How Do I Make My Movie? I think one of the most common questions any filmmaker would ask is “how do I make my movie”? As a seasoned film producer I can only imagine the immense frustration of a novice movie producer contemplating this question.
Even with years of experience the question remains the most fundamental. You would not be alone in wondering what is the pragmatic answer to this complex problem. Millions and more to come will ponder this question. As a film producer with twenty-five years of experience I have a unique perspective on this question.
Do I Need a Movie Budget? The key in my opinion is to focus on the obvious. Money. We need financing to make our films and finance is the profession which generates the funding.
So yes, you need a movie budget. When we talk about a movie budget or a film budget we are referring to the document detailing the costs. Often people discuss the budget of a movie in general terms. When filmmakers talk budgets they are referring to the paper budget in most cases I would think. The answer is a certain yes of course.
Without a movie budget at your disposal the filmmaker is at a loss. Accurate, custom made budgets are what a financier looks at. Of course they should be real film budget documentation from a professional line producer.
So How Do I Make My Film? Here is the secret sauce: in order to get your film financed you need money. In order to obtain money you need a plan.
To have a plan you need a budget and a schedule.
With these elements you can get financing for your film. Most filmmakers do not quite have that clarity. That is the issue and why I created filmbudget.com to help everyone on this issue.
It may seem basic once someone has advised you however the most difficult task is the one contemplated in an apparent absence of understanding of the basic mechanics required to achieve results.
My name is Jack Binder and I am a producer of feature films including ‘Reign Over Me’ with Adam Sandler and ‘The Upside of Anger’ with Kevin Costner.
I founded Film Budget Inc. and the website http://filmbudget.com to solve this divide in a fun way that lets me meet a great deal of movie directors, producers, writers, actors, studio executives and creative people of all types worldwide.
My budgets are accurate and proven, by myself for the major studios, independent film companies and international film finance providers. I have been using film tax credits since the early nineties and helped write the Michigan film tax incentive (where I am from although I am based in Los Angeles and operate worldwide.)
Please feel free to contact me at http://filmbudget.com/contact.shtml regarding your film production, film budgeting, incentives, film finance plans or if you need a production consultant or advisor for your film or television production.
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