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Drama Line Producer courses available in March

Courses teaching the skills needed to step into the crucial and demanding role of a Drama Line Producer will take place next month in Belfast and Birmingham.

Line Producers are involved in the entire production process, from setting-up to scripting, filming, and post-production. As well as the technical and creative elements of TV they must always weigh-up the cost of each scene against its on-screen value. It's a vital role in any TV or film drama production requiring the tact and diplomacy to balance the creative expectations of the director, artists and creative personnel with the financial resources available.

The courses are delivered by Grand Scheme Media over three days and are funded by Creative Skillset’s Skills Investment Fund. They are aimed at television professionals keen to upskill and step-up into the role of a Television Drama Line Producer, or skilled TV professionals who want to transfer their skills to the drama genre.

Expert training

Led by highly experienced former BBC Line Producer Eamon Fitzpatrick, whose extensive credits include The Bible and A.D, the course covers:

Day one

  • What is a Line Producer and What Do They Do? – The essentials of the role and how Line Producers work within production teams
  • The Production Calendar – The first steps before writing a budget. A look at how productions are planned. When can you deliver? What assumptions do you need to make?
  • Guest Speaker/Masterclass – Including insights on production, health and safety, post-production supervision, and managing a drama company.
  • Guest Speaker Q&A
  • Crewing Up – Who finds the crew? What are the different ways of contracting crew? How do you assess what fees to offer? Negotiating tips.

Day two

  • Scheduling a Shoot – This will give delegates an insight into how to prepare a shooting schedule.  What are the factors that influence which scenes are shot on each day? How does the shooting schedule affect the cost of the production?
  • The Principles of Scheduling
  • Delegate Exercise – Breakdown Sheets
  • Delegate Exercise – Scheduling A Shoot
  • Guest Speaker/Masterclass
  • The Art of Post-Production – A guide to how post-production affects the budget. How do you assess a post-production quote? How do you decide where to place the post-production business? And, most importantly, how can you get a better deal?!

Day three

  • Budgeting – Insight and skills for creating and administering budgets
  • Cost Reporting – How to read cost report and spot early danger signs
  • Guest Speaker/Masterclass
  • Managing Equipment – What extra equipment will you need and how much will it cost?  We’ll examine some real life scenario of big days and look at just how much additional kit was required and why.

Places for each course can be booked by clicking on the appropriate links below:

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For media enquiries, please contact:

  • Andy Bate Press and PR Manager, Creative Skillset on 07932 102 826 or by emailing andrewb@creativeskillset.org

Creative Skillset is the industry skills body for the Creative Industries. It works across film, television, radio, fashion and textiles, animation, games, visual effects, publishing, advertising and marketing communications. It works with and for the Creative Industries to develop skills and talent, supporting productivity and employability.  www.creativeskillset.org

Grand Scheme Media runs training focusing on key creative roles in television programme making. Feedback on this course has been universally positive. We are active Executive Producers and believe that combining quality Training with Market Intelligence is of benefit to all. www.grandscheme.tv