” Above-the-line ” refers to the list of individuals who guide and influence the creative direction, process, and voice of a narrative in a film and related expenditures. These roles are not limited to the screenwriter , producer , director , and actors . 
Often, the term is used for the film production budget. Above-the-line comissioning the role of a member of the board of directors. These expenses are usually set, negotiated, and / or promised before principal photography begins. They include rights to secure the material on screenplay , production rights to the screenplay, compensation for the screenwriter , producer , director , principal actors and other cost-related line items such as assistants for the producers, director or actors.
The distinction originates from the early days when the budget top-sheet would costly line up and line-up .
- Below-the-line (filmmaking)
- Budgeting film
- Movie crew
- Television crew
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