Budgeting and Financials
Showrunner™'s budgeting capabilities are most likely the first function of Showrunner™ that you will use, beginning in Pre-production. You begin by clicking the Breakdown & Budget button on the START page. This takes you to the breakdown page for a single shot.
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Notice the GREEN HIGHLIGHTED FINANCIAL CONTROL BAR near the top of the page.
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It appears at the top of all financially related pages. These pages are ONLY accessible by Manager accounts. (see the Security and Login document in the docs folder.) You can ONLY get to the financial pages by the BREAKDOWN and BUDGET button on the START page or the SHOT FINANCIALS button on the Shot Layout.

Here on the SHOT BREAKDOWN pageyou enter identifying information and start breaking down and assigning costs for the shot. You can do it in a detailed way by entering the days and rates for each function of the production process. Or you can do it quickly by entering a number only in the Guesstimate Shot Cost field. (Use one or the other method but not both as the Guesstimate gets figured into the shot total along with everything else.)

To further speed things up, if you have a group of shots that all are likely going to cost the same, you can do the following:
1) In the Digital Shot Costs List view create a Found Set of all the shots you wish to assign the same cost to. (Use the Find Marked button if all else fails.)
2) Enter the amount you wish in the Guesstimate shot cost field of one of these records.
3.) Select Records > Replace Field Contents...
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This will brings up a dialog box that will allow you to replace all of the contents of that field in the Found Set of records with the same value. In fact, all you should have to do is hit Return. But double check the contents of the dialog box just in case. This function is similar to the Fill Down command in Excel and is very useful for editing many records quickly.

The Techniques and Content fields provide pulldowns of (editable) lists of items that can describe your shot and allow for later sorting and "at-a-glance" analysis.
Once you've done with entering data for your shot and are ready for the next one in your breakdown, you can proceed two ways. First you can click the New Shot button in the upper left.
This will give you a new blank page where you can go through the process all over again.

Or you can click the Duplicate this Shot button in the lower right and simply change the items that are different for the new shot. This can speed the breakdown process considerably if you have sequences containing many similar shots.

If you want to check how things are looking in the list view and start checking totals, click the Digital Shot Costs button. During the breakdown process you will likely go back and forth between the Shot Breakdown & Budget page and the Digital Shot Costs page fairly often.

ELEMENTS
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You can begin to create Elements that make up your shot in the Breakdown & Budget page. Click the New Element button and give it a description. Creating an element here is only the beginning of its existence. Clicking on the Gray Arrow reveals the Element page for that element, where much more detailed info will be added as the show progresses. But for now, you've created it and the information will get filled in as it becomes known.

Breakout Costs

When you are ready to compute your overhead and one-time costs that are not directly related to any shot, click the Breakouts & Overhead button on the Shot Breakdown (or any other financial) page.
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This will take you to the Breakouts & Overhead Layout where these costs are calculated. There are several boxes on this page similar to this:
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Though the boxes are labeled with certain categories such as CG Models and Project Supervision, any box can be used for any purpose. All they do is add things up in a straightforward spreadsheet fashion. It's simple but it's versatile.



Pulling your Budget Together
The VFX Budget Layout
Once you have finished with your Digital Shot Costs as well as your Breakouts and Overhead figures, the place to view them, along with your markup figures is the VFX Budget, which is a button found on any of the budgeting pages. (The four budgeting layouts each have buttons to get you to each of the others. For confidentiality's sake, however, they cannot be accessed through other parts of Showrunner™.)

In the VFX Budget Layout you can see your Grand Total in a format that is printable for presentation. Note that, even though you can see all the markup figures and totals, when you PRINT the budget, only the marked up totals appear. Thus your overhead and profit figures are kept private in Showrunner™.

You see this:
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But this is what prints :
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EXPENSES
To get to the Expenses table click on this button on any FINANCIAL page:
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In Showrunner Expenses and Purchase Orders are treated as the same thing. Each expense gets a serial/ P.O. number, and its own record whether you print it out as a formal P.O. or not.
You can give an expense a type, such as "Payroll", or "Shot Specific" and you can assign that expense to a specific shot. You can then sort and analyze the expenses applied to that shot.

At the top of the EXPENSES page there is a small table analyzing your budget vs. your expenses to date. To use it, click the grey Calculate button.

To get to the single Purchase Order page, click the grey arrow next to any expense/ P.O. record or hit the NEW PURCHASE ORDER button. The latter will go to the P.O. page and create a new record, ready for you to fill out, print out, and sign.