Budgeting & Scheduling: A Practical Guide for Documentary Producers
Duration: 1 day
Capacity: Max. 8 participants
Fee: £150 10% Early Bird discount available until 1st May
This one day course is designed to provide a detailed and practical step by step guide to managing the production of an independent documentary or a factual television project. Starting with scheduling and budgeting, the day will cover cash flow, contracts, copyright and compliance issues as well as distribution and broadcaster deals.
The course is suitable for anyone who wants to understand the nuts and bolts of producing, whether for broadcast or independent projects. Tutor Tracey Gardiner is a producer with more than twenty years' experience of developing, selling and making factual programmes and feature films.
Participants would benefit from bringing along an idea they would like to budget. For those without a specific idea, they can follow the course example.
Each participant should bring along a PC or Mac laptop with Excel. (For those without Excel, LFS can provide a laptop with notice.) Those unfamiliar with Excel should not be deterred since a basic grounding will be provided at the outset of the class. The focus will be on the principles behind budgeting rather than the practicalities of manipulating a spreadsheet
As a guide, Tracey will create a budget for a project which will be projected onto a screen. By building up a budget line-by-line each participant will gain an insight into how to cost and schedule a production. Sample release forms and employment contracts will be discussed, as will copyright considerations. Post-production and different funding routes will be discussed, along with broadcaster and international sales.
This day’s course will provide the essential skills necessary to lay out a detailed plan to steer a project through the different stages of production to bring it in on budget and on time.
- To learn how to build a budget from the bottom up.
- To understand contractual and legal issues.
- To explore different funding options, rights, the back end and distribution.
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