Budgets (MTH)

Lunch & craft

For each live action show, a dollar amount is provided for every assigned crew member, plus two actors and one volunteer:

  • $10.00 per head lunch catering for 15 crew members and 3 actors or volunteers (18 people total ): $180.00 per day.
  • $5.00 per head craft service for 15 crew members and 3 actors or volunteers (18 people total): $90.00 per day.

Therefore, for a seven-day shoot, the total allocated for lunch and craft service is $1,890.00.

The amount of money allocated to each film is a set amount. It does not shrink if the crew gets smaller and it does not increase if you add volunteer crew or actors. This amount is allocated as part of the necessary budget the school provides, based on the scope of the production.

Food budgets are allocated to live action productions only and are considered part of the “Provided Production Costs” because meal time is regulated and crew members are not allowed to leave set.

You may use the total funds for food in any way you wish, as long as it goes only to catering and craft service. This is a “use-it-or-lose-it” budget.

Discretionary Funds

Each production is allocated an additional $3,000.00 of discretionary funds. The Producer should discuss with the ATL the best use of those funds. Then using the budget form provided by the Head of Production, the Producer should enter the budgeted amounts into the appropriate budget categories.

Dean Allocation

The distribution of these funds will be based on pitches that address how additional funding will add value to the project. The Dean will hear the pitches and determine how the matching funds will be distributed among the shows, based on the strength of the pitches and the needs of the individual shows.

These funds must be used only for the purposes for which they were allocated, and may not be shifted into other budget categories without the express permission of the Dean.

Budget Form

The Producer must submit the completed Budget Form to the Head of Production for review and approval. Once the budget has been approved, further revisions must be approved by the Head of Production.


All Production expenses must be completed no later than the last day of the Spring semester.

All Post-Production expenses must be completed no later than June 1.

This includes submitting:

  • All Reimbursement Vouchers for reimbursement
  • All receipts to reconcile any outstanding Cash Advances
  • All invoices from any open contractor’s Purchase Orders
  • All travel receipts for any open Travel Expense Reports