Keeping a detailed record of everything the production spends won’t necessarily provide the answers, but it will lead you to the right questions. So where is the money going? Maybe you get lucky and everything stays within the budget range. Maybe you get really lucky and everything comes in under budget, giving your editorial crew even more time to go crazy with the effects. But most of the time you’ll be fighting to keep the project from going over budget. Don’t be surprised if you have to make some changes on the spot. Figure out which departments are least important to the project and shave the costs from there. Yes – this might make you seem like a heartless bastard, but does the wardrobe department really need to buy authentic designer label clothes, or can they tailor some thrift store merchandise to do the trick? Isn’t your story a satire about a bunch of hipsters anyway? Hipsters love thrift stores.