Movie Magic scheduling for HETV in Wales

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Career stages
Early, Experienced, Expert
High-end TV
ScreenSkills funded

A 2023 programme of high-end TV Movie Magic Scheduling courses run by Sgil Cymru, in association with Grand Scheme Media and Addie Orfila Training.

This programme is also supported by Entertainment Partners.

Multiple online training opportunities will be delivered in Wales over four months to enable professionals working in high-end television to get a better understanding of the industry standard software used for scheduling on high-end TV 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 high-end TV as production managers, ADs, production accountants and line producers but who have yet to get to grips with Movie Magic software. All applicants must be based in Wales.

The training will be delivered online via the Zoom platform. Participants will need a PC or Mac with stable internet connection. Zoom can be accessed through a web browser or downloaded to your device.

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 at 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 high-end TV trainees through the essential elements of creating them, using the globally-used, industry-standard software, Movie Magic scheduling. 

Beginning with breaking down a drama script into elements, trainees will learn the key drivers of a great schedule and will have a step-by-step interactive introduction to Movie Magic scheduling software. They will use the software and together will create a production schedule and learn how to manipulate it according to changes within a production.

The training will cover:

  • Introduction to scheduling
  • Marking-up a script
  • Breakdown sheets: Element Manager and Category Manager
  • Inputting information
  • Strip board: sorting, daybreaks, titles and Boneyard
  • Calendar manager
  • Scheduling procedures
  • Reporting (day-out-of days)
  • Exporting/ printing

How to apply

Each Movie Magic scheduling course lasts for one day and will be run on the following dates:

  • 16 September 10:30 to 13:00 and 14:00 to 16:30
  • 21 October 10:30 to 13:00 and 14:00 to 16:30
  • 18 November 10:30 to 13:00 and 14:00 to 16:30

In addtion to the Movie Magic scheduling on the dates above, an optional second day will cover Movie Magic budgeting - please apply here for this course

Trainees are welcome to apply for both scheduling and budgeting courses if they require training in both packages but this is not compulsory.

Training sessions for UK high-end TV professionals based outside of Wales in budgeting and scheduling will be managed and delivered by Grand Scheme Media and Addie Orfila. They will also deliver sessions for those working in Children's TV.

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

Contact information


Sgil Cymru

Sgil Cymru

Based at Great Point Seren Stiwdios (formerly Pinewood Studio Wales) in Cardiff, the team has more than 100 years combined experience in bilingual media training and production.

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