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2-Day Line Producing - Online

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Overview of our 2-Day Line Producing - Online

We are bringing the very popular New York Film Academy 2-Day Line Producing Workshop online! In this workshop, participants learn all aspects of production management in a virtual hands-on setting. Central to the course is Movie Magic Scheduling and Budgeting software.

Workshop Schedule:

The workshop is offered on the weekend, both Saturday and Sunday. There are two classes each day:
  • 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
  • 2 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Next workshop dates:
  • September 12 - 13, 2020
  • December 5 - 6, 2020
Additional cost: There will be an additional approx. US$300 cost incurred during the workshop for Movie Magic Scheduling and Movie Magic Budgeting software. During the course, you will be provided with a student discount code to purchase the software directly through the software company's website. Students will own this software even after the course is completed.

Learn the nuts and bolts of Line Producing in a hands-on immersive two-day production workshop. All the key elements of production management for film, television, and new media projects are included.

Participants will use the latest editions of industry standard Movie Magic Scheduling and Movie Magic Budgeting software to create their own film budget and strip board schedule while mastering the skills needed to prepare their own projects for production.

Workshop instruction begins with a full description of the job requirements and responsibilities of a Line Producer. Covered topics include script breakdowns, creation of strip board schedules utilizing Movie Magic Scheduling software, and Production Focus and Analysis.

Participants will then create a budget using Movie Magic Budgeting software. During this process they will gain an understanding of the following facets of Line Producing:

  • Units of pay
  • Fringe benefits
  • The role of contingency
  • The importance of the top sheet
Additional instruction will include the creation of call sheets, production reports, time cards as well as how to properly handle insurance, overtime, set operations, crew hiring, union and vendor interaction, and the importance of tax credits and production incentives.

Whether learning these skills for the first time or seeking to brush up on the latest software and production management techniques, this workshop will equip participants with the tools and knowledge necessary to make their projects a reality.

Course Descriptions

Line Producers Responsibilities
The Script Breakdown
Leading to a Strip Board Schedule
The Production Analysis
Movie Magic Budgeting I
Movie Magic Budgeting II
Roundtable Discussion/Prepping for a Production

Line Producers Responsibilities

This course covers the responsibilities of a Line Producer, including assessing how everything from above-the-line details to below-the-line calculations apply to a project. Students will learn the union/non-union workweek and get to know the unions and their members.
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The Script Breakdown

In The Script Breakdown, students will identify elements of their scripts, highlighting and preparing for the breakdown. They will also learn the breakdown sheet and use Movie Magic Schedule to break down a script by scene.
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Leading to a Strip Board Schedule

Students learn element management, including quick entry of elements, element linking, and organizing one’s elements. They will set the calendar for begin prep, shoot, wrap, and end of post, and use banners and time breaks in their strip board schedule. They will then export the reports and see how they can benefit their production order and themselves as Line Producers.
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The Production Analysis

In this course students extract all the data from their scripts to better understand what areas of their budgets and schedules on which they should be focusing. They will work with the production analysis template to fill in their project’s details and each individual department’s needs.
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Movie Magic Budgeting I

Students work with the Movie Magic Budgeting software to understand its navigation and functions; the units or pay; working line by line to complete an account and its details; and learn contingency, insurance, and more.
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Movie Magic Budgeting II

Students expand their understanding of the software through handling the fringes, how to set up Movie Magic for their project and area, and how to export the budget and properly prepare the top sheet.
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Roundtable Discussion/Prepping for a Production

Students and instructors will meet to discuss preparing for production; hiring crews and working with vendors; logistics, set operations, red flags, and cover days; and time cards and tax credits.
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