"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. Thanks for all your help!" TW
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. I can't thank you enough -
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 J.
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. Just wanted to say thanks for the help." Josh
Gaskin’s “Film Accounting 101” seminar is truly a cut above other industry seminars I have attended. He provides a thorough understanding of the unique film accounting transactions and how they need to be processed. Having worked in accounting in other industries, that doesn’t
prepare you for film accounting. The depth of coverage is terrific and John is able to weave in his experience on each subject. After completing the course the industry is no longer a mystery." Stephen Degata, CPA, Tyler Perry Studios
"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
Survey Results From Workshop given to Women in Film & Television-in Toronto:
Presentation skills = Excellent,
Instructors Knowledge of Subject = Excellent,
How relevant was the program: Very relevant.
Q: What new skills have you learned from John Gaskin's workshop? A: Relationship with producers and production accountants will be stronger and I'll be able to do a better job with them.
New skills in Cost reporting and payroll/calculating. Using cost reports, cash flow.
Q: What were the best things about the course? A: John Gaskin! The handouts; practical exercises and excellent PowerPoint documents. John was able to give me a sense of the role and duties of a prod accountant along with
the responsibilities of all roles of production.
The instructor's industry experience and advice. Very personable presenter. (These are the survey replies given by attendees- June 2011)
"You have no idea how many times I’ve talked about John’s workshop. I mention
it to everyone that I can...and I always let them know that this is how I got my
foot in the door. I would love to write a testimonial for your
website...give me a few weeks, and I’ll send you something. Let
me know once you have scheduled the payroll workshop, and hopefully the timing
works for me."
LH - 2012
"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 forme - they are using a 'new' accounting system and no one really knows it yet ... um, except for me :-) I can't thank you enough -
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
“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 take your 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! If I can get an opportunity to work in PA at any
level, I would take it! Thanks again. Please keep me informed about the payroll
class. If that would mean steady work, especially in PA, I'm interested.” Kay Vaughn, did Film Accounting 101 in Los.
Angeles. Feb 2010.
"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 asKey
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
John Gaskin’s “Film Accounting 101” seminar is truly a cut above other industry seminars I have attended. He provides a thorough understanding of the unique film accounting transactions and how they need to be processed. Having worked in accounting in other industries, that doesn’t prepare you for film accounting. The depth of coverage is terrific and John is able to weave in his experience on each subject. After completing the course the industry is no longer a mystery. Stephen Degata, CPA, Tyler Perry Studios, Georgia; came to Toronto Nov/10 workshop.
"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 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
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 "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. NOTE: Nick 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
"I very much enjoyed meeting you and participating in the production accounting workshops this past weekend. It was both educational and confidence building. You are a great teacher - you freely shared your knowledge and really encouraged us at the same time.Let
me know when you will offer the Movie Magic Workshop." KS - Commercial Producer/Director, Grand Rapids, MI
“I think this kind of workshop is extremely helpful not
just for accountants but also for Independent Producers. You learn a great deal about how
you ought to proceed with your accounting procedures in a way that will help you
comply with the needs of the State Incentives if you have any of that and in general
keeping good enough accounts that you’ll be able to report to your investors and so
forth in an accurate way.” Ron Satlof, long time Producer, Director, Writer.
"It was a real pleasure to meet and talk with you this past weekend. Your Workshop is truly valuable." GD - Internal Audit Professional, Grosse Ile, MI"I made some really good contacts this weekend, and learned a ton. The contacts alone were worth the fee!" MP - CPA, Troy MI
"I feel I gained a lot from the workshop that will help me be better prepared and able to move up the ranks in the industry. Great job. It was more informative and more organized than any other film workshop I've been to." MT - 3rd AD, Flint, MI
"I liked all the extraneous material; the practical aspects of the business that can't readily be captured in a book. This seminar/series goes far in de-mystifying what's required to provide accounting services to the film industry." VS - CPA, Dearborn
"Thanks for all the 'invaluable' information - the extras that are not, and cannot, be put in a book." TS - General Accountant, Detroit, MI
"Thanks for the workshop. I learned a ton and had a lot of fun." GM - Producer, Royal Oak MI