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February News

ONE DAY Industry Session - Saturday 9th March 10-11.30 Zoom

One Day has quickly become a TV classic, garnering some of the best critical acclaim in years - 5 stars across the board.


If you have been enjoying the phenomenon of Emma and Dexter and want to learn about the challenges of designing episodic television, spanning 2 decades, come and meet One Day's Production Designer Patrick Rolfe at our next Saturday morning Industry Session.


Patrick is one of the industry’s leading Production Designers with nearly 30 years of working in the Art Department on a wide range of feature films and tv dramas. His credits include One Day, The Swimmers, Four Weddings and a Funeral (2019) and Yesterday.



Put the effort in now to get ready for work – production levels are  picking up; make the most of having time to get prepared so you are ready to go when the call comes. Sort your kit, service your car, go to the dentist, freeze batch cooked food. It really does make a difference.



  • Awards season is well and truly up on us and the BAFTAS certainly showed that cinema is thriving. Great to see so much UK talent celebrated at all of the award shows so far – long may it continue! 

  • BSC Expo – it’s always good to see what’s new in camera and a reminder of the challenges and issues on set departments face. One panel focused on working with the art department, with DPs, operators and gaffers acknowledging the enormous input of the design teams. Always good to hear departments acknowledging and celebrating other departments work. 

  • Knoops hot chocolate. Late to this because so few hot chocolates are actually any good. But these! If you like hot chocolate, this is well worth the excursion! Especially during this weather.





We are conscious that everyone is operating in challenging financial times, which is why we have ensured that all of Talking Point courses are eligible for ScreenSkills bursaries. If your application is successful, you can get up to 80% of the course fees back. This makes a significant difference. The application form is here - please allow 4 weeks for it to be processed.



CV, PORTFOLIO & NETWORKING - 29th February 10:00-11:30 Zoom

Suitable for new entrants, graduates and anyone in need of a refresher! This is the time to get prepped, tidy up your CV and Portfolio and engage in networking opportunities as possible.

Cost £30+vat Sign-up here


FILMBASE - UPDATE ON THE INDUSTRY - Friday 1st March 13:15-13:45 Zoom

Join Kathy Heaser and Helen Johnson to discuss, 'Why is it still so quiet?', 'When is it going to get busy?' And most importantly, 'How long are we going to be waiting?'

Discussing all the issues that could be causing the slow pace in the industry at the moment, and what to potentially expect for the coming months.


PROPS COURSE - Applications Open - Deadline 1st March

We are running our renowned Props Course again in April. The course covers everything you need to know to start successfully as a trainee in the Props team. This is a modular programme, with the workshops taking place on Zoom and finishing with a full-day workshop session.

Cost £425 + VAT Details here Deadline 1st March


INTRODUCTION TO SET DECORATING - 5th March 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.


PETTY CASH BUYING at CLASSIC PROP HIRE CO - 19th March 09:00-17:30

One of our most popular workshops, based at Classic Prop Hire, is the perfect starting point for anyone wanting to work as a Junior Petty Cash Buyers on feature films and HETV dramas. Whether you are looking to move into the role, or have done so recently, this workshop will answer your questions and give you an opportunity to practice your skills.


OVERVIEW OF THE ART DEPARTMENT - 27th March 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.  



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.


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