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Movie Magic Budgeting (Online)

Tutors: Brian Donovan, Line Producer

Date: Monday, May 11th, 2020

Duration: 5 x Half days (11.30 to 14.30)

Venue: Online

Cost: €0

Course Profile:

Please note: the deadline for applications has passed. We are unable to accept any late applications.

Screen Skills Ireland is pleased to offer Movie Magic Budgeting in partnership with Screen Skillnet. This course is offered free of charge to support the Irish creative screen industries impacted by the ongoing situation with COVID-19.

Participants will be taught the time-saving facilities of EP Movie Magic Budgeting, the industry’s most widely used scheduling and budgeting software.


This will enable them to compile their budget in the most effective way and allow them to quickly, and confidently, modify their work when required. The training sessions will utilise and provide considerable background information to put the practical use of the software clearly into perspective. Participants will be allocated a computer each, which will have EP Movie Magic Budgeting downloaded and ready to use. Areas covered during this training include:

  • Overview of EP Movie Magic Budgeting
  • Introduction to Budgeting
  • Choosing your Budget template
  • Setting up key tools [Currencies, Fringes, Globals, Groups]
  • Budgeting Principles and Practices

Brian is a member of the board and the membership committee of the Production Guild (PG).

As a line producer, Brian has experience of a wide range of budget levels from TV and low budget features up to and including US major features both at home and abroad.

His career has covered a wide range of the grades represented by the Production Guild having worked as location manager, assistant director, UPM, and line producer. Recently, Brian has worked as UPM on Allied, King Arthur: Legend of the Sword, and Pan.

He is committed to training and skills development and regularly teaches on both long and short PG training courses.

Please note: Every participant will need a *laptop/computer, camera, microphone, speaker and good broadband.   If you do not have Movie Magic Budgeting, Screen Skills Ireland will supply an academic copy The software will be loaded onto your computer and tested the week before the course commences.

System Requirements: 1 GHz processor or higher, Windows® 8 or higher. Macintosh: Intel® processor, Mac OS® Sierra or higher. Recommended: 1 GB RAM or higher, 200 MB Hard Disk Space, Minimum Display Resolution 1024×768

Participant Profile:

This hands-on programme, run in partnership with Screen Skillnet, is aimed at Film & TV Drama personnel who wish to create and edit budgets of all sizes for all types of productions.

Priority will be given to roles, such as Producers, Production personnel and Assistant Directors, that use the software as part of their everyday roles.

Please note that we are receiving an unprecedented number of applications for courses at the moment and if your role, within the Film & TV Drama sector, does not traditionally use Movie Magic it is unlikely you will be offered a place.

Application Procedure:

Please apply online by 3pm on Wednesday 29th April 2020.


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