Scheduling & Budgeting Kit

In the FilmSkills Scheduling and Budgeting Kit, you will be guided step-by-step through the scheduling and budgeting process by producers and 1st Assistant Directors who have worked on Titanic,  Avatar,  Total Recall, and dozens of movies whose combined box office grosses are in the billions of dollars.  From understanding turnaround-time, E&O Insurance, one-line schedules, tips for day/night splits, and much more, this multimedia kit will have you covered on your shoot.



• 4 DVD Series

• 235 minutes of engaging videos

• 20 Hollywood Instructors, several Emmy winners

• 105 page illustrated companion guide

• Covers the entire scheduling & budgeting process

• Used in the nation's top film schools

Always On time and On Budget.


A director may have a sweeping vision for how to tell the story, but producing that vision into a tangible product comes with a price tag. That price tag could be in the 100 millions, and knowing how to come up with that number is paramount to creating a profitable movie.


Understanding how to break down the script, creating a schedule for the overall production as well as each scene within each shooting day, and managing insurance requirements are key in balancing the vision with the practicalities of production.


In the FilmSkills Scheduling and Budgeting Course, you will be guided step-by-step through the scheduling and budgeting process by producers and 1st Assistant Directors who have worked on Titanic, Avatar, Total Recall, and dozens of movies whose combined box office grosses are in the billions of dollars.


Learn your craft from the very best in the FilmSkills Scheduling and Budgeting Course.



"Absolutely the most in-depth, informative and entertaining filmmaking series out there. Why waste 4 years at a film school when you can learn from award-winning filmmakers who take you out of the classroom and onto set."


- Kevin Cooper, Executive Producer, "Secondhand Lions"



Complete Illustrated Resource Guide


Learn from 20 Instructors, including:

  • Josh McLaglen - Producer, Avatar, X-Men: Days of Future Past; 1st Assistant Director,  Titanic, Avatar, Beowulf, Real Steel, X-Men: First Class, and The Polar Express
  • Bethany Rooney - Television Director, Brothers and Sisters, Grey's Anatomy, Desperate Housewives, and Private Practice
  • Steve Skrovan - Emmy-Award Winning Executive Producer, Everybody Loves Raymond, and Til Death
  • Maria Battles Campbell - 2nd Assistant Director, Avatar, Reel Steel, X-Men: First Class, and Boogie Nights
  • Rob Bowman - Director,  The X-Files, Star Trek, The Next Generation, Executive Producer, Castle
  • Richard Middleton - Line Producer, Executive Producer The Artist and Hitchcock
  • Cristen Carr Strubbe - Line Producer, UPM, Catch Me if you Can, Charile Wilson's War, Ali, and The Prestige
  • Noel Bermudez - Production Accountant, Tin Cup, Dangerous Minds, Switched at Birth, The Nine Lives of Chloe King, Greek, Huge, and 10 Things I Hate About You



Disc 1:

Breaking Down the Script - Learn to properly break down the script,  line the script, techniques for breaking down each scene, how to use scene breakdown forms, and how assistant directors and line producers should manage the breakdowns from other departments on the project.


Budgeting - Learn to create an accurate budget, tricks to reducing the budget if you’re running over, how to plan for contingencies, how to manage crew expectations, and how to go into production knowing you’ll have the money to finish.



Disc 2:

Scheduling the Production - Learn to determine the number of shooting days needed to shoot your film, how to determine the shooting order, manage day and night shoots, account for turnaround time, and the benefits of shooting consecutive shooting days.


Scheduling the Day - Learn how to schedule company moves, meal breaks, learn the productivity arc of a shooting crew, how to work with the director’ shot list, skills for managing a shoot running over schedule, how to generate a one-line schedule, and how to create call sheets.



Disc 3:

Insurance - Learn how to insure your production against liabilities and costs incurred from accidents, the types of insurance you’ll need, where you can buy production insurance, the costs of insuring a production, cast insurance, film and video tape insurance, equipment insurance, and E&O insurance.


1st Assistant Director - Learn the job responsibilities of the 1st Assistant Director.



Disc 4:

The Line Producer - Learn the duties and responsibilities of the line producer, both on and off the set.


The Unit Production Manager - Learn the duties and responsibilities of the Unit Production Manager, both on and off the screen.



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