SCHEDULING / BUDGETING

"Fail to plan ... Plan to fail."

~ Winston Churchill

A curation of articles, podcasts, videos, and courses to help with your scheduling and budgeting adventures.

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DOWNLOADS

A collection of FREE forms, templates, and questionnaires:

BREAKDOWN SHEET

Take your screenplay and break down every scene into every element that is needed to put that scene onto the screen.

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STRIPBOARD TEMPLATE

After you've created all your breakdown sheets, you'll need to schedule your shooting days into a stripboard.

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DAY-OUT-OF-DAYS

Part of the scheduling process requires you to know when your actors will be working and not working.  This is the Day-Out-Of-Days spreadsheet.

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FILM BUDGET TEMPLATE

After you've created your breakdown and shooting schedule, you'll need to budget your film.  Use this template to build a proper budget.

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BOOKS

A collection of books on scheduling and budget for film. (*These are affiliate links)

Planning the Low-Budget Film

I found this book extremely useful in creating my schedules and budgets for my films.  You'll be surprised that there aren't many books on the subject — This is a good one!

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Scheduling and Budgeting Your Film

Vital production management skills save you money and time-learn basic scheduling for film and video!

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Film Scheduling Film Budgeting Workbook

Professional forms, call sheets, production reports, deal memos, budget form. Perforated.

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The Complete Film Production Handbook

If you're a line producer, production manager, production supervisor, assistant director or production coordinator--the book has everything you'll need (including all the forms, contracts, releases and checklists) to set up and run a production.

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SOFTWARE

A collection of software and tools to help you schedule and budget your next film.

Movie Magic Budgeting 7 & Movie Magic Scheduling 6 Bundle

I've used the original version of this bundle when it was called Entertainment Partners.  It's on the pricey side, but they've been the industry leaders for years.  If you're serving as a Line Producer, then you'll need a robust system like this one.

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Jungle Software Gorilla 6 Scheduling and Budgeting Combo Pack

The other scheduling and budgeting software in the space is Jungle Software's Gorilla Scheduling and Budgeting programs.

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Studio Binder

Intuitive select-and-tag system when breaking down a script. Add elements, scene breakdown notes, preview the shooting script, manage shooting locations, customize script breakdown sheet categories, and more.

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Hot Budget

Developed for budgeting commercials, promos, and music videos, Hot Budget is one of the most popular budgeting tools in the industry.

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PODCASTS

A collection of podcasts and podcast episodes that cover the topic of film scheduling and budgeting.

Business of Film

Craft Truck produced this limited series on the business of film.  This series digs deep into the producing side of things.

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No Film School

Besides having one of the more popular websites for indie filmmakers, No Film School also offers a podcast series worth listening to.

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Indie Film Hustle

Alex Ferrari over at Indie Film Hustle is constantly adding amazing episodes that are invaluable for any indie producer.  But get ready to hustle, because no one hustles more than Alex 🙂

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Indie Film Academy

Jason Buff over at the Indie Film Academy has a ton of quality interviews that can help you become a better producer.

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VIDEOS

A collection of videos that focus on scheduling and budgeting films.

One of the best YouTube channels for filmmaking, the guys at Film Riot have put together this video on scheduling and budgeting.

A 4-part series on film scheduling and budgeting ... all for FREE!

Another extremely popular YouTube channel for filmmakers is RocketJump Film School.  In this video, they give us an introduction to film breaking down a script.

RocketJump Film School also offers this fun video on Film Budgeting.

COURSES

A collection of online courses that you can take right now to better schedule and budget your next film.

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