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Budgeting Fundamentals

Behind the scenes of 'The Greenhouse' | Directed by Thomas Wilson-White | Photo: Jack Baxter

Are you an aspiring producer/filmmaker or production manager needing to get your head around doing a budget for your screen project? Then this introductory course will head you in the right direction, introducing you to the basic Excel A-Z budget template and explaining what you need to produce an initial work-in-progress budget.

It is delivered entirely online via Zoom video so you can learn from the comfort of your home (or office). Over three weeks you’ll do two evening sessions per week, with reading and exercises to do in between.

Learn the basics of breaking down a treatment for a budget, and the difference between above and below the line costings

Creating a workable schedule and how a production schedule effects the budget and vice versa

Funding productions; an introduction to the producer offset; obtaining the right quotes from suppliers and where to go to find rates for different crew and performers

Is the Budgeting Fundamentals right for you?

In this course you will learn the skills required to do a basic budget which can be applied to a variety of projects. You might be developing a screen project and need to do an initial budget as part of a pitch, or a funding application or similar. Alternatively you may be wanting to understand how budgets work so you can properly brief a production manager to do a full budget for you.

This course will not teach you everything you need to do a full series or feature budget or be qualified as a production manager or line producer – it is an introduction to budgeting for screen projects.


If you would like a much more in-depth course in this area you might consider our Industry Certificate in Production Management, for scripted or TV unscripted.

If you are looking at developing your own projects or setting up your own company you may also be interested in our Production Accounting Fundamentals or Script Assessment industry certificate or workshop. You could also look into the Master of Arts Screen: Producing.

What you will need

Some understanding of production techniques and processes is essential to get full value from this course. There will be an assumed level of knowledge so it’s not a suitable course if you have not worked on any film or TV production.

You will need access to a desktop or laptop computer with camera, sound and good internet connection, and a quiet place to participate.

The regular online chat sessions use Zoom (video conferencing software) to which we provide a link for free download.

This course is for students aged 18+ only.

To find out about future offerings of this course, register your interest. For more information email info@aftrs.edu.au or call 1300 223 877.


AFTRS reserves the right to cancel any course for any reason at any time. In the event of a course being cancelled a full refund of course fees will be provided. If you are planning to travel to attend a course, please confirm with us via email that the course will be proceeding before you make your travel bookings. AFTRS is not liable for any travel costs incurred due to course postponement, cancellation, or any other circumstance.

If an attendee wishes to withdraw from a course, they may do so up to 15 days before the course commences and get a full refund. Cancellations 14 days or less before course commencement will incur a fee.

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For more Information email shortcourses@aftrs.edu.au or phone 1300 223 877.