There are many details and a staggering number of issues one needs to keep in mind when creating a budget. Before this point, you have read the script multiple times, made many notes, broken the script and created a preliminary schedule and/or One Line. Creating a budget is a task which can be overwhelming to the beginner (don’t worry even veterans can get overwhelmed every-so-often too). This course reviews various techniques, formats and other general information.

“Awesome but… where are some sample budgets?”

Not here. While there are some limited benefits to looking at other budgets and copying info, I feel this is not the best way to truly learn. Understanding how a budget is built will much better prepare you when creating your own. Knowing what to look for and how to think is the best way to start formulating your own projects’ plans. If you know what questions to ask (of yourself and others) when breaking down a script and thinking about the challenges of the project, you’ll be able to start filling in the needed details of the budget and overall production plan. Besides, your project is different than any other project in the history of entertainment. Two $25M films are not the same simply due to the fact they both cost $25M. No projects are alike looking at the details.

This course was written by Stephen Marinaccio who has worked professionally since 1990 in various positions on feature film, television and reality productions. In 2001, James Cameron gave Marinaccio his first big break as the UPM overseeing the Mexico shoot on Ghosts of the Abyss. From there, he started working on independent features and was later accepted as a member of the Director’s Guild of America as a Unit Production Manager, Third Area. In addition to working as a DGA UPM / Line Producer, Marinaccio writes for LineProducing.com, a website he created to help people understand the intricate details involved with the role of being a UPM or Line Producer. Marinaccio is also passionate about his charities, Hollywood with Class, which benefits local schools by donating leftover production supplies and Win Place Home, which retrains retired racehorses for a new career.

Stephen Marinaccio

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Stephen Marinaccio has worked professionally since 1990 in various positions on feature film, television and reality productions. In 2001, James Cameron (Avatar, Titanic) gave Marinaccio his first big break as the UPM overseeing the Mexico shoot on Ghosts of the Abyss. From there, he started working on independent features and was later accepted as a member of the Director's Guild of America as a Unit Production Manager, Third Area. Steve McEveety (Passion of the Christ, Braveheart) hired him in 2007 to oversee all production and post on feature films for Mpower Pictures, including The Stoning of Soraya M. and the recent release, Snowmen. While there, Marinaccio was given the opportunity to assist with both development and marketing, further increasing his understanding of the business side. In addition to working as a DGA UPM / Line Producer, Marinaccio writes for LineProducing.com, a website he created to help people understand the intricate details involved with the role of being a UPM or Line Producer. Marinaccio is also passionate about his charities, Hollywood with Class, which benefits local schools by donating leftover production supplies and Win Place Home, which retrains retired racehorses for a new career.
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