How have other people found their way into the screen industries and built their careers? Be inspired by real-life stories, including the experiences of industry professionals who have advanced their careers thanks to training supported by ScreenSkills.
Production coordinator Virginia Bonet on ScreenSkills’ Leadership and Management training
5 Jul 2021
Share your story - producer and ScreenSkills Head of Film and Animation Gareth Ellis-Unwin
1 Jul 2021
Chartered accountant Hamish Stewart on transferring into screen
A place on the ScreenSkills Accounts Industry Transfer Programme helped Hamish move into high-end TV
28 May 2021
Stop motion animator and director Daniella Orsini on ScreenSkills’ animation budgeting clinic
22 Apr 2021
VFX and motion designer Phillip Edge on a bursary
Phillip Edge turned to ScreenSkills for a bursary when he needed to a new laptop in order to progress his blossoming visual effects career
Teresa Potocka on how mentoring helped her career
Teresa turned to ScreenSkills for mentoring support when she struggled to get production projects off the ground.
Nele Wöhlk on her grips course at the Centre of Screen Excellence in Yorkshire
Grips are in huge demand within the booming TV and film industry, yet female grips are under-represented.
Producer/director Daniel Dempster on a ScreenSkills bursary
A ScreenSkills bursary helped producer/director Daniel purchase two cameras he needed for a self-shooting career.
Katie Hudson on a ScreenSkills bursary
A bursary to fund driving lessons helped Katie's career in costume progress
Eloise Singer on a ScreenSkills bursary
Support from ScreenSkills helped her purchase a VR headset and laptop.
Jayne Austin on Children's TV Make a Move
Hello Halo used ScreenSkills funding to help Jayne step up
Emine Yalchin on Children’s TV Make a Move
King Banana used ScreenSkills’ Children’s TV Make a Move funding to help Emine to step up
ScreenSkills’ First Break vision department trainee Sumaiyya Shafi
After graduation from university, Leeds-born Sumaiyya secured a traineeship on Emmerdale
ScreenSkills’ First Break runner Talhah Lockhat
A chance to work on Emmerdale was a dream come true for Bradford-born Talhah
James Levison on the high-end TV co-producer programme
ScreenSkills' high-end TV co-producer programme helped James get back into high-end TV.
Assistant art director May Davies on a ScreenSkills bursary and mentoring help
May credits some of her rise to ScreenSkills, having had help with bursaries and a mentorship
Hair and make-up artist Annie Little on HETV Trainee Finder and a bursary
A paid placement on Small Axe helped Annie move into high-end television
Lewis Field on Children's TV Make a Move
Junior production manager Lewis stepped up to the role of production manager with the help of the scheme
Camera operator Rebecca Sherburn on a ScreenSkills bursary
A bursary enabled Rebecca to buy weather gear to stay warm on the job
Gaffer Andy Lowe on leadership and management training and mentoring
Andy is keen to both pass on his knowledge and develop his own skillset.
Northern Ireland film is buzzing
Four film and TV professionals reveal how the Northern Irish film and TV industries are growing.
Now's the time to be in Scotland
Five film and TV professionals talk about some of the great things about working in Scotland.
How Make a Move helped costume designer Poppy Moorcroft
Working closely alongside an experienced costume designer she gained valuable insights
Tony Schumacher on how the ScreenSkills New Writers Programme helped him
At the age of 53 his debut script is being made for the BBC
3D motion designer Dominic Spall
A ScreenSkills Select endorsed animation degree helped Dominic break into the industry
Camera trainee Caleb Johnston on his ScreenSkills Select degree
A ScreenSkills Select degree brought him a step closer to becoming cinematographer
Producer Lauren Parker on how a bursary and Trainee Finder helped her
ScreenSkills Trainee Finder alumna Lauren was able to buy software with a bursary.
ScreenSkills’ First Break locations trainee Llauren Magney
ScreenSkills’ First Break enabled Llauren to work in the the locations department of ITV’s Emmerdale.
ScreenSkills’ First Break edit trainee Tiffany Bowman
A chance to work on Coronation Street was a dream come true for Manchester-based Tiffany.
Kate Walmsley on how online seminars helped her through lockdown
Kate attended around 160 free online ScreenSkills courses whilst furloughed.
ScreenSkills’ First Break camera trainee Jade Marney James
Jade was looking for hands-on experience in production and knew First Break would provide just that.
Cristina Palmer Romero on HETV Make a Move
High-end TV Skills Fund Make a Move helped Cristina transition from production to post- production.
Animation 2D pipeline director Niki Kehoe
A course funded by the Animation Skills Fund helped Niki Kehoe improve her knowledge.
Director of photography Piers Leigh on being a mentor
Keen to give back to the industry, he signed up as a mentor through the ScreenSkills Mentoring Programme.
How mentoring support helped producer Lorine Plagnol
ScreenSkills offered Lorine Plagnol support to advance her career internationally.
Broadcaster and ScreenSkills ambassador Mim Shaikh
Broadcaster, actor, poet and writer and an ambassador Mim Shaikh on getting into the industry
Perjeet Aujla: Series Producer Programme
Perjeet explains how ScreenSkills' helped her become a series producer in Birmingham.
Philip McCreery: Series Producer Programme
Philip became a TV commissioner thanks to the ScreenSkills programme
Composer and ScreenSkills ambassador Nainita Desai
Composer Nainita Desai talks about her career and gives tips.
Production designer Steven Grainger on Make a Move
High-end TV Skills Fund support helped him progress.
Ayden Millar used Make a Move to step up to art director
Support by the High-end TV Skills Fund helped her to progress in her career.
Writer-director Nosa Eke on Make a Move and mentoring support
A chance to shadow a writer-director helped Nosa Eke step up
Locations trainee Amber Curtis on her job in children's TV
As part of Trainee Finder, Amber worked on Hetty Feather.
Floor runner Declan Bambrick on his job in children's TV
As part of Trainee Finder, Declan worked on The Secret Life of Boys.
Costume trainee Aileen Kelly on her job in children's TV
As part of Trainee Finder, Aileen worked on Andy and the Band.
Floor runner Glenn Whelan on working in children's TV
As part of Trainee Finder, Glenn worked on Molly and Mack.
Soph Webberley: runner to regional development assistant
ScreenSkills support helped Soph break into the industry as a runner.
Kasheina Vencatasawmy: from runner to development executive
HETV Skills Fund support helped Kasheina grow in her career at Warp
Maia Pavord on completing a ScreenSkills Select course
A qualification at Iver Make-Up Academy proved perfect for Maia
Accountant Sharon Soor on her Skills to Screen experience
ScreenSkills' Skills to Screen helped her move into the industry
Producer Charlotte Surtees on moving into HETV
The co-producer programme helped her move from factual to HETV
Keelan McRoberts on a ScreenSkills bursary and training
Freelance art director Keelan was able to progress in his career
Stephanie Castelete-Tyrrell on training to help disabled talent
Four Corners’ Making the Cut professional film and TV training for disabled people helped her progress
Thomas Gude on using his ScreenSkills bursary
A ScreenSkills bursary enabled Thomas to complete FEA Simulation, a stunt safety course.
Editor Adrian Cline-Bailey
Completing a ScreenSkills-funded course helped Adrian step up in his career.
Film distribution consultant Ngozi Okali
Participation in the Future Leaders in Distribution gave Ngozi a career and confidence boost.
Film distribution professional Delphine Lievens
Bird’s Eye View Future Leaders in Distribution training helped Delphine progress in her career
Mentoring: Jon Wardle
Having benefited from mentoring himself, Jon Wardle decided to help new talent progress as a mentor
Line producer Frances Mable
HETV Link gave line producer Frances Mable “food for thought” and useful experience in interviewing techniques.
Mentoring: Jamie Wilson and Dani Abram
Animator Dani Abram supported Jamie Wilson through the ScreenSkills mentoring scheme
Sound recordist Daniella Smith
A ScreenSkills bursary had a great impact on the Daniella's career in the sound department.
Writer's assistant Divya Sachdeva
Divya found her confidence in her work during the Animated Women UK and its Helen North Achieve programme.
Animator Hanna Chuieva
Hanna found support through Animated Women UK to fulfil her childhood dream of becoming an animator.
CG animator Anita Corcoran
Anita Corcoran has covered a variety of projects and has recently benefited from the Animated Women UK’s Helen North Achieve programme.
Storyboard artist Bianca Ansems
Find out how ScreenSkills helped Bianca develop her career in storyboarding
Animator Will Becher
Will is a freelance master animator who has worked with Aardman Animation and has joined our ScreenSkills Select evaluators
ITV Studios Head of Production and Talent Jacqui Doyle
Jacqui Doyle discusses her experience as part of the ScreenSkills Select evaluation team
Principal character artist Sam Beattie
Sam has recently been evaluating games degrees as an evaluator for ScreenSkills Select.
Documentary director Inma de Reyes
Inma was able to start directing her own documentaries right after graduating from a ScreenSkills endorsed degree at Edinburgh College of Arts
The ScreenSkills Hanna story
Read how ScreenSkills' Make a Move and Trainee Finder placed new talent on the set of Hanna.
Production secretary Nicolas Motte
Nicolas made the step from runner to production secretary with the support of the ScreenSkills High-end TV Skills Fund.
Art department trainee Edwina Bowen
Edwina started working on the TV show Hanna as an art department trainee through Trainee Finder
Make-up trainee Imani Ramsey
Trainee Finder helped Imani to pursue a career in make-up and gave her the opportunity to work on the series Hanna
Production Designer Amanda McArthur
A production designer on a number of features, Amanda has recently evaluated an MA in production design for ScreenSkills Select
First assistant director Daniel Gibling
Daniel has recently evaluated National Film & Television School’s diploma in assistant directing and floor managing course.
Art director Tim Overson
Art director for Doctor Who and Sandition, Tim reflects on his experience as an endorsed course evaluator
The ScreenSkills Killing Eve story
How ScreenSkills helped to place new talent in production on the multi-award-winning BBC One show Killing Eve.
Costume trainee Anna Alcock
After winning a place on Trainee Finder, Anna secured a placement on the first season of Killing Eve
Script editor Fred Weston Smith
Fred Weston Smith joined Killing Eve Series Two as part of the Make a Move programme
Second unit director Katherine Churcher
The High-End TV Drama Directors Career Development Programme helped Katherine move into High-End TV on the BBC show Killing Eve
Digital imaging technician Calum Weir
After obtaining a degree in mathematics, Calum was eager to explore a more creative career route
Series researcher Greg Wycislok
Greg enrolled in the ScreenSkills-endorsed TV production degree at Solent University to make his dream of working in TV come true
Locations department: Alan Lane
Armed Forces veteran Alan Lane discovered that he had skills wanted by the screen industries at an ScreenSkills event
Digital imaging technician Christy Kail
Christy Kail applied for a ScreenSkills-endorsed course to explore which part of film making he enjoyed most
Art department assistant Katie Deacon
A ScreenSkills-endorsed degree and Film Trainee Finder helped Katie realise her dream of working in film
Art department assistant Kayleigh Miller
A ScreenSkills-endorsed degree and Trainee Finder helped Kayleigh Miller enter the art department
Assistant production accountant Tim Powell
Make a Move helped chartered accountant Tim Powell enter the screen industry
Hair and make-up assistant Sophia Mascarenhas
How Sophia made her way into film make-up - without knowing anyone in the industry
Film exhibition project coordinator Umulkhayr Mohamed
Read Umulkhayr's story of making a career out of putting on film festivals for her community
Locations trainee Ziggy Gray
Find out how Ziggy stumbled across the locations department and found her career
Camera trainee Lauren Byrne
From Googling how to get into film to working big-budget movies, read Lauren's journey
VFX assistant coordinator Shani Vizma
Find out how ScreenSkills helped assistant coordinator Shani find her home in VFX
Assistant director Charanprite Dhami
From criminologist to assistant director, how Charanprite found her place in film
Production coordinator Michelle Burns
The Stepping-UP scheme helping Michelle into a role on HBO's Game of Thrones
Production accountant Ola Kaminska
ScreenSkills' Stepping-Up scheme helped Ola move up in the industry as an accountant
Special effects trainee Sam Murdock
ScreenSkills' Trainee Finder scheme helped Sam learn on the job on HBO's Game of Thrones
The ScreenSkills Game of Thrones story
How ScreenSkills and HBO worked together on skills and training
Producer Louise Say
Louise used the ScreenSkills high-end TV drama new producers programme to get her first drama producer credit
Writer Sharma Walfall
Following a place on the Writers Incubator programme Sharma is now a mentee on the Dancing Ledge writers mentoring scheme
Assistant production accountant Ruby Avards
The ScreenSkills-supported APATS scheme helped Ruby Avards to shift her career focus
Production buyer Vicki Mohan
The Trainee Finder scheme gave Vicki a taste of working in the art department of children's TV
Production office runner Jennifer Harris
A placement though ScreenSkills Trainee Finder made Jennifer realise it is never too late to work towards what you want
Runner Marcellino Hockner
Marcellino took part in ScreenSkills' High-end TV In-House Production Runners Programme
Production company Kudos
Kudos worked with ScreenSkills to take new trainees and up-skill existing crew
Scriptwriter Kit Lambert
Kit took part in the Screen-Skills supported MediaXchange Advanced Writing for TV Drama scheme
TV director Lisa Clarke
Lisa is a participant of the Directors UK High-end TV Drama Directors Career Development Programme
Line producer Adam Knopf
Adam used ScreenSkills' Make a Move scheme to take the next step in high-end TV
Edit trainee Emma Marie Cramb
Emma Marie Cramb worked as a runner before taking part in the ScreenSkills High-end TV Trainee Finder programme
Production runner Camilla Botterell-Race
Camilla participated in ScreenSkills High-end TV Trainee Finder programme
Production secretary Tom Thurgood
Tom completed a nine-month runners programme at Carnival Films with ScreenSkills Make a Move
Animation producer Kath Shackleton
Kath is an animator, producer and co-founder of Fettle animation, which benefited from ScreenSkills development funding
2017 Film Skills Fund recipients
Recipients of funding from the Film Skills Investment Fund talk about their experiences
Cinema programmer Ian Wild
Ian runs the Sheffield Showroom, a four-screen independent cinema showing mainstream, art house and cult films
Producer Allison Abbate
Allison is a BAFTA-Award winning producer of animated and children's film. Recent credits include Frankenweenie
Head of Sky Kid's Content Lucy Murphy
Lucy has also worked on children's TV and animation at King Rollo Films
Rigger Ginger McCarthy
Ginger is the scaffolder of the film industry, providing the backbone for a set build
Second assistant director Michael Queen
Michael the main source of contact between the cast and the assistant director
Sound mixer Stuart Wilson
Stuart is an Oscar-nominated production sound mixer, recording sound for film and TV
Supervising art director Charmian Adams
Charmian aids the production designer in order to achieve their vision of the film
Producer and locations consultant David Broder
David works on film projects in the UK and abroad and runs his own company, Loupe
Editor Jonathan Morris
Jonathan's job is to edit a film the way that works best, with direct consultation with the director
Production designer Mark Leese
Mark Leese is involved in designing sets, props, and being in charge of a large team
Producer Alison Owen
Alison is an award-winning film producer, whose credits include The Suffragettes and Shaun of the Dead
Special effects supervisor Chris Corbould
Chris in charge of a team of technicians producing pyrotechnic explosions and effects
Health and safety advisor David Deane
David advises on the safety and welfare of all personnel working on a production as well as the public
Senior VFX supervisor Keith Devlin
Keith Devlin started out as a runner, then a digital compositor and is now a senior VFX supervisor
Gaffer Lee Walters
Lee is head of the electrical department, deciding the lighting effect required for a scene
Production designer Dave Arrowsmith
Dave works with props teams and designers after he started out as a stagehand
Mentoring: Beejal Patel and Anna Sadowy
BBC documentary commissioning excutive Beejal Patel mentored Anna Sadowy.
Mentoring: Tracy Forsyth and Lizzie Wingham
Former BBC Worldwide commissioner Tracy Forsyth mentored Lizzie Wingham.
Mentoring: Inigo Manby, Emma Bayat and Peter Brook
Assistant editor Inigo Manby mentored Emma Bayat and Peter Brook
Mentoring: Karol Griffiths and Gary Thomas
Script editor and consultant Karol Griffiths mentored Gary Thomas.
Mentor and mentee: Bill Thomas and Nagea Rose
Bill Thomas shared his wealth of experience in the art department with mentee Nagea Rose
Mentoring case study: James Stier and James Friend
Cinematographer James Friend helped his mentee James Stier move from documentary into drama
Anna Thomson: Series Producer Programme
Anna gained worked as a series producer having done ScreenSkills' programme
Louise Quayle: Series Producer Programme
The funny factual producer director explains how the ScreenSkills programme developed her career
Sue Agyeman: Series Producer Programme
Sue is recognised by TV commissioners as a series producer having done ScreenSkills' programme
Merle Currie: Series Producer Programme
How the course enabled Merle to flourish as a series producer on Monkman & Seagull
Daisy Scalchi: Series Producer Programme
How the ScreenSkills course equipped Daisy for the role of commissioning editor
John Deol: Series Producer Programme
John grew in confidence and learnt practical skills from the ScreenSkills training
Stunt coordinator Abbi Collins
Abbi Collins is a freelance stunt coordinator, stunt performer and horse master