Faculty of Arts


Production Management

Please note: this is archived course information from 2018 for SCREEN 702.


This course familiarises students with the processes of film and media producing. Designed as a lecture and discussion workshop, students will engage in conversations on topics relevant to production and complete a series of basic assignments. Our class sessions will be spent in demonstrations, lectures, discussions, exercises and screening films.

Course objectives

  • To introduce students to the variety of roles required of a producer and the importance of production aspects to a creative filmmaker
  • To introduce students to scheduling principles and Movie Magic software
  • To familiarise students with the key processes of pre-production, production and post-production and how they relate to the overall budget
  • To familiarise students with basic film contracts and rights
  • To ensure students have up to date safety information, knowledge of safety reporting and have completed a first-aid certificate
  • To expose students to the basic industry composition and funding opportunities.
  • To introduce students to writing proposals for short film funding in NZ
  • To introduce students to some relevant case studies and different approaches to producing short films


  • Short film, Movie schedule (strip board and breakdown)
  • NZFC standard Fresh Shorts application packet (look book, synopsis, bios, budget, director's statement, and so on)

Provisional class limits information for 2018: Enrolment is limited to 15 students with selection based on: Eligibility for admission to PG programme in Screen Production and the qualitative evaluation of Portfolio submitted.

View the course syllabus

Availability 2018

Semester 1


Coordinator(s)  Jake Mahaffy


SCREEN 702: 15.0 points



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