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Chapter Eight. Preproduction > Scheduling and Budgeting for Digital Video Produ...

Scheduling and Budgeting for Digital Video Production

Scheduling and budgeting for DV production are highly complex activities—and hard-won professional skills. We can't possibly cover the whole process here. A pair of software packages can help you do the job: Movie Magic Scheduling and its companion, Movie Magic Budgeting. Or you can do your scheduling the manual way, using color-coded markers and breakdown sheets as described in the bible of production managers: Film Scheduling, by Ralph S. Singleton. But whichever approach to scheduling you choose, you can automate much of your budget preparation by using spreadsheet software.

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There are at least two software alternatives for the budgeting process. For production companies with ongoing projects such as TV series and computer-based accounting systems, Entertainment Partners has developed EP Budgeting. This program can import Movie Magic Budgeting files and also integrates with the company's EP Vista accounting and payroll system. For budgeters on a more modest budget, consider Easy Budget (www.scriptdude.com), which works with your own spreadsheet software.



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