CMAI’s Production Courses

Production Management – Bootcamp for Coordinators & Production Managers

Creative Media Academy Ireland (CMAI) along with Creative Skillnet are launching the Production Bootcamp in conjunction with The Happy Producers. This online course is aimed at production coordinators and managers who 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
  • The Happy Producers


Course Overview

The entry-level course for animation coordinators, project managers and line producers. This course teaches the everyday mindset and skillset for low-stress and high-efficiency animation film and television projects.

The goal of this program is to streamline and document production processes to boost efficiency and facilitate training and onboarding.


Production Mindset – Leadership & Management

  • The challenges specific to the animation industry.
  • The science behind leadership
  • 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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