Production Planning for the Big Picture

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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, line producer and budget consultant. He has been involved in over 150 film, television and web productions as well as numerous music videos and commercials. His credits include the Emmy-winning television series 24 and the iconic indie feature, Daughters of the Dust. Recently he served as Head of Production at Lone Wolf Media overseeing documentary projects for NOVA, Nat Geo, Animal Planet, Smithsonian Channel and PBS. Previously, he served as Head of Production at Lady of the Canyon where he produced projects such as the dramatic television pilot, Finding Hope, with Chris Mulkey, James Morrison, Darby Stanchfield and Molly Quinn; and the comedy documentary, We’ll Always Have Dingle, shot in Kerry County, Ireland. He also served as Head of Production at Unconventional Media, producing the Emmy-nominated award-winning documentary, Houston We Have A Problem, and the live action portions for the EA video game, Need For Speed: Undercover, with Maggie Q. Mofford, a member of the DGA, has written and directed projects for Disney Interactive, Saban Entertainment, The Discovery Channel, Image America, United Way and TBS. He co-produced Senior Year, a 13-part PBS documentary series on high school. He has sold two feature film screenplays and has various projects in development. His dramatic blues film, Travelin’ Trains, won a dozen national and international film festival awards and continues to play in art museum showcases over 25 years later. He has done schedules and budgets for both large studio productions and small indies and has shared that knowledge teaching numerous media workshops, both in the United States and internationally.