Everything starts already at the location for the casting. we have been flooded with applications and need to rent a room for a weekend and organize supplies.
We have costume designers as well as make-up artists and people for special-fx make-up. These people generously agreed to keep their salary to an absolute minimum and/or work for free, but we still have high costs for the material they need: for the whole two weeks of shooting, the costs sum up to about
For purposes of authenticity we shoot abroad, with no nearby town or village and therefore need food/catering, power generators, a big tent for the cast and crew as well as some heat generators and vehicles for transportation of equipment and people.
We have upgraded our filming standard through learning and buying equipment needed from our own money to a very high level in a very short time, but we still have some patching to do to guarantee the viewer a truly cinematographic experience. What we need for that is some additional camera attachments (much of that we rent, to keep costs down), better microphones and audio software to get the sound to a level where it can be presented on the big screen. To our current knowledge, this sums up to about
The last 10% of the money is needed for smaller things throughout production and we'd like to have some money left in case unforeseen things happen.
All costs, which exceed our budget are paid from our own pockets, but if some money is left after production and post-production have finished, we invest it in improving the goodies for our supporters (better posters, rent a movie theater etc.)