Creating a Film & TV Budget


How to Create a Realistic Budget for any Type of Films

This practical guide will help you comprehend the philosophy behind creating a film budget and how film budgets are articulated.


Having an accurate budget that shows the feasibility of your project is the cornerstone of every film production. But building a film budget is not only about adding figures. It’s understanding the process of filmmaking so you know to ask the right questions to the right people and recognize the complexity of film production.

Whether you are a new producer, a line producer or production manager, this book is designed for anyone setting out to create a budget for the first time. As you build your career in film and television, it will guide you in developing your budgeting skills on further projects.

This practical guide covers the practice of building a budget – either from scratch or with a budget template, noting common budgeting terminology and how budget levels are estimated with regard to what is allowed in your budgets. In addition, it includes ratios or percentages of budget allocation to consider when creating your first budget.

The principles of budgeting covered in this guide apply to fiction, experimental, documentary and reality projects. Whether your project is a short film or a feature-length movie, a TV show, large or small, this book will give you the tools you need to get started.


  • Budgeting Theory
  • Workflow
  • Production Schedule vs Shooting Schedule
  • Putting Theory into Practise
  • The budget Structure Above and Below-the-line
  • Preparing Your work
  • Writing your Budget
  • Budget Ratio for a low budget feature film


By the end of this guide you will be able to:

  • Understand How a Film Budget Is Structured
  • Understand Why a Robust Production Schedule is Essential in Building a Budget
  • Set a Proper Plan to Create Your First Budget

Book Details
Publisher: Moviesoft
Author:  Dewi Griffiths
ISBN: 978-1-913580-33-9
Release Date: October 2020
Language: English
Download Format: PDF


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