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

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

DATE: 10/6/18
TIME: 2:00pm - 6:00pm
LOCATION: Discover DeKalb Convention & Visitors Bureau
Budgeting a Script 203 - $250 NON-MEMBERS / $200 GPP - ATLFS MEMBERS / $200 DEKALB COUNTY RESIDENTS

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. 


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 Digital Entertainment Commission is partially sponsoring 15 RESIDENTS (at non-member pricing) for both The Producing Track  (Additional $125 discount off all 3 classes) and The Budgeting Track (Additional $150 discount off all three classes). These slots are first come, first served and you must provide proof of residency. 

To qualify, send a copy of your Driver's License showing your DeKalb County residency (OR current mortgage statement OR current rental contract) AND a current utility OR phone bill showing that address and your name to:, and once verified, a code will be provided to you to receive the reduced rate.

Check out Linda Burn's Instructor Bio here!

Budgeting a Script 203 - $250 NON-MEMBERS / $200 GPP - ATLFS MEMBERS

Earlier Event: October 6
Michael Lucker's Screenwriter School
Later Event: October 8
MEMBER Advance Screening: First Man