Budgeting and Scheduling Your Film – Toronto


Tuesday September 25th 6:30 – 9:30pm
Location: Daniels Spectrum – 585 Dundas St. E.

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Budgeting and Scheduling Your Film

Week 2 of the Producers’ Foundation Certificate is presented by Michael Sparaga.

Film Budgeting and Scheduling provides the critical backbone of your film. A film budget is a list of all the resources and people you need to make your film. A schedule is when and where you need them. This session runs through the essentials, conventions and details required for film budgeting and scheduling your shooting days.

All classes were informative and the tutors were really one of the best, and though I know there’s a lot more I need to learn I left feeling a lot more confident about handling the role of a Producer and should be back for more!”

Always considered the boring bit by film producers and directors, the budget and schedule are the spine 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

A professional film budget and schedule are an essential part of a business plan.

This class is part of the Producers Foundation Certificate. Check out the other classes in this certificate:

Creating A Business Plan | Marketing and SellingMovie Money  | Basic Legal Contracts

About the Instructor

Michael Sparaga is an award-winning Canadian screenwriter, director, and producer whose films have screened in film festivals and been distributed all over the globe. Previous productions include the documentaries Maple Flavour Films and The Missing Ingredient: What is the Recipe for Success?, and the narrative films Sidekick and Servitude, which was developed with Ivan Reitman as part of Telefilm Canada’s Features Comedy Lab.

Michael also recently co-wrote the family film Kayak to Klemtu, winner of the People’s Choice Award at the 2017 ImagineNATIVE Film Festival, for Scythia Films (The Witch). His most recent film, the feature documentary United We Fan, about fans who fight to save their favorite TV shows, celebrated its world premiere at the 2018 Hot Docs festival and will be released in North America this fall. 

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