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Nikki
From: Auckland
Since: Nov 2012
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What do you spend?

Just out of curiosity, what do people tend to spend on their 48hours films? The only time I did 48hrs we just pooled a bunch of people and things and everyone bought their own food so it didn't cost anything and the outcome was pretty good. But that was 2006! I think times have changed....?

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nimlin
From: Otaki
Since: Apr 2011
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entry fee,food, petrol,are the basics. but some teams hire cameras,lights,microphones etc so it varies on the budget each team has

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ryan
From: Wellington
Since: Apr 2011
Posts: 237

Entry + food

But we have a fair amount of gear so no need to rent.

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dramamike
From: Wellington
Since: Apr 2011
Posts: 1353

Our team spend similar to the above and usually it costs are $500-750

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clang
From: Wellington
Since: Apr 2011
Posts: 197

Yeah, entry fee and food are unavoidable, although how the costs are split amongst the team is a deep and profound philisophical discussion point.

Rental of costumes and equipment varies wildly from team to team - you need to agree up front what if any budget you have (and again how the costs are split) so that your writing team knows what they have to work with, otherwise you'll wake up Sat morning and find the DoP trying to hire a helicopter. :)

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dramamike
From: Wellington
Since: Apr 2011
Posts: 1353

in reply to clang:

I've charged people to be involved to help cover things and keep the costs down.
$20 per person is around the figure that worked for me.

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ryan
From: Wellington
Since: Apr 2011
Posts: 237

We have a producer team of 3, its usually goes something like I pay for entry, someone else pays for beers, someone else makes all the food.

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Mista Teas
From: Christchurch
Since: Apr 2011
Posts: 529

Everyone contributes food/alcohol at some point. I can usually source all the gear/props we need. I like to take care of the entry fee (although I've been lucky enough to get it for free for the last couple of years) mainly so that I can take ownership of the DVD! Wait...

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Giles
From: Wellington
Since: May 2011
Posts: 78

Apart from the usual stuff, like petrol and the entry fee, the only thing I can think of that we spent actual money on was some lamb's brains from a butcher. I don't know how much that was, but it can't have been a lot. Crew and friends of crew brought food along and our amazing production person wrangled coffee sponsorship. Oh actually, now that I think of it, we bought some pizza and some food from a bakery as well. Everything else, like make-up consumables, gear, props and costumes was just donated or found by the crew.

Our production didn't really cost anything in money terms so it sounds pretty similar in that regard to your 2006 experience, Nikki.

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Nikki
From: Auckland
Since: Nov 2012
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I've heard of some teams spending thousands (usually the ones from advertising agencies) and calling in all matter of favours from their hugely resourced production contacts.

But I hope that those big productions aren't necessarily the favourites. I love the films that are just so bad and awkward that you can't help but get frozen in an ear-to-ear grin.

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Giles
From: Wellington
Since: May 2011
Posts: 78

I was acting for a big team one year that had a lot of sponsored stuff, so it was quite a big, full production. Although that's not the way I've run 48 hour teams when I've produced/directed I really enjoyed just playing my part in the system and I think it can be good for people to get some experience with more professional ways of doing things. I know people who have been involved in some of those more highly produced 48 hour films who have gone on to get good work in the industry, even when their films didn't go that far in the competition. I guess the competition can be different things to different people. I love the inventiveness and cringe comedy and awkwardness of the having-a-go teams as well. I think my favourite is when you watch something and you have no idea how someone came up with it; the thought processes are unfathomable. I think it's great to have all the different kinds of teams in the same arena. It makes for a great night at the heats and the finals.

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Freezingfire
From: Auckland
Since: Apr 2011
Posts: 23

We spend a lot. We have a lot of gear ourselves, mostly camera and computers but gear like lenses and lights Nick and I hire in for the weekend. Our reason behind spending money is that it gives all of our 30 person cast and crew a role and something to do. For some of them this is a future they want to pursue and for others a hobby, new equipment has kept it interesting and them all learning. Also worth mentioning feeding and transporting 30 people is hugely expensive and easily accounts for 1/3 - 1/2 the weekend's cost.

We ask for donations from the group, some have jobs, others are poor uni students but most value the weekend and contribute what they can. In the end we all have fun, and all the shiny gear and full stomachs tend to help that (especially at 6am Sunday morning in the cold and rain as they fight to sleep in the back of a van). That is not to say that a brilliant film can't be made on the entry fee alone, for us it wouldn't work and there would be more dissent in the ranks than usual.

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