Movie Magic Budgeting & Scheduling Workshop

FEB 10 – FEB 12 2023


Co Rhinebeck, NY

Workshop is limited to 15 participants.

Registration Fee:
$750 $525 Special Offer!

Full and partial scholarships are available to attend this workshop.

Applications Closed.

Important Dates

January 23: Application Deadline: 5pm

January 23-30: App Review and Interviews

February 1: Acceptance Announcement

February 6: Registration Fee Due

February 10: Workshop Begins


Are you looking to gain experience with the practical application of all things “time and money” for a production? From script to delivery of the final product, learn how to manage budgets and schedules in our Movie Magic Budgeting and Scheduling Workshop!

In this three-day intensive, you will learn how to conduct research, create a budget, and use pro-tips to effectively manage your project. You will also learn how to create a production schedule, identify key milestones, and schedule key personnel and resources.

This workshop will cover the following topics:

  • How to create a budget for a film or television project, including estimating costs for pre-production, production, and post-production
  • How to use Movie Magic budgeting software and tools to manage costs and track expenses
  • How to create a production schedule, including identifying key milestones and scheduling key personnel and resources
  • Strategies for managing and controlling costs during the production process
  • How to deal with changes and challenges that may arise during the production process, such as unexpected expenses or schedule delays

Led by experienced instructors Jonathan Burkhart and Becky Losito, you will be provided practical advice and guidance based on their own experiences in the industry. You will have the opportunity to work on a real-life budget and schedule, and receive feedback from our instructors.

This workshop is a great fit for those already working in the film and television industry who want to gain a deeper understanding of production scheduling and budgeting. By the end of the workshop, you will have the knowledge and skills you need to manage costs and meet deadlines, and help ensure the success of your project.

Don’t miss this opportunity to learn from the best and take your career to the next level. Apply today and join us for our budgeting and scheduling workshop for television and film!

Full and partial scholarships are available.


Experience with Movie Magic is preferred, along with a general understanding of various production departments.

Stockade Works is particularly seeking diverse members of the community and women who are typically precluded from jobs in the film production sector.

If you’re brand new to Movie Magic and accepted into the program, please consider taking both Movie Magic Scheduling Basics and Movie Magic Budgeting Basics via Entertainment Partners


All times are subject to minor changes. Final schedule to be provided upon acceptance.


Budgeting Overview: Monetary spending, labor laws, payroll requirements, calculating OT and costs


Overview of scheduling workflow and processes

Breaking down a script and how to apply numbers, pondering the purpose of a creative endeavor


Chain of command, working with various departments, and how to stay organized


Jonathan Burkhart – LINE PRODUCER






A little too early in his youth, 13, Jonathan worked at a television station on Nantucket Island where he operated camera for the 5:30pm news, then he was promoted to technical director at age 15, then director of news.  This experience caused him to pursue further work in other areas of film and television as a cameraman.  After college Jonathan worked on dozens of television shows and feature films.  Some feature film credits include Spike Lee’s “Do the Right Thing” and “Mo’ Better Blues,” “Mountain View” for John Sayles, “A Better Tomorrow” for John Woo, “Dazed and Confused” for Richard Linklater, “Roommates” for Peter Yates, and “Reversal of Fortune” for Barbet Schroeder.

Having his fill in the camera department, Jonathan went on to produce independent film, television, and theater. He produced the award-winning film “Baby Steps” starring Kathy Bates, written and directed by Geoffrey Nauffts.  Jonathan has also produced other feature films: “Higher Ground,” directed by Vera Farmiga, starring Vera, John Hawkes, Josh Leonard, Norbert Leo Butz. “Peace, Love, & Misunderstanding,” directed by Bruce Beresford, starring Jane Fonda, Catherine Keener, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, and Elizabeth Olsen, “The Last Keepers” directed by Maggie Greenwald, starring Aiden Quinn, Virginia Madsen, and Olympia Dukakis.  Jonathan also produced “The Independents” by Greg Naughton, and “Little” Faith by Milena Lurie.  Most recently Jonathan produced Keith Bearden’s “Antarctica” starring Kimie Muroya and Chloe Levine.

Television projects include the scripted episodic series “Almost There”, starring Steven Pasquale, and Christopher Fitzgerald,  “Ivy Dreams,” a feature documentary for AZN, “Must Do Disney” for Disney, The Super Bowl Half Time Show for the NFL, “Away We Go” by Jonathan Larson, and the “Tomorrow is Tonight Show” starring Ben Stiller for Comedy Central.  Jonathan has also produced commercials for Time Warner, NY1, Honda, HGTV, The Walt Disney Company, Bionorica Pharmaceutical, Chase Bank, Nintendo, American Express, Prudential Life, Verizon, and the Ford Motor Company.

In theater, Jonathan produced the Tony nominated Broadway production of Mario Cantone’s “Laugh Whore,” which he also produced as television special for The Showtime Networks.  He also produced the award-winning play “Avow” with Bill C. Davis, and the 10th anniversary production of “RENT” on Broadway with the original cast.  And there was “In Search of Cleo” written by and starring Gina Gershon performed at The Box, where drinks were free at the bar!

Jonathan is the co-founder and president of the Nantucket Film Festival, dedicated to honoring screenwriters and their craft.  The Festival launched in 1996 and has honored writers including Ring Lardner Jr., Walter Bernstein, Charlie Kaufman, Jay Presson Allan, James Schamus, Ruth Prawer Jhabvala, Jim Taylor, Alexander Payne, Paul Schrader, Steve Martin, Judd Apatow, Harold Ramis, Barry Levinson, and David O. Russell.

Becky Losito – 1st AD






Becky graduated from Marist College with a B.A. in TV/Film Production and Creative Writing in 2015. She began freelancing as a Production Assistant after graduation, and climbed the ranks in the AD Department to become an Assistant Director. She has worked on a variety of productions from short and feature films to commercials and branded content, giving her a wide scope of experience in managing all different types of sets. Over the past few years, Becky has now found her niche as a 1st AD where she thrives in translating scripts and creative decks into concrete plans and schedules to lead crew into efficient shoot days.