CMAI’s Production Courses

The Production Management Bootcamp for Coordinators/ Production managers

This online course is aimed at production coordinators and managers that are new to the industry and are looking to upskill and learn the foundations of good production management. Not only will you be given the tools and approaches on how to be a successful production person but you will learn how to do it in a respectful, trusting and less stressful environment.

This is a self learning online course delivered through a user friendly web portal as well as live sessions online. It is a combination of video tutors and exercises that will inform and upskill the participant in industry best practices that have been tried and tested over many years in the Animation Industry.

About the course:

Timeframe of course: Part-time / a few hours per week
Live sessions will be afternoons or evenings


  • 10 modules
  • 40 topics
  • 9 hours of content

Live sessions – with Virginie Lavallee

  • 1 kick-off live session
  • 1 session after 3 weeks when 3 modules are complete
  • 1 final wrap-up session
  • Access to Q&A throughout the course
  • 3 live sessions in total

Please note that there might be slight changes to the course layout.


approx. 8-10 weeks

Start date:



  • Virginie Lavallee
  • Louis Philippe Vermette

Development Team:

  • Brian Gilmore – Course Director at CMAI
  • Lisa McDonald – Program Coordinator at CMAI
  • The Happy Producers


Course Overview


Production Mindset: Leadership & Management

    • The challenges specific to the animation industry.
    • The science behind leadership mindset.
    • Gratitude as a superpower.
    • What we control and what we manage.
    • Documenting our processes for clarity and efficiency with the PROD Encyclopedia


Internal Communication: The Compound Effect

  • The recipe for efficient meetings.
  • Anatomy of a perfect round.
  • Email and chat communications
  • Note-taking 101
  • The Miracle Morning


External Communication: Clients, Partners and Vendors

  • The 8 pillars of trust.
  • Making decisions based on metrics rather than opinions.
  • Client notes receiving, analyzing and sharing.
  • The client kick-off meeting.
  • Client facing do’s and don’ts
  • Boundaries : what, why and how.


Workflows & Dependencies: Clarity for Efficiency

  • How to use clarifying questions.
  • The 3D workflow.
  • The 2D workflow.
  • Prod team best practices for dependencies between departments.


Goal Setting & Emergencies: Staying on Track

  • How to motivate my team.
  • Creating and prioritizing goals.
  • Managing emergencies with the Eisenhower Time Matrix.
  • The cost benefit exercise for lead and supervisor requests.


Day-to-day Well-Being: Low-Stress, High-Efficiency

  • Stress-management for yourself and your team.
  • The importance of celebration.
  • The PROD Encyclopedia check list.
  • References and inspirations.

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