Movie Magic scheduling for high-end TV

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6 Dec 2023, 10:00-13:00
Application deadline
24 Nov 2023
Career stages
Early, Experienced, Expert
High-end TV
ScreenSkills funded

A new collaboration between Sgil Cymru, Grand Scheme Media and Addie Orfila Training sees a year long programme of high-end TV Movie Magic short courses taking place in cities across England, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

This programme is also supported by Entertainment Partners.

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 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.

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  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:

  • 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

The Movie Magic scheduling 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: 

  • London: Diorama Arts Centre: 11 October 23
  • Newcastle: The Biscuit Factory: 22 November 23
  • Belfast: The Mac: 10 January 2024
  • Glasgow: GMAC: 24 January 24

Current online dates are as follows:

  • 16 September 1000-1300
  • 23 September 1000-1300
  • 25 October 1000-1300
  • 8 November 1000-1300
  • 6 December 1000-1300
  • 22 February 1000-1300

Training in Wales will be managed and delivered by Sgil Cymru and will be delivered in Welsh and English. Please apply here for this training.

How to apply

Please note that we are running  separate Movie Magic Budgeting courses but you must apply separately for this course - please apply here 


Click ‘apply now’ to apply for your place on one of the Movie Magic scheduling 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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