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Make Budgets and Line Producing for Film and TV

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Production budgeting is a quantitative and qualitative essential filmmaking craft that Line Producers achieve using their experience, expertise and on the set trade skills as a filmmaker to the fullest.  The forecasting of amounts, duration and requirements, whether it’s union or non-union, a build or practical sets, distant location or in town and so on are addressed and determined.   How to create and execute a indie film budget for raising money or making a movie will be covered.

During the workshop you will get a basic yet comprehensive introduction to professional film budgeting.  Time will be spent going top to bottom on a production budget, line by line providing a general yet comprehensive overview of how to budget television and film productions.  We will explore all phases including Above-The-Line, Below-The-Line, Post Production and General Expenses with tax incentives, deferrals, contingency, completion bonds and cost of money fees.  Additionally an overview of pay vs. work hours, the fringe accounts, globals and groups will be examined.  Plus we will dig into applicable labor laws, union rules, rates, department specifics and more.  Learn all of this in an easy-to-understand approach from a working line producer/upm.  There will also be a customary Q&A at the end to answer anything that is not clear or that was not covered.

It is important to note that this is not a workshop on how to use budgeting software.

Who should attend:  all production personnel, producers, director, screenwriters, assistant directors, UPM, line producers anyone that wants the insight and understanding of the nuts and bolts of production budgets.

Requirements: Basic knowledge of film production and budgeting programs is helpful.  Having Movie Magic Budgeting software on your computer will be beneficial.  Pen and paper to take notes.

By the end of this Workshop, you will know:

  1. How prepare a general production budget that can be used to raise funds or perhaps to produce an indie film.
  2. The direct application of union and guild contracts appropriate to your budget.
  3. What an indie film budget should look like and account for.

About the Instructor:

Filmmaker and DGA member Bruce Wayne Gillies has successfully performed as an Executive Producer, Producer, Director and Line Producer on several Hollywood independent feature films and network television programs.

For more than two-and-a-half decades on over sixty projects, Bruce has been creating, writing, producing, directing motion picture productions. He started producing & directing in college as an undergraduate, helming multi-camera coverage of NCAA college sports. Early on, he was also a professional Radio DJ at WCFX, Clare, MI, while attending college at Central Michigan University majoring in Cinematic Arts with a minor in Business Management.

Recently, Bruce helped produce the currently released films THE LATE BLOOMER and BLAIR WITCH.   He was recently the Unit Production Manager on THE MASTERPIECE which is due out next year directed by and starring James Franco and Seth Rogen.  Bruce was line producer for Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s director/writer debut feature, DON JON. Bruce also recently directed additional photography on the Bruce Willis film, ONCE UPON A TIME IN VENICE and was the director on the feature film BULLFIGHTS.  He was lucky enough to perform as Second Unit Director on the instant classic sci-fi LOOPER directed by Rian Johnson. He’s made commercials, music videos and three well-received short films which he wrote, produced, and edited. In addition, Bruce has written several feature and short film screenplays and television treatments.

Bruce grew up near Detroit, Michigan in the Downriver Area. He now resides in Southern California with his wife and children. Visit: http://www.brucewaynegillies.com for more.