Movie Magic scheduling and budgeting for children's TV - live action

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Career stages
Early, Experienced, Expert
Children's TV
ScreenSkills funded

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

The course is held over two days and is open to people already working in live-action children's TV in a role where knowledge of Movie Magic software would be valuable.

In person and online training will be delivered across the UK to enable professional media personnel to get a better understanding of the essential software used for scheduling productions.

Participants who complete the training course will be given access to an annual Movie Magic budgeting and scheduling license. 

In person training

  • Glasgow - Tuesday 6 and Wednesday 7 June 
  • Manchester - Monday 19 and Tuesday 20 June 
  • London - Monday 26 and Tuesday 27 June 

The first day of each course covers scheduling and the second day studies budgeting. Both days will run from 10:00 to 17:00.

Online training

  • Tuesday 18 April
  • Tuesday 16 May
  • Monday 12 June 
  • Tuesday 13 June 

The online course will run from 10:00 to 17:00. The morning will focus on scheduling, the afternoon on budgeting. 

In person training will be delivered by Addie Orfila

Online training will be delivered by Dewi Griffiths

This event is supported by the ScreenSkills Children’s TV Skills Fund which invests in training for those working in children’s live-action TV thanks to contributions from the industry.

Who it's for

Open to anyone currently working in children's (live-action) tv.

You must have children's live-action credits on your CV, or be able to state in your application why this training will support your career development or progression in children's live-action programme making.

Aimed primarily at those currently working as production managers, ADs, production accountants and line producers but who have yet to get to grips with Movie Magic software. 

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 via and we will be happy to work with you to meet them.

What it covers

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

If you are accepted on the course you will be given a training version of MMB and MMS software, which you will need to pre-install on a laptop which you should then bring to the training session. Participants who complete the training course will be given access to an annual Movie Magic budgeting and scheduling license. 

Our scheduling training will cover:

  • Overview of Movie Magic scheduling
  • Importing the script into MMS
  • Breaking down a script into key elements
  • Practical experience using Movie Magic to create breakdowns
  • Reports within MMS and how they aide the production
  • Overview of other scheduling tools eg Studio Binder, Scenechronize

Our budgeting training will 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

How to apply

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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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