"We have not worked much in the film industry or film tax credits so thought it would be prudent to get agood foundation. Quite frankly, Idid not realize how important it was until I took the first of John's (self-study) courses. We have awonderful audit department and plan to look into film auditing to add to our services. Iam intrigued and enjoy the nuances of film accounting." E.E.
"The film cycle was especially helpful -it IS unique to the industry." T.S.
"The course is agreat presentation for an overview." Z.K.
"I felt the objectives of the class provided good insight into the state film tax incentives and the requirements varying by state, and what the qualifying expenses incurred were." J.B.
These four lively self-study courses are for professional accountants and bookkeepers, of any status, who have an interest in the film and television industry. The courses are designed and delivered by a film production veteran with experience on 50 film and television productions in 6 different countries over the past 28 years, as well as 4 years
as an instructor in film accounting/auditing and managing budgets & cost reports. The courses are designed in four different categories - An Overview of the Film Industry, The Basics, Intermediate and Advanced - each level addressing the industry specific terms, systems and functions appropriate for that level.
WHO IS IT FOR:
Certified accountants interested in auditing film tax credits or expanding your knowledge in this specialized field.
Non-certified accountants and bookkeepers interested in servicing the film industry's independent producers, cast and crew; or, you may have an interest in a new career working as a film production accountant.
Independent Producers interested in the film industry business cycle, especially the film tax credits as potential financing, and the financial control points during film production.
Anyone interested in learning more about the business of making feature films and television shows.
Click on the picture boxes for short videos about each course:
1. Film Accounting and Auditing - An Overview
(Recommended Credits: 2 Hrs)
Learning Objective: The participant 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. No advanced preparation is required. See this short video
reviewing the content of this course.
Beneficial for all auditors, accountants, bookkeepers and emerging film producers interested in the business of film and television.
Some testimonials for Film Accounting & Auditing - An Overview":
"We have not worked much in the film industry or film tax credits, so thought it prudent to get a good foundation. Quite frankly, I did not realize how important it was until I took the first of John's (self-study) courses. We have a wonderful audit department and plan to look into film auditing to add to our services. I am intrigued and enjoy the nuances of film accounting." E.E
"The film cycle was especially helpful - it IS unique to the film industry." T.S.
"The course is a great presentation for an overview." Z.K.
"I felt the objectives of the class provided good insight into the state film tax incentives and the requirements varying by state, and what the qualifying production expenses incurred were." J.B
2. Film Accounting and Auditing - The Basics
(Recommended Credits: 3 Hrs)
Learning Objective: The participant will be familiarized with the film production processes, forms and control points of a usual film production. With this knowledge the participant will be "up to speed" with the books and records of a usual film or television production. No advanced preparation is required. See this short video reviewing the content of this course.
Beneficial for staff level auditors & accountants or bookkeepers interested in film/TV production, entry level film production accountants and emerging line producers.
3. Film Accounting and Auditing - Intermediate
(Recommended Credits: 2 Hrs)
Learning Objective: (Prerequisite: An Overview)The participant will understand the interaction among the production entity, the approved budget, the production documents (Call Sheets, Daily Production Reports, etc) and the Final Cost Report - prepared by the film production accountant, this is the document audited for film tax credit certification. From this understanding
an external auditor will be able to plan the tax credit audit with an understanding of all industry specific factors. No advanced preparation is required. See this short video reviewing the content of this course.
Beneficial for supervisory level auditors & small accounting firms interested in film/TV production, entry level film production accountants and emerging line producers.
4. Film Accounting and Auditing - Advanced
State Film Tax Incentives - (Recommended Credits: 2 Hrs)
Learning Objective: (Prerequisites: An Overview and Intermediate)The participant will have an understanding of various State requirements to certify the production for Tax Credit purposes. From this understanding participants can confidently comply with their own particular locale's certification requirements. The categories closely examined are Qualified Expenses (Payroll,
Non-Payroll, Real Property) as well as Related Party Transactions, Ownership and Sources of Funds. No advance preparation is required. See this short video reviewing the content of this course.
Beneficial for any level of auditor or small accounting firms interested in certifying the Cost Report for State Tax Credits; as well as for emerging producers who want to learn more about financing their projects with State Tax Incentives.
ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR - JOHN GASKIN:
Film Production Accountant/Auditor, Author, Instructor
Nicknamed "The Billion Dollar Man" because the accumulated box office grosses on feature films (not including television) he's worked on has reached a billion dollars.
John continues to work in film and for the past 4 years has been delivering his workshops to rave testimonials. By popular demand he has designed online self-study courses so all can learn his field.
John has worked on 50 projects in 6 different countries over a 28 year period.
The courses have a 5 month expiry date from registration (the Basic Course has a 6 months expiry date) - these are limitations dictated by our online provider.
We cannot guarantee testing or a certificate unless the course is completed within the 5 month period (6 months for the Basic course).
Exam results will be stored for a period of 5 years from the date of completion.
You are free to download all course content including all pages of the course (provided in one pdf document), all materials, references and web page links for your future use.
All fees paid by the applicant shall be refunded, less a 20% administration fee, if requested within 3 calendar days after registering for the self-study course.
All refunds shall be returned within 30 days. For more information regarding refund, complaint and/or course cancellation polices please contact Helene at firstname.lastname@example.org .
The intent of these courses is one professional speaking to another professional on a personal and training level. None of the course content can be used blindly without reference to current policy and legislation for your particular area.
More About John Gaskin, Testimonials and Benefits John Gaskin has worked on more than 50 film and TV productions, working in 6 different countries over 28 years. He has worked on all sizes of productions, including 2 with Ron Howard.
INSTRUCTOR: John Gaskinis a working Production Auditor. John has worked in the film production business since 1985, primarily as a Film Production Auditor.
John has worked on 50 different productions in 6 different countries, working with greats such as Ron Howard, Frank Oz and Walter Salles - as well as small independent films and TV episodic productions, pilots and mini-series. During his career many of his assistants have gone on to become Key Accountants (another term for the Production Auditor).
John also has Supervising Producer credits - see his resume on IMDb. He was touted as the Billion Dollar Man because the accumulated budgets that have been under his control has exceeded a Billion Dollars.
John's book, "Walk The Talk" is required reading at the University of Southern California's Cinematic Arts (Peter Stark Graduate Producer's Program), as well as the Producer's Program at the University of Tampa, where John has an open invitation to deliver seminars. John's book is also used and recommended by at least one mentor, Michael Glick, at the American Film Institute. John has numerous Internet articles on EzineArticles and enjoys answering your questions on his blog - film production.
John has several 'Testimonials' but his favorites are from Ron Howard and David Valdes (David worked with Clint Eastwood for a chunk of his career and has been an independent producer for some time in his own right). Click here to see Ron Howard's letter, and here for David Valdes's hand written note. Another testimonial that John is proud of is Peter D. Marshall's book review. Peter is a 35 year veteran film director and instructor. Visit John's Web Site for more testimonials. When Ron Howard asked John why the budget was so high on a feature film production they were doing in New York, John was tongue tied. After that John was determined to get it right the next time, so he wrote a book, called "Walk The Talk" which shows any filmmaker, or any novice film producer, how to "Direct the Money" during a film production.
To see more about John's credentials see the following:
Some quotes to give you a concept of my basic nature - my workshops are never boring:
"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).
(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,CPA Florida
"I took Johnís 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 Ė and two of them had no
plans to film in Michigan!Carol A,CPA Michigan
Testimonials: Below is a video clip of attendees from one of my workshops.
"I had such a great time this weekend. It was a pleasure to meet John and take in the wealth of knowledge he was willing to share with us. It was also great to see someone who is a finance professional be successful in a field that (when all the money talk is over) nurtures the creative drive of so many individuals." Marie M., CA- Came to Toronto from Baltimore.
"I just wanted to thank you both for the excellent workshop. It was really well organized & delivered, full of great content, and fun! It was also a place to network. I really look forward to future seminars." Craig L.,CA, Toronto
Honestly, I have attended a lot of seminars to keep up with the required 40 hours of CPE for my CPA status and this was easily one of the best ones I've been to. The venue, the topics, instructor and the class participants were all excellent. John keeps things interesting by adding his personal experiences and was always great at explaining nuances/ terms specific to the
emailed before the seminar was also very helpful." Irene W., CPA, came to Toronto from Ohio
Gaskin 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
Benefits John students have remarked how much fresh material John provides the students. Real examples of budgets, cost reports,
templates of every kind, pictorial re[resentations, charts, video clips, etc. Any template that may assist the student in film
accounting/budgeting/payroll is provided - whether MMB, Excel, Word or PDF.
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