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PRODUCER SERIES (Budgeting Track): Budgeting a Script 203 (3 of 3)

  • The Lovett School - Black Box 4075 Paces Ferry Road Southeast Atlanta, GA, 30339 United States (map)
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This fall, we're offering two different series of three classes each for producers, independent filmmakers, and content creators - The Producing Track and The Budgeting Track. 

Interested in understanding the job of a Producer? Looking to raise funds for a project or manage yours effectively and efficiently? Producing, production managing, or working as a 1st AD on an indie short, feature, or series? 

These two series of workshops will cover the basics - what does a producer do, crew positions, definitions, responsibilities, and hierarchy, what is development, what it entails, and why it’s the most important part of the process, how to breakdown, schedule, and budget your movie, what should be included in a business proposal and why. We’ll discuss the basics from concept to completion to give you a leg up on your next project. If you don’t have a current project to workshop in the Budgeting Track, one will be provided. 

It is highly recommended that you take all three classes in each series, and taking both series will greatly expand your knowledge of the business of production. Each class lays the foundation for the next. 

For example, you can’t schedule your movie without a breakdown and you can’t budget your movie without a schedule. And if you don’t understand the role of a producer and the development process, it’s highly unlikely that you will craft a business proposal with the elements needed to raise the funds for your project or ultimately get distribution that is favorable to investor ROI. 


DATE: 12/2/17
TIME: 1:00pm-4:00pm
LOCATION: The Lovett School, Blackbox
Budgeting a Script 203 - $150 NON-MEMBERS / $120 GPP - ATLFS MEMBERS

Budgeting isn’t a formula. Each project is different, but some basics do apply. You start with a complete breakdown and a rough schedule. Without doing that work, you can’t properly estimate the cost of your production. How long will it take to prep, shoot, and wrap? How many days will you need the actors and extras? How many days do you need at each location? How many wardrobe changes per actor plus duplicates will you need? What about props and set dressing rentals? All these budgeting questions and more will be covered in this class.

Again, no budgeting program is needed. A sample blank budget will be provided to discuss the line by line needs of a typical indie production. Using the day out of days and element reports generated from movie magic software examples, this class will show you how to use information generated during breakdown and scheduling to help you craft the right budget for your project. Those with laptops and budgeting software may once again bring them.


The new DeKalb County Film, Music, & Digital Entertainment Commission is sponsoring both The Producing Track and The Budgeting Tract for 10 DeKalb County residents. For more information, send an email to: These slots are first come, first served and you must provide proof of residency.

Check out Linda Burn's Instructor Bio here!