Putting a budget together at the start is definitely a useful (if not wholly inaccurate) exercise. It helped me plot out what I needed to do, all the tasks that would be involved in making this happen. And there were a lot of tasks that needed to be done.
Some of the tasks listed below didn’t happen either, like the fur and hair, originally I wanted to digitise the fur, such that it would be like having the Dodo and Mammoth covered in glowing-pulsating fibre optic fur. In the end we went for a premiere plugin to do the job for us.
Looking back at it now, I think that I would at least quadruple the amount of time spent of the concept stage and add an animatic into the list. Putting the prep work in here will save loads further down the line.
All values are in £ sterling.