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Episode 56 – Budgeting Your Short Film

This week Timothy and Alrik talk about how they go about budgeting their short films and offer some advice on how to get started, is there a certain amount you need to make a good short film or should just start with whatever you’ve got?

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The Daily Struggle – Cleaning House/Alrik’s Short Film

Timothy is curious why Alrik mentioned in a previous episodes that he wished they had more listeners, what changed from back when we started and it didn’t matter?

Now that we are getting more people requesting to be guests on the show, how do we decide who to bring on? It can’t only be people we know personally, but what perimeters should we use to choose?

Last week Alrik talked about shooting the Korean/American short ‘A Good Man’, now the movie is done, edited and off to it’s first festival, how did it go?

Main Topic – Budgeting Your Short Film

Timothy and Alrik have both made multiple short films at vastly different price points, so how do they figure out what kind of budget they need for their films?

  • Do you start with whatever number you have or is their a certain amount of money you NEED before you can make a good looking short film?
  • What kind of software do you use, how do you break it down?
  • What are some of the things that you need to budget for that everyone forgets?
  • What are some essential things you need to get started budgeting a film?

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  • Budgeting a short film can be one of the easiest or hardest things possible, I guess it just depends on how much money you have and how you are trying to make your movie. I’ve made movies where I’ve literally just bought my friends (the cast/crew) burritos and used all my own equipment and on the other hand I’ve budgeted out a full three day shoot with a 20k + budget, so it all just depends. I like what Timothy said though, find out how much money you have to spend, write it down and go from there!

  • A movie can cost $0 or a million dollars. Be sure your concept supports the amount of money you’re willing to spend. Or be prepared for disappointment. You don’t need money to make something look great, but the bigger your production, the more money you will need to execute it correctly. To start with, choose ideas you can execute alone (like the Duplass Brothers short “This is John”) before you scale up to something that requires more resources. If you can do everything yourself you can save a lot of money and headache.