The Chicken or the Egg?

Sarah: Pre-production on The Young Invincibles has officially begun! We still have some minor tweaks to make on the script but we have also started trying to figure out our game plan for getting the movie made. So, what exactly does that entail? Money. Do we use our own funds? Or, do we find people to invest? The actual making of a film is a lot more business than artistic creativity so I’ll admit this is not the most exciting phase. But, it’s a must and I’m throwing myself full force into the process.

Our main quandary right now is figuring out how much money we will need.  We have to create a shooting schedule and take into consideration all the details of what we will need to pay for to get the film in the can and edited. Except, how do we do that if we don’t know how much money we will have to work with? There are the ‘what-ifs’ that make this nearly impossible. What if we buy our own camera to shoot with? What if we hire name actors to be in the film? These costs will vary depending on the answers to these questions. But, if we only have a small amount of money to work with than that will place limitations on our choices. Oh, it’s confusing!

I wonder how other filmmakers deal with this dilemma. Do they decide on a budget first and then work within those parameters? Or, do they hire the talent and plan the shooting schedule and then see what that final, holy number is going to be?

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4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Esdras
    Feb 26, 2010 @ 13:52:47

    Wow! This is exciting news! I am learning so much just by reading about the different steps in your process. If I can help in any way, let me know. Give it your best shot (no pun intended)!

    xoxo Esdras

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    • The Young Invincibles Team
      Feb 27, 2010 @ 18:37:47

      Thank you for the support! We are very excited and cannot wait to share our journey with everyone. Don’t forget to subscribe (click the button on the upper right-hand corner of the screen) and you can receive updates via email. Onwards and upwards!

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  2. Dr. Bev
    Feb 25, 2010 @ 22:18:19

    Hey, guys, with these quandries you could qualify to run a non proit organization. I face these challenges daily. Let me know if you need any Standard Poodles for the film…

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