Producing: Movie Magic Budgeting & Scheduling

Learn Movie Magic Budgeting & Scheduling, the recognised industry standard software for scheduling and budgeting films and TV drama, and transform your producing skills.

Taught by working industry professionals through a combination of lectures, practical demonstrations using computer projection, group tutorials and one-to-one tuition, incorporating valuable advice from a professional producer's point of view; you leave with a thorough understanding of how to use Movie Magic.

SPECIAL OFFER:  LFA Producing Package – 10 days for just £1,300!

Benefit from 10 days of hands-on training and save £240! (Total £1,300 instead of £1,540). To get this offer, simply apply for each of the following courses seperately via the links below: 

​​​​​​​Once you have booked all three courses, please contact our admissions team on: +44 (0) 20 7386 7711 / admissions@londonfilmacademy.com , and they will guide you through the payment process. You don't have to take the courses in any particular order, just as long as all three courses are taken within 12 months.

COURSE OVERVIEW

Duration: 4 days
Hours: 10:00 – 17:00 

Key Features

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:

 
Day one

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
Day two

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.

 
Day three

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
 
Day four

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

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 shortcourses@londonfilmacademy.com 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.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

To book your place on this course please:
Apply online or 
Apply by post, print out the application form and post to London Film Academy, 52A Walham Grove, London, SW6 1QR, email admissions@londonfilmacademy.com or fax to 0207 381 6116. As soon as we've received your application we’ll send you a confirmation email containing payment details. Please check your ‘Junk Mail’ folder if you appear to have not received this email.

ENTRY CRITERIA

  • All applicants must be fluent in English: English Language Level: Upper Intermediate
  • Minimum age 18

VISA REQUIREMENTS

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APPLY NOW & COURSE DATES

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  • 26 March 2019 - 29 March 2019
    Course Fee: £ 695.00

    9 SPACES AVAILABLE

  • 9 - 12 July 2019
    Course Fee: £ 695.00 ( Early Bird Fee - £595 Till 28-May-2019 )
  • 5 - 8 November 2019
    Course Fee: £ 695.00 ( Early Bird Fee - £595 Till 24-Sep-2019 )