Production Planning for the Big Picture

Date:  July 15-21, 2018
Levels:  Beginner, Intermediate
Workshop Fee:  $1,095
Class Size: 14

Examine the dynamics of actual production and the essential roles played by the Line Producer, the Assistant Director, and the Unit Production Manager in keeping a production on-track and on-budget.

During this intensive week-long course, explore the skills, procedures, attitudes, techniques, paperwork and responsibilities of the Line Producer, U.P.M. and A.D. that are required to plan and run a large or small production. Using a script provided by the instructor, participants will create a production plan, breakdown the script, create a production board, shooting schedule, day-out-of-days and draft a preliminary budget.

The class will scout locations, review production procedures, and learn how to prepare call sheets, continuity notes and wrap reports. Related topics such as tax incentives, union agreements and safety guidelines with be explored.  Experience and relevant examples from case studies will be shared.  

Handouts, reference lists and production forms will contain information that students will find helpful long after this class has ended. The material covered is applicable to various level budgets for film, video, television, corporate, commercial and new media projects.  

Even producers primarily responsible for getting projects developed, packaged and financed, will emerge from the week with a comprehensive understanding of these vital production jobs.

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Instructor: Eric Mofford

Eric Mofford is a producer that has been involved in over 100 film, television, web and music videos/commercials. He has worked as an Assistant Director and Production Manager on over 30 feature films and television programs, including the Emmy award-winning 24, CLOCKWATCHERS, KALIFORNIA and DAUGHTERS OF THE DUST. Previous producing credits include the EMMY nominated, award winning feature documentary HOUSTON WE HAVE A PROBLEM; the live action portions for the EA video game, NEED FOR SPEED: UNDERCOVER, with Maggie Q; and the television pilot, FINDING HOPE, with Chris Mulkey, James Morrison and Molly Quinn. He served as the Supervising Producer on the film, WE'LL ALWAYS HAVE DINGLE, shot in Kerry County, Ireland. His dramatic blues film, TRAVELIN' TRAINS (, aired nationally on A&E and won a dozen national and international film festival awards including the CINE Golden Eagle. He is currently the Head of Production at Lone Wolf Media.