Spring is in the air! Loving the birds in the morning and the lighter evenings but there is a fair amount of uncertainty too. It does still feel quieter out there than it has done in previous year’s. And the WGA strike will certainly be having an impact, particularly for the streamers and studios but for the independent sector too. Time will tell how big and how long that impact will be. But – there are still productions working, there will hopefully be more larger shows being greenlit in summer and if nothing else, it is a gentle reminder that freelance work is not permanent, there are always ups and downs and you do need to save for the downtime. Boring but true. And if you aren’t working – remember that it’s not personal! Lots of people in the same boat – use the time wisely! We have had some amazing sessions and courses this month and are looking forward to some equally exciting ones coming up…. Petty Cash Buying Course at Classic Prop Hire Co. We worked with 10 soon-to-be junior petty cash buyers with the fantastic team at Classic Prop Hire Co. this week. They toured Classic, Number 8 and Seasons, learnt about the role and it’s responsibilities, financial paperwork and did a practical buying exercise. Looking forward to hearing how they get on with next steps. Photos Molly Tebutt
INDUSTRY SESSIONS We ran two Industry sessions in April – Production Buying on Location, live from Morocco with Eva Onsrud and Molly Blake and Location Intentions with Matt Kerly. Both were so informative and inspirational – huge thanks as always to our guest speakers.
UPCOMING COURSES INTRODUCTION TO SET DECORATING - Thursday 8th June 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. Cost £75+vat. All details and how to apply here
SET DECORATING THE CROWN - Saturday 10th June 10- 11:30 Zoom As filming on The Crown has come to an end, we are delighted to be joined by Supervising Set Decorator Alison Harvey who set decorated all 6 seasons of the acclaimed series. Cost £50+vat. Full details and how to apply here
OVERVIEW OF THE ART DEPARTMENT - Thursday 15th June 10:00-12:30 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
FLORISTRY WORKSHOP with AMANDA WILLGRAVE - Sat 24th June tbc 07:00-12:30 We will be running a half day workshop with leading Film Florist Amanda Willgrave (Chevalier, The Little Mermaid, Wonka, Cruella) at the London Flower Market. Cost and full details to be released soon. Spaces will be limited. Register your interest: firstname.lastname@example.org
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 £55+vat. 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
TOP TIP Juliet Stevenson said something recently that resonated with us and some of our participants….”always listen to criticism but don’t let it destroy you.” Such good advice – sometimes it’s constructive and helpful, other times it’s not - so don’t carry it with you. You don’t have to! THINGS WE HAVE BEEN ENJOYING Weightless by Marcuni Union – we read some research recently outlining how this piece actively lowers cortisol levels, so a good one to have access to at the end of one of those days. Drawing is free is a great online art platform – each Monday morning and evening they chose a track, a pose and you draw for an hour. Great for practicing those rusty drawing skills or starting from scratch. Wild bluebells are so beautiful and emerging everywhere but are short lived. So head to a wood or park near you and be awed by nature.