Introduction to Production Management & Line Producing

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Introduction to Production Management & Line Producing

Date:
Mon, 18 Mar 2024 to Sat, 23 Mar 2024

Duration: 6 days 
Times: Mon - Friday 6pm - 9pm, Saturday 9am - 6pm
Capacity: Max. 10 participants
Fee: £800

 

This practical programme introduces you to roles of Production Manager and Line Producer and covers all the responsibilities from pre- to post-production. 

 

Led by experienced Producer and Line Producer Fiona Howe of Scenario Films (DESIRE, DELIGHT, DELIRIUM), this course will give you the foundations and confidence you need in order to step-up, and an understanding of the fiscal, financial and personnel responsibilities the role entails. 

 

The Line Producer is at the heart of the production, the most senior member of the production team, directly answerable to the Producer and in charge of the overall operation of the production.  Line Producers are responsible for hiring crew and facilities, allocating the money and making sure the filming is done safely, creatively, on budget and on time. They join the Producer as soon as the script is ready, to create the schedule and budget package against which finance is raised.  They oversee all the below-the-line (BTL) deals and paperwork. They understand the creative aspects of film-making, balancing artistic needs with strict control of the budget. They work on set and in the office, dealing daily with the unexpected and helping to find creative solutions. At the end of the shoot, they oversee the clear-up of the production and work alongside the post-production supervisor to monitor costs and delivery.

 

Course Outline

DAY ONE: 18.00-21.00

  • Overview of Line Producing roles and working with the Producer – setting up a production company; recruiting fairly and effectively; documentation; scheduling; budgeting; negotiating deals; sustainability; working internationally and co-productions; legal requirements; fiscal, financial & personnel responsibility.
  • Overview of Production Management roles – crew hiring and contracts; logistics, equipment hire, transport; health and safety.
  • Relationship between Line Producer and Production Manager.

DAY TWO: 18.00-21.00

  • Essential documents: pre-production schedule; cast and crew contracts; facilities and studio agreements; production schedule and budget; cashflow schedule; production contracts and delivery schedule.
  • LP and PM working with the team:  production accountant; production co-ordinator; heads of department.
  • Film financing elements including: UK producer’s tax credit; ‘soft’ money; equity; broadcaster and distributor deals; sales agents; festivals and exhibitors; collection agents; finance closure.

DAY THREE: 18.00-21.00

  • Introduction to scheduling.
  • Creating a script breakdown.
  • Creating an MS Word-compatible shooting schedule and dailies system.
  • Rescheduling and time management during the shoot; working alongside Director and 1st AD.
  • Pre-production negotiations, contracting crew, equipment, facilities.
  • Diversity and recruitment.
  • Sustainable shooting and eco-strategies.
  • People management during production.

DAY FOUR: 18.00-21.00

  • Introduction to budgeting. 
  • Overview/BTL categories.
  • Mapping out the production budget.
  • Additional budgetary costs (completion bond, insurance, Equity, BECTU, PACT, ScreenSkills, legals, tax credit cash flow fee, NI, pensions, skills levies).
  • Completion Bond responsibilities.

·       Cost Reports and working with the Production Accountant.

DAY FIVE: 18.00-21.00

  • Consolidation and recap session.
  • Case study: THE D-TRILOGY.
  • Post-Production (Post Schedule, Post Budgets, Post Relationships, handovers).
  • Delivery Schedule, deliverables, formats.

DAY SIX: 09.00-18.00

Introduction to Movie Magic Scheduling and Budgeting software. 

  • Building and adapting a Movie Magic schedule – importing script info from Final Draft, data inputting, breakdown sheets and stripboard, cross-referencing, outputs, lists. 
  • Building a Movie Magic Budget – using a template, inputting departmental costs, globals and fringes, setting currencies, creating a budget topsheet, exporting reports.

 

Tutor profile: Fiona Howe, Producer/Screenwriter/Consultant

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Fiona Howe is an experienced producer of feature films and television drama. She is joint Managing Director of Scenario Films, most recently producer of three award-nominated feature films – DESIRE, DELIGHT and DELIRIUM – collectively known as The D-Trilogy. As Programme Director of BABYLON, Scenario’s development initiative for film writers, directors and producers from diverse backgrounds, she has kickstarted the careers of over a hundred emerging filmmakers across the UK and continental Europe.

Prior to founding Scenario, Fiona worked for many years in TV and film production management at the BBC, as a script editor and development producer at ITV, and as a script writer for German, French and British television before focusing on feature film production. Credits include Medics for ITV/Granada, original format and 13 hours of RTL weekly drama series Sonntags Geöffnet/Open Sundays; TV Movies Un Cadeau la Vie/The Gift of Life (FR2) and Nicht Ohne Dich/Not Without You (ZDF). She is currently producing SHE DANCED, a film based on her recently published novel, Gareth Jones’ original screenplay DEAD MEN’S MUSIC, and BABUR – DEFIER OF DESTINY, a co-production between Scenario and Maya Movies, Mumbai on which is the executive producer.