Expense List for TV and Movie Productions

09/19/2012

Every wondered why movies and TV show are so expensive to make? Or maybe you are considering pitching/producing a project and need a breakdown of what costs you might incur. For either of those scenarios, the following is a partial list of the many costs incurred on scripted television shows:
 

PRE-PRODUCTION

LOCATION SCOUTS:
TRANSPORTATION (PASSENGER VAN RENTAL, FUEL, DRIVER)
MEALS

SET EXPENSES:
CONSTRUCTION CREW AND SUPPLIES
CONSTRUCTION SUPPLY TRANSPORTATION (BOX TRUCK, FUEL)
FACILITY RENTAL
SET DRESSING (FURNITURE, FIXTURES, PROPS) AND CREW

BUSINESS PERMITS

OFFICE SUPPLIES (DESKS & CHAIRS, PRINTERS, PHONES, PENS, PAPERCLIPS, FRIDGE AND SNACKS, PAPER, FIRST AID KIT, NOTEPADS, ETC., ETC., ETC.)

 

PRODUCTION

WARDROBE:
COSTUMES
COSTUME LABOR
ALTERATIONS
CLEANING / DYEING
LOSS, DAMAGE, REPAIR
BOX RENTALS
RENTALS
PURCHASES

MAKEUP AND HAIRDRESSING:
KEY MAKEUP ARTIST
ADDITIONAL MAKEUP ARTISTS
SPECIAL EFFECTS MAKEUP (PROSTHETICS)
KEY HAIRSTYLIST
ADDITIONAL HAIRSTYLISTS
WIG AND HAIR PURCHASES
WIG AND HAIR RENTAL
BOX RENTALS
RENTALS
PURCHASES

CAMERA DEPARTMENT:
DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY
CAMERA OPERATOR(S)
CAMERA LOADER
CAMERAS, LENSES, MEDIA (FILM/MEMORY CARDS), CABLE RENTALS, TRIPODS, ETC., ETC., ETC.

PRODUCTION SOUND:
SOUND MIXER
BOOM OPERATOR
CABLEMEN / UTILITY SOUND
PLAYBACK RENTALS – AUDIO/VIDEO
RENTALS
PURCHASES (SUCH AS SOUND STOCK/MEDIA)

TRANSPORTATION:
COORDINATOR
CAPTAIN
CO-CAPTAIN
STANDBY DRIVERS
PARKING
FUEL
TRAILER/PUMPING/VEHICLE WASH
MILEAGE/CAR ALLOWANCE
DRIVERS MEAL MONEY

OTHER PRODUCTION CREW:
PRODUCTION MANAGER AND COORDINATOR
PRODUCTION ASSISTANT
DIRECTOR
ASSISTANT DIRECTOR
SCRIPT SUPERVISOR
MESSENGERS/COURIERS
SET SECURITY

LOCATION EXPENSES:
SITE RENTAL FEES
LOCATION MANAGER
LOCATION STAFF PERSONNEL
LOCATION SECURITY
LOCATION POLICE
LOCATION FIRE SAFETY OFFICER
LOCATION MEDICAL LABOR
LOCATION MEDICAL SUPPLIES

OTHER EXPENSES:
EQUIPMENT LOSS, RENTAL, REPAIR
BOX RENTALS (APPROVED REIMBURSEMENTS FOR PERSONAL EQUIPMENT USED BY EMPLOYEES, LIKE LAPTOPS)
STANDBY VEHICLE RENTALS
PICTURE VEHICLES AND CAR HAULING (IF APPLICABLE)
CAMERA CAR
CATERING EXPENSES

TALENT:
AIRFARES
HOTEL
PER DIEM

 

POST PRODUCTION
CREW:
VIDEO EDITORS
ASSISTANT EDITORS
MUSIC EDITOR/DIALOG EDITOR/SOUND EFFECTS EDITOR
SOUND MIXERS
POST SOUND RECORDIST
SOUND SUPERVISOR
ADR RECORDIST
FOLEY RECORDIST
SOUND LAYBACK OPERATOR
POST PRODUCTION SUPERVISOR
POST PRODUCTION ASSISTANT

POST PRODUCTION EQUIPMENT:
OFFLINE EDITING (EDITING SYSTEMS, OFFICE SPACE AND EQUIPMENT)
TAPE STOCK
DVD STOCK
HARD DRIVES
INSERT STAGE RENTAL

POST PRODUCTION SERVICES:
ONLINE EDITING
TAPE DUPLICATION
DAILIES DISTRIBUTION
FILM DEVELOPING / VIDEO PROCESSING
SOUND AND PICTURE ARCHIVING
COLOR CORRECTION
VISUAL EFFECTS EDITING
CLOSED CAPTIONING

MISC PURCHASES/RENTALS

 

OTHER CHARGES:
LEGAL FEES
PARKING
VIDEO/AUDIO RENTAL CHARGES
COMPUTER RENTALS
INSURANCE PREMIUMS
OFFICE EQUIPMENT RENTAL
OTHER

ADMINISTRATIVE EXPENSES

 

PUBLICITY:
CLIPS
TAPE STOCK

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