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Budget and Financing

How much does it cost to make a film with young people depends on a number of variables:

  • Complexity of project
  • How much time can be dedicated to it
  • The 'production values' you are aiming for.

Securing project funding can be difficult (though film does have advantages because you end up with a tangible long lasting product) nevertheless, there are a range of potential sources, limited only by your time! Of course external funding may not be needed if a school has sufficient equipment, a modest materials budget and a team with determination.

Key budget considerations

  • Equipment: cameras, sound kit, computer
  • Consumables: tape stock, gaffer, batteries
  • Materials: props, plasticine for model animation
  • Costume, make up
  • Location fees
  • Travel
  • Food (subsistence)
  • Edit & post production costs
  • Musician
  • Screening event eg invites, refreshments
  • Insurance (you might need it)
  • Contingency

Starter sources

When asking for funding

  • Construct your budgets carefully.
  • Ask for slightly more than you need (contingency).
  • Multiple small funding sources can be very successful, but take more administration and time.
Millions are to be grabbed out here and your only competition is idiots. Don't let this get around
Herman Mankiewicz talking about Hollywood

No budget

It's amazing what you can achieve with careful negotiations, help from friends and family, a little bit of begging and borrowing. Check out The Guerilla Film Maker's Handbook for how some feature films got made.

However low your budget, never skimp on health and safety.