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 PuketzaOwner, OperatorCollectivestudiya.com
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
The unique practical aspects of Film Production Accounting, Film Auditing and Film John1dawgJohn1dogpaypalBudget and Cost Management as taught by a working 28 year Film Industry Professional, John Gaskin
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. Ilook forward to
another course!" - PT, 2014
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.
- 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:
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 14 Hrs). Click here to learn more.
TBD (Will be in a gotel conference in the Chicago Loop area)
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 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.
"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 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 perspectives
from 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, 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 TampaNicholas 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 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.