Hope June has been productive/relaxing/Glasto filled! It’s still pretty quiet out there work wise but the next few days will hopefully bring a SAG update and a better sense of where we will be in July/August. If it’s been a struggle financially or mentally, the Film and TV Charity are well placed to help. Please do reach out.
WHAT WE'VE BEEN UP TO We had a thoroughly inspirational TP Industry Session with Alison Harvey who took us through her process of set decorating The Crown. Such an impressive amount of detailed work. As one participant noted, " I love the quality and calibre of these sessions. It really is the perfect way to learn from the best in the business." Huge thanks to Ali for joining us, sharing her beautiful work and highlighting such good work practices.
INDUSTRY SESSIONS ACTION PROPS BUYING - Saturday 22nd July 10:00 - 11:30 Zoom Lizzie Bravo will be joining us to discuss the role of the Action Props Buyer. She will be talking to us about her journey into this position, the productions she has worked on, the day to day challenges and the skills and knowledge you need to succeed. We will also be looking at her processes for research, budgeting and presenting information to Heads of Department. Cost £50+vat. Full details and how to apply here
DESIGNING BARBIE - Saturday 29th July 10:00 – 11:30 zoom Where do you start with designing and set decorating a feature film of Barbie? We will be joined by Production Designer Sarah Greenwood and Set Decorator Katie Spencer who will talk about what drew them to the project in the first place, their design process on this job, the challenges and solutions during prep and the shoot, working with other craft departments and choosing those shades of pink! Cost £50+vat. Full details and how to apply here
UPCOMING COURSES & WORKSHOPS INTRODUCTION TO SET DECORATING - Thursday 20th July 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. Cost £75+vat. All details and how to apply here
OVERVIEW OF THE ART DEPARTMENT - Thursday 27th July 10:00-12:30 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. Cost £75+vat All details and how to apply here
PROPS TRAINING COURSE - September Applications will open on 10 July for this 6 part training course looking at all aspects of working in the Props department on a large scale production. The course will start in September, 5 sessions on Zoom and one workshop day in Brighton. More info on the website. Full details and how to apply here
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. Cost £125+vat. All details and how to apply here
MENTORING NETWORK - APPLICATIONS CLOSED Thank you to everyone who applied to the Network in this round – it was extremely difficult to shortlist but we are delighted to have a new cohort starting next week…..more on them soon!
TOP TIP This month’s top tip is Don’t be Afraid to Ask. You need to ask the questions to get the right information and information is key. Too often, people are anxious about asking – and certainly, you need to think about your question and pick your moment! – but questions are good! Questions help us find out, clarify and prioritise. They help us perform better. So don’t be afraid to ask. THINGS WE HAVE BEEN ENJOYING Best Intentions (BBC) was a powerhouse of performance from Sharon Horgan and Michael Sheen. Very hard subject matter dealt with so sensitively in Jack Thorne’s script, with really well detailed emotional moments. Also great to have the political impact on disability issues highlighted on screen with such finesse. Insta reels can bring much needed moments of uplift, particularly when it’s all horribly relatable – current faves are @jen_and _dawn_tittingabout, @big_fat_greekmother (her teen texts are perfect for those living the teen dream) and @lukehamnett Ferrero Rocher ice cream lollipops. No explanation required.