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Gotta’ Script You Want To Make Into A Feature Film?

Gotta’ Script You Want To Make Into A Feature Film?

Are you are a writer or a director who realizes that you need a budget and preferably a schedule before walking into a pitch meeting…? So your script is finally finished, you’re embarking on the next exciting phase of making your movie. There are many ways to negotiate a script, yet nearly all of them require that an expert in film production has first derived a budget and a preliminary schedule. Without these all-important “blueprints” distributors and … Read entire article »

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What’s in a Film Budget?

What’s in a Film Budget?

Well, what’s in a film budget? Other people have done similar things to explain difficult topics. Here’s a panoramic pen and ink drawing to unfold a story of building up the film budget, with a few personal insights I’ve added from many years experience in line-producing films for various studios. I’ll leave you to go in and examine the detail and see if you can find the jokes. Any questions feel free to leave a … Read entire article »

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Why Are You Going for the Horror Genre?

New and less experienced filmmakers tackle horror films on a more consistent basis than any other type of genre. Occasionally, one of these amateur films becomes a breakout success, producing a huge return on investment. This, however, seems to be an exception rather than the rule. A prime example of the motivations and processes that are involved in amateur horror films is displayed in the brilliant 1999 documentary titled “American Movie: The Making of Northwestern.” The film depicts Mark Borchardt’s struggle to fund and produce his feature film “Northwestern” and the short film “Coven.” While “Northwestern” never got made and left Borchardt in big debt, the documentary highlighted the enormous effort and difficulty that comes … Read entire article »

Legal process to get your film project made.

Step Deals are tiered contracts between producer and writer, usually several writers. This is a protection strategy exercised by producers. Step relationships (deals) compartmentalize the writing process into progressive steps. Each step is assigned a fixed fee value and allows for evaluation and a prioi exit remedies to terminate the relationship following an unsuccessful evaluation of the writer’s work. The first step usually requires that all contingent writers are aware of their competition and that each writer is asked to create a synopsis of the story. All writers receive remuneration regardless of which synopsis the producer chooses for his project. All writers whose synopsis passed the evaluation advance to Step 2. Writers whose synopsis is rejected … Read entire article »

Film Budget, and Film Production Services

Film Budget, and Film Production Services

Here is a brief description of the typical needs my clients’ present me with and the services I usually then provide them, which are many and quite varied. They include: preliminary production consultation, script analysis and script breakdowns, budgeting, scheduling and of course in many cases complete line producing or executive producing services. The meticulous and detailed work I do … Read entire article »

Budgeting techniques and strategies for the professional DSLR video shooter

Budgeting techniques and strategies for the professional DSLR video shooter

Micro-Budgeting Class for the DSLR Director/Producer Learn how to analyze and breakdown storyboards, create an accurate film budget along with a well-designed shooting schedule.  Knowing how to craft a professional budget and schedule ensures you will always be in the running to be awarded the top jobs and protects your profit margin once you are in production.Whether you are shooting corporate … Read entire article »

Film Budgeting Software – There is no magic pill

Film Budgeting Software – There is no magic pill

Budgeting Software “There Is No Magic Pill”   By Keith S. Payson – Line Producer, UPM, 1st AD   “There is very little in this life more valuable than ones years of accumulated experience and the harvest of knowledge gained.  To thoughtfully, carefully and lovingly turn ones artful passion into a refined craft and earn the respect of ones peers in the process…. that is … Read entire article »

Are you a Screenwriter? [Keith wants to know]

Are you a talented up and coming screenwriter who currently feels a bit perplexed, unsure how to navigate the marketplace yet highly determined to do so… I might be able to help. If you’re willing to answer a few questions so that I can understand your specific needs, I’d be more than happy to supply you with helpful information explaining how to take the next step. Whether you want to sell your screenplay outright, co-produce it, or become a writer/director you will still need to start at the same place… by developing a business plan. Click on the survey button below and provide a few short answers so that I will be able to give you specific … Read entire article »

Free Film Budget Notes

Free Film Budget Notes

If you are a fellow UPM or Line Producer, this bit of free film budget software might give you a headache instead of lighten your reminder load. It might however give you some light entertainment to wind up your production coordinator – if you pass it on as a useful reminder software. It’s a screensaver, upon being idle at your … Read entire article »

Protected: Are You Looking for a Film Producer

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Gotta’ Script You Want To Make Into A Feature Film?

Gotta’ Script You Want To Make Into A Feature Film?

Are you are a writer or a director who realizes that you need a budget and preferably a schedule before walking into a pitch meeting…? So your script is finally finished, you’re embarking on the next exciting phase of making your movie. There are many ways to negotiate a script, yet nearly all of them require that an expert in film production … Read entire article »