What we’ve been up to… We have just completed the latest round of the Mentoring Network and are looking forward to our in-person networking event with them. Once they have had their one to one session, they will be meeting their mentors for some departmental specific guidance. Props Training We have now completed this round of the Props Course and all 12 trainees are ready to get started on production! Been an absolute pleasure working with them and we wish them all the very best with next steps.
This year is flying by – and more productions seem to be getting greenlit which is promising for us all. Certainly feels busier. If you’re not working, as some people still aren’t, don’t lose hope….something will come up.
UPCOMING COURSES PRODUCTION BUYING ON LOCATION - Saturday 15th April 10:00 - 11:30 We will be discussing all the challenges (and solutions) for setting up a Set Decorating base when you are filming abroad on location. We will be joined by production Buyer Eva Onsrud (Mickey 17, Napoleon, The Witcher) and Asst Buyer Molly Blake (Napoleon, The Witcher, Enola Holmes) – live from Morocco! Cost £45 +vat All details and how to apply here
PETTY CASH BUYING at Classic Prop Hire - Tuesday 25th April 09:00 - 17:00 This full-day day workshop, 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. We will be joined by Set Decorator Emma Field Rayner who will discuss her experiences of Buying on studio films and tv dramas including Inside Man, Anatomy of a Scandal, Cruella and Yesterday. Emma has 25 years experience of working in the department, across a wide range of budgets, locations and genres. Cost £175+vat. All details and how to apply here
LOCATIONS INTENTIONS FOR ART DEPARTMENT - Wed 26th April 20:00 - 21:00 We will be discussing this element of art directing with Supervising Art Director Matt Kerly, whose recent credits include Back to Black, My Big Fat Greek Wedding 3 and The Witcher 3. Matt gained considerable experience with Art Department intentions whilst art directing on Wonka, The Batman and Spider-Man: Far From Home and will be sharing his approach and guidance on how to create and communicate intentions successfully. Cost £20+vat. All details and how to apply here
SET DECORATING and WORKING WITH TECHNICAL TEAMS - Sat 13th May 10 -11:30 Alice Felton (Mickey 17, Empire of Light (additional Set Decorator Cruella and The Favourite) will be joining us to discuss the role of the Set Decorator on feature films and HETV dramas. We will be focussing this discussion on how she works alongside the Camera, SFX and VFX departments, identifying where creativity meets technology and how she ensures effective and successful collaboration. Cost £45+vat. All details and how to apply here
OVERVIEW OF THE ART DEPARTMENT - Tuesday 2nd May 10:-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
INTRODUCTION TO SET DECORATING - Tuesday 9th May 10:-00-12:30 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
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 We had a great Industry Session with Senior Set Decorator Netty Chapman this week, so it’s apt that we came across one of her top tips. Very happy to share as it’s a good reminder…. “This industry requires an open and resourceful & curious mindset and a lateral way of thinking around problem solving when you have limited time scales. Take slow, deep breaths in those moments. Panicking will not help you or anyone else. It is always alright and we always get it done!” THINGS WE HAVE BEEN ENJOYING It's all about Succession now – let’s see where the madness and greed take us in this last season. Expecting insane family dynamics, great soundtrack and incredible locations. Bectu Art Dept consultation – time is running out so if you haven’t already completed the survey on rates, please do. The more input they have from everyone, the better the consultation will be. Moth have expanded their cocktail range just in time for Spring – Aperitivo Spritz, like an Aperol but more bitter orange and French 75 (oh the stories we could tell about French ‘75s!) Perfect for picnics, journeys or when you fancy a cocktail but don’t have the time/ingredients/inclination to make it. And if you buy them direct there is 15% off at the moment.