Budgeting & Scheduling for Film | Raindance film Festival


Budgeting & Scheduling for Film – LA


Availability: Live Online, Video-on-demand
Duration: Single Monday Morning
Dates: Monday 17 May
Time: 11am-1pm PST
Course Fee: $55.00

This is part of the Ultimate Producing Course:
Creating a Business Plan | Basic Legal contracts | Budgeting and Scheduling | Marketing and Selling | Film Finance

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At a glance

  • Part of the Ultimate Producing Course
  • Learn how to create a schedule and budget
  • Taught by a working film producer with over 30 completed feature films.


About this class:

Simply put, a film budget is a list of all the stuff and people you need to make your film, and a film schedule is when and where you need everything.
Always considered the boring bit by film producers and directors, the budget & schedule for film are the spines of any production. If you get the budget (the money part) wrong, your film will stall half-finished without cash. Get the schedule (the time) wrong, and your film will suffer – either from loss of quality or remain unfinished because you have run out of time (and budget!).
This evening explains how scripts are analyzed and whipped into shape budget-wise and schedule-wise.
  • Script breakdown
  • Assessing prices
  • Union vs non-union
  • Creating a do-able schedule

Who should attend:

Writers, directors, producers and filmmakers will benefit form the technical information presented in this class. Anyone considering an investment in film will alos gain an understanding on how the money flows, cash flow wise, during a production.

About your instructor:

fund your film

Julia Verdin is a British-born film producer and founder of Rough Diamond Productions, established in 1994. She has established herself as one of Hollywood’s leading producers with over 30 feature films. She is best known for producing the Sony Classics release The Merchant of Venice, directed by Michael Radford, and starring Al Pacino, Jeremy Irons and Joseph Fiennes, the Newmarket release Stander, directed by Bronwen Hughes, and starring Tom Jane, Deborah Unger, Dexter Fletcher and David O’Hara, and the Breaking Glass release 2 Jacks, based on Leo Tolstoy short story “Two Hussars,” directed by Bernard Rose, and starring Danny Huston, Jack Huston, Sienna Miller, Jacqueline Bisset and Billy Zane. 2 Jacks premiered at Raindance.

Verdin has recently executive produced Lionsgate release Born of War, directed by Vicky Jewson, and starring James Frain and Sophia Black D’Elia. This year she has just directed her first film Lost Girls staring Bar Paly, Marisol Nichols and Jamie Harris, and produced The Unwilling directed by Academy Award nominated director Jonathan Heap, and starring Dina Meyer, Jake Thomas and Lance Henriksen. Christmas Survival directed by James Dearden starring Gemma Whelan, Joely Richardson, Julian Ovenden and James Fox.

She is currently developing various film and TV projects with writers and directors including Academy Award and Palme d’Or nominated writer/director James Dearden; acclaimed festival award winning writer/director Éva Gárdos; Academy Award Nominated director Jonathan Heap; WGA Autumn Stories 2010 winner screenwriter Cynthia Riddle, and director Vincenzo Natali.

Verdin is a top film consultant having provided consulting services on development and production. She also wrote the critically acclaimed book, Success in Film, a detailed guide to funding, making and finishing independent films.



Two ways to attend:

LIVE ONLINE: Every attendee gets an email invitation for the online classroom 30 minutes before class start times. All you need to do is to click the link provided in that email and watch the class on your computer’s web browser without needing to download any special software. If you are attending on your smart phone or tablet, please download the ClickMeeting app.

VOD: Video on Demand is a great option if you want to repeat what you learned in the class or you didn’t have time to attend the class in person or online. Each attendee gets a Vimeo link 24-48 hours after each week’s class. 

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