Below the line (filmmaking)
In budgeting a motion picture or television production, below-the-line costs include the salaries of the non-starring
castmembers and the technical crew, as well as use of the film studioand its technical equipment, travel, location, and catering costs, etc. In contrast to above the line costs, the below-the-line budget is usually fixed.
The distinction originates from the early studio days when the
budgettop-sheet would literally have a line separating the "above-the-line" and "below-the-line" costs.
Some of the positions that fall into the below the line category are:
Director of photography
Best boy electric
Best boy grip
"Below the Line" is also the name of a Hollywood trade magazine that publishes articles and production listings whose primary audience is the film crew. It could be considered the complement to "
* Above the line
* [http://www.btlnews.com "Below the Line Magazine"]
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