Producing: Movie Magic Budgeting and Scheduling

Course type

Short Course


4 days

Movie Magic Scheduling and Budgeting is the recognised industry standard software for scheduling and budgeting films and TV drama. They are complementary packages: information in scheduling may be exported to budgeting to assist in the process of costing the project. Please note that this Movie Magic software replaces Entertainment Partners Scheduling and Budgeting, the former industry standard software for production management.

The course is run over four consecutive weekdays or two weekends, combining lectures, practical demonstrations using computer projection, group tutorials and one-to-one tuition, incorporating valuable advice from a professional producer's point of view:

Course content

  • Basics of scheduling principles
  • Introduction to using Movie Magic Scheduling software
  • Entering Schedule data
  • The breakdown sheet
  • Creating strip boards
  • Producing schedules
  • Lay out of days
  • Cast information
  • Printing options
  • Entering budget data
  • Using the top sheet and other levels
  • Working with Globals, Subgroups and Fringes
  • Inputting the script into Movie Magic Budgeting
  • Working with other currencies
  • Amending the budget
  • Printing and reports
  • Feedback on budgets and comparison with the actual budget used for the film
  • Student-led session to re-visit any specific areas

After taking this course, students should be able to work with both EP Scheduling and Budgeting software on their own productions.

Who it's for

This course will suit anyone moving into screen production who may be responsible for handling scheduling and budgets. 

HETV working group endorsed

This course has been endorsed by the high-end TV working groups, supporting the continued professional development of the high-end TV industry and crew.

Bursaries available

There are ScreenSkills bursaries available to cover some or all of the costs of this course - including travel, accommodation, subsistence, care or disability access support to attend this course. To find out more about the support you may be eligible for, click the button below:

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Contact information


+44 (0) 20 7386 7711

Training provider

Producing: Movie Magic Budgeting and Scheduling

London Film Academy

London Film Academy is an exciting and innovative venture in practical film training based in London, one of the world’s leading film capitals. LFA pioneers professional-standard practical training across all key areas of filmmaking, boasting a wealth of highly qualified mentors and a personal low tutor-to-student ratio.

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