CP 320 Introduction to Film Scheduling and Budgeting

Steven Jones

Office: CDM 472
Spring 2022-2023
Class number: 39810
Section number: 901
W 5:45PM - 9:00PM
14EAS 00210 Loop Campus


This course will cover the methods used by Line Producers and Production managers to schedule and budget a feature film production. 

The philosophy of budgeting and scheduling will be examined along with the utilization of scheduling and budgeting software. The students will learn what it takes to break down a script, create a Schedule, Budget and Day out of Days.

We will also examine the structure of a production office and the roles and functions of the Production office manager, Unit Production Manager and 1st A.D., along with the other staff positions necessary for mounting a film production.

The syllabus is subject to change and students will be informed of additional assignments in class and on D2L


Independent Filmmakers Manual
by Eden H. Wurmfield and Nicole Shay Laloggia


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 10%

Complete schedule 25%

Complete Budget 25%

Final Exam 20%


Students will be allowed one excused absence, beyond that a grade reduction will occur.

Students are expected to complete their assignments on time.

Introduction to class and classmates, review syllabus. Structure of a film production, Production Management, rights aquisition, options, LLC
Assignment: Read Independent Filmmakers Manual pgs. 3-11, 15-19, 213-220, READ SCRIPT TBD

U.P.M. Production office personnel, Script Breakdown Assignment: Manual Breakdown pgs. 1-20 Script breakdown, Scheduling, 1st A.D. Assignment: Read Independent Filmmakers Manual Chapter 4, Begin FD Breakdown Scheduling, Creative Dept. Heads Assignment: Read Independent Filmmakers Manual Chapter 5, Complete FD Breakdown Scheduling - Day Out of Days Locations, Scouts and Management Assignment: Read Independent Filmmakers Manual pgs. 75-91 Create Stripboard DOOD Stripboard review. Budget Analysis Assignment: Read Independent Filmmakers Manual pgs. 91-107 (review sample budgets) Budgeting Production Assignment: Read Script TBD Budgeting Post production Assignment: Read Independent Filmmakers Manual pgs. 221-250 Budgeting contd. Pre production essentials: Table reads, rehearsals, Tech scout Assignment: Read Independent Filmmakers Manual pgs. 251-279 Final Budget and Pre Production Review

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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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