Duration: 4 days
Hours: 10:00 – 17:00
Movie Magic Scheduling and Budgeting is the recognised industry standard software for scheduling and budgeting films and TV drama. They are complementary packages: information in scheduling may be exported to budgeting to assist in the process of costing the project. Please note that this Movie Magic software replaces Entertainment Partners Scheduling and Budgeting, the former industry standard software for production management.
LFA runs a specialised course to train producers to use this industry software taught by working industry professionals. Tutors for this course have included: international feature film producer and production manager Brian Donovan (STAR WARS EPISODE III: REVENGE OF THE SITH, DIRTY PRETTY THINGS); and production manager and 1st AD Marcia Gay (SKY CAPTAIN AND THE WORLD OF TOMORROW, HARRY POTTER AND THE SORCERER'S STONE and the BBC's HUSTLE).
The course is run over four consecutive weekdays or two weekends, combining lectures, practical demonstrations using computer projection, group tutorials and one-to-one tuition, incorporating valuable advice from a professional producer's point of view:
Lecture - Basics of scheduling principles
Introduction to using Movie Magic Scheduling software
Practical scheduling project - under tutor guidance, students individually schedule a 10 minute film script using Movie Magic Scheduling
- Entering Schedule data
- The breakdown sheet
- Creating strip boards
- Producing schedules
Students complete inputting the script into Movie Magic Scheduling
Using MM reports
- Lay out of days
- Cast information
- Printing options
Feedback on schedules and comparison with the actual schedule used for the film
Student led session to re-visit any specific areas.
Lecture - Basics of budgeting principles
Introduction to using Movie Magic Budgeting
Practical budgeting project - under tutor guidance, students individually budget a 10 minute film script using MM Scheduling
- Importing information from MM Scheduling
- Entering budget data
- Using the top sheet and other levels
- Working with Globals, Subgroups and Fringes
Students complete inputting the script into Movie Magic Budgeting
More complex uses of MM Budgeting
- Working with other currencies
- Amending the budget
- Printing and reports
Feedback on budgets and comparison with the actual budget used for the film
Student led session to re-visit any specific areas
The course tutor will illustrate teaching of the software with examples from her/his own experiences of working on films such as SKY CAPTAIN using multiple currencies and how EP can be utilised effectively with globals and split days.
After taking this course, students should be able to work with both EP Scheduling and Budgeting software on their own productions.
Maximum number of places: 8
For further information email firstname.lastname@example.org or call LFA on +44 (0)207 386 7711 to book your place over the phone with a credit/debit card.
NB. Discounted course fee for ClubPanico@LFA members: £395.