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Intro to Producing & Screen Business

On the set of ‘Somewhere In Between’ | Dir. Emily Boyard and Elise Cociuban

Explore the role of a Producer

“What does a Producer do?” In this introductory, seminar-style course you will get a good insight into the role – and how much it varies across different types of content. You will become familiar with the workflows of a producer in both TV, film and creative agencies, and learn the most effective and efficient ways to produce a project. You’ll get real world advice, case studies and information on how money influences the creative decisions you will be making.

Delivered by AFTRS MASB Program Convenor Peter Herbert, and industry expert Dr. Pieter Aquilia.

Explore the different roles of Producers, the need to understand Screen Business practice, finance and funding, legal and insurance issues, and the major stages from concept through to marketing the finished product.

Get knowledge about building a creative team, script development, research and marketing, finance and funding, legal and insurance issues.

Identifying the key funding bodies and mechanisms within the industry.

Is the Intro to Producing right for you?

This is an introductory course. No previous experience as a producer required, but some understanding of filmmaking terminology and procedures will be assumed. Aspects of this course will reference teaching practice and content in the AFTRS Masters’ program.

This course is open to students aged 16 years and over (students under 18 must complete an under 18 consent form).


Other courses that cover aspects of producing include Budgeting Fundamentals: Online, and Screen Business Essentials: Online

Meet Your Tutors

Peter Herbert

A writer, producer and executive producer for a many national and international companies, among them Crawford Productions, PBL Productions, Taffner…

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Dr. Pieter Aquilia

Dr. Pieter Aquilia is a scriptwriter, script editor and director, who has combined her creative practice with a career in…

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Intro To Producing & Screen Business Offerings



17 Jun 2024 to 26 Jun 2024

2 x Mon & Wed 6pm-8pm AEST video chat sessions. 17th & 19th + 24th & 26th June

Early Bird Course Price:

This is the standard course price including the early bird discount, as it is currently more than 14 days from commencement of the course.

You will need a computer with speakers, a microphone & webcam (built-in, USB plug-in, or wireless Bluetooth), and good internet connection

For more information please email shortcourses@aftrs.edu.au or call 1300 223 877 or to register for future offerings click here


Register your interest to stay up-to-date on future offerings, application or enrolment dates, and more information on this course.


This course is for students aged 16+ 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.

AFTRS reserves the right to cancel any course for any reason at any time. In the event of a course being cancelled by AFTRS prior to commencement a 100% refund or credit note of the course fees paid will be provided.

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.

AFTRS will make every effort to ensure the scheduled run of any course.

If you are planning to travel to attend a course, please confirm with AFTRS that the course is confirmed before you make your travel bookings. This decision is dependent on course enrolments meeting minimum numbers. AFTRS is not liable for any travel or accommodation costs incurred through course cancellation at any time for any reason.

Find out more information about discounts and refunds here.