- Personality type:
- Assisting Production Accountants and Assistant Accountants with accounting on film productions
- Carrying out tasks ranging from making and recording payments to generating cost reports
- Using accounting and film production software
Is this role right for me?
To do this role, you will need to:
- Have strong numeracy skills
- Understand the principles of basic bookkeeping
- Be skilled in data entry, using spreadsheets and word processing software
- Understand the working conditions on film productions (long hours, hard work, unusual schedules etc.)
- Follow instructions from senior Accountants
- Prioritise and deal with stressful situations
- Maintain confidentiality
- Be a good communicator and be able to work well with others
What does an Accounts Trainee do?
Accounts Trainees support the work of Production Accountants and Assistant Accountants helping to ensure accurate accounting on film productions.
Accounts Trainees make and record payments, process documents for goods and services received, prepare ledger balances and help to control accounts.
Daily duties may include: sorting and distributing paperwork, stuffing envelopes, delivering 'per diems' (the crew's daily expense payments) to the set, inputting data, making phone calls, photocopying documents, filling in forms and posting cheques and other documents.
Accounts Trainees help to support cost control by coding and extracting information and by providing comparisons on costs and income. They are also responsible for keeping accurate files and records and backing-up data.
They also need to contribute to a safe and secure workplace in line with production policies and make sure that they do not jeopardise the safety of themselves or others.
The work is mostly office based and Accounts Trainees are usually employed on a freelance basis.
Will I need a qualification?
You should have an approved qualification, e.g., an NVQ or SVQ in Bookkeeping or be able to demonstrate relevant work experience. A basic knowledge of Film Accountancy Budgeting software is an advantage.
You will usually need a full, clean EU driver's licence.
Where might the role take me?
Career progression in the film industry is usually based on experience; however, the rate of progression in Production Accountancy also depends on the qualifications you gain.
You can advance your career by participating in the Assistant Accountant Training Scheme, delivered by the Production Guild.
You may progress to become Assistant Accountants and, as your experience grows, to the role of Film Production Accountant.
Interested? Find out more...
- The Production Guild, where you can find A Best Practice Guide to Production Accounting
- The Chartered Institute of Management Accountants