TV and film industry boot camps announced for new entrants

ScreenSkills has commissioned a series of free boot camps to run across the country this autumn. These taster sessions are designed to give individuals with relevant skills an overview of the wide range of behind-the-camera roles available in film and TV drama production.

The boot camps also give participants a chance to learn more about ScreenSkills’ Trainee Finder scheme, which has already placed hundreds of talented, creative individuals on film and high-end TV productions. 

Nicky Ball, ScreenSkills' senior high-end TV new entrant manager, said: "We were delighted at the response to the boot camps we ran earlier this year. Several months later, the demand for skilled talent from TV and film productions is no less.

"Attracting new entrants to the film and high-end TV industry in the regions is vital to sustain growth and these boot camps serve as an ideal entry pathway for those interested in a career in high-end TV drama or film."

After the boot camp, I applied for ScreenSkills’ High-end TV Trainee Finder scheme, and was lucky enough to get a place. As a result, I am currently working on The Spanish Princess at the Bottle Yard. So, yes, the boot camp has definitely had a positive impact for me!

Carter Caldwell, previous boot camp attendee

The boot camps are supported by a mix of National Lottery funds, awarded to ScreenSkills from the British Film Institute to deliver its Future Film Skills programme, and the High-end TV Skills Fund, overseen by the High-end TV Council to ensure a sustainable funding legacy to develop industry skills and support the next generation of high-end TV talent.

The following boot camps have been announced so far:

Bristol, Thursday 25-Friday 26 October 2018

Calling the Shots will run a two-day boot camp at Bristol’s Bottle Yard Studios. Participants will learn about the process of making film and TV dramas and will leave with a better understanding of the practicalities and realities of working in the industry.

A similar boot camp in January 2018 attracted more than 500 applications and has enabled some, including Carter Caldwell, to gain further experience: “After the boot camp, I applied for ScreenSkills’ High-end TV Trainee Finder scheme, and was lucky enough to get a place. As a result, I am currently working on The Spanish Princess at the Bottle Yard. So, yes, the boot camp has definitely had a positive impact for me!”

Read more about this opportunity here

Nottingham, Saturday 3-Sunday 4 November 2018

Confetti Institute of Creative Technologies will run an 'Industry Weekender' in Nottingham. This two-day boot camp, which will be held at Confetti’s brand new centre for music and arts, allows new entrants to learn about roles for behind-the-camera crew. Participants will be able to meet and engage with TV professionals that have worked on shows including Doctor Who

Read more about this opportunity here

Belfast, Friday 9 November 2018

Cinemagic, with the support of ScreenSkills, are delivering a one-day boot camp for new entrants to the film Industry or those interested in entering.

This is a great opportunity for new entrants to learn more about the film industry, gain insight from industry professionals, network with other new entrants and develop knowledge on other opportunities.

Read more about this opportunity here

Newcastle, Thursday 15 November 2018

Supported by Screen Skills, the Northern Film & Media Academy (NFM) aims to increase the North East’s crew base by identifying skills shortages and implementing training and up-skilling opportunities within production, with a particular focus on high-end drama.

With sessions on what to expect working in the industry, how to freelance and how to perfect your CV, as well as insights from experienced crew giving their top tips for getting into and getting on in the industry, boot camp is a must. 

Read more about this opportunity here

Birmingham, Monday 26 November 2018

Producers Forum will run 'Get Started in Film' at Birmingham Open Media. Application details will be available soon.


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