Production Manager Training

Posted on 3 February 2017

Are you working in production or post production and feel ready to move into production management?

If so, our Production Manager Training is designed to give you the skills and confidence to make the transition to production management working in film production.

We are looking for 1st and 2nd assistant directors, production co-ordinators, production accountants, location managers and post-production supervisors to apply to this course. You must have at least three credits working at your current grade and be committed to a long-term career in the UK film industry.


The cost for applicants is £1000 plus VAT.

Application deadline: noon Monday, 20th February 2017

Course Dates: The course will run over 4 weeks from 6th March to 31st March 2017 at the Production Guild offices at Pinewood Studios. (Please note, dates could be subject to change.)

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To apply for this course please email for an application pack.

How will this course benefit you career?

Led by Paul Sarony, the course covers the global environment of production management in detail, from the every earliest part of pre-production, through the shooting process and into post-production.

You will also receive one to one mentoring from top Production Managers throughout the course, helping you to develop the confidence to put yourself forward for production management work.

“The Production Management course was a great opportunity to learn from experienced industry professionals at the top of their game, with a wealth of experience and knowledge”

Katy Engels, Production Manager, Katie Morag (TV Series)

“I attended the Production Manager’s course in the hope that it would fill in some of the gaps of my film making knowledge. My intention was not to directly look at PM jobs in the future but to understand how the ‘engine room’ of a production is managed and ran before producing my own films. My particular shortfall was that of forms, insurance, due diligence and handling of crew and cast contracts. I learnt a great deal of new strategies and protocols that I am constantly benefiting from since the course. This was, in the main, due to lead course tutor Paul Sarony’s excellent guidance and the sharing of experience amongst the student group. Since the course I have worked on a number of large studio productions and produced my own short film”.

Tony Hood, Location Manager, London Has Fallen (2nd Unit), Supervising Location Manager Peter Pan (TV Movie), UK Location Manager, War Machine

“I decided to do the Production Guild Production Manager Course after production managing two films with 10 years or so of location management behind me. The course was fantastic. I came away with my confidence and competence in all aspects of production management increased; budgeting post-production was no longer a blind spot and negotiating the deal with a militant focus-puller was no longer a worry. Since the course, I have production managed, UPM-ed, Line Produced and Co-Produced on films ranging from £300k to £200m.”

Benjamin Greenacre, Production Manager, Jack the Giant Slayer, The Fold , Line Producer and The Gunman, Unit Production Manager.

What will you learn?

Throughout the training you will be guided and mentored by respected and established colleagues working in feature film and high end drama.

The course will cover topics including:
Foundations of Production Management
Moviemagic scheduling
Production budgeting and cost reporting
Post production routes and introduction to VFX
Leadership and conflict resolution
Safety Management Film & TV
First aid qualification valid for 2 years
Production Legal Requirements & Insurances
Trouble Shooting

We are able to bring you this course at this very low cost as it is heavily subsidised by Creative Skillset via the Film Skills Fund, Film Forever and by selected participants’ fees. (The full cost without the subsidy would be £5000 plus VAT per person).

Career support from The Production Guild

The Production Guild is the UK’s premier film and TV industry membership organisation for professionals working across production.

As a member of The Production Guild you can improve your employment opportunities across all available feature film and high end television drama through our trusted ‘availability service’.

You also have access through our website to all UK film and television productions in prep and development, detailing production management, crew, contact details, locations, shooting dates, production companies, budgets and any further information where applicable.

To find out more about becoming a member please call The Production Guild office on 01753 651767 or visit our How to apply page.

“The course was valuable and most of all it gave me confidence to do the job. I am now working as a Line Producer. The tutors were very helpful and encouraging and listening to somebody else’s guidelines and experiences was also very useful.”

Alice Dawson, The Man Who Knew Infinity, Line Producer, The Look of Love, Co-Producer, The Christmas Candle, Line Producer and Bill, Co-Producer.