20 Sep 2023

The costs of producing a film

For many of us, watching a film is something that takes us new places, communicates something powerful, or connects us with others. But have you ever paused to consider what goes behind those films you love to watch? Film production is a costly and intricate process. Let’s demystify the costs associated with bringing a story to life on screen.

Pre production

Before the cameras roll, a compelling story is essential. Script development includes payments for writers and working with you to ensure your messaging comes to life.

We then start storyboarding. Like a blueprint for a building, these preliminary sketches provide a visual roadmap for the scenes, helping the crew visualise and plan the shooting process.

We’re really proud of our people. Behind every great film is a dedicated team. This includes the producers, directors, and various key personnel who lay the groundwork before shooting commences. Their costs are a crucial part of the pre-production budget.


Production costs

Obviously we have the actual shooting of the film. A three minute film can take a day or longer. So we have to pay the teams. 

Quality production requires top-notch equipment, from cameras to sound gear, which is often expensive. We use the best tools to ensure the best quality. 

There may also be location fees. Whether it’s a bustling city or a serene countryside, shooting locations have their price tags.

If a script demands a scene in London and another in Edinburgh, the team needs to get there! Costs include transport, accommodations, and other travel-related expenses.

Making a film isn’t without its risks. Insurance helps safeguard against potential accidents or unforeseen damages.


Post production

Once all scenes are shot, they need to be stitched together. This process requires skilled editors and high-end editing tools.

These days, it’s hard to find a film without a touch of CGI magic, green screen wonders, or other visual effects. We may need to spend time working on visual enhancements

Sound design is integral aspect of storytelling, and includes everything from background scores to the rustle of leaves to amplifying voices, requiring detailed sound editing.

Music is also pricey, and if working with either an original score or a classic track, music acquisition and creation have their costs.

To cater to global audiences and be inclusive, films often need dubbing or subtitles in various languages. We work with translators to help ensure your film reaches the audiences it needs to.

And then what happens? As a social enterprise we reinvest our profits into social impact projects, which means that every film we create, regardless of genre or purpose, makes a difference. Great films, with a purpose.