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Business Skills

Just because many of our courses target the creative side of the industry doesn’t mean we neglect the nitty-gritty of the business end – after all, there’d be very few productions without them!

Business Skills COURSES

Festival StrategiesCOMING SOON
Next Course dates:
20 November, 2015

You’ve made your short film, so now what do you do?

Film festivals are an invaluable way of promoting your film and moving your career to the next step, but with myriad festivals and a limited budget, how can you truly maximize your chances?

What are film festivals really for?
How do you get your short seen, or even accepted?
What do you do once you're there?
How do you choose which festivals to submit to?
How do you manage this time consuming process?

This 1/2 day (10:30-16;00) course will shed light on the often confusing world of film festivals, and will be tutored by Afarin Eghbal, Director of short film Abuelas which has received a staggering 160 festival acceptances resulting (at the last count) in an astounding 70 awards (inc. a BAFTA nomination)!!

Festivals include: London, Bristol, Sheffield, Leeds, Chicago, Munich, Bilbao, Belgrade, Aspen, Dallas, Bermuda – the list goes on and on and on…..  needless to say she’s a bit an expert in this area!!

Apologies for the excessive use of exclamation marks – but we think in this case they’re warranted!!

  • Number of places:
    15
  • Freelance Rate:
    £155
  • Length: 1 day
  • Corporate Rate:
    £175
Next Course dates:
27 April, 2017 to 28 April, 2017

There’s no “correct” or “standard” way of financing your feature. But, this course will point you in the right direction, and will attempt to answer the question at the heart of raising finance for any feature:

Is it commercial and how long will it take to get into profit?

 

Over this two day workshop, you will learn:

·        What makes a film worth financing

·        How investors see the aspects of the project in commercial terms

·        How sales agents and distributors view the market both domestic and international

·        Equity, pre-sales and gap financing

·        The types of deals available

·        Co-production and international deals

·        How financing calculations are constructed and how the income is shared


Just a few comments from the last course:
“What an amazing knowledgeable source”
“Tutor was inspiring. I do not know how he could have made the course better – fantastic!”
“Amazing 2 days that have taught me so much – the course is far better than I ever hoped”
“Excellent all round. Tutor was brilliant

  • Number of places:
    15
  • Freelance Rate:
    £325
  • Length: 2 days
  • Corporate Rate:
    £525
Next Course dates:
15 May, 2017 to 16 May, 2017

Following on from the brilliant feedback we received from our 2014 courses, we are delighted to announce that Maddy Allen, HoP of RTS double award winners Keo Films will be returning as tutor for 2015.


The role of Head of Production is relatively new to television -- and with the growth of super-indies, it's become a job with substantial responsibilities and rewards.
So how do you get there?

This course is aimed at Production Managers / Line Producers who are ready to make the leap into the role of HoP and are looking to consolidate their knowledge and familiarise themselves with new responsibilities.

Areas covered include:
Making the transition to HoP
The Responsibilities of an HoP
Managing People
Overseeing Projects
The HoP and Company Matters
Managing Your Workload


What people have said about this course:
"Maddy was excellent and engaging. It was hugely useful & will benefit my company for sure"
"Excellent use of my time"
"I feel what I have learnt will have an impact not only on my personal development but also my companies development"

This course will only be running once this year - so don't miss out - secure your place today!

  • Number of places:
    15
  • Freelance Rate:
    £295
  • Length: 2 days
  • Corporate Rate:
    £525
Next Course dates:
24 June, 2016

Series Producers, Producers, Directors, Production Managers, Production Executives, Location Managers and Assistant Directors regularly face conflicts between the needs of individuals, the team and the production. The highly charged and creative atmosphere of a production combined with freelance work patterns means that the task is more difficult for managers in film and television production than in many other industries.

People working in or managing teams must be able to communicate, influence, negotiate, persuade and use many other strategies to get things done.  In order to be effective, it is essential that people first understand their own communication and leadership styles in order to understand how their behaviour impacts on their colleagues. 

This course is designed for anyone with the responsibility for managing and leading others – either directly or indirectly.  This course will allow the participants to learn new skills and practice them in a safe environment.

In brief, participants will learn to:
• Recognise and understand their own leadership and communication styles,  and the effect their behaviour has on others
• Adapt these styles when appropriate
• Communicate clearly and effectively when giving instructions and information
• Handle difficult situations, including giving feedback

 

  • Number of places:
    15
  • Freelance Rate:
    £165
  • Length: 1 day
  • Corporate Rate:
    £325
Next Course dates:
7 June, 2017 to 9 June, 2017

An up to date, interactive look at the role of production accountant across Film and TV, tailored to the needs of the participants.

Aimed at Assistant Production Accountants making the move to Production Accountant, Accountants thinking of moving to Film and TV Production Accounting, Producers wishing to gain insight in to the wider role of Production Accountant and Production Accountants returning or moving genres.

Areas covered include:

Budgets

Development costs

Post Production

Locations

Insurance/Finance/Legal

Call Sheets

Progress reports

Working with a Producer

Production accounting roles & responsibilities

Legal Issues & Constraints

Cost implications

Cost reporting

Cashflows


By the end of the course participants will have an awareness of the entire production process, have gained an insight into a Production Accountant’s role, responsibilities & relationships, and have an improved, up to date understanding of the Programme Budgets, Cost Drivers and Cost Reports.

  • Number of places:
    12
  • Freelance Rate:
    £425
  • Length: 3 days
  • Corporate Rate:
    £800
Next Course dates:
8 February, 2017 to 9 February, 2017

Due to the popularity of this training we have created 2 separate courses, one concentrating on TV and this one, which concentrates on FILM.  Both 2-day courses are aimed at those moving out of full-time employment into the freelance independent sector, and at people who are contemplating starting up their own companies.  


Packed with useful information, it aims to help you set up business as a freelancer or as a small production company.  Areas include:

What should your "core" business be?
How to set up your business structures
How to become a freelancer or start your own company
What you must do as an employer
Accounting systems and managing them
Approaches to total production budgeting, production fees and umbrella deals
Long-term financial survival and business plans
The legal framework for business and production
Knowing the market place for pitching yourself and your projects

Please note that both courses concentrate more on the specifics of running a media based company as opposed to the content that they produce so should be applicable to all, but use examples and references from either FILM or TV as their building blocks

  • Number of places:
    15
  • Freelance Rate:
    £295
  • Length: 2 days
  • Corporate Rate:
    £320
Next Course dates:
6 April, 2017 to 7 April, 2017

Due to the popularity of this training we have created 2 separate courses, one concentrating on FILM and this one, which concentrates on TV.  Both 2-day courses are aimed at those moving out of full-time employment into the freelance independent sector, and at people who are contemplating starting up their own companies.  


Packed with useful information, it aims to help you set up business as a freelancer or as a small production company.  Areas include:

What should your "core" business be?
How to set up your business structures
How to become a freelancer or start your own company
What you must do as an employer
Accounting systems and managing them
Approaches to total production budgeting, production fees and umbrella deals
Long-term financial survival and business plans
The legal framework for business and production
Knowing the market place for pitching yourself and your projects

Please note that both courses concentrate more on the specifics of running a media based company as opposed to the content that they produce so should be applicable to all, but use examples and references from either FILM or TV as their building blocks

  • Number of places:
    15
  • Freelance Rate:
    £295
  • Length: 2 days
  • Corporate Rate:
    £320
COMING SOON
Next Course dates:
17 October, 2013 to 18 October, 2013

Once seen as a threat to television, social media is rapidly becoming a dynamic, "always there" watercooler around which your audience is gathering to discuss the latest show they are watching, have just watched or are looking forward to watching.

Television producers and broadcasters who embrace social media are seeing real benefits, increased viewing figures, deeper relationships with their audience and re-commissions.

Social Television is a course designed for producers, development teams or assistant producers, who want to bring social into their TV formats.

Social Television will be led by digital experts Mike Dicks of Descience - who has produced digital content for the BBC, C4 and Nickelodeon and  Daisy Cresswell of Liberty842- who provides the social support for Alan Carr's Chatty Man and ITV's Mr Selfridge.

What you'll learn:-
- An overview of trends in the TV related social media sector
- An understanding of what the audience is doing
- How social is organised around major TV productions
- The tools and measurement systems used
- How to create a social strategy
- The Do-s and Don'ts of Social Media

And you'll get to do some practical workshops to test out your new found skills.

  • Number of places:
    15
  • Freelance Rate:
    £265
  • Length: 2 days
  • Corporate Rate:
    £525
Next Course dates:

Got a great idea – but don’t know how to write it?

Sent lots of ideas – and still can’t get anything commissioned?

Sick of writing “Me Too” proposals – when you want to do something different?

Course Aims & Objectives:
This one-day course, taught by Colin Savage is based on years of real experience writing and selling proposals, and will give you easy take-home tips to improve your proposal. You’ll be taught the 5 ‘T’s checklist for every proposal ; how to turn your idea “I like” into and idea “everyone loves”, the key elements that make a good treatment into an exceptional treatment; and the top ten things commissioners have told us they want every time. They’ll be real, commissioned proposals – good and bad – from actual productions to analyse, and a chance for you to bring your own proposals to the “Doctor’s Surgery”.
By the end of the course, participants will be able to:
By the end of the day you’ll write treatments that sell, and have the skills to do the same again and again.
  • Number of places:
    12
  • Freelance Rate:
  • Length: 1 day
  • Corporate Rate:
    £200