Scheduling and Budgeting Course


FilmSkills Scheduling & Budgeting Course
  • 3-month course
  • 8-lessons
  • 6 hours, 30 minutes of video
  • Projects and Exercises
  • Illustrated Companion Guides
  • Downloadable Class Materials
  • Industry-Leading Instructors
  • Certificate of Completion


Always On Time and On Budget
A director may have a sweeping vision for how to tell the story, but producing that vision into a tangible product comes with a price tag. That price tag could be in the 100 millions, and knowing how to come up with that number is paramount to creating a profitable movie.
Understanding how to break down the script, creating a schedule for the overall production as well as each scene within each shooting day, and managing insurance requirements are key in balancing the vision with the practicalities of production.
In the FilmSkills Scheduling and Budgeting Course, you will be guided step-by-step through the scheduling and budgeting process by producers and 1st Assistant Directors who have worked on Titanic, Avatar, Total Recall, and dozens of movies whose combined box office grosses are in the billions of dollars.
Learn your craft from the very best in the FilmSkills Scheduling and Budgeting Course.


Each lesson will take you through each step of Scheduling and Budgeting Course process.

Breaking Down the Script

Learn to properly break down the script,  line the script, techniques for breaking down each scene, how to use scene breakdown forms, and how assistant directors and line producers should manage the breakdowns from other departments on the project. 

Scheduling the Production
Learn to determine the number of shooting days needed to shoot your film, how to determine the shooting order, manage day and night shoots, account for turnaround time, and the benefits of shooting consecutive shooting days.
Scheduling the Day

Learn how to schedule company moves, meal breaks, learn the productivity arc of a shooting crew, how to work with the director’ shot list, skills for managing a shoot running over schedule, how to generate a one-line schedule, and how to create call sheets.


Learn to create an accurate budget, tricks to reducing the budget if you’re running over, how to plan for contingencies, how to manage crew expectations, and how to go into production knowing you’ll have the money to finish.


Learn how to insure your production against liabilities and costs incurred from accidents, the types of insurance you’ll need, where you can buy production insurance, the costs of insuring a production, cast insurance, film and video tape insurance, equipment insurance, and E&O insurance. 

1st Assistant Director

Learn the job responsibilities of the 1st Assistant Director.

2nd Assistant Director

Learn about the responsibilites of the 2nd Assistant Director in pre-production and on set.

2nd 2nd Assistant Director

Learn the duties and responsibilities of the 2nd 2nd assistant director in pre-production and on set


FilmSkills features top industry professionals, any of whom are leaders in their field. You will be learning from best.

Steve Skrovan

Two-time Emmy Award-winning Executive Producer, "Everybody Loves Raymond," and Writer, "Seinfeld"

Bethany Rooney

Critically acclaimed Director, "Brothers and Sisters", "Grey's Anatomy", "Desperate Housewives", and "Private Practice"

Josh McLaglen

Producer "X-Men," DGA Award Nominated 1st Assistant Director, "Titanic," "Avatar," "X-Men: First Class,” "The Polar Express," and "Real Steel"

Keith Coene

Producer of over 200 commercials

Matthew Feitshans

1st Assistant Director, "Total Recall," "Tombstone," "Army of Darkness", and “Remember The Titans”

Julia Lennon

1st Assistant Director, "Mentalist", "Cold Case", "Outlaw" and "Glee"

Stephen Campanella

Emmy-Winning Producer "Underdogs", "The World Without US", and "Your Money Your Future"

Maria Battles Campbell

2nd Assistant Director, "Avatar", "Reel Steel", "X-Men: First Class", and "Boogie Nights"

Winnie Wong

Production Insurance Specialist

Maribeth Feke

Cleveland Rapid Transit Authority

Ray Szuch

Owner of North Coast Central Casting

Dr. Timothy Burke

Superintendent, Perry School District

Johanna Jensen

1st Assistant Director, "Northern Exposure", "Adventures of Brisco County Jr.", "8 Simple Rules", "Off Centre", and "According to Jim"

Mike Musteric

2nd Assistant Director, "Lost," "Avatar," "X-Men: First Class," "Momento," and "Real Steel"

Rob Bowman

Four-time Emmy Nominated Director, "The X-Files," and Executive Producer, "Castle"

Stephen Marinaccio

Line Producer, "America's Next Top Model," "Headless Horseman," "Trade of Innocents," and "The Counselor"

Richard Middleton

Line Producer, Executive Producer of the Academy-Award-winning "The Artist," "Hitchcock"

Cristen Carr Strubbe

Line Producer, UPM, "Catch Me if you Can," "Charile Wilson's War," "Ali," and "The Prestige"

Noel Bermudez

Production Accountant, "Tin Cup," "Dangerous Minds," "Switched at Birth," "The Nine Lives of Chloe King," "Greek," Huge," and "10 Things I Hate About You"

Noelle Green

Supervising Production Coordinator "Spiderman 3," "Memoirs of a Geisha," "The Terminal," "Solaris," and "Legally Blond"