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Tuesday, June 5, 2012

AFCI Association of Film Commissioners International Location Show 2012

The AFCI will hold there annual AFCI Location show this year again in Hollywood, Los Angeles, Californai

What:   AFCI Location Show 2012

When:  June 15-16, 2012

Where:  Los Angeles Convention Center  View Map

Their motto this year:  Travel Around the World for free in only two days

The show is filled with the film commissioners and staff of countries and regions throughout the world.  Booths offer information, photos, details and pamphlets on the various film tax credits and production incentives offered by the areas they represent.

A prestigious panel of Speakers will discuss international co-productions, film tax credits, funding for film budget production support including film production incentives and government grants and funds.

The Variety BRIC Summit will likewise take place at the event with a focus on China, Russia, Brazil and India. (ticketed separately from the main event.)

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Sunday, May 27, 2012

Cannes Film Festival 2012 Awards Winners List | the Movie Budget Worldwide Leader

Cannes Film Festival 2012 Awards Winners List

As the Cannes Film Festival winds down another celebrity, movie and event filled session of arthouse film and worldwide auteurs we proudly list the Winners.    The Palme d'Or went to 'Amour' directed by Michael Haneke, his second win for the award.

Palme d´Or
Love - Michael Haneke

Grand Prix
Reality - Matteo Garrone

Best Actress
Cristina Flutur, Cosmina Stratan - Beyond the Hills

Best Actor
Mads Mikkelsen - The Hunt

Best Director
Carlos Reygadas - Post Tenebras Lux

Best Screenplay
Beyond the Hills - Cristian Mungiu

Jury Prize
The Angels' Share - Ken Loach

Caméra d´Or
Beasts of the Southern Wild - Benh Zeitlin

Palme d'Or for Best Short Film
Silence - L. Rezan Yesilbas

from Cineuropa (view the article)

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Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Who Needs a Movie Budget for Film Financing?

If you are trying to determine what you need to get film financing for your movie, here are a few tips on who actually would benefit from having a movie budget created for their film.

Here is a quick list of the top five people for whom getting a movie budget is a wise choice.

1.   Producers
2.   Directors
3.   Writers
4.   Production company executives
5.   Actors

Obtaining a movie budget is a smart endeavor for a filmmaker as it signals several important factors to investors and financiers.  The first and foremost is that it conveys a certain practicality.  It also demonstrates a sense of responsibility.

1.  Producers - Clearly Producers require a detailed, organized and well planned out film budget and shooting schedule for the production.  Without these basic tools there is not much of a production, not really a sense of planning and certainly no decision to demonstrate a thorough understanding of where to spend the financing of the movie.

2.  Directors - Very often Directors can take the reigns of their career and get the funding ball rolling themselves.  To do so requires an accurate, well planned movie budget and shooting schedule through which an investor may fund their film.  Directors understand that leadership is required and stepping up to the plate and getting a professional film budget custom made for their movie is an important leadership maneuver.

3.  Writers - As with Directors, the Writer is the genesis of the production to begin with.  Their vision has launched the film into a screenplay from the basics of an idea.  With their understanding of the production, the story and the scene by scene breakdown of the plot, locations and dialogue writers have a more thorough understanding than most in the process.  Taking the bull by the horns and getting a line producer to create a movie budget for their project is not only smart, but very often is the critical motivation for investors and other team members to jump into action.

4.   Production Company Executives likewise need to know the cost of producing motion pictures.  With the ever and fast changing technology, process and workflow of film production it is important for film executives to have the ear and knowledge of a line producer to budget their films for production.

5.   Actors - Quite frequently in Hollywood a film takes on a whole new element when an actor is attached to the production.  Having an acting on board brings that character to life for the creatives and also can be the stimulus for finance for the movie.  Actors have great drive in their careers, constantly improving their craft.  Many times they clearly see the path to their on screen performance is to help get the production moving with a movie budget for investors to evaluate and fund the production.

Film producer Jack Binder has been creating film and television productions for the past 25 years.  Jack's producer credits can be found here.    Binder created in order to assist other filmmakers in realizing their vision and enabling them to speak to finance executives in their terms:  money.

Today, is the international leader in worldwide film budget and schedule line producer production services.  Contact for an instant quote on your production.

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Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Film Financiers Require a Professional Movie Budget By a Line Producer or UPM

Film financiers require a professional movie budget by a line producer in order to evaluate your production.   When considering financing a movie production, the finance executive must determine the true cost of the film.

Producers seeking funding for their films are likewise judged by the quality of the movie budget that they present.  Financiers are not stupid, not most of them anyway, and they can see a template film budget, sample movie budget or software generated movie budgets.

First and foremost, an investor wishes to see that the filmmaker is willing enough to invest in themselves.   One way to establish this is by hiring a qualified line producer or production manager with extensive experience in the field making movies.

Utilizing the service of a novice template generator reveals an inability to surround oneself with professionals.  Alternatively, bringing onboard a line producer early in the process demonstrates the filmmaker has the ability to delegate and surround themselves with experienced crew.

Filmmakers should contact for a professional, custom, detailed and proven film budget and schedule. is the international leader in worldwide movie budgeting.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Sam Raimi, Quentin Tarantino, Robert Rodriguez, Guermo Del Torro give advice on filmmaking on a shoestring movie budget

In a conference at ComicCon Directors Sam Raimi, Quentin Tarantino, Robert Rodriquez and Guermo Del Torro give future filmmakers prescient advice.  Get out there and film every weekend is Sam's credo.

Without concern for having a big movie budget or high end equipement, use what you have and just shoot.   Audience members ask the directors good questions which yield valuable answers from the panel assembled.

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Sunday, April 29, 2012

Summer of the Huge Film Budget Set to Strike!

It is looking like the summer of the huge film budget is getting set to strike.   Studios more and more are leaning to enormous film budget productions for mass consumption.  This summer looks to be a banner year in that regard.

The major Hollywood studios of course have been making this bet for some time, and appear to be doubling down.  The hope is that these major releases likewise generate gargantuan profits, which they quite often do.

Occasionally this is not the case as with 'John Carter', for which Disney had to write down $200 million shortly after its release.  Nonetheless the coming box office season brings more movies with big film budgets and great action, vfx and pure popcorn movie entertainment.

Look for our blog shortly on the specific numbers associated with these films at:

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Thursday, December 15, 2011

Meryl Streep Likes Low Film Budget Movie Shoots

In a 60 Minutes interview with Morley Safer, Meryl Streep reveals her preference in which movie productions she likes to shoot.  It seems she would rather a low film budget production to perform in.

The reasoning being that she dislikes being asked to undergo take after take of the same scene.  In a low film budget production she states, they can't afford to keep going on and on.   Whereas on the other hand a large film budget movie production does have the resources for multiple takes and continuous reworking of the scene and performance.

Another pet peeve of Ms. Streeps is the penchant for big film budget productions which cater to teenagers. As she explains it "they try to discourage you from coming if you don't buy toys and the merchandising".

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