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An intensive course which provides a grounding in the key principles and practices of the work involved in film production management. Over 4 days; 2 face-to-face and 2 online (including 2 evening sessions TBC), delegates will complete the course with a full understanding of the crucial elements of being a PM, such as effective scheduling, practical budgeting, location work as well as essential soft skills; working effectively with your team and cast under fully up-to-date industry guidelines.

The course will be run by highly experienced Line Producers currently working in the industry alongside veteran trainers with a wealth of experience of feature film and television drama productions.

This course is supported by ScreenSkills using National Lottery funds awarded by the BFI as part of the Future Film Skills programme.

Delegates will be carefully chosen after completing an application process by DV Talent, in partnership with The Talent Manager.

ScreenSkills will be working closely with participants to assist in setting up paid 5-week placements, shadowing on a production. We anticipate around half the cohort will be found placements.

Application deadline - Friday 2nd December

Course Dates 

There are two training cohorts; one in London and one in Manchester/ Leeds (tbc). 

London  FULL 

  • Face-to-face: Saturday 26st & Sunday 27th November (10-5pm)
  • Online: 30th November and 1st December (evenings from 6-8.30pm by Zoom)
  • Online: 7th and 8th December (evenings from 6-8.30pm by Zoom)

  • Face-to-face: Saturday 7th & Sunday 8th January (10-5pm)
  • Online: 11th and 12th January (evenings from 6-8.30pm by Zoom)
  • Online: 18th and 19th January (evenings from 6-8.30pm by Zoom)

Who is this for?

Junior PMs looking to step up a level with effectiveness, and Production Coordinators looking to make the transition to PM with confidence.

Course Content

  • Overview of Production Management – role, functions and responsibilities
  • Setting up a project – what to think about and your relationship with the Producer
  • Introduction to effective scheduling - how to initially assess a project and break it down
  • Principles of budgeting
  • Controlling and tracking costs and getting to grips with Movie Magic
  • Health and Safety and responsibilities of the PM
  • Risk Assessing
  • Location Work, Stunts and SFX sequences
  • Working with Directors and Execs – managing upwards & problem solving
  • Working with Cast
  • Post-Production – from ingest to delivery, clearance and deliverables
  • Legal Requirements and insurance

In addition to the face-to-face training, guest speakers and industry professionals will deliver additional online training in key elements of managing teams, including soft skills such as identifying and tackling bullying and harassment, mental health issues on production, discrimination and effective recruitment and communication.
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