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All of the following FREE Podcast videos and Templates are located at one URL, are available to you "On-Demand". Each episodic podcast is listed and playable as a Flash Video (MV4). To access the folder you only need a link (no password). Sign-In and an immediate link will be sent FREE for all episodic podcasts. The related materials (budgets, forms, cashflows, templates, payroll forms, start-up forms, etc) are on the same URL link. See the video & narrative on "How It Works", below.


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Managing Film Budgets & Cost Reports

      Aspiring Line Producers: The podcasts & on-line training  are all in the area of Managing Film Budgets

and in Managing the production's Cost Report - this is not about the techniques of utilizing film budgeting software,

rather it is gives point-by-point tips on managing both film budgets and cost reports. This is often a skipped step in

the rush to create a film budget, resulting in confusion and painfully slow learning curves, or no budget at all.


      Film Accountants: The podcasts & on-line training in this section is for aspiring assistant accountants, or

to working assistant accountants's who want to upgrade to a key. The emphasis is on making changes to an

existing film budget and why, understanding the relevance of Globals, Fringes and Groups in leading film budgeting software, and in learning how to make changes to the film production's Cost Report and why.


      Public Accountants: The podcasts & on-line training is applicable for Licensed Public Accountants who

would like to learn more about the terminology and methodology of film accounting and auditing. The Cost Report"

is the document auditied for the various State/Provincial Tax Incentives, so it behooves the Public Accountant to

understand the film accounting systems and procedures, as well as the film industry specific methodologies.


      Tips On Finding Work: THREE of the podcasts are for entry level people who would like to investigate

ways to find film productions and names to promote yourself to, ways to write your resume (forget what you may have previoulsy learned), as well as general tips on how to impress those interviewing you - it's probably not what you

think. Breaking-in to the film production business takes perseverence and an understanding of the attitudes of those

hiring you. Check out the tips on this podcast and see for yourself if you can apply this info to finding work in film!


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Podcasts of Tips & Templates FREE - Found Nowhere Else

1. Film Budgets - The Budget's Layout and Content

  - Materials: A pdf document of the professional film budget

used in my training courses.

2. Film Budgets - The Development Stage

- Materials: A 5 page chart showing the relevant steps for each of Development-Production-Green lit-Delivery-Final revenues.

3. Film Budgets - The Organization Chart (surprise!)

  - Materials: A film production Organization Chart (pdf).

4. Film Budget Tip - How to "Suppress" Lines

  -  Materials: The IATSE Low Budget Agreemment

5. The Cost Report - Defined

  - Materials: Excel template of a professional film production Cost Report

6. The Cost Report - Relationship to the Film Budget

  - Materials: the epb version of the training film budget used in my workshops; for those of you with professional film budgeting software.

7. The Cost Report - Labor and Fringes - Tips

  - Materials: An Excel spreadsheet showing the government and union fringe rates for Michigan, California and New York (you'll see that

under the IATSE Low Budget Agreement the only differences among States is the State Unemployment Insurance and the local Workers Compensation rates)

8. The Cost Report - Commitments - Tips

  - Materials: Excel template for a standard looking Purchase Order in the film production industry.

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9. The Cost Report - Departmental Accountability

  - Materials: An Excel template of a budget for a Splinter Unit

10.  The Cost Report - What To Report and When

  - Materials: Excel template of a Cost Report Memo and Variance Sheet - this is the covering memo that

goes out to the financiers, bond company, studio execs, etc every week during the film production -

think of it as your "Report Card".

11. Tips On Finding Work - Resumes

12. Tips On Finding Work - (Entry Level - All)

13. Tips On Finding Work - (Entry Level - Assistant Production Accountants)

14. (more coming soon)



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- Managing a Film Budget

These Free Video Tips and Templates are for aspiring Line Producers, Assistant Film Accountants, Production Assistants looking to upgrade, etc. as well as CPA's who want to learn more about the document they'll be auditing for Tax Incentives.

HOW IT WORKS - Free Podcast Tips and Templates

  • When you have SIGNED IN (JUST THE ONE TIME) you will be sent an email confirming who you are. When you confirm you will immediately receive an email with the link to ALL of the FREE podcasts and template materials.

  • If you purchased one of the On-Demand Self-Study videos you will also receive a link and a password to the Flash Video and materials related to that video.

  • In all cases, when you click the link sent to you you'll see a web page (see picture below).

  • Choose the video on-line training Podcast you want to see.

  • Simply play the Flash Video and download the materials for that Podcast on the "Attachments" tab (see the brown arrow in the picture below).

  • When you download the templates and materials (budgets, worksheets, templates, etc), save them to your computer for future application.

  • Click on the "Attachments" tab, then click on the red links, at shown at the bottom of the picture, to download.





FREE Film Production Related Articles By John Gaskin

All of these articles are written for the non-accountant. The purpose of the articles is to give you a familiarty with 'Directing the Money' during any film production in any country. BOOKMARK this page in your favorites and check out the articles at your leisure.

Articles 1 through 7 have a comment box at the bottom. It really helps to get feedback, good or bad. Thx much!


1.MAKING IT  in Film Production

2.Introduction to Directing the Money

3.Translating Script Ideas Into Money Talk

4.A Producer Favorite - Above-the-Line Film Budgeting

5.A Director’s Tool - Below-the-Line Budgeting

6.The Film Production Report Card – The Weekly Cost Report

7.The Art of Presenting the Film Production’s Weekly Cost Report

8.Screenwriters and Filmmakers – Pitching The Cold Heart of a Banker

9.Film Financing  – Are Film Graduates Prepared To Take the Challenge?

10.Film Budgeting – Insider Tips For Film Students

11.Film Directors - Direct the Money Before the Money Directs You

  • If you have an article you'd like to add, send it to me. If it suits my site I'll be happy to include it with your byline and links.
See the Home Page for more information on what the book is about.


This book started out as an effort to answer a question that Ron Howard had put to me back in 1993. (You can check out the question in Chapter 1). The purpose of the book expanded from that question into a way to help Directors understand that 'Talking Money' is a simple, but necessary, tool to use during the film production.




There are only a few fundamental, non-detailed 'Money Talk' basics which gives the Film Director, and Film Producers, a much needed driving lesson through the flaming pitfalls awaiting them during the production of their script. If you know the money talk, then you can 'Walk The Talk'.

See the page about 'Translate Creative Ideas Into Money'.

Throughout the book I've inserted some of the juicier real life pitfalls that I've personally witnessed, reported on, or unwittingly participated in.

See Story #8 for one such story.

An added aim of this book, especially for Film Crew, is to give an insight into the world of Line Producing and Film Production Managing. To my knowledge and research, exposure to this type of information just isn't available anywhere else. This book is vital for film crew who want to become a Unit Production Manager.

See Crew-It's Cool To Walk The Talk.

I added a 4th section to the book specially for Film Students and those who are rookies (or, wannabe rookies) in the world of film production. There are a few fundamental administrative techniques which can give the edge to those new to the film production 'biz. Just with a simple review of Book IV you can avoid the confused bumbling of getting petty cash, signing up for payroll, preparing purchase orders, etc. The film student attempting to enter the arena of film production is never taught these fundamentals in school. Understanding the basics of these types of things will avoid taunting from the veterans, and may even win you the job over others.

Check out You'll Be Working Because You'll Be Better Prepared.

Many of my subscribers are international. To avoid shipping charges I made the book available as a digital download to your own computer. This EBook also allows me to offer you a reduced rate.

Immediate access to a practical guide with173 pages of experience to help you make it in film. For instant download of the e-book, click the Buy-Noe Button below.

An added aim of this book to give an insight into the world of Production Managing. To my knowledge and research, exposure to this type of information just isn't available anywhere else. This book is vital for film crew who want to become a Production Manager.

See Crew-It's Cool To Walk The Talk.



I've written a series of 7 articles summarizing the book for Film Directors, Producers, Film Crew and Film Students. Check them out: