Hello dear filmmaker,
if you are puling together a no-budget, low-budget, or high-budget project you need to start with a blank budget. No matter how big or small your project is, you always need to have a budget to keep you in track of everything.
One of the most famous software to create and manage your budget is Movie Magic Budgeting. It is very easy to work with and any person can get the hang of it and learn the ins and outs very easily. The down side is that this software costs a lot of money. I got myself a demo version that only works for a couple of days, then I had to buy.
Another option would be excel budgets. They work just as nice and the good part of it is that they are extremely cheap. You only have to have excel, and if for some reason you can’t afford excel, you can also get open office for free.
I am making available here on my website two excel budgets that will work for most of production needs. I got them from friends and then I changed them a bit for my needs and taste.
They are based on templates from AICP, which stands for Association of Independent Commercial Producers. I just want to emphasize that I created these budgets that are based on existing AICP excel budget, but they were built from scratch, tweaked and modified to meet my own needs. I do not claim copyright on them because I took the idea from an existing excel form. They are not password protected, so if you want to change and modify them, by all means, be free to do it. Also if you want to share your work, send me your file and I will upload here on my website.
Thank you very much for your visit and hope to hear back from you.