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FilmBudget.com founder, film and television producer Jack Binder produced the HBO critically acclaimed tv series ‘The Mind of the Married Man’. The tv show ran for two seasons before Binder went on to produce the New Line Cinema release of ‘The Upside of Anger‘ starring Kevin Costner, Joan Allen, Evan Rachel Wood, Kerri Russell, Erica Christensen and Alicia Witt.
HBO subsequently wished to finance a third season before Jack moved on to produce “Man About Town‘ starring Ben Affleck and then ‘Reign Over Me‘ starring Adam Sandler and Don Cheadle for Columbia Pictures. The tv series was controversial for its dealing with marriage issues in a comedy program. Here is the opening title sequence of ‘The Mind of the Married Man’.
Filmbudget.com is the international leader in worldwide film budget and schedule line producer production services for indie film and studio production. For film budget production services in Europe, Australia, Canada, The United States, Latin America, Eastern Europe and worldwide, veteran line producer Jack Binder provides twenty-five years of extensive experience on major Hollywood studio and indie film production.
The Paris Project Co-Production Platform remains Europe’s leading co-production venue, surpassing rival countries programs. With 350 projects submitted Paris continues to attract top films to its presentation.
The ideal film budget range for acceptance runs from $300,000 to $3 million with at least seventy percent of film finance set up. The Paris Cinema platform runs from July 4 to July 7, 2011 and runs simultaneously with the Festival Paris Cinema which runs from July 2nd to 13th, 2011. Fifteen foreign projects have been selected and are in the works for film finance from French and European sponsors.
The film financing market is showing signs of life again. Pre-sales and negative pick-ups were up and funding every range of film budget at the Cannes Film Festival and the Cannes Film Market.
So we thought it might be helpful to our readers to list three sources for film finance information to assist in finding financial sources for film funding of your film budget toward the greenlight required for motion picture production. While certainly not a complete list and we will be posting more here are some key resources to get your film budget the critical investor, financier or lender required to get your film made.
1. Jeff Steele’s Film Closings – Jeff Steele is a film finance expert based in Venice, CA and Chicago. Jeff provides expert insight into the pitfalls and advantages of properly aligned financial documentation and managing expectations across the film finance process. Jeff is a strong proponent of hiring a professional line producer to create a custom and accurate film budget and schedule for any serious movie production seeking financing.
2. Film Finance Forum – Film Finance Forum is the preeminent conference for the film finance, movie and television production industry. Panelist relay their expertise on matters of the funding, production, bank lending, studio and independent film budget realities and marketplace analysis. Presenters range from studio executives to bank representatives. Filmbudget.com founder Jack Binder is a regular attendee to the conference. FFF operates in NY, LA, Cannes, Singapore, Moscow and other locations.
3. Film Finance Summit – Film Finance Summit is likewise a film industry leader in movie financing seminars and conferences. Past speakers include film financing attorneys, bankers, film tax incentives professionals and film producers. Filmbudget.com Founder, Producer Jack Binder has been a guest panelist for Film Finance Summit Conferences.
As Cannes kicks off it is again quite clear the message coming from the foreign sales agents and the film finance people. Consistently the message to producers is for them to obtain a quality, custom and accurate film budget and schedule from a hand crafted screenplay breakdown created by a seasoned line producer.
As foreign sales prices continue to fall and the dvd market shows further weakness, the clear implication is that the film budget must be reevaluated for todays economic reality. Early on the producers representatives are likewise insisting that they become more involved in the film budgeting process to ensure the filmmakers create a film budget and schedule that reflects the commercial aspects that the movie must achieve to gain financing.
FilmBudget.com is the international leader in worlwide film budget and schedule production services since 1997. Producing feature film and television productions since 1986, Producer Jack Binder is an expert in the field of studio and independent feature film and tv film budgets and schedules.
Film Finance Experts Agree – For a Film Budget You Get What You Pay For
Obtaining film financing for your movie production is a difficult task and not one a filmmaker will get many chances at with an investor. Professional producers and directors understand this and do not take shortcuts with a film budget that would risk their integrity and understanding of the collaborative nature of filmmaking and the importance of delegating the critical work of the creation of a film budget to an experienced line producer with many years in the field.
As one industry professional who is well known and revered for his extensive film finance knowledge stated recently:
“If producers want to be taken seriously by any financier, then they need to have a budget, a schedule and a finance plan, which means who you hire to create these documents is just as important as the information they contain.”
Templates, online websites, cheap attempts to circumvent the quality work of serious veteran movie producers with the knowledge and understanding it takes to create a finance and camera ready film budget and schedule are looked down upon as almost laughable and insufficient to move a production forward. A true film budget and schedule is one created by a line producer with expertise in the field of the production manager and film producer using all their skills on your project to determine the right cost.
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A film budget by a line producer is critical for film finance
The founder of Filmbudget.com is studio and independent film producer Jack Binder whose credits include Columbia Pictures ‘Reign Over Me’ starring Adam Sandler and Don Cheadle; New Line Cinema’s ‘The Upside of Anger’ starring Kevin Costner and Joan Allen. Binder also produces for The Walt Disney Studios, Home Box Office, Twentieth Century Fox and Lionsgate films amongst others in his 25 years of experience in the field of feature film and television production.
The top ten movies that have the highest film budget for their production costs are listed below. These production costs do not included marketing, finance costs, prints and advertising (P&A) or distribution costs. The figures represent production film budgets only.
Top 10 Movies with the Highest Film Budget
Film Film Budget Release Date
Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End $300 Million 2007
Tangled $260 Million 2010
Spider-Man 3 $258 Million 2007
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince $250 Million 2009
Avatar $237 Million 2009
The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian $225 Million 2008
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest $225 Million 2006
X-Men: The Last Stand $210 Million 2006
Superman Returns $209 Million 2006
King Kong $209 Million 2005
The numbers above are estimates of the film budget for the specified motion pictureproduction. The production film budgets listed are sourced
from publicly available information including Variety, The Hollywood Reporter and IMDB.
For many years it was not readily known how one goes about getting a film budget for their movie production. Jack Binder, Producer of ‘Reign Over Me’ and ‘The Upside of Anger’ realized a gap in this realization back in 1997 and sought to make available for fellow filmmakers a film budget process whereby they could get a film budget for their project. Jack Binder created the first online film budget production service.
Jack continued to evolve the concept but the basic working structure was that a film budget would be required in order for a director, actor, writer or producer to embark on obtaining film financing for their film production. By using his extensive experience in creating motion pictures and likewise film budgets for all of his movies and television shows, Binder realized that he should have a ready answer for the many co-production partners, film finance executives, bank lenders and major studio executives who were approaching him about creating a film budget and schedule for their productions.
Finally it really hit home when reworking a film budget over and over again, that it became very evident that the process and knowledge involved was fundamental to receiving that elusive of all treasures, the Greenlight. Through an ability to respond to questions and by knowing his film budgets inside and out, and through meticulous film budgeting experience Jack was able to remove the obstacles to getting the film into production.
Contact Filmbudget.com for an accurate and proven film budget for your production – and get that greenlight!
Ernst & Young just released their analysis of the film tax incentives program in Michigan. It is titled “Economic and Fiscal Impacts of the Michigan Film Tax Credit” February 2011.
The report was commissioned by the Detroit Convention and Visitors Bureau, Grand Rapids, Ann Arbor and Traverse City, Michigan organizations.
The Fiscal Impact Report clearly states what the proponents have been stating: the film tax incentives work, creating a thriving and job creating industry. The Michigan film industry has grown enormously since its creation in 2008. The study finds an economic output ratio of $6 of activity for every $1 of film tax credit. This has translated into an $812 Million successful return for the State of Michigan on a net outlay of $127 Million. The incentives have created over 6,000 jobs and attracted major feature film and television production to a state badly in need of investment.
Apple Inc.’s ITunes media store ended 2010 as the online go-to destination for electronic sellthrough, or EST, and Internet-based video-on-demand, according to a new report.
IHS Screen Disgest reported that ITunes held off challenges from Microsoft’s Zune Video (via Kinect 3D motion-control launch), Sony Playstation Store, Amazon VOD and Walmart’s Vudu as the EST/iVOD market increased more than 60% from 2009.