When you take a look at a Lakeland video production as a whole, it’s easy to be dazzled by the sheer glamour of it. After all, it’s quite exciting, being a part of video production. However, a majority of people don’t have any idea of what goes on behind the scenes.
Once you look past all of the acting and special effects is a team that works behind the scenes to make sure that the logistics of the production goes off without a hitch. One of the most important parts of any Lakeland video production is the budget, and it is easy to get this wrong. To help you out, here are some ways to budget for your production based on your script.
Break up your filming into script pages
Using your script as a sort of reference point for your production budget is always a good idea because it gives you a very clear idea of what you need to prioritize for your budget.
The bigger your budget is, the longer you can spend on each page. Productions with smaller budgets tend to film as many pages as they can in a day. However, it’s also important to prioritize difficult or important scenes for your budget allocation.
Budget for actors
When you allocate a budget for an actor for your production, it’s not about how big of a star they are, it’s about how long you’re going to need them for on-set. Take a look through your script and see how many scenes they’re going to be in, and build a budget off of that information.
Crew budgets are calculated almost the same way as actor budgets, but with crew budgets, you have to remember that you’re going to need them for the entire duration of the production. Depending on how many script pages you’re shooting in a day and how many pages there are in total, you can estimate how many days of crew salaries you’re going to have to budget for.
Effects and other technical expenses
For a lot of productions, the effects and other technical expenses can make up a large part of the Lakeland video production budget.
When you go through your script, you should take note of scenes that require special effects or stunts so that you know that you have to allocate more of the budget for this. Don’t skimp on stunts and safety, as this can end up being more costly for you in the future.