ScreenSkills funded programmes for new entrants We have been busy working with two groups of new-to-the industry freelancers, all looking to get into art department positions. We have been looking at what working in the industry is like, how it is structured, different job roles, CVs and portfolios and what you need to do to succeed. These courses are funded by ScreenSkills and come with some paid placements on HETV dramas and feature films shooting in 2024. If you are crewing up and interested in trainees who can hit the ground running and come with up to 10 weeks salary payment, let us know! Props Course The Props Course wrapped last week after 6 weeks of looking at everything you need to know to make a successful start in dressing, standing by and stores. Fun was had with kits, goldfinger, dirtydown and fablon – huge thanks to everyone who was involved and has supported this training.
Prop Master Ben Johnson
Petty Cash Buying at Classic Prop Hire Company We ran another successful Petty Cash Buyers course at Classic Prop Hire Company – lots of information about the role and a deep dive into Classic, Seasons Textiles and Number Eight. Huge thanks as always to everyone at Classic Prop Hire Company for their guidance, expertise and support.
Photo credit: Classic Prop Hire Company by Molly Tebbutt
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THINGS WE HAVE BEEN ENJOYING
Well, it’s December so we can officially start eating festive treats. Let’s start with Waitrose mince pies with the crumble topping…..this could be a contender for best mince pie ever……(we acknowledge that this could be contentious!)
174hz sound frequency app – this app plays music aimed at getting you to a relaxed and calm state. This will certainly be useful as we head to weeks of potential frazzle! It can also be used for pain relief and aids better sleep…..win win.
Fresh air. Getting out and about in the daylight; we are Autumn fans! And it’s good to stock up on Vitamin D in readiness for the festive season and New Year. It looks like it will be significantly busier…so a good way of preparing yourself for working in the winter months.
TRAINING COSTS - BURSARIES All of our sessions and courses are eligible for bursaries from ScreenSkills. If your application is successful, it will cover up to 80% of the course costs and travel and accommodation from outside London. Please bear in mind that the application process takes up to 4 weeks (sometimes longer) and we will need your payment prior to the course delivery.
NETWORKING EVENTS NETWORKING ZOOM - Wednesday 13th December 7.30-8.30pm Our last one of the year! Join, share news, stay connected! Everyone welcome. Sign-up here TP MEMBERSHIP Festive Drinks- Saturday 9th December 3-5pm Looking forward to seeing our Membership cohort for some Christmas cocktails at our last meet up of the year!
INDUSTRY SESSIONS WORKING WITH SFX with Chris Corbould - 13th January 10:00-11:30 Zoom Chris Corbould has been one of the industry’s leading SFX Supervisors with credits including No Time to Die, Star Wars (eps7 and 8), Spectre, Skyfall, The Dark Knight, Inception……the list goes on! Chris will be joining us to talk about his career, SFX and how the SFX teams collaborate with the Art Department teams to create those incredible sequences. Cost £50 +vat 25% discount for TP Members Bursaries available from ScreenSkills All details and how to apply here WONKA with Lee Sandales- 27th January 10:00-11:30 Zoom Lee Sandales is one of the industry’s leading Set Decorators, with credits including Wicked, The Batman, Star Wars – episode7, Rogue One and 1917. Lee will be joining us to talk about how he approaches his work, his career from being an Art Dept Asst to Head of Department and his experiences on Wonka. Cost £50 +vat 25% discount for TP Members Bursaries available from ScreenSkills All details and how to apply here
COURSES OVERVIEW OF THE ART DEPARTMENT - 19th December 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. Cost £75+vat All details and how to apply here INTRODUCTION TO SET DECORATING - 16th January 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 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