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Spotlight Workshop: Everything You Need to Know to Create The Budget for Your Film

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Date(s) - 08/17/2019
9:00 am - 12:00 pm



Creating a budget and production plan for a project is no small task.

These are critical elements, fundamental building blocks to move financing and the production forward. How does one start thinking about making them, what should be included, and what do they do with that information? These questions and more will be answered in this workshop so you’ll know both the theory and technique of building your budget and production plan. Understanding the “how” will enable you to better understand the bigger picture within all the details.

Who should attend: Filmmakers, directors, producers, unit production managers, and anyone who has a genuine desire to learn more about how film budgets and production plans are created.

Requirements: Note taking tools.

By the end of this workshop, you’ll know:

  • How to create a detailed budget for your film or television project;
  • What budget and production items are often overlooked or unnecessarily included;
  • The industry standards for the formats of budgets and production plans; and
  • How to get the most bang for your buck when utilizing your project’s funds.

Instructor: Stephen Marinaccio is an accomplished production manager and line producer who has gained a wealth of experience working in various positions on feature film, television, and reality productions since 1990. With a varied background working in development, production, post, and marketing, Stephen has shot projects in 16 countries around the world, including Jordan, Russia, Germany, Italy, Kazakhstan, Malaysia, Scotland, Thailand, and South Africa, as well as numerous places in the United States and Canada. His credits as a UPM or line producer include 13 Hours, The Alienist, The Stoning of Soraya M., Marco Polo, and Ghosts of the Abyss with James Cameron. He understands the details of moviemaking while still keeping larger-scope issues in mind, and he has worked with both small and large budgets. A member of the Director’s Guild of America since 2008, Stephen also writes for, a website he created to help people understand the sometimes perplexing details involved in the line producer’s role.

Space is limited, and you must register ahead of time, so sign up today!

Register HERE.


Are there ID requirements to enter the event?

The good folks at the Netflix Security Gate will need to see a government-issued photo ID to match with your name on the list we give them, so make sure you register and bring your driver’s license or passport with you.

How early should I arrive at the event?

You should leave yourself enough time to get through the security gate, park in the parking structure, and walk to the front door of Netflix, where we will have someone waiting to direct you to the workshop room. We recommend arriving at least 15 minutes before the workshop is scheduled to begin.

What are my parking options getting to the event?

Parking is free if you are on the attendee list – here are the guest parking guidelines:

  • Guest parking is located at 1455 N. Van Ness Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90028.
  • Please enter the Main Entry via the security gate.
  • A current photo ID is required.
  • Security personnel will direct you to complimentary self-parking.
  • The Netflix lobby is located directly across from the parking garage.
  • Immediately after entering the building turn right down the hall and wait in the coffee bar area.

When does registration end? When does the early registration discount end? 

Registration for this workshop ends at 4 PM on August 16, 2019. Early registration ends at 4 PM on August 9, 2019.