CP 420 Producing: Pre-Production (Formerly DC 423)

Office: CDM 472
Fall 2019-2020
Class number: 16278
Section number: 701
W 5:45PM - 9:00PM
14EAS 00210 Loop Campus


This course will cover the pre-production phase of motion picture production as it relates to both feature length and short films with a focus on Production Management. The students will learn the essentials of using scheduling and budgeting software, and the process of "breaking down" a script for scheduling and budgeting.
We will examine the roles in particular of Creative Producer, Line Producer, Unit Production Manager and 1st A.D., along with the other staff positions necessary for mounting a film production.
The philosophy of budgeting and scheduling will be examined. The students will learn how to break down a script, create a Schedule, Budget and Day out of Days.
The students in this class will be require to budget and schedule a complete feature length script.

Learning Objectives:

Students will be able to identify the roles of the line producer, 1st AD, and other key crew on a production.
Students will be able to generate a shooting schedule of a screenplay.
Students will be able to create breakdown sheets, schedule production boards and DOOD.
Students will be able to create a film budget based on a shooting schedule and screenplay.
Students will be able to identify the main unions on a production and assess their financial requirements.


The Complete Film Production Handbook
Fourth Edition - by Eve Light Honthaner


A = 100-93, A- = 92-90, B+ = 89-88, B = 87-83, B- = 82-80, C+ = 79-78, C = 77-73, C- =
72-70, D+ = 69-68, D = 67-63, D- = 62-60, F = 59-0. A indicates excellence, B indicates
good work, C indicates satisfactory work, D indicates unsatisfactory work, and F is a
failure to demonstrate an understanding of course concepts.

Attendance - 10%
Class participation 10%
Quizzes 30%
Final Project 50%

Introduction to class and classmates, review syllabus. Creative Producing, Rights aquisition, options, LLC
Assignment: Read Hothaner chapters 1, 5 & 6

Script breakdown. Assignment: Read Hothaner chapter 12 & 13 Talent offers and packaging, finance. Incentives. Assignment: Read Hothaner chapter 4, 9 & 25 1st A.D. Assignment: Read Hothaner chapter 2, 18 Locations, Production office personnel Assignment: Read Hothaner chapter 3, 21 Above The Line. Assignment: Read chapter 7 & 11 Budgeting Production Assignment: Read Hothaner chapter 16, 30 Budgeting Post production Assignment: Read Hothaner chapter 15, 26 Pre production essentials: Table reads, rehearsals Pre Production Review

School policies:

Changes to Syllabus

This syllabus is subject to change as necessary during the quarter. If a change occurs, it will be thoroughly addressed during class, posted under Announcements in D2L and sent via email.

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Academic Policies

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Students with Disabilities

Students who feel they may need an accommodation based on the impact of a disability should contact the instructor privately to discuss their specific needs. All discussions will remain confidential.
To ensure that you receive the most appropriate accommodation based on your needs, contact the instructor as early as possible in the quarter (preferably within the first week of class), and make sure that you have contacted the Center for Students with Disabilities (CSD) at:
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