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NFTS 9 Nov 2017 01:39pm

How to become a film and TV accountant

SPONSORED CONTENT: Become a production accountant for film & TV in a year with NFTS and the Production Guild

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Caption: Can you make a blockbuster without breaking the bank?

For those already working in finance or accountancy or simply have an affinity for numbers, but who can’t wait to watch the next big thing on Netflix or watch the latest movie, it’s an easy calculation to work out that a move into the film or television industry would be an exciting one. So what’s holding you back?

As more and more films and television productions are being made in the UK due to attractive tax credits, the industry is struggling to cater for the number of accounting roles available so this is an excellent time to make that move into the exhilarating world of film and TV. The accounting team is an integral part of a particular production and works from start to finish until the final accounts are delivered. Depending on the size of the film or production, contracts can range from two months to two years. If the film has a foreign location shoot you can be given the opportunity to travel and work abroad with local crews and learn about different cultures. Every day can be different. One day you could be calculating the action vehicle budget and the next you could be out on set dealing with the crew.

The National Film and Television School — commended by The Hollywood Reporter as a top international film school and the only British school to make the cut — can help you make that life changing move with its new 12-month, part-time (one evening a week) Production Accounting for Film and Television Diploma. The course is delivered in partnership with the Production Guild at Film Finances Offices in Soho and equips students with the skills required to foster a successful future career as a Film or Television Production Accountant. Students will learn a wide range of skills including how the production is set up and systems are implemented; pre-production, production and post production budgeting; working with multi-currency; sources of finance and treatment of funds; taxation and insurance; production audits; projection management.

It’s an intensive and practical course that includes a 10-day work placement on a film or television production and you will make lots of key contacts through masterclasses and Q&As with seasoned industry professionals. Applicants will need good basic numeracy and Excel skills and enjoy problem solving, being organised and have good attention to detail. So if you’re number savvy and have a real interest in film and TV and willing to see a project through to fruition, apply for this exciting course now!


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