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Planning the Low-Budget Film
Planning the Low-Budget Film

Planning the Low-Budget Film


400 Pages, 9 x 6

Formats: Trade Paper

Trade Paper, $34.95 (US $34.95) (CA $38.95)

Publication Date: August 2013

ISBN 9780976817840

Rights: WOR

Chalk Hill Books (Aug 2013)

Price: $34.95


The second edition of this now-classic, step-by-step blueprint for aspiring and novice filmmakers draws upon more than 30 years of experience from an industry professional. The book examines how to identify and break down shooting sequences in scripts, scout locations, create a production board and shooting schedule, deal with unions, budget a film, and rebound when it all goes wrong. Along the way, readers learn how to economize to get the most value from limited funds and what to look for in a prospective crew. To facilitate understanding of the concepts, a real-life example of a complete budget and production board for an independent low-budget feature film, The Anarchist Cookbook, is provided. The guide’s sources of supply and information—film commissions in all 50 states, Canada, Mexico, Australia, and England; payroll companies; and vendors of supplies, along with a directory of unions and guides, have been updated and expanded.


“I’ve always called Bob Brown, ‘Mr. On-Budget.’ On all the movies he worked on with me, he never failed to bring a film in on time and on budget. This book is a must read for anybody who is even thinking of producing a film!” —Mel Brooks

“This comprehensive book is not just about low-budget productions. It can apply to films of any sized budget. It not only gives you a practical way to make a movie, but also tells you how to deal with the personalities. I wish all film schools used it.” —Gary Martin, president of production, Columbia/Tristar Motion Picture Group

“You will make a better movie for less money using this book. Robert Brown has written the ultimate guide to budgeting and scheduling the low-budget movie." —Bruce Block, producer, Something’s Gotta Give

“[This book] will get you off to the right start. It is an invaluable resource for anyone who wants to make a movie; essential for students and professionals alike." —Brenda Goodman, head of the production track, USC School of Cinematic Arts

“This is THE guide to budgeting and scheduling a low budget film." —James MacGregor, Netribution

Author Biography

Robert Latham Brown is an adjunct professor at the University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts and a contributing author to Indie Slate Magazine. His credits include producer, executive producer, production manager, and second-unit director on films such as The Blues Brothers; Child's Play and two of its sequels; Hollow Man; Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom; The Parent Trap; Robin Hood: Men in Tights; S.W.A.T.; Star Wars: Return of the Jedi; and Starship Troopers. He lives in Woodland Hills, California.