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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.

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?

This course is designed for people who are or recently have worked in film or TV Production and have a base understanding of production techniques and processes. As there will be some assumed level of knowledge, it is not a suitable course if you have not worked on any film or TV production.

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

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Bridget Callow-Wright

Bridget is an award-winning screen producer specializing in scripted narrative film and television. With an extensive network of international and…

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What you will need

Some understanding of production techniques and processes is essential to get full value from this course.

The course is delivered online through our Online Learning Environment (Moodle) and using Zoom video conferencing. You will need access to a desktop or laptop computer with a camera, sound and a reliable internet connection for the evening Zoom video sessions.

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This course is for students aged 18+ only.

If a student 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 penalty.

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Should AFTRS need to cancel a course after commencement, but before its completion, reasonable efforts will be made to reschedule. If rescheduling is not feasible, it is at AFTRS’ sole discretion to issue either full or partial credit notes depending on the circumstances.

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