Week 5 – Budget

Budgeting out a scene is something not many people, that haven’t done any type of producing, are familiar with.

As I fall into this category, I’m going to make a ball-park budget for professionally creating Average Joe ep. 5 sc 2. The overall approximate price is:

$188,428

Below is the breakdown according to “MEAA Rates” (2017)

Above the line costs = $63,429

  • story and script = $8,700
  • Development = $6,542
  • Producers = 32,000
  • Directors = $15,000
  • Cast-Principles = $632

Below the line costs = $124,999
(only some listed below)

  • Project Management = $36,742
  • Camera Crew = $2,150
  • Sound Crew = $1,150
  • Lighting Crew = $1,400
  • Grips Crew = $483

Broken down even further, these figures look like this.

Writer Fees = $25 an hour or $4,200 for 7 weeks of pre-production.
DOP = $1,200 per day.
Camera Operator = $600 per day
Camera Assistant = $350 per day

Gaffer = $1000 per day

Lighting Assistant = $40 p/h 

Camera Equipment Hire:
Red head = $30 per day, blondie = $70 per day, 2 dedos = $50 per day.
4×4 diffusion = $10 per day, 3 light stands $140 + $100 ea. per day (=$380), shotbags (10) = $1 ea. per day, scrim = $20 per day, 2 RCD = $10 ea. per day, cable guard (7) = $1 ea. per day, reflector = $8 per day, 60cm camera slider = $20 per day. 
Sony F7 Camera = $320 per day, Samyang Cinema Prime Lenses (4) = $100 per day.(http://www.movcam.com.au/camera.html)
(“Samyang Cinema Primes for Rent – Camera Hire Sydney Australia”, 2017)
(XDCAM, 2017)

Sound Equipment:
Boom pole (2) = $8 per day (16), microphones (schoeps colette MK41 mic set) = $90, lavaliers = $35, sound recorder = $220, blimp = $10.  

(“Offshoot Rentals – Sound Gear For Hire”, 2017)


But for me right now as an amaeture, I’d be charging a lot less for my cinematography. Which would be roughly $40-$75 an hour based on community feedback from (“Videography rates?”, 2017).

“Here’s How Much Money You Can Expect to Make as a Cinematographer” (2017) gives a rough estimate in this photo.
rates

 

As can be seen, it’s very expensive to make a film! In light of this, I’ll keep writing and trying to make something great to make funding worth it.

 

 

References:

Television Production Crew Rates – Calling All Crew – Book & Hire Television Crew – Booking Service for Television Freelance Crew. (2017). Callingallcrew.com. Retrieved 19 July 2017, from http://www.callingallcrew.com/crew-rates/

Film camera equipment hire. (2017). Movcam.com.au. Retrieved 19 July 2017, from http://www.movcam.com.au/camera.html

MEAA Rates. (2017). Indie Crew. Retrieved 16 July 2017, from https://www.indiecrew.com.au/meaa-rates/

Offshoot Rentals – Sound Gear For Hire. (2017). Offshoot.rentals. Retrieved 19 July 2017, from https://offshoot.rentals/hire/sound/

Videography rates?. (2017). Videomaker.com. Retrieved 19 July 2017, from https://www.videomaker.com/community/forums/topic/videography-rates

Here’s How Much Money You Can Expect to Make as a Cinematographer. (2017). No Film School. Retrieved 19 July 2017, from http://nofilmschool.com/2016/07/how-much-you-can-expect-make-working-cinematographer

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