Film Production Budgeting

Project Brief.

What is a Top-Sheet Film Budget?

A Top-Sheet Budget is a quick and inexpensive way to get your early development pitch meetings underway. It provides category totals both above and below the line along with a grand total of anticipated production costs.

However, the category totals are achieved by combining an analysis of your script with cost averages from previously produced films.

Why do I need one?

The Top-Sheet Budget is a projection of a typical film budget scenario and is meaningful to a serious investor only as an indicator or approximation of what might occur during production.

As such, it is certainly beneficial in preliminary pitch meetings, yet for long-term or formal relationships and investment partnerships to proceed you will eventually be required to provide a comprehensive budget and shooting schedule which will be unique to your script and will be the core of your business plan.

I strongly recommend the use of a Top-Sheet Budget when the client is in the early stages of development and not yet ready for a formal business plan.

Project Info.


Screenwriters, Film Producers


Top Sheet Budget, Custom Film Budget, Combined Budget and Schedule