Film Budgeting: Or How Much Will It Cost to Shoot Your Movie?

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The most complete, reliable and comprehensive trade book about budgeting motion pictures.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 330 pages
  • Publisher: Lone Eagle (January 25, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0943728657
  • ISBN-13: 978-0943728650
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds

Customer Reviews

A dictionary for budgeting

 on September 24, 2016
By Cullum
Most of the book is dedicated to explaining what each account means (e.g. acc’t 2540 is listed as purchases for the props dept.). Other than that, it has a brief introduction and extensive glossary. This is less of a nighttime read and more of a dictionary. This book was in my left hand during prep on an indy feature. Great for first-time producers.

THE industry standard for budgeting…

2 people found this helpful.
 on June 18, 2007
By David Park
This book has been around for a long time, but it is still the definitive work on film budgeting. Whether you’re working on a $50,000 indie or a $20,000,000 feature, this book lays out in detailed yet readable form the proper steps to accurately forecasting the budget of your feature. One of the most powerful aspects of this budgeting system, which makes it the industry standard, is that a full line budget gives you an individual line code for every single expense. This makes tracking your expenditures significantly less complicated.

Very happy with purchase

 on November 12, 2016
Just what I was looking for. Very happy with purchase.

Four Stars

 on November 23, 2015
By Joseph La Morte
good advice

Five Stars

 on November 24, 2015
By Izabella Khanoukova
I love it!

This Book Lives Up To The Fact Every New Producer Needs To Realize You’re Going Into A Business.

 on January 29, 2014
By Claudia Strasbaugh
Lots of good sense planning support as well as pages of examples of how you budget should be laid out.

An excellent guide for new and experienced producers.

10 people found this helpful.
 on February 22, 1999
I used this book in the recent shooting of a feature film, and found it and the separately-available workbooks very helpful. The workbooks use examples from an actual film budget (“The Conversation”); the text is clear, compelling, accurate and up-to-date. Best of the “how to” film production books I have seen and used.


12 people found this helpful.
 on December 8, 1999
Author Ralph Singleton knows his stuff. He is not a “wannabe” producer (check out his credits on the IMDb!). Do what I did–take the complete ‘do-it-yourself course’ with the Scheduling book, Workbook and Forms book. Computer budgeting software is great — but this book actually teaches you HOW to budget — not just put numbers in columns.

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