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Bigger Budgets: Inflation and Crew Shortages Slam Independent Film

Nikyatu Jusu’s NannyNanny

in Issues, Line Items
on Apr 14, 2022

Crew bases depleted as streamer production gobbles up film and television labor, COVID safety departments continuing to add costs, and then there’s the price of gas—as U.S. production roars back following the 2020 shutdowns, producers in the independent sector are facing new budgetary challenges. In the face of rising costs and labor shortages, budgets for projects on ice since 2019 require revision, and the sticker shock is significant. Whether or not these increases are, to use economic parlance, transitory or persistent, they are right now making life more challenging for independent producers.  To put it bluntly: Independent features are getting […]

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