Film Crew Training Programme ‘Boot Camp’ Launches Drive to Grow Production in Yorkshire & Humber

Screen Yorkshire, in association with ScreenSkills, have announced a new recruitment drive for their film industry training programme ‘Boot Camp’. The tried and tested formula gives individuals at the start of their careers a thorough understanding of what it is like to work in the film industry and equips them with tools to secure future employment. ‘Boot Camp’ is supported by ScreenSkills using National Lottery funds awarded by the BFI as part of the Future Film Skills programme.

Screen Yorkshire will deliver two ‘Boot Camps’, each running across three days in January 2019, in Bradford and York. Successful applicants will be given a thorough grounding on the workings of each department via sessions with some of the industry’s most talented and experienced crew members. A detailed CV and networking workshop will provide insider knowledge on career progression and development.

‘Boot Camp’ is one of a number of initiatives designed by Screen Yorkshire to bolster film & TV skills in Yorkshire as part of its strategy to drive continued growth in production; it follows the launch of its new region wide Film Office earlier this month. Recent high-profile features to shoot in the region include; Fast & Furious spin off Hobbs and Shaw, Downton Abbey, Hope Gap, Official Secrets, The Secret Garden, Peterloo and The Personal History of David Copperfield.

Richard Knight, Screen Yorkshire’s Production Liaison and Education Manager, says: ‘’With production levels increasing and Channel 4’s move to Leeds on the horizon, this is an incredibly exciting time to enter the screen industries in Yorkshire.  ‘Boot Camp’, now in its third year, has successfully launched many careers in film & TV. With the support of ScreenSkills, we have been able to increase the capacity of this ‘Boot Camp’, which means we’ll now be able train more people than ever before.’’

Gareth Ellis-Unwin, Head of Film at ScreenSkills says: “We are really pleased to be supporting this boot camp and helping find new talent in Yorkshire and the Humber. We have found boot camps like these to be a very effective introduction to the screen industries, both for new entrants and for those interested in transferring their skills from other sectors.”

Emily-Kate Wilkinson, former Boot Camp trainee, says: ‘’I attended Screen Yorkshire’s ‘Boot Camp’ in December 2017 and since the beginning of this year I have worked continuously as a costume trainee on some amazing productions, including ‘Official Secrets’, starring Keira Knightley and Matt Smith. Screen Yorkshire’s Boot Camp was a huge help in teaching me skills like CV writing and industry etiquette when contacting designers to find work. Without it, I would have had no idea where to start; I’m incredibly grateful and would recommend ‘Boot Camp’ to anyone.’’

Applications to ‘Boot Camp’ will be considered from individuals who have completed a film-related course in further or higher education but have yet to establish their career in the industry. Individuals that have no previous background in film, but a desire to enter the industry and transferable skills; such as painting, joinery or electrical expertise, are also encouraged to apply. Boot Camp is designed for behind camera and technical roles in the film industry; it is not suitable for screen writers or actors.  Applicants must currently live in Yorkshire and Humber and be aged 18 or over on 1st January 2019.

The launch of ‘Boot Camp’ follows the news that Yorkshire & Humber will be the pilot region for ScreenSkills ‘Centre of Excellence for Film & Television’, a partnership with Screen Yorkshire and the National Film and Television School to amplify the impact of targeted investment into training and build a greater skilled workforce outside London. Apply at: https://www.screenyorkshire.co.uk/training-skills/bootcamp/ by 17th December 2018

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