Movie Magic: Scheduling Short Course


Course overview

Led by Producer/Line Producer Steve Clark-Hall, this two-day course is a hands-on introduction to Movie Magic Scheduling. This in-depth course is designed for people working in production, especially emerging producers, line producers, production managers, accountants, and emerging 1st ADs.

Training includes practice in breaking down a narrative script and extracting data from the script at a level of detail required to build industry standard budgets and schedules.


Course outline

  • Overview of script to budget process
  • Reviewing the key principles of breaking down a script
  • Hands on Exercise entering the data for a short film
  • Once entered the basic tools for producing a first draft schedule
  • Using a sample schedule for a “Major Motion Picture” do a fast Automatic Schedule – entering Day Breaks and banners.
  • Designing your strips
  • Detailed Scheduling exercise
  • Designing and exporting reports including DOODS, STRIP BOARDS AND “FULL FAT” SCHEDULES
  • Producing the Detailed Critical Assumptions Sheet that will “Drive” the budgeting process


By the end of the course, you will have a greater understanding of the whole scheduling process and feel confident about starting to use Movie Magic Scheduling software on your own productions.


Who is this Course For?

No previous experience is required of MMS or detailed scheduling, but basic computer literacy and a familiarity with Film / TV production basics is assumed.


Course Tutor

Steve Clark Hall – Producer/Line Producer

Steve is currently wrapping up a new Netflix TV series Half Bad, having completed work on series 1 of Armando Ianucci’s Avenue 5 for HBO. His recent production, Peter Kosminsky’s  The State  was broadcast on C4/NatGeo in August 2017.   

Steve set up Skyline Films in Edinburgh with his partner Mairi Bett. Steve is a long serving UK producer and acts as a consultant for major film and TV companies, as UK co-producers, executive producer as well as developing original programming.   

He recently produced the Warner Bros production King Arthur – Legend of the Sword. Steve has experience in producing a wide range of productions at different genres, budget levels and for different markets. 

Prior to that he produced the first 4 episodes of the NBC/Carnival miniseries Dracula, based in Budapest and 2 Warner Bros Sherlock Holmes films (director Guy Ritchie, starring Robert Downey Jnr, and Jude Law). 

Steve has extensive experience filming outside the UK.  Recently he produced “BRITZ” the BAFTA winning 2 part mini Series Directed by Peter Kosminsky, part of which was filmed in India. He has filmed in South Africa (Regis Warnier’s Man to Man), France (Secret Lies, directed by Julian Fellows), LA (Calendar Girls, directed by Nigel Cole), Hungary (Dracula), Spain (The State) amongst other countries.


Date – September 3rd & 4th - 10:00 - 17.00


Cost for the two-day course:

PG member: £295 + booking fee(£4.33) + VAT @ 20% £59.87 = £359.20

Non-member: £375 + booking fee(£5.45) + VAT @ 20% £76.09 = £456.54

License hire:

Movie Magic Scheduling = £25 (non-refundable)


The course will be interactive with cameras and microphones on and trainees will be encouraged to ask questions and join discussions, and, we hope, very much enjoy the training.

The course has 13 places. Please note that your place is not confirmed until we receive payment.

If you have any queries, please contact

Pay Now: Movie Magic Scheduling

You are buying a single place for the 'Movie Magic Scheduling' training Course in September 2022.

If you are a member of PGGB please log in to receive your discount

Non-member: £375 (+ £5.45 booking fee + £76.09 VAT @ 20% = £456.54)

Pay Now: Movie Magic Scheduling with License

You are buying a single place for the 'Movie Magic Scheduling' training Course in September 2022, with Movie Magic Scheduling License.

If you are a member of PGGB please log in to receive your discount

Non-member: £375 (+ £5.45 booking fee + £76.09 VAT @ 20% = £456.54)

License hire: £25 (non-refundable)

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