Production Management: Budgeting and Contracting

Posted on 23rd August 2017
  • 17th November 2017
  • 10.00am - 5.00pm

BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art
South Shore Road

Production Managing is challenging, exciting and a critical role for any production. Making the step up to PM can be daunting for any PC as you hone your already excellent organisational and logistical skills further and develop your managerial and leadership abilities. Whatever genre you work in, this class, presented by BECTU in association with NFM, will furnish you with a thorough knowledge base of the critical skills necessary to become an excellent and effective PM. Using interactive seminars, practical exercises, workshops and industry examples, you will come away a strong foundation with which to build your career further and excel as a PM.

Topics covered in this module, focusing on Budgeting and Contracting, include:

  • Introduction to budgeting
  • Interactive seminar on what drives a budget and what to think about when starting from scratch
  • How to determine requirements to create a realistic budget
  • How to put an effective budget together – real life industry examples
  • The importance of the calendar; programme treatment; shooting medium and delivery format; clearances and compliance; duration and number of episodes; scheduling basics; department overheads and holiday pay
  • Practical exercise to begin a new budget working to given parameters
  • Review and critique of practical exercise
  • Q and A
  • Controlling and tracking costs
  • How to make the production budget work
  • How to trim a budget
  • Managing expectations across the production
  • Working with your HODs effectively
  • Cost tracking, POs, floats
  • Responsibilities and delegation
  • Troubleshooting – real life examples of what can happen to the production budget
  • Contracting Cast and Crew
  • Interactive session covering the basics of contracting cast and crew
  • How to deal with cast effectively and fairly
  • Practical exercise on what you need to consider when working with underage artistes and hours

Course Requirements

Computer skills: word/excel

Cancellation Policy

This course is run according to BECTU’s standard cancellation policy. For details click here. BECTU reserves the right to cancel courses without liability. However, where possible, delegates will be offered an alternative date or a full refund.

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