Factual researchers completed training to step up to shooting AP

A group of 10 people have completed a new ScreenSkills scheme that aims to give experienced factual researchers the editorial and practical skills to become a shooting AP.

ScreenSkills researcher to shooting AP scheme

The ScreenSkills researcher to shooting AP scheme is supported by the ScreenSkills TV Skills Fund with contributions from BBC, Channel 4 and Channel 5 and delivered by ScreenSkills ITF.

“I feel this course has allowed me to gain confidence and having our work openly critiqued by our peers had let me know that I can actually get good shots. I really feel my confidence has grown exponentially since starting this course,” Scotland-based researcher JulieAnn Lough said.

The cohort was selected from more than 200 applications and participated in four training weekends between March and June 2019. Following an overview of what the role of a shooting AP entails, candidates participated in practical training days. Topics covered include directing and editing on smartphones, self-shooting, camera foundations skills and sound training.

All candidates also received one-to-one mentoring time with lead trainer Kate Middleton and there were feedback sessions with all trainers to identify and tackle any remaining skills gaps.

“The course provided a solid foundation of the grammar of film, providing an understanding of how to use framing, colour and lighting to tell a story. Once we'd grasped the basics we were encouraged to go out ourselves and put the theory into practice - with fantastic results,” participant Serador Gabriel said.

Since finishing the scheme three participants are actively working at shooting AP level. Rosemary Cafferkey said: “Since doing the course I have been asked to interview for AP jobs, and I feel confident that I will be able to fulfil the roll of shooting AP - I definitely didn't before.”


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