I've saved up money to finance two short films of mine. The first one has a finished script, lead actor and executive producer attached to the project. The executive producer got a hold of one of the major financial supporters to upcoming filmmakers in my country (Denmark), however I want to have a budget ready when that meeting is set and due for potential financial support.
Having done all filmmaking so far on a solo level (two music videos, a handful of shorts, a handful of commercial and event videos), but nothing on a collaborative plan, I've no clue how to budget this and which filmmaking roles I need for a smaller scale project like this, and how much each role costs.
I want to explain the film to you in hope that you could get a feeling of what the project is like, and what I might need:
9 full pages
$6.000-$10.000 (depending on financial support)
EXPECTED SHOOTING TIME:
2 days of 8-12 hours
A man is set for 3 tests, set up in 3 different rooms. The first test is a condition test (on a treadmill), second room is a survelliance test, third room is a "torture" scene. The torture scene is the primary focus of the film, and will be around 6-7 minutes long out of the 8-10 minutes. The torture scene itself isn't physical torture, but mentally.
After finishing the 3 tests the protagonist enters a room with 3 "judges" that evaluates him. The twist is that the entire test is a "graduation exam" to an intelligence agency getting grades in condition/surveillance/torture, questioning whether the end justifies the means.
Melancholy. A bit like the Saw-films with decent production design.
The protagonist actor wont be paid (he's collaborating to realise the project), but I will need a decent actor to play the victim in the torture scene (the judges in the last room will be easy roles so I'm not really going to budget that).
Lastly I just want to say that I'm not here to get critic on the story itself - I just want to get some help with budgeting so that I don't waste all my money on stupid stuff.
Please clarify if I have left out any essential information, and please don't bash me for being such a newbie! I'm working really hard to earn my own money and finance my own projects, and this is my first major step in becoming a filmmaker.
THANKS IN ADVANCE!