BFI London Film Festival & Finance Market | Film Budget Inc. |

 October is an exciting time to be in, or a fan of, the film industry. Kicking off this past Wednesday, the London Film Festival provides twelve days of moving pictures. Being one of the great capitals of the film world, London is sure to deliver a stellar festival full of events, talks, panels, and most important of all, movies. Further, this year has already proven to be special as the festival kicked off with British director, Paul Greengrass’ Captain Phillips starring the iconic Tom Hanks.

 When:  October 9th to the 20th

Where: London, England

What:  234 fiction and documentary features will be screened at fifteen venues. Venues include: BFI Southbank, BFI IMAX, Renoir Cinema, Curzon Chelsea, and eleven others.

Opening/Closing Night: Tom Hanks bookends this festival with the opener Captain Phillips and closer, John Lee Hancock’s Saving Mr. Banks. Both films work as a great display of Tom Hanks ability to star in larger budget Hollywood films (Captain Phillips, according to Box Office Mojo, had a production film budget of $55 million), as well as smaller budget independent films.

Gala: Other Gala films include, Jason Reitman’s Labor Day, and Abdellatif Kechiche’s Blue is the Warmest Color presented at the festival’s Love Gala. As you may already know, the Cannes Palme d’Or winner, Blue is the Warmest Color directed by Abdellatif Kechiche has received much praise and controversy as its stars questioned the nature of their director’s approach to filming the movie’s graphic sex scenes. Most of the controversy came during the Toronto International Film Festival.

BFI Fellowship:

 Sir Christopher Lee, or as you may know him, Dracula, will be awarded the BFI Fellowship. An iconic actor in every sense of the term, Sir Christopher Lee has appeared in hundreds of films, including big budget blockbusters such as Star Wars: Episode III. According to, his films have collectively grossed over three billion dollars.

 Cheers, Sir Christopher Lee

Other Events: Educational programs, including free film screenings, panel events, The Festival Jury Project, will be consistent throughout the festival. Also, screen talks will be hosted with cinema greats such as Japanese director Hirokazu Kore-eda, as well as a master class discussion with famed director Alfonso Cuarón along with a screening of his new sci-fi flick Gravity. The film, which stars George Clooney and Sandra Bullock, is the fifth collaboration between the director and legendary cinematographer, Emmanuel Lubezki. Already grossing $100 million world wide, the space drama is set for record returns.


Production Finance Market

Wednesday marked the opening of the Film London Production and Finance Market with a keynote address by Michael Barker of Sony Pictures Classics. With recent feature film hits such as Blue Jasmine, Mr. Barker shared his wisdom on how to successfully distribute and sell independent films. For example, Michael Barker claims SPC has survived the unstable indie market by “maintaining a conservative approach to revenue projections.”  According to the Hollywood Reporter, Mr. Barker also claims that patience is a virtue when creating an audience through word-of-mouth. In addition to this keynote address, the Sony Classics veteran will join Endgame Entertainment’s Doug Hansen and Start Motion Pictures’ Ben Browning in a panel on how film finance is being shaped by the emerging online market.

Michael Barker with Woody Allen

Michael Barker with Woody Allen


More on the Market:

In partnership with the BFI, the Film London Production Market is an excellent opportunity for producers, financiers, and distributors to land deals. describes it as:

“The Production Finance Market in association with the 57th BFI London Film Festival brings financiers together with producers and film-makers to make connections, forge partnerships and encourage mew film financing relationships.”Unique to this year, the micro-market will run alongside the event. The micro-market allows projects with film budgets of one million pounds or less to meet with potential financiers. Mr. Barker will also be running a master class for these filmmakers.


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Producer Jack Binder, founder, takes a look at the role of the location manager and its impact on the production and the movie budget for motion pictures and television programming.


The Location Manager is an extremely critical crew member on a feature film and television show production.  As a lead member and department head the location manager has a great deal of responsibility to the project that he or she is engaged upon.  Generally the location manager is hired and brought on at a very early stage in the preparation of a movie or tv program in order to assist the producer and director at the earliest point in time.


The responsibilities of the locations department, for which the manager is the Department Head,  HOD or Head of Department (as referred to in international productions) include working with the producer and director to determine what is required in terms of location filming.  Through meetings with the director, producer(s) and their staff they determine what the script calls for in terms of shooting locations (the places where the filming will occur, or the Set) and with the producer for the movie budget impact the choices will present.


Overall responsibilities of the location manager include the following:


-determine location requirements

-advise on locales which may be beneficial for setting, film tax credits and natural vistas

-research suggested locations to film the movie

-provide initial options for creative discussion with director

-determination of size of the location department crew members

-analyze costs for preliminary reporting to producer on potential location expenses

-obtain feedback from the director to focus creative vision on the setting for the movie

-confer with producer to ensure locations site rental fees adhere to the overall film budget of the production

-continue research and building location shooting photo library and database

-preliminary contact with location owners to determine possibility of filming at the site as required

-further meetings and presentations with director based on preliminary consultation

-selection of best choices from presented option by director

-obtaining permissions from chosen locations

-reporting to the producer on determined costs for site hire

-secondary contact with location owners to verify costs, any potential scheduling conflicts

-securing of locations (the pencil) temporary hold

-confirmation with the producer and the director

-proceeding to contract for location with the production company

-manage the scheduling of the location in coordination with the First Assistant Director

-manage the preparation of the location with all department heads

-allowance for time and space for the set decoration department

-alllowance for time and space for the grip and lighting departments requirements

-consultation with the Director of Photography for specific needs of camera and lighting for the movie

-consultation with Production Sound Mixer regarding impediments to recording quality audio and dialogue

-oversee the shooting of the production

-load in of crew

-liase with owner(s)

-accomodate neighbors, local businesses

-parking requirements for cast, crew and support vehicles

-lunch room set-up for the catering and diningn of the film crew

-utilization of on-site facilities:  restrooms, support rooms (make-up & hair, production office, etc.)

 Once armed with a directive and knowledge of the needs of the screenplay and the vision of the director, the location manager begins sourcing options for the spots to create the movie setting.  Using their own database and liaising with their colleagues options are compiled.  Through careful review of photographs, videos and online databases as well, places are ranked by favorability and detailed by the area which they are situated in.  By combining these factors with the requirements of the production, suitable places to film are narrowed down.


Following a preliminary collating of location photos for presentation to the above the line crew members the location manager will schedule a meeting with the producer and director for review of the options available.  These important sessions yield valuable information for the location manager to narrow down the creative vision of the director.  Likewise they will meet with the producer to ensure that the choices being presented comply with the overall film budget for the movie.  Additionally, the producer will advise if the selections presented fit into the departmental budget for locations.


Armed with the creative vision, the film budget parameters and available scope of the locations department budget, the location manager continues to source site for filming and potential crew members to support their responsibilities.


Locations crew include:


First Assistant Location Manager


The Assistant Location Manager is the right hand of the department head.  They likewise have extensive experience in sourcing and securing filming sites for productions.


Additional First Assistant Location Manager


Second Assistant Location Manager


Location Scout(s)


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Sony Announces F5 and F55 Cinema Cameras


The digital cinema camera market has been quite competitive as of late: RED has the Epic, Canon has their C-series, and the new kid on the block, Blackmagic Design, has their Cinema Camera.  Depending on the scope of a productions film budget the options remain extensive and growing daily.


Sony is now stepping up to the plate with their newly announced PMW-F5 and PMW-F55, slated to be released in January or February of 2013, and it sounds as though they have knocked it out of the park.  The CineAlta motion picture cameras provide filmmakers the tools to shoot their movie production with scalable technical tools depending on the budgets available.



Both cameras feature a new 4K Super 35mm image sensor (4096 x 2160), a lightweight, modular body, FZ lens mounts (but come with a PL adapter), new, faster SxS cards, and a brand new recording codec (XAVC). Sony will also be releasing their second generation of CineAlta PL prime lenses with the cameras.


While the cameras are set to release early next year, the full potential will not be realized until Sony releases a free “planned upgrade” and their external recorder (AXS-R5). See the specs below for more info:


Brief specs comparison:





Frame Rates:


60 fps out of the box (XAVC HD at launch; XAVC 4K, QFHD and 2K with a planned upgrade)


180 fps with a planned upgrade (XAVC 2K/HD). Unique to this process, there is no line skipping or sensor windowing. So there’s no crop factor, no loss in angle of view.


240 fps 2K RAW, with the optional AXS-R5 outboard recorder and a planned upgrade, achieves the highest frame rates most productions will need, while retaining exceptional, 16-bit image quality. This not only exceeds 12-bit RAW with 16 times as many Red, Green and Blue gradations. By design, it exceeds the capabilities of human vision!


Simultaneous RAW + Onboard SxS recording (with external recorder)



4K/2K RAW + MPEG-2 HD422



*expected with future upgrade


– Global Shutter (eliminates rolling shutter issue)


– 4K output via HDMI or 3G-SDI







60 fps out of the box (XAVC HD).




120 fps with a planned upgrade (XAVC 2K/HD). Unique to this process, there is no line skipping or sensor windowing. So there’s no crop factor, no loss in angle of view.


120 fps 2K RAW, with the optional AXS-R5 outboard recorder and a planned upgrade, achieves high frame rates while retaining exceptional, 16-bit image quality. This not only exceeds 12-bit RAW with 16 times as many Red, Green and Blue gradations. By design, it exceeds the capabilities of human vision!








4K/2K RAW + MPEG-2 HD422




– No Global Shutter



– No 4K out






The official price has yet to be announced, but these cameras are meant to fill in the gap between the F3 and F65, so it is safe to assume somewhere between $16K and $65K, with the F5 being the cheaper of the two.


Click here for Sony’s full information page for the F5.


Click here for Sony’s full information page for the F55.

How Do I Make My Movie? Do I Need a Movie Budget For Film Financing?



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 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 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 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.


My Producer Credits can be found here

Thank you,


Jack Binder


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5 Top Reasons is the Finance Movie Budget Expert

When it is time to seek and obtain film finance on your movie it is important to get the right movie budget from the correct source.  An inaccurate budget demonstrates a failure to appreciate the financing at risk on your production.  Here are the top 5 reasons is the worldwide film budget leader and finance movie budget expert:

1.  Film Budget Inc. is the only worldwide movie budget service that creates custom, accurate and proven film budget and schedule packages specifically crafted for your film.

2. Founded by film producer Jack Binder has 25 years of studio and independent film and television production experience which provides for a tried and tested film budget for your investors.

3. As an ongoing film production concern in collaboration with our international production company Greentrees Films, is an active player in the international market for film production.

4. Through intense attention to market conditions, changing cost structures and rapidly advancing technology, maintains a thorough eye on all facets of production and filmmaking to keep our cost analysis current.

5. is the only film budget worldwide service based in Hollywood with 25 years of filmmaker collaboration, experience, trustworthiness and reliability working for the major studios and indie film companies.

Reliable, custom detail, experienced, accurate, proven, ongoing production concern with focus on industry trends, fluctuations and cost variations globally. is the international leader in worldwide film budget and schedule line producer production services.   Quality movie budget service for film financing of your motion picture.


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L’état actuel des budgets des films

L’état actuel des budgets des films

Les budgets des films sont en baisse. Cela est indéniable. crédits d’impôt cinéma et des incitations sont en place. Dans le court d’argent, de crédit croqué marché du financement film que nous nous trouvons au sein de l’industrie du film n’y a jamais eu plus de pression à la baisse sur les budgets des films de l’histoire moderne. Film financiers de 30 millions de dollars films sont réduits à 20 millions de dollars et vingt millions de dollars des budgets film sont réduits à dix dollars ou moins. Trois millions de dollars est le nouveau huit millions même que les budgets gargantuesques film s’élever à des hauteurs exponentielle de 100 millions de dollars, 200 millions de dollars et 300 millions de dollars pour tentpole, 3D, images générées par ordinateur (CGI) films VFX. Avec l’industrie de la publicité monde même sur un rebond après une baisse en chute libre, ventes à l’étranger sont également faibles et la conduite de la capacité de financer un budget inférieur film.

Précision devient encore plus critique en tant que budget du film est réduite afin de maintenir la qualité à un tarif réduit. budgets Movie doit fournir la même précision et la valeur de production à l’écran afin d’offrir à ces coûts film réduite. fournit la partie la plus critique d’un business plan du film.

Quels sont les budgets des films?
Les budgets des films sont le pilier financier d’un programme de cinéma ou de télévision. Ils présentent le Producteur une feuille de route à faire de votre film. Avec des budgets des vidéos de qualité dans la main du producteur de films peuvent présenter leur script aux bailleurs de fonds en vue pour eux d’investir et de faire le film. Un budget détaillé film est essentiel. La précision doit être effectué par un chevronnés et expérimentés Producteur ou unité de production Manager. Au large du plateau, les budgets rapide ne résiste pas à un test d’investissement film. Le travail est détaillée et doit être effectuée par un producteur de films qualifiés.

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Budgets Movie liste de tous les coûts dans le film. Tout ce qui est admissible dans le dépenser est inclus. De poignées, électriciens, aux étoiles, les assistants, le dépistage chambres, à la nourriture et des explosions … Vous l’appelez, toutes les dépenses seul film dans le budget. est l’endroit pour les budgets des films de qualité, les horaires et les pannes de votre projet.

Depuis 25 ans nous dispensons des connaissances top qualité de la production de projets cinématographiques et télévisuels, tout en créant des films de classe mondiale métrages et d’émissions TV.

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