Movie Magic budgeting for HETV

Movie Magic budgeting for HETV
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Movie Magic budgeting for HETV
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13 Apr 2023, 10:00-17:00
Application deadline
31 Mar 2023
Career stages
High-end TV
ScreenSkills funded

A new collaboration between Sgil Cymru, Grand Scheme Media and Addie Orfila Training sees a year long programme of HETV Movie Magic short courses roll out from April. 

Live and online training will be delivered across the United Kingdom to enable professionals working in high end television to get a better understanding of the essential software used for budgeting on HETV productions

This programme is funded by the ScreenSkills High-End TV Skills Fund made up of contributions from UK high-end TV productions. 

Who it's for

The training is open to people already in the industry who are  working or moving over to work in HETV as production managers, ADs, production accountants and line producers but who have yet to get to grips with Movie Magic budgeting software.

Trainees will be given access to Movie Magic training licenses and subscriptions and will need to install the relevant Movie Magic software on a laptop which should be brought to the training session.

We always welcome applications from under-represented groups, including, but not limited to: those from Black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds; people with a disability; people from the LGBTQ+ community and those from lower socio-economic backgrounds.

We offer inclusive training. If you have any needs which we can accommodate during the recruitment process and beyond, please let us know and we will be happy to work with you to meet them.

Contact with any questions.

What it covers

Effective and efficient budgets are vital for all productions and this course will take HETV trainees through the essential elements of creating them, using the globally-used, industry-standard software, Movie Magic budgeting. 

Trainees will be shown how to use the programme and then will spend time putting into practice what they have learned in a fun and informative way. 

We will take you through the process of setting up a budget from scratch and navigating through the software. 

Training to cover:

  • relationship of budget/schedule/finance                       
  • key considerations before you start 
  • determining requirements to create a realistic budget
  • introduction to Movie Magic budgeting 10     
  • creating and setting up a budget using templates
  • setting up tables: units, globals, groups, fringes, currencies
  • creating details and applying fringes, globals, groups 
  • revising budgets and exporting
  • budgeting tips and tricks and areas of responsibility
  • controlling, cost reporting and tracking costs

The Movie Magic budgeting course will be run on several dates and in many locations across the UK during the course of the year.

Current face to face dates are as follows: 

  • Manchester: 13 April
  • Bristol: 2 May
  • Belfast: 22 June
  • London: 29 June
  • Leeds: 6 July
  • Birmingham: 13 July

Current online dates are as follows:

  • 4 May - 1000 to 1300
  • 18 May - 1000 to 1300
  • 25 May - 1000 to 1300
  • 26 May - 1000 to 1300 

Further dates  will be added for Newcastle, Glasgow, Nottingham, Salford, London and Brighton.

Training in Wales will be managed and delivered by Sgil Cymru. and will consist of four online sessions, which will be delivered in Welsh and English. Dates to follow shortly.

How to apply

The Movie Magic course will be run over two days:

  • session one covers Movie Magic scheduling - please apply here for this course
  • session two covers Movie Magic budgeting on the dates above

Trainees are encouraged to apply for both days if applicable but this is not compulsory.

Click ‘apply now’ to apply for your place on one of the current Movie Magic budgeting courses. You will need a ScreenSkills account to complete your application.

Contact information


Grand Scheme Media

Grand Scheme Media

A creative consultancy that offers development and packaging expertise to the TV business plus high-quality training in TV and radio production.

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