Do you have experience in construction, art and design, logistics, or in office administration? Did you know you could use your skills in film and television?
Skills to Screen: Manchester is a development opportunity for anyone living within a one-hour commute of Manchester who has at least five years' existing experience they could transfer to a role in film or television.
On Saturday 29 February, attendees will learn more about the film and television industries and where their skills could fit, through information sessions, panel discussions and hands-on workshops discussions, plus a tour of a real working set. This will be followed by a networking event on Wednesday 18 March with industry practitioners looking for talent to hire.
Become part of Skills to Screen
We are looking for people with skills in four areas where there are identified industry skills gaps:
- Art: The art department is often the largest department on a film set and is responsible for all the visual elements of a film or high-end TV show. If you have previous experience in painting, draughtsmanship or technical drawing, you may have the skills to work in a film art department. Click here to learn more about roles in the art department.
- Construction: The construction of sets for film and TV is a complicated process involving a huge range of skills and artistry. If you have previous experience in construction, carpentry, plastering or rigging and scaffolding, you may have the skills to work in this department. Click here to learn more about roles in construction.
- Locations: The location in which a film is set has a huge impact on its look, feel and story. It’s the job of location managers to find that place and make sure it’s accessible, safe and not too expensive to hire. If you have experience in events, marshalling or logistics (including the military, police, fire service, ambulance service and security), then you may have the skills to work in this department. Click here to learn more about roles in locations.
- Production Office: Production coordinators run the production office, which is the administrative office responsible for managing a film production. Activity includes organising equipment, supplies and staff, as well as coordinating travel, accommodation, work permits and visas for cast and crew. Production coordinators also distribute shooting schedules, crew and cast lists, scripts and script revisions. Click here for a job profile.
How will Skills to Screen: Manchester work?
If you are successful in your application to become part of Skills to Screen: Manchester, you will be invited to attend the insight day at Space Studios Manchester on Saturday 29 February. The day will include practical information sessions, discussion panels and hands-on specialist workshops, all designed to take a closer look at what is required to work in the identified departments.
It will be followed on Wednesday 18 March by an evening of networking with a range of industry practitioners. This is an opportunity for Skills to Screen attendees to meet studio and production company staff and managers from across the departments.
Skills to Screen attendees will be kept informed about upcoming opportunities, and also be highlighted as having attended this programme on our ScreenSkills talent directory.
Please note that once accepted onto Skills to Screen, future paid work in the film and television industries is not guaranteed. You must proactively follow up on opportunities and the industry contacts you have been introduced to and ensure your CV and ScreenSkills profile are kept up to date.
How to apply
To meet the Skills to Screen criteria, you must have at least five years’ experience in a role with skills transferable to the identified departments. This is not an entry-level scheme. We are looking for individuals who are interested in developing their existing skills and extending their work into the film and television industries.
Skills to Screen connects local talent to the film and television industry in their area. For Skills to Screen: Manchester, individuals must live within a one-hour commute from Manchester and must be able to attend both the insight day on Saturday 29 February and networking event on Wednesday 18 March.
There is a short application form to complete, which will ask for details on your current skills and experience and the department you are interested in learning more about. This information will be used to select attendees.
Skills to Screen is a Diversity & Inclusion initiative that aims to help create a screen industries workforce that reflects the diversity of the UK population, in line with the BFI Diversity Standards. We actively encourage applications from individuals from underrepresented groups.
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ScreenSkills Skills to Screen: Manchester, delivered by SharpFutures, is supported by ScreenSkills using National Lottery funds awarded by the BFI as part of the Future Film Skills programme.