Cathy Marshall-Hart is a payroll accountant that has worked on some amazing and iconic films. 她的功劳清单包括 黑客帝国2:重装上阵, 矩阵革命, 租金, 《闲和庄娱乐场》, 《闲和庄娱乐场》, 以利书, 隐藏的数字, 歹徒, 福特v法拉利, and two projects that filmed right here in Oklahoma – 静, directed by Tom McCarthy and starring Matt Damon, and an FX TV pilot, 预订的狗, written by writer and filmmaker Sterlin Harjo and Oscar-winning writer Taika Waititi, 谁也指挥飞行员. 我们的主人, 金正日莫特, recently spoke with Cathy to learn more about Cathy’s role as a payroll accountant.
The payroll accountant is usually hired by the 主管会计 on a film and begins work during pre-production when pre-production departments begin to prepare for the shoot. Their main responsibility is to ensure that everyone on the production -- from the cast to production assistants -- gets paid.
工资的会计 receives the pay rates for each position from the 芬欧蓝. 工资的会计 will distribute and process start work paperwork and make sure it is filled out correctly by all positions on a film or tv show. Start packs from studios can range from ten to fifty pages and include start forms from payroll services that are used by the production. Without a start work form, a cast or crew member cannot get paid due to IRS regulations. 经常, a Payroll Accountant will send their assistant out to set on the first day of the shoot to follow up with the cast and crew to find crew members and spot check their paperwork. Productions usually use Entertainment Partners or Cast and Crew for their payroll services.
工资的会计 will use timecards to process weekly paychecks using the payroll software. These timecards must include a crew member's in time, out time, and when they took lunch. If a cast or crew includes the last four digits of their social security number on these time cards it aids the Payroll Accountant, as well as ensuring that their position, as well as their first name and last name are clearly visible on the card.
The Accounting Department will work closely with the 生产办公室. Each week, the Accounting Department must complete a cost report for the production. 工资的会计 must provide each cast member and crew member's information and weekly paycheck amount for this report. The weekly cost report will be used by producers and the 芬欧蓝 to determine the status of the production budget.
组织: 工资的会计 must be able to track the paperwork and timecards for the entire production crew, which can include hundreds of people with varying pay rates. In order to do so, they must be highly organized and efficient at their job.
注意细节: 工资的会计 must be able to spot errors. If a signature is missed, it may mean that someone doesn't get paid. A keen eye for detail will ensure that no errors go unnoticed.
好与人: 工资的会计 works closely with many departments and will often communicate with 部门主管 about issues regarding payment. 耐心, an ability to listen and treat others with respect is a must when working with others in this capacity.
Start out as a Set PA and move to the Accounting Department or get hired as an 会计文员. If you get hired as an 会计文员, you can begin to build relationships and gain the experience you need to be a Payroll Accountant.
While some site annual salaries as high as $114,500 and others as low as $21,000, the majority of Accountant salaries in film production currently range between $39,500 to $73,500 across the United States.
工资的会计 will usually use supplies provided by the production office.
Start work: Refers to the packet a cast member or crew member must complete in order to get paid on a film or TV show.
Learn more about Cathy Marshall-Hart: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0550800/?ref_=fn_al_nm_1
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