Runner Soph Webberley

Job title: production runner/production assistant
Industries: High-end TV

Participating in ScreenSkills' High-end TV In-house Runner scheme gave Soph Webberley a taster of what working in the screen industry is like, and has kick-started her career with a new permanent job. 

Since school, Soph had dreamt of working for Sheffield-based Warp Films – a company she believed would be perfect for her because she saw her own background reflected in their work. 

“I connected with British working class films like Dead Man’s Shoes and This Is England,” she says. “I found there was a lack of creative opportunities at school, so watching films was always my main source of inspiration.” 

After studying for a degree in Media Film Production at Staffordshire University, Wolverhampton-based Soph was put off by the distance and expense of relocating to London. Reaching out to Warp in the hope that they might have an opportunity, they saw her potential and were able to use the In-House Runners programme to bring her in for paid work experience.

In our opinion, the scheme is a great way to open up the industry to those who might not otherwise get a chance and we wholeheartedly recommend it.

Niall Shamma, COO and CEO of Warp

“This opportunity has created a platform of development and growth for my career in the screen industry,” Soph says. “I now understand the importance of communication, confidence and originality when working with others. I have been encouraged to research, plan strategically and problem solve.”

Throughout her placement she felt supported, relied on and believed in by all in the team, and was eager to learn as much as possible from the professionals around her. Her dedication paid off. Happy with her progress, Warp has been able to offer her a permanent position as PA to the joint CEO after she completed her six-month placement. 

Niall Shamma, COO and CFO of Warp says:
"Taking part in the In-House Runners scheme has been a great success for us. It has allowed us to move from unpaid one month internships to a six month paid programme which opens it up to people who cannot afford to work unpaid."

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