Hi, I'm a multimedia student and I'm doing a project for my class which entails presenting a basic budget estimate for an imagined project, and I chose an animated series. A couple of other threads on this forum have helped me with project already, so I figured I'd just ask people here as a supplement to the research I'm already doing.
[*]Fixed-length animated series. 13 one hour-long (44-minute) episodes. Sci-Fi Action/Drama for older audiences, similar to Heroes and the new Battlestar Galactica.
[*]2D/3D blend. Animation done either overseas or in the US. Quality level equal to that of Futurama/Kim Possible/Avatar: The Last Airbender/The Clone Wars microseries/The Boondocks/W.I.T.C.H./etc.
[*]Majority of music done by a real orchestra and other live musicians.
I've got a basic overall average estimate of $2 million per episode (going off the $1 million/episode costs I've seen mentioned for Futurama and Avatar), but I need a more detailed breakdown, and I'm struggling a bit with the average costs on that front. How much of that would be for the:
[*]Directors & Producers?
[*]Designers (Character, Background, and Prop)?
[*]Storyboards, Layout, and Timing?
[*]2D animation - and would there be much of a difference in this cost depending on the animation studio's location (Korea, Japan, France, USA)?
[*]Compositors & Editors?
[*]Music & Sound Effects?
[*]Main cast members?
[*]Minor cast members (incidentals, walla, etc.)?