Workshop Registration

Introduction to Production Accounting

This one-evening workshop provides a comprehensive introduction to the vital part of maintaining the finances and records for film productions. Participants will learn from an industry professional how to navigate their way to becoming a production accountant and the core skills and knowledge required. Topics covered will include: understanding the production process, standard accounting practices, working with other departments, functions of the accountant, and using the most efficient and cost-effective ways to track a production. Questions are encouraged on book set-ups, accurate bookkeeping and basic reporting for new and ongoing projects.

The Introduction to Independent Filmmaking workshop is strongly recommended as a prerequisite. This workshop is recommended as a companion to the Producing Dramatic Film, Production Management and Directing Dramatic Film workshops.

For ONLINE WORKSHOPS, prior to the class, please create a profile on Zoom and download the free version of the application at

You will receive an email from LIFT with an invitation link to join the workshop one hour before the class begins which will prompt you to open the application or web browser. After this, the instructor will admit you into the call.

Please ensure that you log in using a Zoom account with a profile name that appears as the same name registered for the class. If not, for security reasons, you may not be permitted to join. During the workshop, we advise that you keep your microphone on mute to minimize external noise and that you unmute when participating in class discussions. Please also arrive to the session on time so the instructor can admit you before the lesson begins.

Thu 25 March 2021, 6 - 9 pm   
(Registration deadline is Thu 25 March 5:00 pm)

Instructor: Sara Howie

Sara Howie is a multidisciplinary artist and filmmaker living in Toronto, Canada. She is a member of the Director’s Guild of Canada and has been working in film accounting for the past 5 years, by way of a fine art background. She attended the University of Windsor for fine art and was a research fellow in artist collective Broken City Lab before moving to Toronto in 2014. Sara has worked on a variety of independent films doing work as a production designer and production accountant, though she has also done SFX makeup and continuity. Most of Sara’s work today focuses on American network television; she has worked on productions for many major studios, including FX Television, NBC, and Netflix.

Category: Production
Maximum Capacity: 15
3 hours of instruction $60 /member$85 /nonmember