"I took your production accounting class back in May 2018. I just wanted to say thank you. Thanks to the course and your kindness in providing a contact in Vancouver I was able to break into the industry there relatively quickly. Lori was amazing in allowing me to work with her one day a week to show me the ropes though she had a full team. Thanks to you and her I found work with a low budget producer and have now worked on multiple features for Hallmark and A&E, and priorto leaving Vancouver had received other job offers. I nearly got a job working in a Disney job working in a Disney movie, "Mulan", not long after your course because the Production Accountant had read your book when she was starting out. Unfortunately it fell through at the last minute. But it confirmed to me that doing your course was the best thing I could have done to give me a head start in the industry." Charles Lyndon, July, 2019.
"I want to give a big thank you to John and Helene for putting on the Chicago workshop this past May. Within a month of completing it, I was able to land a clerk job ona Netflix feature in San Francisco. I just finished my first week of work, and it's going great! Thank you two!!!" Colby Grant, July 7, 2018.
"I needed a filler for my payroll accountant . I found LaVeda Lewis through a friend. She came in, needed no help, and got a hefty load of payroll, new starts & SAG completed beautifully (a week before shooting starts). I asked her who trained her since she had only worked on a few projects. It was you! So, just wanted to say - I will now be able to tell people to take your classes with confidence that they will learn things the right way. Thank you for what you do - the next generation will be off to a great start because of it!" - Shari Sontag, Production Accountant, May 25/17
Testimonials:"John's workshop seminars are perfect, they are the ONLY SHOW IN TOWN for the seasoned film professional or aspiring filmmaker; or that CPA , lawyer, general business person wanting make a career change or added value to what they do, by segueing into the entertainment business."Tom Garrett, Chair of Film Dept, U of New Haven
"Loved the Hot Cost Course. It provided enough detail to give context but not overwhelm.John'svideosare conversationalandveryeasytofollow.Ilookforwardtoanothercourse!" - PT
AN OVERVIEW OF THE FILM INDUSTRY + HOT COSTS, etc.
- This series of 4 self-study courses brings the professional accountant to the stage where he/she will have "sufficient knowledge of the accounting principles and practices generally recognized in the ... industry"*...
- Specific attention is put on preparing the CPA for State certification of the Cost Report for tax credits; however, the courses are designed to prepare professional accountants of any status to service the film and TV industry in other capacities.
For 3 minute videos of each of the courses, as well as their Learning Objectives", go to this page:
To gain insight into the Film and Television Industry as a Professional Accountant or Bookkeeper
More About..."Film Accounting & Auditing" Online Self-Study Courses
1. An Overview:Participants will understand the overall business cycle of the Film Industry, with specific attention on the workflow, general terminology and film industry specific accounting practices of Film and Television Production.
2. The Basics:Participants will be familiarized with the film production basics of the film budget, the general ledger, the cost report, the accounting processes, forms and control points of a usual film production.
3. Intermediate Level:Participants will understand the interaction among the production entity, the approved budget, the production documents (Call Sheets, Production Reports, etc) and the Final Cost Report - the document prepared by the film production accountant and audited for film tax credits. All necessary skills for anyone at a Supervisory / Manager level.
4. Advanced:Participants will have an understanding of a few State requirements to certify the cost report for tax credit purposes. From this understanding the participants can confidently comply with any State's certification requirements.
This is the defining course for the fundamentals of Film Accounting. You gain actual experience with practical exercises in a friendly environment. The max is 20 attendees, to allow one-on-one training.(CPE/CPD 15 Hrs). Click here to learn more.
Location: Hotel Boardroom, TBD Atlanta GA
PLEASE BRING A LAPTOP. This is a working workshop.
Forms Provided:Participants will be provided with 23 folders of useable forms on a thumb drive.
Free Materials ProvidedUpon sign-up participants will be emailed the E-Book "Walk The Talk", Film Accounting Booklet, Professional Film Budget used in the workshop, Glossary of Terms, The Managing Film Budget Booklet, The Managing Weekly Cost Reports Booklet, Senior Level 6 Recorded Training Webinars. That's a total of 360 pages of material and 9 hours of video.
This workshop is in response to the high demand for Film Payroll Accountants & Line Producers. Understanding film payroll for SAG, DGA and IATSE crew is a vital necessity for all Line Producers as well as Production Accountants. The workshop is jam packed with practical applications, actually calculating timecards according to the Agreements for SAG, DGA, IATSE.
Location: Hotel Boardroom, TBD Atlanta GA
PLEASE BRING A LAPTOP. This is a working workshop.
More quotes to give you a concept of my basic nature - my workshops are never boring:
“As an instructor and, more important, as a mentor, John Gaskin helped me finda new career in the Film & Television industry in production accounting.John's teaching style is seamless, as he takes his students through each accountingcycle on a typical film set. Each cycle is presented into neatly organized modules thatexpose his students to the real world of film accounting. It's a window into an industrythat people without a background in Media & Entertainment can finally get a chance toglimpse into and John leads the way with an expert hand and an easy to understand andfun environment.On a personal note, John took the time to help me with my resume and to prepare forjob interviews. Without his courses and all of his personal help, I would not be enjoyinga second career in Film Production Accounting.I'm proud to be able to say that I'm now working in the industry!”Craig Lowe, Toronto.
"The presenter (John Gaskin) was excellent...candid, straightforward, respectful of the audience. I especially liked the real life examples, they're the best way to learn about finances. The casual format stimulated great conversation between audience and presenter."Christy, Florida
"I took John’s 2 day budgeting workshop, and his one day Michigan film credit workshop in August. He is wonderful! The time flew by, and I found myself hoping he would re-do his production accounting workshop in Michigan, so I could attend that as well! He provided us a lot of very useful, and current materials. At our workshop we all brought laptops, and had hands on experience learning to use Movie Magic Budgeting. John is very good at teaching this material, and provided us with many valuable tips and tricks. He has a wealth of real-world experience, and often spiced up his presentation by sharing this experience with us. A few who had planned on taking only the Budgeting workshop, decided to stay and signed on to take the Michigan Film Credit workshop he offered the next day – and two of them had no plans to film in Michigan!Carol A, Michigan
"I just wanted to let you know that I have been in communication with Stephen at Tyler Perry Studios. He actually pulled me onto a show that they are shooting in a couple of weeks. So I will head to Atlanta for a month or so to work with Stephen and TPS. Now I will get a chance to put into practice the training I received at your workshops. One of the intangibles of attending your workshop is the people you meet. That is probably one of the more powerful benefits. In addition to learning the intricate details behind film accounting, building your network of colleagues is a true advantage. Thanks for providing an opportunity."Marc Harris, Los Angeles
“I definitely would recommend John Gaskin as an instructor for all aspects in the fieldof production film accounting. I have had the pleasure of taking two of his seminars(Film Accounting & Auditing) & (Film Payroll).
He shares a wealth of information fromthe many years of experience as a production film accountant. He incorporates differentteaching tools to help in the learning process.
Hands on drills to get you to utilize thecourse materials; "breaking the ice" as John will say. An open discourse with everyonein the class, enabling different perspectivesfrom the students.
And a supplement ofadditional literature and learning tools for self study to help reinforce and continue thelearning process.
By the way you can tell that a lot of effort was put forth by John tobring together these learning materials.
Above all John Gaskin exudes a caring attitude,wanting to help everyone to succeed in their career goals.”Nicholas Lazarus. Nich was hired as a film payroll clerk right after doing the Film Payroll workshop.
"JohnGaskin and what he shares is just not available, ANYWHERE! John 's workshop seminars are perfect, they are the ONLY SHOW IN TOWN for the seasoned film professional or aspiring filmmaker; or that CPA , lawyer, general business person wanting make a career change or added value to what they do, by segueing into the entertainment business.
John Gaskin is film professional that instills trust and enthusiasm and calls it as it is! From his years of experience as a production auditor /accountant/ production executive ( all my higher powers) with his expertise in budgeting, cost reporting, dealing with bond companies,managing contracts of every description,
working with producers(and being one himself), production managers and studio executives ensure a production is produced on time and on budget.
He brings his vast cross-over disciplinary skills and experience to an nuts and bolts result in his book "Walk The Talk", which I use in my producing course at University of New Haven.
His presentations ( including Movie Magic budgeting & scheduling) and workshops are just not the how to's... but the why's .
He shares all the interpersonal goings on with the bottom line- the result. And the money involved to get that result.
I am grateful to have discovered "Walk the Talk" and John Gaskin and look forward always to introduce John's his book and information that I have found there, and nowhere else!" Tom Garrett, Chair of Media Studies, University of New Haven
"I do not have an accounting background. I do mostly self produced independent film and theater work. I discovered John Gaskin's course while consulting for a legal team. Their client was interested in producing a film and wanted to make sure his money was well spent. The Production Accounting course allowed me to serve this client's needs and added immeasurably to my understanding of 'the business'.
John is friendly and approachable, yet he and his subject are profoundly pragmatic.
I find this no nonsense, all business approach quite refreshing and encouraging. Theater and film programs are full of dreamers wishing to take on Hollywood, yet there is virtually no instruction on how the business actually operates. Instead, we're fed near mythic stories of people who “broke in”, told to work hard until it's our turn to make it big, and left to figure things out for ourselves. I personally consider this an act of gross negligence on the part of most college programs,
but I feel John's materials go a long way toward correcting this oversight. John removes the starry eyed bullshit from the conversation of filmmaking and working in film. And he replaces it with a very real, tangible and needed skill that gives people far better opportunities to work in the industry than prevailing wisdom would even consider.
I would encourage anyone with an interest in working in any part of the industry to look into production accounting, and specifically John's course materials.!" Thomas Putetza, Owner, Collectivestudiya.com
BENEFITS: The workshops provide you with a practical 'door opener' to film production - as a novice Line Producer, Producer's or Director's Assistant, Production Assistant, Film Accounting, etc. (If you are unsure of the role of a Film Accountant, click here, for a quick run down on the income levels and career potential.)
You will receive John's E-book, "Walk The Talk" jammed with practical tools of your trade.
John will provide each attendee with their own CD packed with
- over 50 practical film production form templates, including all accounting forms used in the business, as well as sample Call Sheets, Daily Production reports, release forms, deal memos, legal assignments, sample equipment agreements, etc. (Note: Most film production/accounting forms are on Word or Excel for your future application)
- screen recordings of software applications, as discussed in the workshop will be provided on DVD, for your future reference.
All practical assignments are based on John's 30 years experience in film production.
John will be discussing the practical aspect of finding work in the film industry. John makes no promises, but he has many years of experience finding work as a film auditor and will mentor you on his successful actions and contacts.
Coffee and tea will be provided.
If you have any further questions about the workshops, or about the film business in general, feel free to email John Gaskin.