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LAFS PREPRO Session 6 - Budgets

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Project Management Lecture for Session 6 of The Los Angeles Film School's Game PreProduction course.

Project Management Lecture for Session 6 of The Los Angeles Film School's Game PreProduction course.


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  • 1. Session 6 David Mullich Concept Workshop - Game PreProduction The Los Angeles Film School
  • 2. Costs A project’s budget is comprised of two types of costs:  Direct Costs: Those costs directly associated with the project  Indirect Costs: Those costs associated with running the company, independent of the project
  • 3. Direct Costs Direct costs associated with a game include:  Team members’ salaries  Team members’ benefits  Equipment and supplies purchased for the project  Third-party vendors contributing to the project  Travel
  • 4. Indirect Costs Indirect costs associated with a company include:  Office Rent  Utilities (power, telephone, water)  Business fees and taxes  Insurance  Business Development
  • 5. Cumulative Costs The cost of the project as it accumulates month by month: January February March Labor $2000 $5000 $3000 Equipment $1000 $500 $0 Supplies $50 $200 $100 Monthly Total $3050 $5700 $3100 Cumulative Total $3050 $8750 $11,850
  • 6. Funding Requirements
  • 7. Budget Cuts If the game's budget is decreased, the project factors that can be adjusted in order to meet the new budget:  Scope  Schedule  Quality
  • 8.  Your company has the following indirect costs each month:  Your monthly salaries are as follows:  You will need the following people over a 3- month project:  Determine how much money you need each month and the cumulative cost of the project. Expense Cost Rent $1000 Electricity $50 Internet $100 Position Monthly Salary Designer $1000 Artist $1500 Programmer $2000 Position Jan Feb Mar Designer 1 1 1 Artist 1 3 1 Programmer 1 2 2