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Budgeting, Financing, and Casting for Film and TV

Gain an understanding of film budgets and the casting process from a creative as well as a practical, boots-on-the-ground perspective. Learn the real-world implications that casting has on a project’s financing, budgeting, scheduling, and sales outlook. Also, get an overview of how successfully to work with casting directors, agents, managers, and studios, as well as how to negotiate talent contracts with entertainment attorneys. Additionally, this course will introduce you to Movie Magic Scheduling and Movie Magic Budgeting, both industry-standard production software applications. You will learn to break down a script, in order to understand how budgets are determined and prepare a detailed budget for a non-union, low-budget independent feature film in order to move the film from development into pre-production. We will get into the nuts and bolts of building out the business side of a film, including how to build a film’s business plan and attract investors to your project. We will look at the impact that casting choices have on sales estimates and a film’s business plan, as well as explore methods of attaching cast to your project. You will learn about various methods of film financing, tax incentives, how films return on their investment, and how to work with lawyers and accountants for the duration of your film’s financial life. 
This course may be used to fulfill the requirements of the Certificate in Writing and Producing for Film and Television. It may be taken to pursue the certificate, or as a standalone course. Questions? Contact us at The Center for Publishing and Applied Liberal Arts: Email sps.pala.ce@nyu.edu or call 212-998-7289.

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You'll Walk Away with

  • A comprehensive understanding of the role a producer has in the casting of a film or TV project and the creation of a budget that can support casting decisions
  • A detailed understanding of casting, packaging, financing implications, budgets, schedules, and the effect on sales and distribution strategies for film and TV projects

Ideal for

  • Filmmakers and producers seeking to learn more about the business and creative processes involved in budgeting and casting a film or TV series
  • Those who are interested in pursuing a career as a film or TV producer
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