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

The first session focusses on the principles of budgeting and the relationship and comms with the Line Producer and is led by experienced Line Producer, Alan Fairholm.

The second session has expert guest speakers from across the eligible departments so participants will be able to talk in small department specific groups to an HOD about their approach to budgeting. Previous speakers include – Harriet Lawrence (Locations), Duncan Howell (Art Dept), Karen McKinlay-Gunn (Costume), Michael Birtley (Hair and Make-up). We also invite a Production Accountant to join the final part of this session – previous speakers include Steve Snowdon.

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 NEW DECEMBER AND JANUARY DATES ANNOUNCED

Group 4: 2 x 4 hour online sessions – afternoons 1400 – 1800 – APPLICATIONS CLOSED

  • Saturday 8th January 2022
  • Saturday 15th January 2022

Group 5: 2 x 4 hour online sessions – mornings 0900 – 1300 – APPLICATIONS CLOSED

  • Tuesday 11th January 2022
  • Tuesday 18th January 2022

Group 6: 2 x 4 hour online sessions – mornings 0900 – 1300 – APPLICATIONS CLOSED

  • Tuesday 8th February 2022
  • Tuesday 15th February 2022

Group 7: 2 x 4 hour online sessions – mornings 0900 – 1300 – APPLICATIONS CLOSED

  • Tuesday 15th March 2022
  • Wednesday 23rd March 2022 (with group 8)

Group 8: 2 x 4 hour online sessions – mornings 0900 – 1300 – APPLICATIONS CLOSED

  • Wednesday 16th March 2022
  • Wednesday 23rd March 2022 (with group 7)

Deadlines

  • Applications are now closed for this training course

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.

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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.

Applications for this training are now closed. If you are interested in this training course please email training@mission.guru.