CMAI’s Production Courses

Animation Project Planning For Well-Being

Creative Media Academy Ireland (CMAI) are launching the Bidding for Winning Animation program in conjunction with The Happy Producers. This online course is aimed at production coordinators and managers who are experienced in the industry and are looking to elevate their budgeting practices upskill and learn how to dodge every production problem, crazy client request and change your production will throw at you. 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 up-skill 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


  • 7 modules
  • 30 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


Project Planning & Mindset: My management style

    • Our planning mindset framework
    • Understanding the planning challenges specific to the animation industry
    • The true leadership and superpowers of the project schedule.


Defining Scope of Work: Gaining clarity

  • ow to define the scope of work with the Technical Chart we provide
  • Creating a production Timeline from scratch
  • Clarifying Review Workflows to manage expectations


Milestones & Goal Setting: Establishing benchmarks

  • Bid times VS linear time
  • What are milestones and how to create them with our Timeline
  • Turning our milestones into weekly and daily goals
  • Setting boundaries around scheduling responsibilities


Communicating & Reporting: The moving parts

  • How do we communicate goals to create self-leadership in our team
  • Easy tools to help you prioritize tasks and manage emergencies efficiently
  • How to report schedule progression to supervisors and clients
  • Managing expectations and client demands


Production Metrics: A reliable strategy

  • Why metrics are more reliable than opinion when it comes to planning
  • Which production metrics to gather and analyze
  • How to fill out the Analytics Sheet we provide to create a common language for decision making


Planning for Well-Being: A schedule that works for you

  • The recipe for a positive, efficient, and motivating post-mortem meeting
  • Stress management in a fast-paced environment
  • Burnout prevention

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