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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 modular course 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.

Course content: The course will break down into 5 modules to be run across 5 Saturdays. Course participants can pick and choose the number of modules to attend.

There are a small number of travel bursaries for those travelling outside of Greater Manchester for this programme, to find out more please email

Module 1 – full day Introduction to PM – roles and responsibilities. Genres – similarities and differences across scripted and non-scripted. Production from pre to post – who does what and why. Setting up a project – what to think about and your relationship with the Producer. Effective scheduling - how to initially assess a project and break it down.

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Module 2 – full day Introduction to budgeting – determining requirements and how to create a realistic budget. Controlling and tracking costs. Working with cast – contracting basics and how to be effective. Working with underage artistes – what you need to think about.

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Module 3 – full day Health and Safety – the basics of working safely Risk Assessing – how to assess and write. Legal Requirements and insurance. Stunts, one-offs and events.

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Module 4 – full day Working with Directors, Post production process and deliverables. How to Line Manage your team effectively – coaching for performance. Press and digital technology – the importance of multi platform. Working positively under pressure.

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Module 5 – Full day Introduction to Movie Magic scheduling. What determines the schedule. How to breakdown a script – with the sheets, element and category managers. Strip Boards and “fat” schedules. Reports, calendar manager and daybreaks

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Course Requirements: Computer skills: –word/excel