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Workshop: Breakdown & Budget Your Indie Script

  • The Lovett School - Fuqua Center's Blackbox 4075 Paces Ferry Road Northwest Atlanta, GA, 30327 United States (map)

The Atlanta Film Society, in association with Georgia Production Partnership, is proud to present a workshop package: Breakdown & Budget Your Indie Script with Producer Linda Burns, presented in two parts and hosted by The Lovett School.

We recommend supplementing this package with the Create a Proper Film Resume workshop, taking place between Breakdown and Budget at The Lovett School.


Location: The Lovett School - Fuqua Center's Blackbox
Time: 10:00PM - 3:00PM
Price: $250 General Admission  |  $200 ATLFS/GPP Member Admission
(or combo with Budget Your Indie Script for $400 General Admission, $325 ATLFS/GPP Member Admission)


Paying someone to breakdown your script elements properly is very expensive. Using the tagging function and importing it without doing the actual breakdown work keeps you from an intimate understanding of the work at hand. Plus it never captures everything your breakdown needs, doesn’t allow for finding all the mistakes in script continuity, nor seeing the holes in your story as you dig deeper into the minutia. If you want to be a good producer, assistant director, or production manager, it all starts with understanding this process.

In order to eventually schedule and properly budget your film, you need to break down each scene in your script by its elements. From actors and extras to sets and wardrobe to blood FX and lighting gags, anything and everything you will need on set must be accounted for. This class will teach you how to breakdown a script by hand. No expensive programs or laptops needed. Bring a straight edge ruler, sharpened pencils, an eraser, and a sheet of white poster board. That is all you’ll need to successfully breakdown and eventually schedule your film. Doing this by hand is no more labor intensive than learning to use and input the same information into MovieMagic or Gorilla software. It’s all the same process and the foundation you’ll need for using any software program.

This Breakdown Your Indie Script workshop is part of the Atlanta Film Society's year-round slate of programming curated and presented to our Atlanta audience in service of our mission: to lead the community in creative and cultural discovery through the moving image. 


Location: The Lovett School - Fuqua Center's Blackbox
Time: 10:00PM - 3:00PM
Price: $400 General Admission, $325 ATLFS/GPP Member Admission
(includes Break Down + Schedule Your Indie Script; unavailable for separate purchase)


Budgeting isn’t a formula. Each project is different, but some basics do apply. You start with a complete breakdown and a rough schedule. Without doing that work, you can’t properly estimate the cost of your production. How long will it take to prep, shoot, and wrap? How many days will you need the actors and extras? How many days do you need at each location? How many wardrobe changes per actor plus duplicates will you need? What about props and set dressing? All these budgeting questions and more will be covered in this class.

Again, no budgeting program is needed. A sample blank budget will be provided to discuss the line by line needs of a typical indie production. Using the day out of days and element reports generated from movie magic software example, this class will show you how to use information generated during breakdown and scheduling to help you craft the right budget for your project.

This Budget Your Indie Script workshop is part of the Atlanta Film Society's year-round slate of programming curated and presented to our Atlanta audience in service of our mission: to lead the community in creative and cultural discovery through the moving image. 

Member Discount: ATLFS Members should use the email address associated with their membership as their code to access discounted registration. GPP members must email Linda directly for their code.
Cancellation & Refund Policy: All workshop sales are final upon purchase. In the event of a cancellation, refunds will be granted. If you have any questions regarding this matter, please contact and we'll be happy to review your case.
Location/Directions Information: The campus is best accessed from the front gate (4075 Paces Ferry Road NW, Atlanta GA, 30327). Once on campus, drive down the hill and park as close as possible to the building directly at the bottom. Cross a small footbridge over the pond and enter the Fuqua Center through the glass doors. The workshop will be hend within the center's Blackbox Theatre. Signage will be provided. 


Interested in registering for this class at a discount? Become a member of the Atlanta Film Society today and, in addition to your member discount on this class, you'll also receive year-round benefits such as: invitations to advanced screenings, free tickets to special ATLFS screenings at The Plaza Theatre, a 20% discount on year-round screenings, events, and workshops, and much more! 

Plus, every membership comes with access to the annual 10-day Atlanta Film Festival—being held in the spring of 2016!

For more details regarding our membership and festival badge/card options, with a full list of year-round membership benefits, please click here. If you purchase a membership to receive a discount to this class, please email to receive your discount code.