The 2019 Going Rates Handbook (GRH) is a fully updated, comprehensive budgeting resource guide that covers all the expenses involved in a documentary production: everything from documentary crew rates to insurance to closed captioning to attorney fees.

A perfect companion to the Documentary Budget Template Pack and Budgeting Masterclass.

The Going Rates Handbook provides the low-end to high-end price ranges for all of your documentary budgeting needs, so it's relevant no matter where you live or what your market. The GRH also helps to prompt you with cost categories you may not know that you need, or that you forgot about.

In addition, this one-of-a-kind resource helps you judge where in the spectrum of low to high end your costs might fall. 

Created by an award-winning documentary filmmaker with 30 years of producing experience, the Going Rates Handbook provides everything needed to determine your production costs in relation to industry standard rates.

This is a must-have budgeting companion that you won't find anywhere else! It will save you tons of time and will help you create a professional and accurate budget.

Includes a video tutorial showing you how to get the most out of the Going Rates Handbook.

Get this item at a reduced rate when purchased as part of the Documentary Budget Template Pack.

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by Anita Sugimura/Documentary Filmmaker

"Such a time-saver! I cannot tell you how exhausting it can be to research each line takes days...this is making my life and my new project so much easier. Minimizing the stress factor is a huge plus!"

What's Inside

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    THE 2019 GOING RATES HANDBOOK for Documentary Budgeting

    • Intro & Instructions
    • VIDEO TUTORIAL: How To Use The Going Rates Handbook (3:40)
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    Summary & Resources

    • Quick Survey
    • Additional Budgeting Resources

2019 Going Rates Handbook Created By:

Jilann Spitzmiller

Documentary Producer-Director

Jilann Spitzmiller

Jilann Spitzmiller is an award-winning documentary filmmaker whose work has appeared on the BBC, Sundance Channel, Starz/Encore, Aljazeera, PBS, Canal+ and many other channels worldwide. Spitzmiller is a 3-time recipient of ITVS funding and has twice received Sundance Institute funding. She has been a Sundance Institute fellow and a mentor at NALIP's Producer's Lab, as well as a guest panelist and teacher at many festivals and workshops. Her work has won more than 20 awards and has been shown around the globe. Her documentary SHAKESPEARE BEHIND BARS premiered in competition at the Sundance Film Festival and has become a cult classic. She co-directed, produced and edited HOMELAND which aired on National PBS. Jilann’s feature documentary, STILL DREAMING, released on PBS in April 2018. And her latest documentary project MEOW WOLF: ORIGIN STORY released to 600 theaters in November 2018. She co-founded DocuMentors and is deeply committed to helping filmmakers world-wide have the most impact that they can by telling their best story possible. Work with Jilann.

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