Sat 28th Sep 2019 9:30am

£550 + booking fee + VAT

This 10 day course will run across weekends in September - November at Pinewood Studios

The Production Guild, in association with ScreenSkills and in partnership with ITV Studios, is seeking to train experienced assistant production accountants to support their transition to production accountant positions in film and HETV. 

This 10 day course has been created to ensure specific and rigorous training in production accounting for HETV drama and film, over 10 days of classroom training devoted to both specialisms. 

To support each trainees transition to production accountant, they will also be given 1:1 mentoring and development support. 

HETV training 

HETV drama training will encompass accounting practices and procedures unique to episodic production including: simultaneous cost-tracking of consecutive episodes at prep, shoot and post-production stages, cost reporting across an episode and a series, amort and pattern budgeting, using patterns to create episode budgets, the accounting systems used by different broadcasters, running payroll for HETV drama and managing rate expectations of returning crews on recommissioned projects.

Film training

Film production accounting training will develop the skills to enable them to work on studio pictures as well as smaller independent films including: using Movie Magic to budget and forecast costs; professional obligations when working on bonded productions; proficiency in film accounting software; working in multiple currencies and running payroll for film productions.

Dates

Weekend One – 28th / 29th Sept
Weekend Two – 12th / 13th Oct
Weekend Three – 26th / 27th Oct
Weekend Four – 9th / 10th Nov
Weekend Five – 23rd / 24th Nov

Tutors

This course is led by experienced Production Accountants and trainers, Lucy Drake (HETV) and Becca Wolf (Film). 

Lucy Drake. A freelance financial controller Lucy also provides consultancy, training and coaching in the film and TV industry. She is a qualified Chartered Accountant and started working as a Drama production accountant in the BBC and where she progressed to senior production accountant. Lucy has worked on a number of TV dramas and films, most recently as the UK FC on Minamata with Johnny Depp filming in Serbia and currently as UK Line Producer/ Financial Controller on Our Girl on location in South Africa. She is a founding committee member of the Production Accounting Forum and co-authored their Best Practice Guide to Production Accounting website. She also develops and runs training programmes for various organisations including NFTS, The Production Guild, BBC, Moneypenny and various Universities.

2019 Intrigo: Dear Agnes (Financial Controller) (post-production)

2019 Intrigo: Samaria (Financial Controller) (post-production)

2018 Undergods (Financial Controller) (post-production)

2018 Intrigo: Death of an Author (Financial Controller)

2018 Red Joan (Post Production accountant)

2018 Old Boys (Post Production accountant)

2017/III Beast (Post Production accountant)

Becca Wolf In 2005, I gave up a career as a qualified accountant to start again as a trainee in Production Accounting. I have worked my way up to Financial Controller over that time working in most roles within the accounts department on my way. I have worked on projects of all sizes from micro-budgets to the studio blockbusters, experiencing all levels of rules and regulations

2019 Rebecca (Financial Controller)

2019 The Secret Garden (Financial Controller) 

2018 Entebbe (Financial Controller)

2018 Juliet, Naked (Financial Controller)

2017/I Breathe (Production Accountant)

2016 Assassin's Creed (Production Accountant)

How to apply

To download the application form and guidance notes please click here

To be eligible to apply, applicants must have at least 2 production credits on either HETV dramas or feature film.

The cost of this five weekend course is £550 + VAT + booking fee per applicant.

Application deadline - Monday 9th September at 12:00pm 

This programme is being delivered by the Production Guild in partnership with ITV Studios. It is supported by the ScreenSkills Film Skills Fund with contributions from UK film productions and by the ScreenSkills High-end TV Skills Fund with contributions from UK high-end TV productions. ScreenSkills is the industry-led skills body for the UK’s screen industries.

Previous course feedback

Awesome. Great combination of exercises and discussion and education. This is one of the best course I have ever done - Karen Davidson

Great for giving a condensed picture of what being a production accountant is - Jacqueline McConville

Lucy is an amazing tutor. Very knowledgeable and willing to explain difficult subject areas in full detail - Jose Calvo  

A fantastic and useful course to all production accountants and assistants - Joanne Burton


FAQs

Do I have to be a member of the Production Guild to apply?
No, all fully completed applications that meet the selection criteria and are received before the application deadline will be considered.

What is the selection process?
All fully completed applications received by the deadline, will be assessed on merit using the information provided on the application form. Successful applicants will be informed no later than Friday 13th September.

I have one years’ experience working in production accounting can I still apply?
The scheme is designed for mid-career level applicants and relies on applicants having enough experience and knowledge to be able to move-up to work effectively at the production accountant level by the end of the programme.

I’ve had a career break – am I still eligible?
We will consider applications from people with relevant experience who have had a career break.

I do not live near Pinewood, can I apply?
Yes, we welcome applications no matter where you live in the UK and will be able to offer some financial support towards travel and accommodation costs.

Can I attend just one of the days?
No, the course is designed to equip you with the skills that you will need to move up to Production Accountant and you will need to attend all days



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