Film Trainee Finder 2020 begins with first induction weekend

This year’s successful film Trainee Finder trainees were invited to a two-day induction weekend at Prime Studios in Leeds on 7 March.

The trainees met on the first of three induction events to receive information and training in preparation for the start of the year-long placement programme.

Following an introduction from ScreenSkills, trainees spoke with Trainee Finder alumni from previous years, who were able to answer their questions about what to expect from the programme and how to get the best from their experience. They then had the chance to talk to a panel of film and TV heads of department (HoDs) about the on-set experience, before splitting into their respective departments to talk with individual HoDs. The HoDs included Martin Beresford (sound mixer), Katie Brown (costume supervisor), Martin Curry (AD), Rebecca Davies (producer), Richard Knight (location manager), Melanie Lenihan (make-up and prosthetics designer), Nick Wilkinson (art director) and Kim Vinegrad (focus puller).

On the Sunday, trainees had a day filled with masterclasses on set etiquette, including how to behave on a film set, how to use various equipment and other useful tips, and received useful training on writing CVs and interview technique. They also attended a masterclass on managing finances as a freelancer, including budgeting.

The induction weekend marks the beginning of a year-long programme during which the cohort will receive further training, placement on productions and ongoing pastoral support when applying for further positions.

In light of the current situation due to coronavirus, trainees are being made aware of alternative arrangements to deliver the further induction weekends. More information to follow on this.

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