Day 27: Budget: Part One

Hi! So today I start trying to figure out how much it will cost to shoot Eternal Camping!

Okay, one short problem: I don’t actually know how to budget films! This is all a learning experience for me. But hey, the best way to learn how to do anything is by actually doing it.

So what I did was simple. I created a new spreadsheet for the whole purpose of figuring out how much it’ll cost. I created multiple sheets for each stage of production: pre-production, production, post-production, and then submitting to festivals.

After that I put everything I could think of into each category. It’s not done yet and it’s very rough but right now I’m estimating a $75,000 budget-way higher than the $50,000 I was shooting for.

I’m hoping to be able to cut the budget significantly. There are plenty of things I have yet to actually add to the budget as well like accommodations for actors/actresses if I cast them here in Los Angeles.

Today was just a first pass. By the time I finish, I’m hoping to have a robust budget and then to raise the funds I need.