Reviews - What do customers think about Film & Video Budgets, Revised and Updated Edition?
Good if you own budgeting software Mar 28, 2008
I found some interesting points in this book about budgeting in general, but for the most part if you don't own budgeting software, which I don't, this book probably won't clarify the process for you. If you are familiar with budgeting sofware this may be an interesting book for you.
"The Bible" Jan 9, 2007
Being a start-up production company, saying that this book is like the Bible (no offense) to me would be an understatement... SWEET.
David W. Keon Sasquatch Entertainment, LLC
Worth its weight in Gold! Nov 6, 2006
This is an outstanding source of information for preparing a detailed budget for film or video (commercials, music videos, and so on). The heart of the book consists of explaining each and every single line item you'll find on any production budget. But the book goes even deeper and covers setting up your production company, what to plan for during pre-production and what I consider to be and invaluable analysis on the subject of tape-to-film blow up which is a must for filmmakers on a tight budget but who dream of releasing their film on the big screen.
I decided to purchase this publication over "Film Budgeting". Even though Singleton's companion book "Film Scheduling" is essential to learn how to breakdown a script and "Film Budgeting" might have seamlessly taken me step by step from schedule to budget. "Film and Video Budget 4th edition" contains the most up-to-date information (it was published in 2006), presents five different types of sample budgets that range from a 5 million dollar feature, to music video to a no-budget digital feature and they can be downloaded as Excel sheets, which you can use for the projects that more closely resemble each scenario.
As if all this wasn't enough it provides useful resources for all steps of the production process and money saving tips for shoestring budgets. This is a must for independent producers starting out in the industry or producing different type or more complex shows than before.
The Authors have 'Been There, Done That' May 15, 2006
The Devil, as they say, is in the details. This is a detailed look at how to do a budget for producing a film or video. And the level of detail covered is amazing. For instance there is a short paragraph on feeding your cast and crew. It says, 'On low-budget shows, if you don't have enough people to warrant hiring a caterer, pass around the menu from a good local restaurant. Or, if it's tighter than that, say for a student film, order in a pizza.'
Then there are the budgets. It starts with a budget for a $5 Million Feature Film project. It lists seventeen pages of budget items that include just about everything you can think of to include in a budget. From there it goes down to a $12,000 sample budget for a student film.
These budgets are discussed here with explanations of what goes into each line item. Then the budgets themselves are available for down loading in Excel format. You can take in the budget and then modify it as needed to fit your own needs. Just the sample budgets are enough to make this book worthwhile, if they keep you from forgetting some critical item it could make the difference in getting the production done or not. The explanations of the line items in the budget clearly describe what each of these mean and how they might fit into your project.
The book clearly shows that these people have been working on budgeting for such productions for a long time. They simply have the ring of 'been there, done that.'
Film & Video Budgets 4 reviewed at Microfilmmaker.com Mar 18, 2006
"...The book is well-organized and easy to follow. It provides many helpful tips, suggestions, examples, and contacts to help you make the best budget for your needs. (They also have free Excel budget templates you can download.) They take a lot of things into account and recognize the diverse requirements of different projects you may encounter. And most importantly, this is one of the few budgeting books that actually looks at the financial and budgeting needs of micro-filmmakers and addresses them specifically..." -Kari Ann Morgan, Microfilmmaker.com