Here’s how to budget your indie role

Learn more about finding representation and budgeting for independent functions.

Charles and George are joined by filmmaker and writer Kath Tolentino today to chat on many topics such as AAPI films, representation search and technical news. Today’s big topic is sure to benefit filmmakers: budgeting for independent features.

Listen to this episode for a guide to budgeting your next indie movie!

In this episode we talk about …

  • Like many streaming services right now, they have carousels of movies supposedly celebrating Asian American & Pacific Islander Heritage Month, but the type of content they selected was disappointing to say the least.
  • Content Choices Questions – should the films be AAPI-themed or have a prominent AAPI actor or director?
  • How the carousels of AAPI content could have been expanded if more indie and short films had been included.
  • How to know when to look for agents or managers when you’ve made a great short film.
  • Why Representation Shorts Can Generate Interest, But Have a Lower Cap for Next Steps – Representation will always want to know what you can do to make money right away.
  • The roles of agents versus managers, how they differ, and what they do for you.
  • As people perceive that this industry makes them a ton of money, but it’s hard to make a lot of money especially with the amount of money agents and managers take as a cut.
  • Atlas Orion anamorphic lenses that are great for widescreen and a certain quality.
  • Atlas’ new limited edition Silver Edition lenses that allow the flare to match the color of the light. These are super niche lenses and they will make 100 sets.
  • What to Look For in Buying Your First Set of Lenses when you are feeling overwhelmed by all of the review blogs and videos.
  • Why it can be difficult to budget where you pay employees at the right industry scale.
  • What happens with most indie films is that the budget is created backwards from what the producers can believe is realistic for the film.
  • How closely the schedule is tied to the budget – the number of days of shooting will change costs dramatically.
  • When you hire a line producer, you want to find someone who is used to working on films with a schedule similar to yours.
  • As usual, you have a few factors under control and build the rest of the budget on them.
  • Why you always have to build a contingency into your budget and allow more for the cast than you think.
  • Use Kickstarter and WeFunder and Why There’s Something to Be Said about to find a way to make your movie on a smaller budget.

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