Film Accounting 101 in Louisiana – February 2011

New Orleans: I have tried to get back to Louisiana for a few months now. Finally, with my O-1 Visa firmly in place, with Ease Entertainment sponsoring me and with Mike McHugh, the Busines Rep of IATSE Local 478, firmly in support of training, I’m back!

The Film Accounting 101 is one of my toughest courses, but is well liked and usually well attended. It’s a very practical, hands-on weekend course. We have only a little theory with mostly just practice, practice, practice in doing what an assistant film accountant does. This next one is in New Orleans on Feb 19th and 20th of 2011.

Background to Film Accounting 101: I started the course a couple of years ago simply because there isn’t any time during a film production to train an assistant accountant. The film budgets are so slim these days that only experienced people can jump right in and DO IT. This presents a common conundrum in the film production industry. How do you get experience if you need experience to get the job? Well, this course addresses that problem. Louisiana is ready for, too, with their heavy film production slate.

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Here is the course presentation as shown on my web site:


Film Production Accounting 101

Intensive Week-End Workshop, Followed by 7 Live On-Line Training Webinars  Note: Each webinar is recorded live and can be reviewed later at your convenience.

LOUISIANA – FEB 19 & 20, 2011 ( CPE 30.5 including the Webinars)

Sponsored By Ease Entertainment Services  

Introduction: This is the defining course for the fundamentals of Film Accounting. The course is a very practical hands-on workshop of 2 intensive days followed up with a series of 7 Live On-Line Training webinars. This is the toughest course I give, so bring your roller skates! We’ll start from the ground up, practicing all activities associated with an assistant accountant, gaining a thorough practical understanding of the entertainment general ledger software. Finally, the live on-line training webinars bring you into a senior level of Film Accounting through managing the Film Budget and Cost Report (the financial statements of film productions). The classes are small and all attendee’s questions and what-if scenarios are welcomed. Click here to see video testimonials.

Course Objective: You will understand and have practiced the duties of an assistant film accountant with the confidence that you CAN not only perform the tasks expected of you without extensive training, but also with an understanding of the cost control points of any film or television production. (Line Producers and Public Accountants will understand the background to their their duties in controlling or auditing production costs.)

Participants: will be able to communicate to experienced Film Accountants and Producers convincingly, simply by telling them (showing them) what you have drilled to perfection in this workshop.

Who Is It For?

  • Anyone who has tried to find work as a film accountant and has found it difficult to break in, regardless of their previous training, experience or education. If you have a high aptitude with figures, a strong desire, and you have some basic skills in Excel and Word software, you qualify.

  • It has also been well utilized by Line Producers who want to strengthen their abilities to manage costs of a larger film production.

  • Public Accountants who need to audit the books and records of a film or television production have found this very practical grass-roots training invaluable.

EXPERIENCED FILM ACCOUNTANTS ARE RELUCTANT to train new personnel in fundamental procedure, simply because of the time constraints. This is true for me, as well as for my colleagues. So, how do you get experience if no one will hire you? A solution is to get “up to speed” in workshops like these, learning the various techniques through DOING IN A CONTROLLED ENVIRONMENT

Where:           New Orleans, Venue TBA

When:               Sat Feb 19, 2011 from 9:00AM to 8:00PM (light supper provided)

Sun Feb 20, 2011 from 9:00AM to 6:00PM

Followed by 7 Live On-Line Webinars at 1 1/2 hrs each, from

7:30pm to 9:00pm CST starting Feb 22, 24 (break for Mardi Gras)

continuing Mar 15,17,22,24,29

About John Gaskin: John Gaskin is a working film production accountant. He is a veteran of   45 film and television productions over 25 years in 5   different countries. He has worked with   such notable directors as Ron Howard, Frank Oz and Walter Salles, as well as a variety of mid-   to-low   budget productions. He has acclaim as a lively instructor who has an impressive list of   video and written testimonials. 

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About filmproduction
I have worked in the film production industry since 1985, working on over 50 different productions of every size in 6 different countries. My self-published book, "Walk The Talk" is written in an easy to read manner for film students and working professionals who haven't had the chance to learn how to 'Direct the Money'.

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