardrobe rentals for studio interviews allow 0 0
5520 Wardrobe purchases for studio interviews allow 0 0
5590 Miscellaneous allow 0 0
5600 PRODUCTION FILM & LAB 1,150
5610 Field Drives – LaCie Rugged Drives 4 2 TB Drives 250 1,000
(Assume max 4 hrs/~64 GB per day, 140 hrs total, need 2.5 TB total, x2 for mirror)
5620 Tape Stock 0 tapes 0 0
5690 Miscellaneous 1 allow 150 150
5700 LOGGING + TRANSCRIPTIONS 5,880
5710 Transcriptions 49 hours 120 5,880
(Assume 35% footage are interviews to be transcribed)
5720 Logging verite footage (PA1 in-house) 0 allow 0 0
5800 LOCAL EXPENSES 6,708
5810 Gas/Mileage (based on current IRS mileage rate) 2500 miles 0.575 1,438
5820 Parking lots & fees 1 allow 500 500
5830 Meals (Dir/Prod, DP, Sound, PA) 140 meals 18 2,520
5840 Snacks/Craft Service 35 days 20 700
5850 Location Fees, Permits, Gratuities 1 allow 400 400
5880 Loss, Damage & Repair 1 allow 1000 1,000
5890 Miscellaneous 1 allow 150 150
TOTAL           30,586

Travel

TRAVEL # UNIT PRICE TOTAL $ COST
6000 TRAVEL EXPENSES – NEW YORK $5,166.00
6010 Airfare
Dir/Prod, DP, Sound, Creator from DAL to NYC 4 roundtrip 200 $800.00
6020 Add’l baggage fees for equipment 4 fees 150 $600.00
6030 Hotel $-
Dir/Prod, DP in NYC 4 hotel nights 300 $1,200.00
Sound, Creator in NYC 4 hotel nights 300 $1,200.00
6040 Incidentals & gratuities 4 days 60 $120.00
6050 Local Transportation/Car Rental 2 days 200 $400.00
6060 Per Diem (includes travel days) check current IRS rates
Dir/Prod 3 days 58 $174.00
DP 3 days 58 $174.00
Sound 3 days 58 $174.00
Creator 3 days 58 $174.00
6090 Miscellaneous 1 allow 150 $150.00
6000 TRAVEL EXPENSES – RENO $6,486.00
6010 Airfare
Dir/Prod, DP, Sound, Creator from DAL to RNO 4 roundtrip 500 $2,000.00
6020 Add’l baggage fees for equipment 4 fees 150 $600.00
6030 Hotel
Dir/Prod, DP in Reno 4 hotel nights 300 $1,200.00
Sound, Creator in Reno 4 hotel nights 300 $1,200.00
6040 Incidentals & gratuities 4 days 60 $240.00
6050 Local Transportation/Car Rental 2 days 200 $400.00
6060 Per Diem (includes travel days) check current IRS rates
Dir/Prod 3 days 58 $174.00
DP 3 days 58 $174.00
Sound 3 days 58 $174.00
Creator 3 days 58 $174.00
6090 Miscellaneous 1 allow 150 $150.00
6000 TRAVEL EXPENSES – JERUSALEM $9,686.00
6010 Airfare
Dir/Prod, DP, Sound, Creator from DAL to TLV 4 roundtrip 1000 $4,000.00
6020 Add’l baggage fees for equipment 4 fees 150 $600.00
6030 Hotel $-
Dir/Prod, DP in Jerusalem 4 hotel nights 400 $1,600.00
Sound, Creator in Jerusalem 4 hotel nights 400 $1,600.00
6040 Incidentals & gratuities 4 days 60 $240.00
6050 Local Transportation/Car Rental 2 days 400 $800.00
6060 Per Diem (includes travel days) check current IRS rates $-
Dir/Prod 3 days 58 $174.00
DP 3 days 58 $174.00
Sound 3 days 58 $174.00
Creator 3 days 58 $174.00
6090 Miscellaneous 1 allow 150 $150.00
TOTAL         $21,338.00

Post Production

POST-PRODUCTION # UNIT X PRICE TOTAL $ COST
7000 EDITORIAL EQUIPMENT & FACILITY 15,450
7010 Final Cut Pro System, Monitors & Software 1 allow 0.5 4500 4,500
7020 Audio interface and monitor speakers 1 allow 0.5 1000 1,000
Note that the edit system is budgeted at 50% of the purchase because either (1) it will be rented from a crew member under a funder’s policy that rentals cannot exceed 50% of the purchase price or (2) the entire kit will be purchased at at the beginning of project, and will then be sold at the end of the project for 50% of the original purchase price.
7030 Hard Drives/RAID 5 System 1 allow 2500 2,500
7050 Equipment Repair 1 allow 500 500
7060 Technical Support 1 allow 500 500
7070 Edit room rental 7 months 750 5,250
7071 Edit parking spaces (x2) 7 months 2 75 1,050
7090 Miscellaneous 1 allow 150 150
7100 EDITORIAL SUPPLIES 1,858
7110 Edit office supplies 7 months 95 665
7120 Edit meals & snacks 7 months 95 665
7130 Edit gas & mileage 250 miles 0.51 128
7140 Blank DVD media for screeners, etc. 1 allow 250 250
7190 Miscellaneous 1 allow 150 150
7200 FORMAT CONVERSIONS 850
7210 “Upconversions SD to HD (incl. stock)
Convert Archival to File for FCP” 1 allow 700 700
7220 Downconversions HD to SD (incl. stock) allow 0 0
7230 PAL-NTSC transfers (incl. stock) allow 525 0
7290 Misc format conversions 1 allow 150 150
7200 GRAPHICS & MOTION CONTROL 10,750
7210 Graphics & Titles Designer 1 flat 10,000 10,000
7220 Motion Control (still photographs) 3 hours 250 750
7300 ONLINE EDIT 0
7310 Online Suite hours 400 0
7390 Miscellaneous allow 150 0
7400 COLOR CORRECTION 12,800
7410 Color Correction 32 hours 400 12,800
7500 POST SOUND 20,000
7510 Sound design, edit, mix, layback (combined pkg) 1 flat 20,000 20,000
7520 Voiceover Recording hours 0 0
7590 Miscellaneous allow 0 0
7600 OUTPUT 2,050
7610 Online Suite hours 400 0
7620 Output texted, color corrected HDCAM SR Master 1 allow 950 950
7630 Output textless, color corrected HDCAM SR Master 1 allow 950 950
7640 Audio Layback hrs 250 0
7650 QC hrs 150 0
7690 Miscellaneous 1 allow 150 150
7700 TRANSFERS & DUPLICATION (DELIVERABLES) 3,850
7710 HDCAM SR Clones (Txtd & Txtlss) 2 tapes 700 1,400
7720 Downconversion to DBC (Txtd & Txtlss) 2 conversions 800 1,600
7730 Digibeta (DBC) Clones (Txtd & Txtlss) 2 tapes 200 400
7740 Beta SP copies NTSC 0 tapes 70 0
7750 DVD Copies 100 dubs 3 300
7790 Misc transfers 1 allow 150 150
7800 SUBTITLING 0
7810 Translation & Subtitling minute 14 0
7820 QC minute 0
7800 SUBTITLING & CLOSED CAPTIONING 3,462
7810 Translation & Subtitling 86 minute 12 1,032
7820 QC of Subtitles 86 minute 5 430
7830 Closed Captioning 1 allow 2,000 2,000
7900 ADDITIONAL REQUIRED ITEMS 3,375
7910 Transcription for “as-broadcast” cut 1 allow 350 350
7910 Transcription for Rough Cut #1, RC #2, and Fine Cut for Funder review 3 cuts 300 900
7920 Clones of all master media (approx. 20 TB across 5 x 4TB drives) 5 drives 425 2,125
TOTAL           74,445

Insurance

INSURANCE # UNIT X PRICE TOTAL $ COST
8000 INSURANCE 15,300
8010 General Liability insurance package 1 year 2,300 2,300
8020 Errors & Omissions Insurance 1 allow 6,000 6,000
8030 Equipment & Video/Negative Insurance 1 year 4,500 4,500
8040 Business Auto Liability 1 year 1,500 1,500
8050 Worker’s Compensation 1 year 1,000 1,000
TOTAL           15,300

Office & Administration

OFFICE & ADMINISTRATION # UNIT X PRICE TOTAL $ COST
9000 OFFICE/ADMIN 16,390
9020 Office Supplies 12 months 100 1,200
9030 Photocopy & Fax 12 months 50 600
9040 Postage 12 months 100 1,200
9050 Telephone 12 months 75 900
9060 Office Meals 12 months 120 1,440
9070 Production Office Rental 12 months 750 9,000
9071 Production Ofc Parking Spaces (x3) 12 months 3 75 900
9089 Loss, Damage & Repair 1 allow 1000 1,000
9090 Miscellaneous 1 allow 150 150
9300 PROFESSIONAL SERVICES 12,105
9310 Legal 1 allow 5,000 5,000
9320 Accounting & Bookkeeping Services 12 months 500 6,000
9330 Taxes 1 allow 800 800
9340 Copyright Registration 1 allow 55 55
9350 International Currency Exchange Gain/Loss allow 0 0
9360 Bank Charges 1 allow 250 250
TOTAL           28,495

Publicity, Promotion, & Website

PUBLICITY, PROMOTION, WEBSITE # UNIT PRICE TOTAL $ COST
10000 PUBLICITY STILLS 1,300.00
10010 Photographer 1 flat 1000 1,000
10020 Film, Processing, Prints 1 allow 300 300.00
10100 PROMOTION & PUBLICITY (excluded by some funders) 10,300
10110 Key Art Design (Graphic Artist) 1 flat 4500 4,500
10120 Poster reproduction (offset printing) 1000 pieces 0.9 900.00
10130 Postcards (4.25″ x 6″, 4-color both sides) 10000 pieces 0.04 400.00
10140 Press Kits – design & production 1 allow 500 500.00
10150 Stills Reproduction 0 allow 0
10160 Publicist 1 allow 4,000 4,000
10200 WEBSITE (excluded by some funders) 8,435.00
10210 Domain name 3 years 25 75.00
10220 Hosting 36 months 10 360.00
10230 Site Design & coding 1 allow 8,000 8,000
10250 Webmaster/maintenance 0 month 0
TOTAL       18,735.00