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Best Practice For Film & TV Production Managers and Line Producers (Online)

Tutors: Jo Homewood, Line Producer Donna Eperon, Line Producer Ailish Bracken, Line Producer Guest Speakers: Brian Gormley, Elaine Gill, & John O’Sullivan

Date: Monday, May 11th, 2020

Duration: 5 x 90 minutes sessions

Venue: Online

Cost: €0

Course Profile:

This course is designed to ensure that best practice is consistent throughout all productions on Film & TV Drama productions in Ireland. In this stressful time of lockdown, Screen Skills Ireland and Screen Skillnet came together to create a programme that would take advantage of this quiet time to upskill busy Production Managers and Line Producers who so rarely get an opportunity to participate on training courses.

This course is offered free of charge to support the Irish creative screen industries impacted by the ongoing situation with COVID-19.

The course will run for 90 minutes every day and cover the following topics:

1. Setting-up Production

  • Overview – What we do
  • Workplace set up and preparations
  • Consistent employment practices – hiring, crew checking references, sending out offers
  • Crew deals, the letter and contracts
  • Checklist for what needs to be in a crew contract Workplace systems – Docusign, Set Keeper, Scenechronize, Team Engine

2. A refresher on legal issues and contracts with Brian Gormley, Philip Lee exploring

  • Cast Contracts (SAG/PACT/Irish Equity)
  • Stunts Contracts
  • Creative Contracts (DGA)
  • Locations Agreements
  • Vendor Agreements (Service, Facilities)
  • Clearances
  • Music on Set/Background

3. S481 with Elaine Gill, Clancy Tax Advisors updating on the changing landscape of S481

  • Overview – what it is, how its granted, cashflow to production issues
  • Provide a checklist for non-qualifying expenditure
  • Applying it to a budget

4. 1st Session – Health and Safety

  • Overview: Legislation and impact on production, responsibility of production team
  • Health and Safety Staff on set and what they do: recces, risk assessments, health care on set, advice for best practice for high and low budget, when do you need a paramedic on set?
  • COVID-19
  • Procedures for when there is an incident or accident on set
  • SSI H&S Manual (due out very soon)

2nd Session – Insurance and Insurance claims with John O’Sullivan, Media Insurance

5. HR & IR issues

  • Overview – Communication is Key, Working Time Act
  • People Management and managing a crew
  • Managing complaints
  • Disciplinary actions
  • Industrial relations – SIPTU Agreement, Using your guild, Screen Guilds

Participant Profile:

This course, run in partnership with Screen Skillnet, is aimed at Production Managers and Line Producers currently working in the Film & TV Drama Sector on both large and small budget productions.

The course has limited places and only applicants that have worked as a Production Manager or Line Producer on a Film or TV Drama project, including shorts, will be considered.

We will look at running this course in the future for up and coming Production Managers and Line Producers.

Application Procedure:

Please apply online by Tuesday 5th May at 12pm.

Please note places on this course are limited and applicants are assessed on their CVs so please make sure you upload an up to date CV.

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