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January Newsletter

We hope your January has started productively and successfully! We are coming to an end of delivering our Architects into the Art Dept and Set Decorating courses. Over the last 3 months, we have helped 34 architects learn about how the film and tv drama industries work and what they need to do to make the move into the art department. We have covered the different job roles, how they teams collaborate, software, etiquette and CVs. They will hopefully be in touch with Supervising Art Directors soon – some will also be offered paid placements on features that are paying into the Film Skills Fund.

The Set Decorators course finishes next week, when Alice Felton will be looking at how to liaise with Heads of Department and manage a happy, productive team. Some of this group will also be offered paid shadowing opportunities on UK feature films. There will be more courses for established freelancers coming in Spring.

PROPS TRAINING - February 2023 Thank you for the applications, we had a great response and will be in touch with successful applicants this week.

INTRODUCTION TO SET DECORATING - Thursday 2nd February 10:00 - 12:00 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. Cost £75+vat. All details and how to apply here

BFI Marketplace - 16th February 12:00-15:00 The BFI Future Film Festival is hosting a Marketplace across the BFI Southbank on Thursday 17 February 2022 offering young people the chance to engage with organisations across the film and screen industries. We will be there offering career advice and our training opportunities. Pop and say hello if you're there. Details here

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW TO WORK IN FILM - 3rd March 10:00 - 12:00 Are you looking to work in Film and TV drama but have no industry knowledge and not sure where to start? This workshop will answer all your questions – we will cover what you can expect working on a production, and what will be expected of you; the different departments and job roles and how they work together; how to write your CV and know who to get it to for work and understand the skills and etiquette you will need to have a successful career in Film and TV. Cost £75 +vat. All details and how to apply here

MENTORING NETWORK - March / April 2023 The TP. Mentoring Network is a modular programme for people coming into, or moving up a grade in, physical production departments. It provides a range of information, workshops and one to one sessions to ensure mentees are industry-ready and armed with the right contacts and knowledge to progress their career in Feature Film and HETV. We have worked with 146 mentees on our Network, 85% of whom are now working on Band 2 and Band 3 feature and tv drama productions. Some of their credits (full contract) include House of Dragons, The Crown, Fast X, Loki, Lord of the Rings – the Rings of Power, Enola Homes 2, Death on the Nile, Cruella, Andor, Meg 2, Empire of Light. Never Let Me Go, Bridgerton, Top Boy. Wonka, Happy Valley and The Batman. Cost £195+vat. Applications are now open - click through here

OVERVIEW OF THE ART DEPARTMENT - Tuesday 21st March 10:00 - 12:00 Perfect for newcomers, 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. Cost £75+vat All details and how to apply here


  • It’s awards season – so plenty of great cinema to watch now and over the next few weeks and some really outstanding work from British freelancers…..Aftersun, Empire of Light, The Swimmers, Living, Matilda…..all perfect examples and worthy contenders.

  • For the January nights – or midweek whenever – this is a great alternative


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