ISA Presents: Writing For a Budget

International Screenwriters' Association • 2 months ago

We are joined by special guest, Producer Jacob Mosler from Film Budget Pro who talks to us about writing your script in the best way to keep it within an indie budget.

Topics we cover: 
- Why think about your film's budget while writing it?
- How your script is broken down for scheduling and budgets (with budget examples)
- Specifics examples of scenarios in a script that can be expensive and alternatives ways to write it
- Ways to be strategic in writing to keeps cost low
- Casting diversity/union vs. non-union and MORE!

Jacob Mosler is an EMMY award-winning producer and recently completed two 6 part documentary series for Netflix: HEIST and WE ARE THE CHAMPIONS. Three of his series have been nominated for Sports Emmys SHUT UP AND DRIBBLE, WHY WE FIGHT & TOM VS. TIME     (Emmy winner – Outstanding Serialized Sports Documentary). Mosler’s vast producing experience spans development through deliverables and includes feature films, documentary series, commercials, music videos and short films. Jacob has 16 feature film credits including I DO…UNTIL I DON’T, 7 MINUTES, EDEN, ANSWERS TO NOTHING, THE DETAILS, and the award-winning MEAN CREEK, which premiered at Sundance and the Cannes film festivals winning the 2004 Sundance Humanitas Award and two Independent Spirit Awards. Mosler graduated from the American Film Institute in 2000 with an MFA in Producing, and has produced more than 40 short films, music videos, commercials, and documentaries including the Sundance “Official Entry” MIND OVER MATTER. Jacob also produced the two-time TELLY award-winning PSA, Peace in 5 Years. Jacob is the Founder/CEO of, a consulting firm has created detailed Budgets, Schedules and Tax Incentive Analysis for over 1000 projects. Mosler has been a member of the Directors Guild of America (UPM) since 2009. For more info go to: