As Film & High End TV Production explodes in the UK, with production spend expected to double in the next 3 years alone, the need for growth in nurturing new talent and advancing our exploration where we find our next generation is never more vital.
FilmFixer is proud to announce the launch and delivery of its Set Ready Training Programme.
FilmFixer in conjunction with industry partners Screenskills, and youth-led social enterprise organisations – Creative Sparkworks and Fully Focused, worked together across the Capital, to deliver this brand-new employability training programme.
The objective of the programme is to provide stepping-stones for new entrants into the Film Industry, and create a bridge between high-profile film and TV production, and the capital’s communities. The programme is aimed at entry level talent aged 18+ includes masterclasses, participatory seminars and Q&As with industry professionals who will provide insight into the industry in a range of disciplines .
Set Ready aims to establish a more joined-up, strategic approach while harnessing local partnerships, to connect talent with opportunities and create training, networking, and learning pipelines. This in turn supports a more inclusive and representative Film and TV industry, sourcing its next generation of production talent from across a more diverse reflection of London’s population.
The first pilot training sessions, with 43 participants from across London communities, was led by Matt Gallagher from The Callsheet, and Jude Winstanley, Line Producer and MD of The Unit List. There was practical on set training from Unit Manager Guy Bishop (Maleficent, Bullet Proof) and Location Manager Amie Tridgell (Paddington 2, Rocks, Rush, Wild Rose).
The learning modules currently due to covid restrictions is through a virtual classroom based sessions to include, some of these key areas;
- Job profiles – Crew/Departments – Hierarchy on set
- On set glossary of terms – “the lingo”
- Getting the job & pencilling etiquette
- Booking, payments and call sheets
- Radios & on set communications
- What to expect, runner/marshall tasks
- On set behaviour do’s and don’ts
- Communication confidence, building resilience
Set Ready has been designed to give entry-level talent the key skills and building blocks to hit the ground running. Participants were introduced to how the film industry works and how a film set runs and got the chance to meet experts who have worked on films and receive freelancing and CV advice. Equipped with the confidence that these new skills give them, the aspiring industry talent will have the confidence to get to grips with what they can expect from being on set – and what will be expected of them.
On completion of the programme FilmFixer worked with Industry Partners at Netflix, Disney, Apple TV and an array of Indy Production companies to secure paid daillies, and substantive entry level crew positions for the first trained cohort. This offered meaningful and sustainable stepping stones determining a pipeline of opportunity into the Industry.
Set Ready lead and Training Manager at FilmFixer, Sue Russo added: “It is not about who you know, it’s about who knows you – and making yourself visible with confidence. Set Ready will equip new entrants with the language, knowledge and key skills to secure their first jobs and navigate their first steps and days on set”.
Keep an eye on this page and our Social’s for the roll out of the next “Set Ready” dates over the coming months. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you need more information about the programme.