June 8, 2015 at 5:59PM


What to budget for in post?

So, in Christopher's recent article on trailer editing, he commented that one should think about the budget for editing the trailer at the start of the whole feature film process. This opens up a worm can for me. While I feel I've got some sort of grasp of how to create a budget to see you through principal photography, I know I've got no idea what you might be paying for afterwards, let alone what it might cost you.

I'm sure this sort of thing varies a lot from film to film, and depends, among other things, on how you plan to try to distribute it. But what would be on your list of things to pay for in post? And what would you consider necessary?

Off the top of my head:
-- trailer editing
-- music licensing
-- general editing
-- VFX
-- colour grading
-- captions (foreign-language and hearing-impaired)
-- intro and outro sequences, and maybe even a graphics package of some sort
-- creation of a DCP and any other deliverables
-- travel costs and perhaps exhibition costs involved in trying to find a distributor if you don't have one lined up
-- possibly, conversion to film (though I'm told that the distributor will generally pay for this if you're going that route)
-- possibly, marketing costs.

What do you think of this list? What would you add/subtract from it?

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