My first festival, and I’ve thought this through.
If the short gets in, I’m only going if it is local, the screenplay gets in – got to go. GOT TO.
GOT TO NETWORK.
But you know this already – NETWORK OR DIE.
Now let’s look at the cost. Because this is a business, if you think this is a hobby, or you approach it like a hobby, not so good for future work.
Hellion cost about $2,000 – that includes the workman’s comp insurance, feeding the cast and crew, paying the crew (well everyone but me) and post etc.
The Resurrection of Blake House – well not a lot of cost there, It’s a script, and I’m not writing much on the paper so no cost there- lets not note the cost of the computer or the software. Electricity is about 11 cents a Kw/hour – double that as I also get a delivery fee (actually about 1.5 times the “Power” costs. Let’s say $5 in electricity. Sorry I can’t evaluate Carbon Emissions for this, so I’ll throw another buck in.
So for the both of them we start with $2,000. Now to submit to and travel to Fright Night Film Fest add:
Submission – Hellion – $20 (pretty inexpensive actually)
Need 2 DVD – .50 cents
Postage – $4.95 plus $1.70 for delivery confirmation.
Submission Blake House – $30
One hard copy of the screenplay – $14.15 (that was a buck additional for printing on three hole punched paper, plus say .50 cents for the brass brads and washers.)
Shipping $4.95 plus $1.70 for delivery confirmation.
Total (so far) – 2078.45
Room – $69 (probably tax and other fees) per night (DON’T EAT ANYTHING FROM THE MINI BAR.) that’s for two nights make it $150 total.
Airfare – Well, used my miles, and only took about an hour on the phone to arrange it – No reimbursement for time spent -. So it was free – except there is a $35 dollar airport tax (or is it air tax???? Hey they will tax anything these days – wait next they’ll tax sex.) Oh, charge for baggage – not if I apply for a new credit card – no – yes. Sorry dear. Plus I get some bonus miles if I buy something, and I will just cancel the card next year, before I get charged the membership fee. Still for the next year I get my first bag and the first bag for others in my party for free (prvovided I fly delta) So it is worth the bother.
Only catch – Can’t get a flight out late Sunday night which means I’m now staying an extra night in the hotel – Add $75 more.
Did I mention Food, eating, maybe a beverage? Tips, and travel to and from the airport. Let’s say I eat at the parties, So only $200 for all that stuff.
Total – $2394.45
Cost for going only for the short film – $2342.10 (Not including the cost of the festival screening print and shipping.)
Cost for going for the Screenplay – $367.3
My conclusion on this is that SHORTS ARE TOO DAMN EXPENSIVE.
My next thought is thank goodness I had miles. That saved me $240 bucks (which is probably a poor use of my miles as $25,000 is worth $250 off the price of a ticket.) Do I get miles for trips I take that are paid for by miles???? I hope so.
So $361 for a weekend of networking and opportunities, with something I can sell. Or $2342 for a short, which I will never make my money back on. Makes you think. Short films are fun, but I’m pretty much done with making them, I hope so anyway.
More expenses to consider – Promotional materials – more biz cards, postcards, perhaps a foam hammer dripping blood with the title of the screenplay???????? I’m going to need to score a lot more work in the next few weeks.
My last thought – Maybe I don’t need the hotel room for three nights???? The last night I’ll just walk around Kentucky until I have to go to the airport, maybe I can just say awake for three days straight???? Just imagine the networking I’ll get done. Well at least it’s a business expense. 🙂