Drama Production Management

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This course is a comprehensive introduction to the roles and responsibilities of the Production Manager in TV drama and feature film production. It covers the basic skills of budgeting, and day-to-day management of a production.


  • How to break down a script and do a basic schedule

  • The role and responsibilities of a production manager

  • How to prepare a basic drama budget

  • How to manage production office systems

  • How to contract crew and cast

  • How to read and interpret a cost report

  • How the production office works with heads of departments, the Producer, Director and the completion guarantor.


This course is recommended for:

  • Production department personnel upgrading their skills

  • Emerging producers wanting to understand budgets and production

  • Crew in other departments, such as assistant directors and continuity, who require a more detailed knowledge of budgeting and production management

  • Factual TV personnel who intend to move to script-based production management.


“This course covered a great variety of elements and had some great guest speakers. Overall I learned a lot about production management and it was good to be taught by an industry professional, with a bit of experience.”

“Having a real production manager rather than a trainer adds lots of value. Lorelle is very experienced.”


Lorelle Adamson is a highly experienced Production Manager/Line Producer who has been active in the Australian film and TV industry for two decades. Her recent credits include Australian feature film The Water Diviner, Goddess, Accidents Happen and Clubland, as well as numerous TVCs. Lorelle also works for Screen NSW and Screen Australia assessing budgets and QAPE applications.

Have any questions? Please get in touch: open@aftrs.edu.au or 1300 065 281

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