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THE GUIDING PRINCIPLES OF DEPARTMENTAL BUDGETING
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The Guiding Principles of Departmental Budgeting

 

  • Do you have 5 years or more experience working in Costume, Locations, Hair & Make-up or Art Department?

  • Are you an HOD or a craft / technical co-ordinator?

  • Do you work in HETV and/or Feature Films?

  • Do you lack experience and/or confidence in budgeting?

  • Would you like to develop your skills and learn how to put together a departmental budget that can be backed up with credible and consistent assumptions?

If you answered yes, then this free to attend course is for you

This programme is supported by the ScreenSkills High-end TV Skills Fund with contributions from UK high-end TV productions and by ScreenSkills as part of the BFI Future Film Skills programme using funds from the National Lottery.

The Guiding Principles of Departmental Budgeting course will enable participants to gain the necessary skills and knowledge to prepare their own departmental budgets. This free to attend course is taught by established and leading industry Line Producers and HODs and is aimed at ensuring that UK HETV and Film productions have access to a cohort of skilled and educated professionals who can bring increased value to the production chain.

This course is in two parts:

Part 1 is a 4 x 2.5 hour online course which is open to a wide range of departments and grades.

Following on from Part 1 eligible HODs will be invited to attend Part 2, a 1 x 2.5 hour department specific session to further develop their learning. Dates and times TBC.

Costume, Locations, Hair & Make-up and Art Department professionals with 5 or more years’ experience are expected to be able to put together budgets for their departments, but often lack the training and experience to prepare these with confidence and consistency.

This course is recommended for Film and/or HETV:

  • Art Department
    • HODs
    • Craft/technical co-ordinators
    • Professionals with 5 or more years’ experience in the department
  • Costume
    • HODs
    • Craft/technical co-ordinators
    • Professionals with 5 or more years’ experience in the department
  • Hair and Make-up
    • HODs
    • Craft/technical co-ordinators
    • Professionals with 5 or more years’ experience in the department
  • Locations
    • HODs
    • Craft/technical co-ordinators
    • Professionals with 5 or more years’ experience in the department

By the end of training course Part 1 participants will have learned:

  • how to use existing information to create and estimate budgets.
  • how to use a simple spreadsheet to keep track of your budget and forecast actual costs
  • how to estimate materials costs
  • how to estimate labour costs
  • how to update your estimates as the production moves forward
  • how to communicate your budget and associated assumptions to line managers
  • had the benefit of a peer support network

By the end of this course, participants will have the knowledge and confidence to prepare their own department budgets.

Following on from Part 1 eligible HODs will be invited to attend Part 2, a 1 x 2.5 hour department specific session to further develop their learning. Dates and times TBC.

This course will run ONLINE a number of times between October 2021 and February 2022. We are currently inviting applications for the following training dates:

Course Dates

Group A: 4 x 2.5 hour online sessions – afternoons 1430 – 1700

  • Saturday 9th October 2021
  • Sunday 10th October 2021
  • Saturday 16th October 2021
  • Sunday 17th October 2021

Group B: 4 x 2.5 hour online sessions – mornings 0930 – 1200

  • Tuesday 12th October 2021
  • Wednesday 13th October 2021
  • Tuesday 19th October 2021
  • Wednesday 20th October 2021

Deadlines

  • Applications close – 4pm Thursday 30th September 2021
  • Notifications – by Friday 1st October 2021
  • Confirmation of attendance – by Tuesday 5th October 2021

This course will be running a number of times over the following few months.

  • If you are unable to attend the current dates please do submit an application form and we will keep you informed as we open up further training dates.

This course is delivered by Film and TV Industry Professionals and sector experts

Alison Grade | Course Director

Alison runs Mission Accomplished and regularly delivers training for ScreenSkills. She is an experienced Line Producer and Production Manager as well as a Nesta Accredited Creative Enterprise Trainer. She regularly delivers training that enables creatives to demystify and take charge of the numbers! She is the Course Director and part of the training team. Her company Mission Accomplished regularly delivers training for ScreenSkills.

Alan Fairholm | Course Tutor

Alan is an experienced Line Producer who started his career at Tyne Tees Television before moving to Zenith Entertainment where he worked across a large number of projects, firstly as a production accountant but quickly moving across to production management, Line Producer, Production Executive and finally as the Director of Production, working with all the UK Broadcasters. In 2006 he became freelance working as both a Production Executive and Line Producer. In 2009 he was approached by BBC Children’s to set up the production hub in the North East that went on to produce Award winning series including Tracy Beaker Returns, Wolfblood and The Dumping Ground which is still in production and is one of CBBC’s most popular shows.

This programme is supported by the ScreenSkills High-end TV Skills Fund with contributions from UK high-end TV productions and by ScreenSkills as part of the BFI Future Film Skills programme using funds from the National Lottery.

Please note:

This course would normally cost participants £200, but thanks to funding from the ScreenSkills Future Film Skills fund, it is currently being offered to you free.

If you fail to attend we reserve the right to request reimbursement of costs, unless your place can be taken by someone else.

You can apply by filling in the application form below.
All applications should be sent in via the application form below

If you wish to be consideed for the October dates please apply no later than 1600 on 30th September 2021.

Further dates will be announced soon – apply now to be notified as soon as new dates are released.