Budgeting and Scheduling Your Film – Toronto


Thursday Tuesday 14th April, 7:00pm-10pm
Location: Daniels Spectrum – 585 Dundas St. E.

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Budgeting and Scheduling Your Film

Week 2 of the Producers’ Foundation Certificate

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

Since starting in 2003 with a self-funded short film, Ali Mashayekhi has produced Japanese music videos, multiple short films and two features, most recently the film, Let’s Rap (2015), starring Jason Priestley. Mashayekhi is currently in post-production on the comedic TV pilot, Day Players, starring Kristian Bruun and Ashley Leggat. His current slate includes the fashion expose The Style Atlas, the travel show Japan Drift, and the feature film The Dwelling. He completed the Producers’ Lab at the Canadian Film Centre in 2016.

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