**PROPS COURSE – SHEPPERTON STUDIOS 17-20 JULY 2018**
So pleased to announce we will be running a long awaited Props Training Course in July 17th – 20th at Shepperton Studios. The course will be taught by Prop Master Muffin Green, Asst Prop Master Ben Johnson and Storeperson Ben Hopwood. This is a well established course and continues to be supported and developed by leading Prop Masters and their teams. It is the perfect base from which to start and further a career in Props.
**NETWORKING DRINKS – 14TH JUNE PICTUREHOUSE CENTRAL**
We will be holding our summer networking drinks on 14th June at Picturehouse Central. This is an ideal opportunity to meet other practitioners, trainees and people who have been on the Mentoring Network. Great chance to catch up with people and find out who is up to what! More information and tickets here
Our latest round of mentees have now had their Induction workshop and are staring their one to ones. A HUGE thank you to the amazing mentors joining us on this round – Supervising Art Director Denis Schnegg, Prop Master Lee Wiseman, Camera Operator Peter Robertson, Camera Assistant Peter Byrne, Producer Gavin Humphries, Head of Production Ink Factory Tracey Josephs, Head of Development Studio Canal Dan MacRae, Assistant Director Zoe Liang, and Asst Set Dec Netty Chapman.
TOP ‘INDUSTRY’ TIP
Netty Chapman, Asst Set Dec (Beauty & the Beast, Darkest Hour)) has given us an array of amazing top tips this month – here are some of her highlights:
“This industry requires an open and resourceful & curious mindset, a lateral way of thinking around unusual props for sets & problem solving with limited time scales. Taking slow, deep breaths in those moments. Panicking will not help you or anyone else. It is always alright and we always get it done!
Accepting people have their ways of doing things. There are no set rules, every Set Decorator runs their department in their instinctive way. There is a basic formula for it to run by way of script, schedule and getting the sets dressed in time but the process of getting there will be slightly different each time.
So, rolling with that and being flexible of mind is essential. Communication is key. Awareness is also key, there are many other people trying to do their part of the job. Respecting your HOD’s creativity with sensitivity is something to think about. Giving them full support. They are under a lot of pressure with many questions by lots of team members,
Linking in with other departments getting to know what they do on this collaborative rollercoaster is useful to get the job done with ease. A friendly approach is going to go a long way!
Think ‘Circus’ in the 19th century in the broadest sense. It is weird and wonderful and tough at times but the time travel and story-telling & being a mini master of all things in a short space of time is a fantastic and unique experience.
Number one rule: Offer a cup of tea or coffee. Toast is good too! I cannot tell you how welcome that is – offer that throughout the day because it seriously cheers people up! “
THINGS WE HAVE BEEN ENJOYING THIS MONTH
- Congratulations to everyone at Classic Prop Hire. Amazing new space, expertise and lovely welcome. Well done to everyone involved
- Yorkshire – been up to God’s own country a lot recently and it’s looking beautiful this month. And it has the best tea.
- Negronis in the sunshine – Happy Bank Holiday for Monday!