Next Film Accounting Workshops - Chicago, IL

Film Accounting 101 - May 6th & 7th, 2017 (CPE/CPD 14 Hrs).

            Film Payroll - August 5th and 6th, 2017      



Recent Private Workshop with a film studio in Oklahoma, Feb, 2017.


Next private workshop is scheduled with West Virginia Film Commission Mar 25/26-2017.

(If you live the area check out their web site)


Private tailored workshops are available.

Feel free to make any inquiries at




  Chicago Film 101 Oct, 2016 

Attendees Doing Well In Film:

“I took John's Film Production Accounting 101 class at the end of October 2016 and landed my first job in the industry mid-Dec/16. There's no doubt that taking his class was critical in this happening so quickly. His material is very thorough. Along with learning all about Production Accounting, John also covered how a resume should look and how to network in the industry. He also took the time to answer questions about my resume and starting weekly rate. Both John and Helene have been extremely helpful to me in my pursuit of  a career in production accounting. John is a great teacher and I would highly recommend any of his courses. PM

"Thanks to John's mentorship I've been key accountant for almost a year now. I'm on my fourth project and it's going vey well. I'll be glad to spread the word about the course." AM

"I have the most wonderful news! I've just received an offer to Key a Disney TV Series! And I couldn't be more pleased." LH

"The presenter (John Gaskin) was excellent ... candid, straightforward, respectful of the audence. 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 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! Thanks again. Please keep me informed about the payroll class.” Kay Vaughn, did Film Accounting 101 in Los. Angeles, and has subsequently found work in film accounting back in Philadelphia."


Inquiries welcome:                                                                                              

The unique practical aspects of Film Production Accounting, Film Auditing, Film Budgeting and Cost Management as taught by  a working 30+ year Film Industry Professional, John Gaskin

There are FOUR distinct categories of training:




For Emerging Producers, Line Producers, UPM's, etc


The "know-how" will be taken up in 6 sections


Testimonials: "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." Tom Garrett, Chair of Film Dept, U of New Haven


"Loved the Hot Cost Course. It provided enough detail to give context but not overwhelm.  John's videos are conversatinal and very easy to follow. I look forward to another course!"  - PT







WHO IS IT FOR:- Anyone interested in working in film/TV.


 -Section 1:

An overview of the Film Industry for Independent Filmmakers

(2 Hrs/12 Videos/ 71 Page Course Content)


- Section 2:

Hot Costs - two templates are provided with formulas to calculate payroll with an IATSE Area Standards (Features) Agreement. There are 5 videos with 50 minutes of content.


- Section 3:

Understanding Film Tax Incentives in US and Canada As A Source of Financing


- Section 4:

Managing Professional Film Budgets


- Section 5:

Creating and Managing Professional Cost Reports


- Section 6:

Creating Cashfows "Out" & "In" for Bank Loan Purposes




Film Industry specific terminology & methodology


CPA Testimonials:

"We have not worked much in the film industry or film tax credits so thought it would be 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 nuamces of film accounting." E.E.

"The film cycle was especially helpful - it IS unique to the industry." - TS

"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 expenses incurred were." J.B.



ACCOUNTANTS: Create  Opportunities in Film

 - This series of 4 self-study courses brings the professional accountant to the stage where he/she will have "sufficient knowledge of the accounting principles and practices generally recognized in the ... industry"*...


- Specific attention is put on preparing the CPA for State certification of the Cost Report for tax credits; however, the courses are designed to prepare professional accountants of any status to service the film and TV industry in other capacities.


For 3 minute videos of each of the courses, as well as their Learning Objectives", go to this page:




The maximum is 20 attendees to allow for one-on-one training.

Sign-up to guarantee seating.

Training for those who want to work in film production as Film Assistant Accountants. Also, to upgrade to a Key Acct.



2 Intensive Days + 6 Recorded Webinars





DAY 1: (7 Hrs CPE) INTRODUCTORY LEVEL Workshop: For those who want to become Assistant Film Accountants


DAY 2: (7 Hrs CPE) INTERMEDIATE LEVEL Workshop: For those Assistant Film Accountants, who want to become a 2nd Assistant Film Accountant


Including Senior Level 6 Recorded Training Webinars SENIOR LEVEL.

Who is it for:

- those experienced Assistant Film Accountants who want to upgrade

- emerging Producers and Line Producers who want to learn about managing the Budgets and Cost Reports during film production.

- CPA's interested in auditing the film production's "Cost Report" will gain an insider's knowledge.




Week-End Workshops (click here) or On-Line Self-Study Courses (click here)

1.SAG Schedule A - Daily Performer

2.SAG Schedule B - Weekly Performer

3.DGA (UPM, 1st & 2nd AD's, DGA Trainee)

4.IATSE National Low Budget(Crew: less than $12Mil)

5.IATSE Area Standards (Crew)


The two-day live workshop will concentrate on the actual calculation of gross payroll for each of SAG, DGA, IATSE (Low Budget Agreement and Area Standards).

The emphasis is on the practical application of the guild/ union payroll rules according to each Agreement.

This practical workshop is vital for anybody wanting to work as a Film Payroll Accountant, or as a Line Producer who must understand the various union /guild agreements for budgeting purposes.

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See YouTube Video "How the On-Line Self-Study Course Works"




Webinars-Recorded Senior Training

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SENIOR LEVEL 6 Recorded Webinar Training For: emerging producers and Line Producers who want to learn about managing film budgets and cost reports during film production.





Online Self-Study

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To gain insight into the Film and Television Industry as a Professional Accountant or Bookkeeper







More About..."Film Accounting & Auditing" Online Self-Study Courses

1. An Overview: Participants 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.

2. The Basics: Participants will be familiarized with the film production basics of the film budget, the general ledger, the cost report, the accounting processes, forms and control points of a usual film production.

3. Intermediate Level: Participants will understand the interaction among the production entity, the approved budget, the production documents (Call Sheets, Production Reports, etc) and the Final Cost Report - the document prepared by the film production accountant and audited for film tax credits. All necessary skills for anyone at a Supervisory / Manager level.

4. Advanced: Participants will have an understanding of a few State requirements to certify the cost report for tax credit purposes. From this understanding the participants can confidently comply with any State's certification requirements.



May 6th & 7th 2017


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    Week-End Workshop


Aug 5th & 6th



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    This workshop is in response to the high demand for Film Payroll Accountants & Line Producers. Understanding film payroll for SAG, DGA and LATSE crew is a vital necessity for all Line Producers as well as Production Accountants. The workshop is jam packed with practical applications, actually calculating timecards according to the Agreements for SAG, DGA, IATSE.

    Chicago Workshop Venue: Hilton Garden Inn, 10 E.Grand Ave., Chicago, IL 60611 


    Chicago Group Rate For Hotel Rooms:

    If you're interested we have arranged a group rate of $209/Nite at a near hotel, the Holiday Inn Express, 640 N. Wabash Ave., Chicago, IL 60611.  Call reservations at 1-800-465-4329 use the group code FP8



    Can't Make it? See On-Line Self-Study Courses (click here)

    The 5 comprehensive on-line self-study courses, have been designed to make it as practical and as lively as possible. For every Guild/Union






TESTIMONIALS: Below is a video clip of attendees from one of my workshops in Detroit.

Open this PDF document of more testimonials of people who have allowed us to use their names. Many of them have found work in the industry after attending one or more of my workshops - see what they have to say.


More quotes to give you a concept of my basic nature - my workshops are never boring:


“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.


"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, 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 get 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 course materials; "breaking the ice" as John will say. An open discourse with everyone in the class, enabling different perspectivesfrom 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. Nich 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 andcalls 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 aproduction is produced on time and on budget.
  • He brings his vastcross-over disciplinary skills and experience to an nuts and bolts result in his book "Walk The Talk", which I use in my producing courseat University of New Haven.
  • His presentations ( including Movie Magic budgeting & scheduling) and workshops are just notthe how to's... but the why's .
  • He shares all the interpersonal goingson with the bottom line- the result. And the money involved to get thatresult.
  • I am grateful to have discovered "Walk the Talk" and JohnGaskin and look forward always to introduce John's his book and information that I have found there, and nowhere else!" Tom Garrett, Chair of Media Studies, University of New Haven

"I do not have an accounting background. I do mostly self produced independent film and theater work. I discovered John Gaskin's course while consulting for a legal team. Their client was interested in producing a film and wanted to make sure his money was well spent. The Production Accounting course allowed me to serve this client's needs and added immeasurably to myunderstanding of 'the business'.

  • John is friendly and approachable, yet he and his subject are profoundly pragmatic.
  • I find this no nonsense, all business approach quite refreshing and encouraging. Theater and film programs are full of dreamers wishing to take on Hollywood, yet there is virtually no instruction on how the business actually operates. Instead, we're fed near mythic stories of people who “broke in”, told to work hard until it's our turn to make it big, and left to figure things out for ourselves. I personally consider this an act of gross negligence on the part of most college programs,
  • but I feel John's materials go a long way toward correcting this oversight. John removes the starry eyed bullshit from the conversation of filmmaking and working in film. And he replaces it with a very real, tangible and needed skill that gives people far better opportunities to work in the industry than prevailing wisdom would even consider.
  • I would encourage anyone with an interest in working in any part of the industry to look into production accounting, and specifically John's course materials.!" Thomas Putetza, Owner,

BENEFITS:  The workshops provide you with a practical 'door opener' to film production - as a novice Line Producer, Producer's or Director's Assistant, Production Assistant, Film Accounting, etc. (If you are unsure of the the role of a Film Accountant, click here, for a quick run down on the income levels and career potential.)

  • You will receive John's E-book, "Walk The Talk" jammed with practical tools of your trade.  
  • John will provide each attendee with their own CD packed with
  •   - over 20 different budget templates on Excel, PDF, MovieMagicBudgeting© and EP MovieMagicBudgeting©
  •   - over 50 practical film production form templates, including all accounting forms used in the business, as well as sample Call Sheets, Daily Production reports, release forms, deal memos, legal assignments, sample equipment agreements, etc. (Note: Most film production/accounting forms are on Word or Excel for your future application)
  •   - screen recordings of software applications, as discussed in the workshop will be provided on DVD, for your future reference.
  • All practical assignments are based on John's 30 years experience in film production.
  • John will be discussing the practical aspect of finding work in the film industry. John makes no promises, but he has many years of experience finding work as a film auditor and will mentor you on his successful actions and contacts.
  • Coffee and tea will be provided.
  • If you have any further questions about the workshops, or about the film business in general, feel free to email John Gaskin.


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