CP 320 Introduction to Film Scheduling and Budgeting

Martha McGee

Office: Daley 200B
Winter 2022-2023
Class number: 28937
Section number: 501
Th 1:30PM - 4:45PM
14EAS 00513 Loop Campus

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The purpose of this class is to enable students to create an effective preproduction process for their film and projects.

This course will cover the development and pre-production of independent filmmaking. Students will operate as producers and be responsible to complete weekly tasks in order to design and execute an effective pre-production process. The roles of Producer, Line Producer, Unit Manager and Assistant Director will be examined. 

Students will be working on acquiring material, financing, breaking down scripts, budgeting, scheduling and distribution. 

Professional scheduling and budgeting software will be utilized.


  •  Required:  (link to online book on D2L)
  •  IFP/ Los Angeles Independent Filmmaker's Manual, 2nd edition by Nicole Shay LaLoggia and Eden H. Wurmfeld.


The Angry Filmmaker Survival Guide: Part One Making the Extreme No Budget Film by Kelley Baker


Participation: 15%,  

Quizzes: 10%,   

Midterm: 15%,  

Breakdown: 10%, 

Schedule: 10%,     

Budget: 10%,  

Final Project: 30%


FILM 110

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