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April

We have now moved some of our training content onto Zoom and will continue to keep small, discrete and informal groups to make it as meaningful as possible. We are acutely aware of the current financial challenges for freelancers. As such, we have secured funding from Screen Skills to ensure that these Sessions will be run at no cost to participants during this time. 
 
There will be a range of Sessions and participants are asked to apply once each one goes live. Here are details of the first round – there will be more coming over the next few weeks.


ONE-TO-ONE FILM & TV CAREER ADVICE

Virtual One-to-One bespoke sessions are now available for anyone needing specific advice and information on their career steps. These are held with Talking Point producer Helen Johnson and focus on specific advice, contacts and information on your next career steps. A great way of getting bespoke advice and guidance on how to reach people. 

Each session covers:
  • The role and department you are keen to work in 
  • Your current skills and experience
  • Where the gaps are and how to fill them
  • How to raise the profile and promote your successes
  • A CV check to ensure it is ‘film industry’ relevant
  • Identify who you need to contact, how and when
  • How to keep a working database to network efficiently
HOW TO BOOK 
Download an Application Form via our website and return to info@talkingpoint.uk.net 
 
Places are limited, however if you cannot get a suitable date immediately there will be further opportunities.
 

PORTFOLIO CHECKS 
This is the ideal time to be working on portfolios and we are often asked how art department assistants should present their work effectively. So during this down time, we will be working with established Supervising Art Directors and Set Decorators to run TP. Portfolio Sessions. 
 

Sessions will cover the following;
  • an honest appraisal of your portfolio from practicing art department professionals
  • constructive advice on how best to present your work
  • what to include and what to remove
  • how to make general improvements
This will ensure that your portfolio offers you the best chance of success.

HOW TO BOOK 
Download an Application Form via our website and return to info@talkingpoint.uk.net 
 
Places are limited, however if you cannot get a suitable date immediately there will be further opportunities.
 
EVERYTHING YOU WANT TO KNOW ABOUT …. ACTION PROPS
A Conversation with Lizzie Bravo

There are so many questions when you are trying to break into the industry, move into a new department or move up a grade. It’s not always possible to ask these when you’re working or reach the most experienced practitioners as they are often too busy. So we are using downtime to create this opportunity!

Lizzie Bravo will be joining us to explain what the role of the Action Props Buyer is. She will be talking to us about how she works in this position and the skills and knowledge you need to succeed. Lizzie’s recent credits include Cruella, Bohemian Rhapsody, Wonder Woman. She has worked in the Set Decorating department as a Petty Cash Buyer and Assistant Set Decorator and has over 10 years experience in these roles on feature films and HETVDs.
 

 
HOW TO BOOK 
Download an Application Form via our website and return to info@talkingpoint.uk.net by Monday 4th May.
INDUSTRY ‘TOP TIP’
This month’s top tip comes from VFX Supervisor Andrew Whitehouse, who’s recent work can be seen in Alex Garland’s DEVS, BBC2. It’s great advice for anyone working in craft and technical grades, irrespective of level…..

“Get a daily routine of working going and just make stuff. 
Don’t be too analytical, just keep doing it.
Some of it will be good, some less so, but now is the time to do.
Reflecting upon it can come later when you’re feeling more grounded.”
 
THINGS WE HAVE BEEN ENJOYING THIS MONTH

It is a strange time, that is sure. But there is also a lot to enjoy.
  • Spring feels more this year – Everything is quieter (except the birds and how lovely is that?), the greens are more vivid and the blossom is heavier…. If you want to indulge the last hurrah of blossom check out Charlotte Bland’s insta and website. Gorgeous photos.
     
  • Ozark…late to this but we are certainly getting through it! Not seen anything this repeatedly and effectively shocking for a while….
     
  • Food and drink has become a major factor ….hasn’t it? Tony’s Chocolonely chocolate is certainly helping.

Virtual Training Sessions

HELLO EVERYONE 

 
How are you all? These are extraordinary times and challenging for us all so we hope you are well, safe and managing ok.

Following on from the Chancellor’s statement on Thursday, there is now a great deal of information on the BECTU site for freelancers and finance.  We would advise checking here if you haven’t already.


 VIRTUAL SESSIONS AVAILABLE NOW…


So we have decided to continue offering training, albeit in a new form and a more streamlined manner. Content will also be different – no practical courses but some which will help with being as ‘set ready’ as possible. 
 
There will be details of more Sessions coming soon but in the meantime here is information on what is coming up….

MENTORING NETWORK 

The next deadline for the Network is 1st April. We will be taking a smaller group in this round and doing as much as we can virtually until we can all meet in person.
 
 
This round is supported by Screen Skills and as such, we have some hardship bursaries in place for those meeting financial challenges. There are more details on the website here.

CV SESSIONS

We will be running our CV and Networking sessions online for the next few months. The session will be for up to 6 people, purposefully small so we can focus on each individual’s approach to being successful in the industry. We will discuss;
 
  • How to create a film industry CV
  • What to include and what to leave out
  • What to put when you don’t have any film credits
  • Who to contact, how and when to do it and how to follow up
The first session will be on Wednesday 8th April at 10am and will last one hour. Cost is £50+vat. Spaces are limited so please email info@talkingpoint.uk.net if you are interested.

ONE-TO-ONE CAREER ADVICE

Virtual One-to-One bespoke sessions are available for anyone needing specific advice and information on their career steps. These are held with Talking Point producer Helen Johnson and focus on specific advice, contacts and information on your next career steps. A great way of getting bespoke advice and guidance on how to reach people. 
 
Over 80% of past participants continued to working on large scale feature films. Each session covers:
  • The role and department you are keen to work in 
  • Your current skills and experience
  • Where the gaps are and how to fill them
  • How to raise the profile and promote your successes
  • A CV check to ensure it is ‘film industry’ relevant
  • Identify who you need to contact, how and when
  • How to keep a working database to network efficiently
Each session costs £75 +vat. Please email info@talkingpoint.uk.net to make appointments. 

THINGS WE HAVE BEEN ENJOYING THIS MONTH

There’s plenty we are not enjoying – mostly losing the things we have all taken for granted. School, walks, shopping, restaurants, working in an office with people around, physical health and mental well being. But there have been some positives we have noticed;
  • The new sense of community all around us – whether it is helping the vulnerable with shopping, ensuring social distancing or clapping for carers – there have been some real positives to take away. 
  • Having time to actually connect with people in a meaningful way – Facetime/Zoom has never been more important and a great way of actually catching up with people. 
  • Wine. Hot baths. Netflix. Tea. The sunshine. Reading. Watching blossom and seeds emerge (literally!).  Let’s make the most of having time…it will go again soon enough!

WE ARE HERE FOR YOU 

Hello everyone…

These are challenging times for us all so we wanted to say HELLO and pass on some information that may be useful over the next few weeks. We are aware of information overload so will try and be as brief as we can!
 
Firstly, and critically for our industry, Creative England and their sister company, Creative Industries Federation, are calling on the government to provide a Temporary Income Protection Fund for freelancers at risk from the fallout of COVID-19. 

Please support this movement by clicking this link and adding your name to our open letter as a signatory!
 


BUSINESS INFORMATION 


The sudden cancellation of shows is having a considerable impact on all freelancers. So it is important to gather as much financial info as possible. HMRC is the main source for this and they are updating their pages as changes occur.
 
Universal Credit – available to both the self employed and company directors- 
https://www.gov.uk/self-employment-and-universal-credit
Click on the link and find out if your eligible for universal credit. It takes you into a step by step application.
 
Disability or underlying health condition affecting your work? 
Click here https://www.gov.uk/employment-support-allowance/eligibility
 
Difficulties making any payments?
HMRC are being helpful and the advice is to call them ASAP if you think you will have difficulty paying any taxes due in the next few months. By calling them you will avoid fines & they may also suspend any interest due – at the very least It should also stop them from chasing you with threatening letters. https://www.gov.uk/difficulties-paying-hmrc
  
Support for Tenants
HMRC have produced some guidance – https://www.gov.uk/government/news/complete-ban-on-evictions-and-additional-protection-for-renters
In a nutshell it protects tenants from being evicted – there is also the 3 month payment holiday for mortgage holders.  
 


PROFESSIONAL ADVICE & SUPPORT  


If you need some professional advice, call the Film & TV support line on 0800 054 0000 – a free 24/7 confidential and independent support for anyone working in UK film, cinema and television https://filmtvcharity.org.uk/your-situation/

There will be more updates to how this will impact the industry as and when announcements are made – check the BFI, Bectu, Production Guild, GBCT and BFDGwebsites for ongoing information.
 


STAYING MENTALLY WELL 


Stay connected 
Networking is always key! And now more important than ever – use your networks. It will keep you sane and it’s always reassuring to share concerns with others and know you are not alone. Isolation is hard, so human contact will be critical. 
 
We will be checking email and social media every day – so please do keep in touch. We still want to keep hearing from you. Even if it’s just to share concerns. We will do our best to come back to you as soon as we can. 
 
Stay creative
This enforced down time can be used effectively to draw, research, read, cook…..the list is endless. (also good for catching up on sleep for a while!) Try and create a schedule where you do something creative every day. Even if it’s a virtual trip to a museum or gallery – this link is great for looking at art you don’t usually have time to see. 
 
Self care
This will be extremely important over the next few weeks and months. It is so easy to be consumed with the relentless news cycle and heightened anxiety. Try and find distractions, keep as calm as you can and make sure there is always tea to hand!
 
We will be spending the next week looking at how we can provide virtual training, sessions and ‘meet ups’ over the next few months. Please check our social media platforms (at the bottom of this page) for more information. 


Keep well, stay safe and see you all out there very soon!
The Talking Point team x

March

MENTORING NETWORK

The current mentees are half-way through their time with us – had their inductions and now on to the one to one sessions before they meet up with their mentors. It’s been a great group and as always, such an exciting and rewarding process.


 

The next round will be open for applications on 9th March 2020, deadline 1st April 2020. Shortlisted candidates will be interviewed the week of the 6th April and notified by 10thApril. Application forms on the website


INDUSTRY SESSIONS 
We have been running some excellent Industry Sessions on succeeding in the Art Department with Senior Asst Set Decorator Emma Field Rayner.

  

Glasgow is the next stop on Saturday 7th March. This Session will look at the different art department roles, a specific look at the Set Decorating department, how to create a look on low budget productions and lots of advice on how to succeed. More information here

CV & NETWORKING SESSIONS
The small workshops are invaluable for anyone who needs to get their CV into shape and understand who to contact and when for upcoming productions. Lots of advice on how to network effectively and what to say! The next one is taking place in Brighton on Thursday 26th March, details on website here
ASSISTANT SESSIONS
Getting the break into the industry is one thing – but the trick is getting asked back! This small, informal session will look at how to become indispensable, succeed in any assistant role and make sure you go from job to job with a great reputation! The next one is taking place in Brighton on Thursday 26th March, details on the website here
BFI FUTURE FILM PANEL
It was really interesting to chair the recent panel on Wellbeing in the Film Industry at the BFI as part of the Future Film Festival. There is such a lot of work to be done in this area – and we are developing some Sessions which will hopefully help – but there is a lot of useful information on the Directors UK and Film and TV Charity websites. We all need to get better at finding our voices – and information like this is definitely the first step forward.
The Film and TV Charity has a 24hr anonymous phone line for anyone who needs to talk. CLICK HERE 
TOP ‘INDUSTRY’ TIP
It’s early on in the year and we’ve had calls from people worried that there is no work….there will be. Things are certainly getting busier. But it underlines the importance of saving money when you are working. Hard to do, but so important and worth it when there is suddenly a dry spell. Try and put a healthy amount away each week. Good financial habits pay dividends!
 

 

THINGS WE HAVE BEEN ENJOYING THIS MONTH


  • The Weinstein trial is far from over – but is certainly a benchmark for how juries will now listen to these stories and a turning point for how those in power are allowed to operate. One interesting insight during the last few weeks in New York has been the women who are covering the story for press and media outlets. Associated Press have captured it here https://apnews.com/afs:Content:8518891913
     
  • This is a few weeks old now, but this interview with Ian Wright for Desert Island Discs is so moving and a great illustration of the power music can have alongside a story being told. Have tissues nearby https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m000fdxw


     
  • Anyone who follows us, knows we are ALL about tea – the importance of offering and making it – and equally importantly, drinking it! We are brand loyal to Yorkshire tea – but have recently been re-introduced to this. It is like turbo charged tea! If you are looking for comfort with a massive dose of adrenaline, check this out. Not one for bedtime. Perfect for 4pm though.  https://www.bettys.co.uk/bettys-tea-room-blend-tea-80-tea-bags

February 2020

Well, January is over but it was a productive month here…

 
We started with a Set Decorating course – this 4 day comprehensive course, taught by Claire Richards and supported by Classic Prop Hire covered all aspects of working in this department and there are now 12 new Set Dec trainees ready for work. If you are crewing up and looking for people, please do let us know. Huge thank you to everyone involved for their expertise and support, particularly Claire, Sara and Joe at Classic Props and Sue at Seasons Textiles. 
 

     

MENTORING NETWORK

The next round of the Mentoring Network began on 5th February. We have 12 mentees starting their 3 months of workshops, networking and one to one sessions. And some incredibly talented and established tutors helping them progress, including Producer Steve Clark Hall, Petty Cash Buyer Anna Cumming, Production Buyer Lucinda Sturgis, Props Ben HopwoodSet Decorator Dominic Capon.
 
If you missed out this time applications for the next round will be open in April/May 2020. 


INDUSTRY SESSIONS 
The Art Department Industry Sessions were such a success we are looking to repeat some of them throughout Spring;  
  • How to Succeed in the Art Department 26 February (Bristol) and 29 February (Brighton)
  • Set Decorating on a Budget 7 March (tbc) (Glasgow) 
  • VFX Art Directing 19 March (London)
  All details will be available on the website here
CV & NETWORKING WORSHOP – THURSDAY 13TH FEBRUARY 
Further details on the website here

HOW TO SUCCEED AS AN ASSISTANT – THURSDAY 27TH FEBRUARY
Further details on the website here

ONE-TO-ONE SESSIONS
We have availability in March in both London and Brighton. Further details on the website here
 
More information on all the courses can be found on the website here. If you are interested in applying for any of these courses, please email info@talkingpoint.uk.net to register your interest.
     

TOP ‘INDUSTRY’ TIP 

Don’t run before you can walk…..we are hearing stories, concerns and complaints every day about people who are moving up too quickly and simply not ready for it….yes, you may be supremely talented and super ambitious, but just take your time. It’s so much better for you in the long run (and less insulting to the people who have spent years amassing the experience and knowledge.) Slowly slowly catchy monkey…..


THINGS WE HAVE BEEN ENJOYING THIS MONTH 

  • Whole Earth hazelnut butter – oh dear Lord! (If you put a tiny bit of Nutella on this, it would be like Ferrero Rocher for breakfast! Too good.) 
     
  • Not necessarily enjoying Awards Season – too obvious, too serious and not enough inclusivity – but we have loved some elements of the ‘big’ films. Jacqueline Durran’s costumes in Little Women, Roger Deakin’s photography in 1917 and Adam Driver in Marriage Story are some standouts so far…..

 

December

WISHING YOU ALL A VERY…


THANK YOU

A huge thank you to everyone who has taught on our courses and supported the Mentoring Network this year – so many of you have gone above and beyond to help people make progress and it’s really appreciated by us and them. Looking forward to hopefully meeting a lot more of you on our courses and at our Sessions in 2020.


NETWORKING DRINKS

It was great to see so many past and current mentees and mentors at our last Networking Session. Particular thanks to all those who came straight from set or location, had early starts the next day but still gave so much time and advice to everyone they talked to. Really appreciated.



LONDON SCREEN ACADEMY
 
It was a great launch night for the LSA – such an exciting venture and one we are delighted to support and be involved with. If you know of anyone looking to have a more creative based sixth form, take a look. Good luck to all the students – they have no idea how lucky they are!
COMING UP IN 2020
 
How to Succeed in……we will be repeating some of the one day art department courses during January – March 2020. These were really popular so it seems a good idea to do some more.
More details to follow in the New Year….
 
Mentoring Network – we said a sad farewell to our latest group of mentees (although it is never farewell – you can’t ever leave!). They have been a great group and we have loved working with them – 5 out of 9 have gone straight onto feature films, 3 of them with their mentors which is brilliant. This scheme is such a success and we are looking forward to meeting the next group. Applications are now openclick through here for more details and application form – the deadline is Wednesday 22nd January.

TOP ‘INDUSTRY’ TIP 

Enjoy the holidays! Get some rest and come back re-energised and ready to go. If you don’t have something lined up for the New Year – and even if you do! – grab every training, learning and networking opportunity you can. It makes a huge difference.



We hope you all have a really good break and that 2020 brings good health, happiness and positive steps forward, whatever they may be!

November

MENTORING NETWORK 
The latest round of the Mentoring Network launches this week, with 9 new mentees working across art department, set decorating, production office, assistant director, producing and props. Really looking forward to working with them and their mentors….more on that next month!

INDUSTRY SESSIONS 
We have run two fantastic Industry Sessions in the last month – How to Succeed in the Art Department, which we did with Asst Production Buyer Emma Ford in Leeds –
 
                     Ass. Production Buyer Emma Ford talking at Duke Studios, Leeds

and Production Design and Set Decorating with Designer Patrick Rolfe and Set Decorator Cathy Cosgrove. Both were so informative and inspirational and we are grateful to all the speakers who took time out of their busy schedules to share their experiences with us. And for sticking around for lots of networking! Thank you. 
 


  
                      Cathy Cosgrove at BFI                              Patrick Rolfe at BFI                         

There is another Industry Session this month –
  • Art Directing with VFX with Supervising Art Director Phil Sims and Art Director Claire FlemingSATURDAY 16TH NOVEMBER

             PHOTO CREDITS: IMDB

We will be looking at how the two departments collaborate as well as how to art direct under strict security protocols and whilst on location. There will be a lot of information from these two established practitioners – more information and ticket details here 
 
  UPCOMING COURSES

Introduction to Props – 30 November 2019
This is a one day workshop in Brighton looking at the different job roles in the Props department, the different skills required for each and lots of practical tips to succeed – including what to have in your kit, how to age and mend props quickly on set, working with actors and on location. 
 
Moving through the Art Department – 7 December 2019
This will be a one day workshop in Brighton unpicking the different roles in the art department on a large scale feature film with guidance on how to access and move through them successfully. 
 
Set Decorating – late January/early February 2020
We are hoping to run the 4 day course in late January/early February 2020. This will again be with Claire Richards and Classic Prop Hire. These courses have been real successes – over 70% of participants are now contracted on feature films or HETV dramas, including Fantastic Beasts 3, 355, The Crown (season 3), The Little Mermaid.  
 
If you are interested in applying for any of these courses, please email info@talkingpoint.uk.net to register your interest.

 
Course details are announced on social media in the first instance –
follow us there to make sure you don’t miss out!
 

INDUSTRY TOP TIP 

Learn to drive!! We all know how critical driving is to getting onto a job; we have recently had 4 trainees interviewed for studio jobs only to miss out as they haven’t passed their test…..it’s so important! And it couldn’t be easier now that Screen Skills offers bursaries for lessons.  (This incidentally is a finite pot and only runs for another few months….so make the most of it now!) No more excuses!

THINGS WE HAVE BEEN ENJOYING THIS MONTH
  • We’ve been loving Modern Love on Amazon Prime, 8 x 30 min films, based on essays from the New York Times.  Beautifully shot with a great cast and a perfect length for the end of the day with a restorative drink of choice.
     
  • We are admittedly very late to this one but if you want a podcast to make you laugh out loud – and God knows we need that right now – listen to Dear Joan and Jericha – unflinching advice from fictitious agony aunts with Julia Davis and Vicki Pepperdine. Properly shockingly funny. 
     
  • And finally, as is tradition we will be eating our much loved (and well prepared in advance) parkin, watching fireworks and lighting sparklers tonight…. Nothing quite beats that. Happy Bonfire Night! 
 

October

OUR COURSES AND SCHEMES MAKE A REAL IMPACT!    

Nearly 80% of our Mentees and course participants are now contracted on feature films
and HETV dramas (incl. Disney, Marvel, Lucas, Warner Brothers, Working Title, BFI and Netflix).  
 

We have lots of sessions and courses coming up in October and November, here’s a quick round up, with links to click through for more details…

HOW TO SUCCEED IN THE PRODUCTION OFFICE – 12th OCTOBER BRIGHTON
Click through here

HOW TO SUCCEED AS AN ASSISTANT 15th OCTOBER, BRIGHTON
Click through here
CV & NETWORKING – 15th OCTOBER, BRIGHTON
Click through here
HOW TO SUCCEED IN THE ART DEPARTMENT – 22nd OCTOBER, LEEDS
Click through here.
PRODUCTION DESIGN AND SET DECORATING – 30th OCTOBER, LONDON
Click through here
HOW TO SUCCEED ON A VFX PRODUCTION – 16th NOVEMBER, BRIGHTON
Click through here

MENTORING NETWORK – APPLICATIONS NOW OPEN
Click through here.

 
Course details are announced on social media in the first instance –
follow us there to make sure you don’t miss out!
 

INDUSTRY TOP TIP 

The first, and arguably most important, life / production skill you need is to be able to make a cup of tea. So if you need to know how to make a good one, have a read here 
 

THINGS WE HAVE BEEN ENJOYING THIS MONTH
  • @moss_here is the perfect antidote to global worry and craziness…an Instagram account of photographs of moss, some of which are stills from films. Ridiculously simple but oh so calming…..bring nature into your lives. It helps!
     
  • Proper gingerbread. So good with the copious amounts of tea we are consuming now that it is officially Autumn….can thoroughly recommend Horsham Bakery’s if you can’t get the original and best from Grasmere.
     
  • There have been lots of wrap party photos on social media recently and it’s so fantastic to spot our trainees/mentees and alumni! Makes us smile a lot. So well done to you all – and to those just starting on their first productions, we look forward to seeing evidence of you with glass in hand in a few months time!

September

NEW COURSES
We have been busy developing new courses and these will start this month. More details will be released on social medias as details are confirmed but here is a heads up….
 
We have two new sessions in our How to Succeed as a …..programme:

HOW TO SUCCEED AS A SUPERVISING ART DIRECTOR – 21st SEPTEMBER
This session will be led by Production Designer Patrick Rolfe and will take place on Saturday 21stSeptember in Brighton from 09:30 -13:00.  
 

     

Photo Credits: IMDB

It will cover the following elements:
  • The role and its responsibilities
  • Creating and running an art department budget
  • Collaborating effectively with other departments
  • Managing work and labour flow
This Session is part of the 2019-2020 programme supported by ScreenSkills using National Lottery funds awarded by the British Film Institute (BFI) as part of the Future Film Skills programme.

This Session is delivered with support from BFDG.

£75 + Vat (incl. teas, coffees)
Applications via the website here or email info@talkingpoint.uk.net 
 

HOW TO SUCCEED AS A PRODUCTION COORDINATOR – 12th OCTOBER
This session will be led by Production Co-ordinator Winnie Wishart (Wonder Woman 1984, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, Stars Wars – The Force Awakens) and will take place in Brighton on Saturday 12thOctober from 10:00 -16:00.  
 
    
Photo Credits: IMDB
 
It will cover the following elements:
  • The role and its responsibilities
  • Creating and managing the range of production reports
  • Managing an efficient and successful production office
  • Collaborating effectively with all departments
  • Advice and guidance on how to succeed in production roles
This Session is delivered with support from The Production Guild of Great Britain 

£75+vat (incl teas, coffees)

MENTORING NETWORK – *NEW ROUND OPENS 23RD SEPTEMBER*

We are in the process of concluding our 8thround of the TP. Mentoring Network. A massive thank you to all our amazing mentors in this round – these have included Production Supervisor Ben Dixon, DoP Mary Farbrother, Art Director Neal Callow, Asst Set Decorator Prue Howard, Senior Asst Set Decorator Fergus Clegg and Supervising Art Director James Wakefield.
 
We are delighted at the progress our mentees are making. Many have now been working with their mentors on feature contracts for Working Title, Lucas Films, Marvel, Disney and Warner Bros.

We will be opening applications to the next round of the Mentoring Network on Monday 23rdSeptember. Application forms will be available on the website to download here.
Deadline for applications will be Friday 18thOctober. 

 
Course details are announced on social media in the first instance –
follow us there to make sure you don’t miss out!

INDUSTRY TOP TIP 

We’ve been listening to lots of stories recently of people being disappointed not getting on the job they wanted, not getting asked back to do the next one or not in the grade they hoped to be in…..resilience is so important. Work out why you’re not getting what you want and then put it right.  Get advice, do training, meet people, work hard  – and do it all with a big smile!

THINGS WE HAVE BEEN ENJOYING THIS MONTH
  • The opening of the London Screen Academy – a fantastic initiative to create film education for 16-18 yr olds founded by Lisa Bryer, Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, David Heyman, Barbara Broccoli and Michael Wilson. We wish them the very best of luck with this new and important venture.  
     
  • Nix and Kix….first enjoyed in Wagamama and now available in some supermarkets. Brilliant non-alcoholic, sugar free extremely refreshing drinks (cucumber and mint is our top favourite) and in a very handy 250ml can. Perfect afternoon pick me up. Stack the fridge!
     
  • Screen Skills has bursaries available for freelancers, including (for the first time) new entrants  – it’s for courses and travel but also other necessary freelance requirements. So if you don’t drive and need lessons or need wet weather kit get in touch with them and make the most of it. Once it’s gone, it’s gone.

July


July has been a busy month – lots of training courses, sessions and networking and great to see some immediate work as come as a result for several trainees.  
 
SET DECORATING
We ran the Introduction to Set Decorating course with Classic Prop Hire and Set Decorator Claire Richards. Trainees spent 4 days learning all about how the department works and the different job roles in it as well as script breakdowns, creating dressing plans to a brief and then working with props teams to dress the sets. It was a fantastic few days with a huge amount of information that will hopefully be put to good use very soon! Huge thanks to Claire and everyone at Classic for their time and expertise.  
 

PROPS DEPARTMENT
We have also been running some Props Department training – there hasn’t been space for us to do the usual  4 day practical course so we have been doing Saturday workshops covering all the theory – these have been really thorough insights into what is expected of you in each part of the props team, what you need to have in your kit and how Stores works. Thank you to Storeman Quentin Davies and Prop Master Ben Johnson and to one of our TP mentees Emily Britton who is now successfully working in Stores and was able to share her experience.  
 
 
MENTORING NETWORK
All the mentees on this current round have met their mentors and learned more from their experiences and advice. They have finished all the workshops and sessions and are now ready to go! They had a great time at the Networking Session last week and we look forward to seeing them out there.

A huge thank you to all the mentors – Fergus Clegg, Ben Dixon, Prue Howard, Neal Callow, Mary Farbrother, Jemma Buckley and Leah Beardmore – who worked with us on this round. Their support, experience and generosity is so appreciated. The next round of the Network will open in Autumn 2019.
 

UPCOMING COURSES

CV & NETWORKING WORKSHOP – 8TH AUGUST 2019



 
Our afternoon CV and Networking Workshop will check that your CV is written in the correct film industry format and that it is reaching the right people at the right time. We’ll also look at how to network effectively and when to follow up with people you have talked to. More details on the website here
 
HOW TO BE A GOOD ASSISTANT (in any department) – 10TH SEPTEMBER 2019

 
Critical for anyone coming into the industry or starting out as a trainee. It covers everything you are expected to know about the working culture, that no-one ever tells you!  More details on the website here
SET DECORATING – AUTUMN 2019
One day Set Dec courses will be running in Autumn, look out for these on Social and our website.
 

 

INDUSTRY SESSIONS – AUTUMN 2019

This programme will be starting again in September – these informal discussions are a fantastic way of hearing the established industry practitioners share their recent experiences on production. These will again be focussing on the Art Department – Supervising Art Directing, VFX Art Directing, Art Directing on location and under security protocols and Budgeting for the Art Department. More information coming soon……

 
Course details are announced on social media in the first instance –
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INDUSTRY TOP TIP 

This months’ top tip comes from Storeman Quentin Davies who shared his two top tips for succeeding at our recent Stores session – Hard work and Network. Simple yet true and so important – we all need to contribute fully to the working day and we can only get on if we continue to build our network of contacts. It’s also pretty catchy….Thanks Quentin.

THINGS WE HAVE BEEN ENJOYING THIS MONTH

  • Ecosia  – the new search engine which plants trees every time it is used. Bye bye Google, hello saving the planet. 
     
  • BFI Academy is now open for applications. This is a fantastic scheme for anyone looking to get into film
     
  • Racing Demons – the best card game we’ve learnt in ages. That and a Negroni – Summer holiday perfection! Enjoy!