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Budgeting for Documentary

November 9, 2021 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

  • Keeping control over your budget throughout the entire documentary filmmaking process (from the early stages to the finished product) is a core component when making a film. Having a budget doesn’t only give you confidence, it also tells the funders that you know what you are doing. It helps you to raise money and it helps you to save money. How do I structure my documentary budget? What items go into a budget? What is the cost of each item? Which are the hard costs? What is an in-kind contribution? Do I pay myself? What about archival rights? Music licensing rights? Does the budget change as I move forward in the process?

    In this class you’ll learn how to construct a budget and we’ll discuss all the above questions, plus all the questions that you bring to the table. After the class, you will have a much clearer picture about how to build your own budget.

    About the instructor: Adele Schmidt

    Adele Schmidt is a film & video producer, director and editor who has won numerous awards in both documentary and fiction films, including TIVA-DC’s Peer Award, the U.S. International Film and Video Festival Award, the Telly Awards and the Gabriel Award. She is co-founder of Zeitgeist Media LLC, an independent production company that has been releasing the music documentary series on progressive Rock, “Romantic Warriors – A Progressive Music Saga,” which includes the Krautrock Trilogy. She is also an adjunct professorial lecturer at American University and a co-founder of Docs In Progress. Originally from Germany, Adele taught film and video production at the National Center for Cinematographic Studies, Mexico City.

    Workshop Note: Because of social distancing needs, this workshop will be held online via Zoom, but building community is one of Docs In Progress’s guiding principles. So in order to allow time to meet fellow students, the Zoom room will open 15 minutes early and remain open after the class ends each night. It’s the best we can do for now until we can all come together in person.

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