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Do you or have you worked in construction, textiles, logistics, painting or accounting? Did you know you could also use your skills on film sets?
ScreenSkills and Pinewood Studios, Iver Heath, are partnering for Skills to Film, a two-day development opportunity for anyone living and working locally to the studios who has existing experience and expertise that could transfer to roles in film. Across one weekend, attendees will learn more about the film industry and where their skills could fit, through information sessions, panels and hands-on workshops.
Become part of Skills to Film
If you are successful in your application to become part of Skills to Film, you will be invited to attend the industry weekend on 8 and 9 June, 2019. The weekend will introduce attendees to Pinewood and the wider film industry. Senior figures from across film will share their advice, and in specialist workshops attendees will learn more about specific departments.
Skills to Film: Pinewood will focus on five areas where there are identified industry skills gaps, so we are looking for people with skills in these areas:
- 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.
- Costume: The costume department is responsible for finding, creating or hiring the costumes for every character on screen. If you have previous experience in fashion, sewing or fitting and measurements, you may have the skills to work in the costume department.
- Locations: Finding the right locations to shoot a film is hugely important and has a big impact on the feel of the end result. If you have experience in work involving marshalling or logistics - e.g. as a police officer - or driving, then you may have the skills to work in this 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.
- Accounts: Finance and accounting is a huge part of getting a film made. If you have previous experience in accounting in other sectors, you may also be able to work as a film accountant.
How will Skills to Film: Pinewood work?
The Skills to Film development weekend will take place at Pinewood Studios on 8 and 9 June, 2019. The weekend will include practical information sessions, panels and hands-on specialist workshops, all designed to take a closer look at what is required to work in the identified departments.
The weekend will be followed by a networking event at Pinewood Studios on Wednesday 26 June 2019. This is an opportunity for Skills to Film attendees to meet studio and production company staff and managers from across the departments.
There will be additional events across the year, enabling Skills to Film attendees to keep in regular contact with the studios and stay informed about upcoming opportunities.
Skills to Film attendees will also be highlighted as having attended this programme on our ScreenSkills talent directory.
"We know that there are many roles within film that have their counterparts outside the industry. This initiative aims to encourage people with expertise we need to take up opportunities to work in film. We hope that there will be many who are excited to learn about the options and share their skills.” - Gareth Ellis-Unwin, ScreenSkills Head of Film and Animation and Oscar-winning producer of The King's Speech
"The British film industry is growing at an incredible rate. We really hope this initiative will help local people understand how their skills are relevant to the film industry, and that it leads to people finding roles in a thriving sector." - Andrew M. Smith, Pinewood Studios' Corporate Affairs Director
Please note that once accepted onto Skills to Film, future paid work in the film industry 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.
There are limited spaces on Skills to Film. Attendees will be selected based on their locality to the studios and their existing transferable skills and experience in relation to the departments mentioned.
ScreenSkills strives to be an inclusive organisation and aims to create a workforce that reflects the diversity of the UK in the screen industries. We welcome applications from diverse candidates.
How to apply
To meet the Skills to Film criteria, you must have existing expertise and 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 industry.
Skills to Film connects local talent to the film studio in their area. For Skills to Film: Pinewood, individuals must live and/or work a commutable distance from the studios in Iver Heath and must be able to attend both the full weekend and networking event.
Skills to Film opens for applications on Monday 1 April, 2019 and will close on Sunday 28 April, 2019. There is a short application form to complete, in 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.
Further Skills to Film opportunities across the UK, working with different studios, will be advertised in the near future.
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