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Budgeting Fundamentals

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

Learn the basics of budgets for screen projects

Are you an aspiring producer/filmmaker or production manager needing to get your head around doing a budget for your screen project? Then this weekend intensive 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 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 more in-depth course in this area you might consider our Industry Certificate: Production Management (Scripted) or Industry Certificate: Production Management (TV Unscripted).

Meet Your Tutors

Bridget Callow-Wright

Bridget is an award-winning screen producer with a focus on scripted narrative film and television. Bridget is the head of…

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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.

Ideally students will bring in their own laptop with Microsoft Excel pre-loaded. If this is not possible please let us know when you enrol.

This course is only open to students aged 18 +.

Budgeting Fundamentals Offerings


21 Mar 2020 to 22 Mar 2020
Sat-Sun, 9:30am-5:00pm

Early Bird Industry Price:

This price is available to all Australian screen and broadcast practitioners and includes the early bird discount as it currently more than 28 days from commencement of the course.

Early Bird Course Price:

This is the standard course price and includes the early bird discount as it currently more than 28 days from commencement of the course.

AFTRS, Building 130, The Entertainment Quarter, Moore Park NSW 2021

For more information call 1300 223 877, or register for future offerings.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION ** 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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