Production Planning for the Big Picture
Mar 21, 2022 - Mar 25, 2022
Workshop Fee: $795
Class Size: 12
NOTE: This class will be held in a live, online format using the Zoom Platform.
Class meets 10am-5pm ET with lunch break
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 five day 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 screenplay (provided by the instructor), participants will break down the script, create a production board, shooting schedule, day-out-of-days and draft a preliminary budget.
The class will review pre-production procedures, create a production plan and learn how to prepare call sheets, continuity notes and wrap reports. Related topics such as tax incentives, union agreements and safety guidelines will be explored. Experience and relevant examples from case studies will be shared and student’s own experiences encouraged.
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.
Image Credit: Tor Rolf Johansen
Instructor: Eric Mofford
Eric Mofford is a creative producer, line producer and budget consultant. He has been involved in over 150 film, television and on-line productions as well as numerous music videos and commercials. His credits include the Emmy-winning television series "24," the acclaimed Netflix documentary “Sunshine Superman,” and the iconic indie feature “Daughters of the Dust.” He has overseen projects for NOVA, PBS, Nat Geo, Animal Planet, Discovery Channel, Smithsonian Channel, NBC Sports and Comedy Central. He served as Head of Production at Unconventional Media, producing the Emmy-nominated award-winning documentary, “Houston We Have A Problem,” the live action portions for the EA video game, “Need For Speed: Undercover,” with Maggie Q, and the dramatic television pilot, “Finding Hope,” with Chris Mulkey, James Morrison, Darby Stanchfield and Molly Quinn. Mofford, a member of the DGA, has written and directed projects for Disney Interactive, Saban Entertainment, Discovery Channel, Image America, United Way and TBS. He has sold two feature film screenplays and has various projects in development including VR/AR and a transmedia documentary. His dramatic blues film, “Travelin’ Trains,” won over 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 studio productions and small indies and has shared that knowledge teaching numerous media workshops, both in the United States and internationally.