How to plan TV documentary soundtrack budget?
March 23, 2012 5:19 PM Subscribe
First TV work soundtrack commission. How to best spend £2K budget?
So it's a documentary film for a public broadcaster and a modest £2K budget. The spec is to write music, record it and digitally deliver it. Length is a "TV hour". They want a film theme, ending theme, several other little cues. I imagine piano, cello, also rock band and orchestral instruments. Bits of the film may have just soundscape (electroacoustic). Apologies for extended greenhorn and snowflake details to follow!
For the greenhorn part of the questions:
First, because this may change the whole playing field: This film may need a track by Adele and licensing that would obviously make a deep cut in the budget. ... How deep? Forget-it deep?
Are the following things in the ballpark:
- hiring professional orchestral players?
- hiring professional recording gear like a couple of Neuman's?
- professional mixing?
- professional mastering - notwithstanding the fact the TV guys are mastering their film too. It needs that, right?
- I don't actually want to know, but for bonus question: how much would you pay yourself out of the budget? (It'll maybe a springboard and I can self-fund to work on this a couple weeks.)
Last but not least: Is this a realistic time frame - 4 maybe 5 weeks full time work? Deadline is mid May but I can only do full focus for around that long.
For the snowflaky details:
I have only once made a film soundtrack, for a student film. The director of that film now works for TV and asked me to do another film. We worked before so my lack of other portfolio is cool, and I know I can pull off my segue into professional composing. Just never done it with a tiny yet actual amount of money and they never got into that one at Music school. I invited a long term composer friend to share the job. Always wanted to work with him. But, I'd better ask: Has anyone worked in a team of composers before, and is there anything you'd have done differently?
Hivemind hope me not to mess this one up! I am really grateful for any insight you could share.