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What percentage of the budget is a good starting point for post production audio?


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#1 James Steven Beverly

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Posted 26 February 2009 - 06:44 AM

I don't know that much about post production audio on film so what percentage of the budget would be a good starting place when budgeting for post production audio on a 35mm feature 90 minute long feature with some sound effects, Foley work to include mastering the M&E and dialog sound separately, then full sound for the answer print? I know this is a nebulous question but what I'm looking for here is an average, low budget (under 500K) feature cost expectation. Thanks-Steve B)
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Posted 26 February 2009 - 07:39 PM

James,

I was just about to ask this same question!

Anyone? How much is generally spent on audio post?


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Posted 27 February 2009 - 12:15 AM

Hey again,

I talked to Mark Duvall of Happen-Stance Productions here in Nashville, and he thinks it's a good rule of thumb to plan 20% of your budget going to audio post.

So there you go! Does that help any?


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Posted 27 February 2009 - 05:42 AM

Huh, seems a bit high but in absence of any other hard facts, I'll have to bow to Mr Duvall's expertise. I'll also do some research just to confirm that and post it as well. I'm sure thinking about it though, that number is probably pretty accurate. Even if it is erring on the cautious side, better to have a bit more than you need than come up short when you need it. Thanks for the information, Jay and it's Steve BTW :D

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Posted 27 February 2009 - 01:12 PM

Steve,

Sorry about that! :unsure:

Yeah, I thought 20% seemed high as well. Although, I discussed one of my projects with him. I'm estimating it to be around 60 minutes, and he thought it'd be around $12-12.5k for all the audio post. Maybe you could figure $12k per hour? 90 minutes would cost $18k?


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Posted 28 February 2009 - 04:08 AM

Well maybe not that far off on a small feature at say 250K. I'll have to look into it more as I said and I'll try and find some hard numbers. Thanks again-Steve
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