Event-University of New Haven,Nov 12/16

Above-The-Line Budget

Above-The-Line Budget

A friend of mine, Tom Garrett, is the Chair of the Film/Media Department at the University of New Haven. His mission is to have his students get REAL, well-rounded education in all facets of filmmaking. Having produced over a dozen movies himself, he knows what it takes to produce films, and he is passionate about having professionals impart their experience to his university’s students .

The Purpose of the Event

This event is a different view of how students can land, and keep, a job in film/TV production, followed by a talk on how business students, accountants and CPA’s can fit into the Film Industry.

Part 1: (Sat. Morning of Nov 12th) What Producer’s Want From Film School Students. This discussion will give the students familiarity with pertinent forms used everyday by crew, as well as ideas on how to find, and keep, jobs in the film industry.

Part 2: (Sat. Afternoon) The Business Side of Film & Media. The Film Industry is generally a closed industry. We open up for viewing the business terms and practices used by Producers, Studio Executives, Financiers, etc. throughout the industry. If you want insider knowledge, then this is the place. Several example documents will be issued as a guide.

The Mix of People Attending

In my last event with Tom there were a mix of filmmakers, documentary producers, distributors, accountants interested in the business, under- and  graduate students. Tom has made many contacts since graduating from the University of New Haven over 35 years ago! So, it will be interesting for both production people to attend as well as accountants, bookkeepers and those just interested in filmmaking.

About the Main Speaker – JOHN GASKIN

John Gaskin has been a Film Production Accountant for over 30 years. He has worked on 55 feature film and television projects of every size in 6 different countries. John has worked with such greats as Ron Howard, Frank Oz, Guillermo del Toro, George Clooney, Meryl Streep to name a few. His book, “Walk The Talk” is used in some universities, and is a favorite of Tom Garrett’s who has used it consistently in his courses since 2012.


Tom is a flamboyant character who was described by one of his many admiring students as “Pulp Fiction meets Reservoir Dogs”! Tom drags any student who is willing off to Cannes each year, and he sweet-talks his many contacts into  speaking at his university (wherever that may be, since he’s been a professor at U of Tampa, and Sam Houston University as well). All that is happening while he is involved with the multiple film festivals.

Cheers! See you there!

John Gaskin




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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