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April News

We are being asked regularly about production levels and what is coming up. April has been considerably busier production wise – a lot more of our mentees, members and trainees have started on film and tv dramas, so hoping everyone else is moving forward too…..if not, we anticipate seeing each month pick up, so hopefully it won’t be too long.



WHAT WE'VE BEEN UP TO


Props Course

12 new Props Trainees are now ready to move onto productions with a better understanding of how the industry works, how the props teams are structured, what they can expect to be doing and how to do it well. We wish them the very best of luck!


GoogleSuite, AirTable and MiroBoards

We are delving into collaborative software for the Art Department over three sessions this month. Misli Akdag joins us to demonstrate how this software can be used to effectively share information and streamline systems. Learning in bitesizes and putting new knowledge into immediate action. Thanks to Misli for sharing her expertise and patient guidance.


Industry Session - Poor Things

We had amazing feedback from this month’s Industry Session with James Price and Shona Heath who kindly talked us through their design approach for Poor Things. Thanks to them for being so candid and generous with their processes and solutions.




Mentoring

Congratulations to all those who have been confirmed in the next group of our Mentoring Network, starting this month. Thank you to everyone who applied – it was our busiest round and a really strong set of applications. If you didn’t make it this time, please do keep in touch and look at the other sessions and courses coming up.



TOP TIP

Engage. It’s important to keep busy and engaged, particularly if you’re waiting for the phone to ring and confirm work….it helps prevent the doom spiralling and imposter syndrome from settling in but it is also hugely motivating – learn new things (for work or pleasure) go to new places, reach out to people – it does make a huge difference (and soon enough  you won’t have time to!).


THINGS WE HAVE BEEN ENJOYING

If you are looking for the best at work breakfast, look no further than this cunning device! Who needs a hob when you can create healthy eggs using this brilliant machine – boiled or poached! Bring on the sourdough, avo and microherbs! Job done.

 

Brighton Festival starts this weekend and runs until 26th May – this year’s Guest Director is writer Frank Cottrell Boyce (The Beautiful Game, Goodbye Christopher Robin, Millions) - films, parades, theatre, circus, readings and music…..it’s all there!

 

It is bluebell season and what is better for the mind than beautiful carpets of these time limited flowers….in woodlands near you for a few more weeks!


INDUSTRY SESSIONS & COURSES


OVERVIEW OF THE ART DEPARTMENT - 9th May 10:00-12:30 Zoom

Perfect for graduates and New Entrants, this 2 hour session examines all the different job roles and art department teams, how they work together and what you need to succeed in them. We also discuss CVs, portfolios and who to call for work and when. It is full of advice for anyone starting out or wanting more information.  


INTRODUCTION TO SET DECORATING - 15th May 10:00-12:30 Zoom

Are you looking to work in the Set Decorating team on features and HETV dramas? Or would you like to know more about it before you decide where you are best suited? This Introduction to Set Decorating session will help answer your questions. 

Perfect for graduates and New Entrants.


ONE TO ONE CAREER SESSIONS - BOOK A SLOT

These sessions are like a secret guidebook – all the stuff that you need to know but no-one ever tells you.” This one hour session looks at where you want to be in the film and television drama industries and what you need to do to get there. We look at your CV to make sure it is industry focussed and then identify who you need to get it to and when.


TP. MEMBERSHIP

Applications open once a year - deadline 19th May 2024

The TP. Membership is an annual membership scheme which offers support and resources to those who have engaged in our Industry Sessions, training courses and networking sessions. A community of physical production industry freelancers - from trainees to HoD's - who are invested in expert-led training and supportive networking within in the film industry. 



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