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Next Workshops

 

FILM ACCOUNTING 101 (NYC & Atlanta, GA)

NYC(REGISTRATION CLOSED, CLASS FULL): Sat/Sun, Oct 25/26-2014

Atlanta,GA: Sat/Sun, Jan 10/11-2015

(CPE 23 Hrs, NY Sponsor License #002443 - All courses have Certificates issued)

 

MANAGING FILM BUDGETS AND COST REPORTS

For Line Producers and Senior Level Production Accountants

Live Online Webinars Every Tues and Thurs Eve

Oct 28,30, Nov 4,6,11,13 - 2014 (Recorded for multiple viewing)

 

US FILM PAYROLL (Toronto & Atlanta, GA)

Toronto: Sat/Sun, Nov 8/9-2014

Atlanta,GA: Sat/Sun, Feb 7/8-2015

 

Please register early to guarantee seating. Feel free to make any inquiries to Helene@talkfilm.biz

( CPE/CPD 16Hrs)

 

  June 2014- Los Angeles Workshop 

RECENT TESTIMONIALS: “John Gaskin has an amazing wealth of knowledge that crosses over into various film departments. In his Film Accounting workshop, he outlines the big picture of film financing and production, and then hones in on the detailed accounting procedures. As a producer, the course has given me the confidence to manage larger budgets and communicate with production accountants more thoroughly on different points of financial control. In addition to attending his course, I also read his book "Walk the Talk", which I've recommended to other industry professionals many times. With both formats John breaks down a breadth of complex information in a manner that is clear and digestible." SR

"I took two classes at UCLA, spent 6 weeks and $1200 and I found your workshop way more helpful. I would suggest it to anyone before spending all those hours at UCLA to takeyour workshop. Please keep me in mind for work in PA. I came out here to get experience in film production accounting with the sole purpose of working on films in PA! Thanks again. Please keep me informed about the payroll class.” Kay Vaughn, did Film Accounting 101 in Los. Angeles, and has subsequently found work in film accounting back in Philadelphia.

Hello John and Helene!! I wanted to thank you so much for taking the time out to teach the Film Accounting 101 class in Detroit a couple of weeks ago! The class was very informative and the beauty of it you get hands on experience as if you are actually working as a film accountant! You learn all about the full cycle of film accounting such as purchase orders, cost reports, A/P, J/E,and etc. Also, your able to add on to what you have learned viewing the webinars.  John prepares and walks you through the various stages of the entire process and helps you along the way!!! You receive additional material that John provides that enhances your skills and knowledge!  I will be attending the payroll course in New Orleans in June and I highly recommend these classes to newcomers as well as those that needs a refresher. I have 15 years accounting experience in the private and government sector so this is a career change for me  but I wanted to let you know that John and Helene have truly inspired me and Im very confident after taking the course and all the materials and webinars I have on hand in becoming a film accountant. I have recently updated my résumé and will be moving forward on this journey!! :) I will keep you updated on my progress!!" Kim, Feb/13

 

"Hi John, I just wanted to let you know that I started my first job as an Accounting Clerk this week. It’s a TV show in Los Angeles for FX channel called Legit. Thanks for all your help!" TW, Aug/12

Inquiries welcome: Helene@talkfilm.biz                                                                                              


The unique practical aspects of Film Production Accounting, Film Auditing and Film Budget and Cost Management as taught by  a working 28 year Film Industry Professional, John Gaskin

There are FOUR distinct categories of training:

     Presented By Ease Entertainment Services  

 

 

Self Study Series For Anyone Interested in Working in Film/TV or in Producing Film Projects

 

Testimonial: "Loved the Hot Cost Course. It provided enough detail to give context but but not overwhelm. I've seen plenty of hot cost worksheets but John's course connected the missing dots, explaining how the daily costs flow, what is pertinent, and what the intended purpose is. For me, it bridged the gap between hot costing and timecard calculations; to be honest, it inspired me build my own hot cost application. John's videos are conversatinal and very easy to follow. I look forward to another course!"  - PT, 2014

 

    AN OVERVIEW OF THE FILM INDUSTRY + HOT COSTS, etc.

 

 

 


 

WHO IS IT FOR:- Anyone interested in working in film/TV.

 

 -Section 1:

An overview of the Film Industry for Independent Filmmakers

(2 Hrs/12 Videos/ 71 Page Course Content)

 

- Section 2:

Hot Costs - two templates are provided with formulas to calculate payroll with an IATSE Area Standards (Features) Agreement. There are 5 videos with 50 minutes of content.

 

- Section 3:

Understanding Film Tax Incentives in US and Canada As A Source of Financing

 

- Section 4:

Managing Professional Film Budgets

 

- Section 5:

Creating and Managing Professional Cost Reports

 

- Section 6:

Creating Cashfows "Out" & "In" for Bank Loan Purposes

 

 

PROFESSIONAL ACCOUNTANTS:

 

Film Industry specific terminology & methodology

 

 

 FILM ACCOUNTING & AUDITING Online Self-Study

 

 

 


 

ACCOUNTANTS: Create  Opportunities in the Film Industry

 - 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.

 

- Note that the States of CT, LA, MI and CA, as well as other States, all expect the CPA to have sufficient knowledge of the industry. For example, see the statement the State of CT:

*- CT Audit Instructions 2.(e)

 

For 3 minute videos of each of the courses, as well as their Learning Objectives", go to this page:

 

FILM ACCOUNTING 101

 

Training for those who want to work in film production as Film Assistant Accountants. Also, to upgrade to a Key Acct.

 

FILM PROD'N ACCOUNTING 101

2 Intensive Days + 6 Live On-Line TrainingSessions

 

 


INTENSIVE WEEK-END

 

DAY 1: (7 Hrs CPE) INTRODUCTORY LEVEL Workshop: For those who want to become Assistant Film Accountants

 

DAY 2: (7 Hrs CPE) INTERMEDIATE LEVEL Workshop: For those Assistant Film Accountants, who want to become a 2nd Assistant Film Accountant

 

Followed by Senior Level 6 LIVE ON-LINE TRAINING(9Hrs CPE/CPD) SENIOR LEVEL.

Who is it for:

- those experienced Assistant Film Accountants who want to upgrade

- emerging Producers and Line Producers who want to learn about managing the Budgets and Cost Reports during film production.

- CPA's interested in auditing the film production's "Cost Report" will gain an insider's knowledge.

 

FILM PRODUCTION US PAYROLL

 

Week-End Workshops (click here) or On-Line Self-Study Courses (click here)


1.SAG Schedule A - Daily Performer

2.SAG Schedule B - Weekly Performer

3.DGA (UPM, 1st & 2nd AD's, DGA Trainee)

4.IATSE National Low Budget(Crew: less than $12Mil)

5.IATSE Area Standards (Crew)

 

More About Workshop..

More About On-Line Courses..


See YouTube Video "How the On-Line Self-Study Course Works"

 

 

LIVE ONLINE TRAINING FOR INDIE FILMMAKERS


Webinars - Live Online Training

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SENIOR LEVEL Live On-Line Training For: emerging producers and Line Producers who want to learn about managing film budgets and cost reports during film production.

 

 

 


 

PROFESSIONAL ACCOUNTANTS:


Online Self-Study

More About...

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.

FILM PRODUCTION ACCOUNTANTS (101):


NEW YORK CITY

Oct 25/26 - 2014

 

ATLANTA,GA

Jan 10/11 - 2015

 

More About ...

    NYC REGISTRATION FOR NEW YORK CITY WORKSHOP IS CLOSED - FULL CLASS.

    Atlanta Registration:

    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 23 Hrs). Click here to learn more.

    NYC VENUE:

    Residence Inn Times Square

    1033 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10018. See Hotel Venue.

     

    ATLANTA VENUE: TBA

    PLEASE BRING A PC LAPTOP! - NOTE: THE FILM ACCOUNTING SOFTWARE IS DESIGNED FOR PC COMPUTERS.

 PAYROLL ACCOUNTING:

    Week-End Workshop


TORONTO

Oct 25/26 - 2014

 

ATLANTA,GA

Feb 7/8 - 2015

 

More About ...

    TorontoRegistration:

    Atlanta Registration:

    This is a workshop with tons of practical exercises to learn film payroll. The cost of this live workshop includes all 5 self-study courses with a value of $415. To learn more about the on-line courses, click here.

     

    TORONTO VENUE: Our boardroom at Yonge and Sheppard. The maximum attendance is 7.

     

    ATLANTA VENUE: TBA

    PLEASE BRING SOMETHING TO CALCULATE WITH - EITHER A LAPTOP WITH EXCEL, OR YOUR FAVORITE CALCULATOR.

     

    

FOR WORKSHOP SCHEDULING REQUESTS PLEASE CONTACT HELENE: helene@talkfilm.biz

 

TESTIMONIALS: Below is a video clip of attendees from one of my workshops in Detroit.

Open this PDF document of more testimonials of people who have allowed us to use their names. Many of them have found work in the industry after attending one or more of my workshops - see what they have to say.

 

More quotes to give you a concept of my basic nature - my workshops are never boring:

 

 

"I am happy to report that after only 2 weeks down in New Orleans ... I have a job on a major motion picture! I'm going to be a clerk in the 7 person accounting team on Sly Stallone's new movie Headshot. The interview went well, but what I think really cynched it for me - they are using a 'new' accounting system and no one really knows it yet ... um, except for me :-)  I can't thank you enough - both of you - for the assistance and training you provided. I definitely believe that having that on my resume is what did it for me."  Sylvia Johnston, Detroit/New Orleans

“As an instructor and, more important, as a mentor, John Gaskin helped me find a new career in the Film & Television industry in production accounting. John's teaching style is seamless, as he takes his students through each accounting cycle on a typical film set. Each cycle is presented into neatly organized modules that expose his students to the real world of film accounting. It's a window into an industry that people without a background in Media & Entertainment can finally get a chance to glimpse into and John leads the way with an expert hand and an easy to understand and fun environment. On a personal note, John took the time to help me with my resume and to prepare for job interviews. Without his courses and all of his personal help, I would not be enjoying a 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.

"Over a year ago I opened a dialogue with you with the hopes of gaining more knowledge of production accounting practicing and some tips for really breaking in... And I just wanted to let you know that as of today, I am 4 days away from wrapping out my first show as Key Accountant. It was only an 800K feature, but a feature nonetheless.... And in a rebate state (North Carolina). We payrolled all crew (non union), SAG, and background... So every week, I had three individual payrolls. Plus obvious things like AP and Petty Cash... But I made it through!  Just wanted to say thanks for the help." - Josh, North Carolina

 

"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 pwoerful benefits. In addition to learning the intricate details behind film accounting, building your network of collegues 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 field of 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 from the many years of experience as a production film accountant. He incorporates different teaching tools to help in the learning process. Hands on drills to get you to utilize the course materials; "breaking the ice" as John will say. An open discourse with everyone in the class, enabling different perspectives from the students. And a supplement of additional literature and learning tools for self study to help reinforce and continue the learning process. By the way you can tell that a lot of effort was put forth by John to bring together these learning materials. Above all John Gaskin exudes a caring attitude, wanting to help everyone to succeed in their career goals.” Nicholas Lazarus, Michigan. 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 Tampa. His presentations ( including EP 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 no where else!"
Tom Garrett, University of Tampa Nicholas Lazarus, Michigan. Nich was hired as a film payroll clerk right after doing the Film Payroll workshop.


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 the role of a Film Accountant, click here, for a quick run down on the income levels and career potential.)

  • You will receive a copy of John's book, "Walk The Talk" jammed with practical tools of your trade.  
  • John will provide each attendee with their own CD packed with
  •   - over 20 different budget templates on Excel, PDF, MovieMagicBudgeting© and EP MovieMagicBudgeting©
  •   - 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 25 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.


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