DEVELOPMENT – Legal fees, contract setup for all cast/crew, casting company, script clearance & rights clearance (rights for any lovely 90s references we are trying to show), Music Supervisor to help us get permission for some songs.
CAST – All cast members, from lead roles to one-liners to non-speaking roles! Using SAG-AFTRA union rates and paying the union’s Pension fees.
PRODUCTION CREW – This is a big story with a lot of characters, so naturally, we need a lot of crew to help! Line Producer, Assistant Director, Script Supervisor, Production Designer, Production Assistants, Sound Mixer/Boom Operator and equipment, Music Supervisor, Makeup/Hair, Wardrobe, and the most important part – the Camera Department! Which includes the Director of Photography, Camera Operator, Grips, Gaffers, Lighting, Camera Assistants, and all the camera equipment rentals.
PRODUCTION EXPENSES – All the stuff we need to buy for production! Set décor, props, wardrobe, any makeup/hair purchases, food catering, craft service snacks, location permits, hard drives for footage, script and schedule printouts (if not totally digital), and film liability insurance to cover safety and equipment.
PAYROLL – Basically the payroll taxes and fees! Since the new AB5 law in California no longer allows films to hire people as freelance, we must put all cast and crew on payroll, and therefore pay a hefty amount in payroll taxes.
COVID-19 EXPENSES – Cause yes, it’s still here! This covers all the extra expenses related to COVID-19 safety measures (following SAG-AFTRA requirements). We need to make sure our cast and crew are safe and that we take proper precautions to protect everyone’s health. This includes PPE, sanitizing sets, hiring a COVID Compliance Officer, and making sure every single person gets tested properly for COVID-19.
POST-PRODUCTION – And this is low for post! It takes at least a couple of months (usually more) to edit a feature film. Then it takes even LONGER to do all the other stuff needed. So this covers: Editor, Music Composer, Music Rights Licensing fees, Audio Editing & Mixing, Sound Effects purchases, Stock Footage purchases, Color Correction, and Closed Captioning.
MARKETING/DISTRIBUTION – Let’s get this film out!! Set Photographer, movie poster, Film Festival fees, marketing & distribution fees, Errors & Omissions insurance required for distribution.