How the Budget Breaks Down - Bee and PuppyCat: the Series by the numbers
$600,000 is a lot of money. Many people have been scratching their heads (and asking us) why it would cost this amount of money to make a series of "web" cartoons. It is because the show is awesome and demands a crew of dozens of professionals to pull off. And even with this amount, it is a very modest budget compared to other shows with similar "TV production quality."
Here is a graphic that depicts the breakdown of the budget for Bee and PuppyCat: The Series. See the estimated dollar amounts below the chart.
WRITING/STORYBOARDS: $68,873 (13.9%): 6 people - writers, storyboard artists, storyboard revisionists working 9 weeks.
PRODUCER: $20,455 (4.1%): 29 weeks of making sure everything happens.
DIRECTOR: $24,000 (4.9%): 29 weeks of bringing the vision of the show to life, or at least to the screen.
TALENT/CASTING/RECORDING: $42,221 (8.5%): This takes 7 to 10 people including the casting agent, recording studio, recording engineers, dialogue editors, and of course the cast.
PRODUCTION OFFICE/STAFF: $43,514 (8.8%): 7 people coordinating dozens of people and mountains of paperwork for most of 29 weeks.
DESIGN: $36,300 (7.3%): 4 people doing character design, prop design, background design, & design cleanup for three weeks.
COLOR DESIGN: $28,800 (5.8%): 2 people doing background painting and color styling for three weeks.
POST PRODUCTION $21,521 (4.4%): 5 people - a sound designer, sound effects editor, foley artist, re-recording engineer, and a composer work for four weeks.
ANIMATION/EDITORIAL: $208,575 (42.2%): 38 people including an animation director, model checkers, animation supervisors, layout artists, key animators, checkers, color stylists, compositors, their own production staff, and editors working for 16 weeks. This is mostly done in Korea to keep costs low and quality high. Most traditionally animated shows are done there.
Please support the Kickstarter if you haven't. We all want to live in a world where there are more stories of Bee and PuppyCat. And more money = more episodes.