Musings and thought collections of a low budget, ultra-low budget and no budget filmmaker -- independent film production in a new economy.
Tuesday, October 4, 2011
Sample ultra low line expenses
These are final expenses for a SAG Ultra Low Budget feature shot recently over 22 days in Los Angeles. These are the expenses of just production costs (and a bit of preproduction expenses which are essentially some scouting costs, etc). The total budget here is $91,000. Salaries for cast were $100 a day as per the SAG ULB contract, and $75-$100 for crew. We also had about six full time volunteers helping out. Our camera was a Red 1 and our G&E package was supplied by the gaffer. We used a payroll service that charged a flat fee. We paid extras $25 a day. We paid overtime (time + 1/2) at 12 hours.
This may help you as your considering a potential budget. You can tell that there were no stunts or FX involved in this project and that most wardrobe was provided by talent.