Australian feature films duration of shoot and post-production films shot 1998/99–2014/15, by budget range (2015 dollars) Next update March 2017 The average production period for Australian features is just under 50 weeks: approximately eight weeks of shooting followed by about 40 weeks of post-production. Films in higher-budget ranges tend to have longer shoot and post-production periods than lower-budget films. The more-than-$20 million category includes the animated features Happy Feet, Happy Feet Two and Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole, with total production durations of around two to three years each. Features in the less-than-$1 million category also tend to have longer shoot and post-production periods due to the stop-and-start nature of low-budget filmmaking. No. titles Average duration (weeks) Principal photography Post-production Total duration All films 521 8.3 38.2 46.5 Budget range1 Less than $1m 110 8.3 44.8 52.9 $1–3m 149 6.2 36.5 42.7 $3–6m 101 6.9 34.1 41.1 $6–10m 86 7.8 34.8 42.6 $10–20m 44 10.3 35.1 45.4 More than $20m 31 22.3 50.7 73.0 Source: Screen Australia. Notes: Productions under Australian creative control, including domestic productions, official co-productions and other productions involving shared creative control, i.e. with a mix of Australians in key creative positions. 1. Adjusted using the non-farm GDP deflator; base year 2014/15.