NFTS Cymru Wales: Data Wrangling

Short course


*This course is now full but please complete an application if you'd like to be added to the waiting list*

This course will be delivered face to face.

This one-day course is designed to give you an introduction to data management within film and television.

You will learn how to confidently handle a tapeless workflow on a shoot, from the data leaving the camera through to the arrival in the edit suite. You will get hands-on experience during the course, preparing you for the role of the Digital Imaging Technician with an emphasis on Data Wrangling.

The course will cover:

  • An overview of current digital camera formats and codecs
  • An overview of current hard drives, SSDs, cables, connectors and software.
  • Choosing the correct equipment for a particular job.
  • How to create a workflow document to insurance recognised standards
  • Introduction to quality control checking
  • The politics of a TV/ film set: who is who, what to do and when to do it.
  • How to securely transfer, organise and back-up camera data to recognised industry standards with a metadata overview

About the tutor: Paul Hawke-Williams has over 25 years experience in the TV industry, primarily in post-production where he has worked as a facilities manager, lead tech, data wrangler and editor. He has a vast technical knowledge which he can convey in understandable terms, crafting the delivery of information for the technician, craftsman and layman alike. He is currently the Data Manager at Gorilla Post Production looking after over 3 petabytes of digital information for their clients.


Fees and funding options

Fees for this course are as follows:

Freelance Rate: £225
Corporate Rate: £345


A limited number of bursaries are available for all of our short courses. If you wish to apply for a bursary to contribute to the costs of your course, please read the bursary guidelines below carefully to confirm your eligibility. Please do not apply to a course unless you are sure you meet the bursary eligibility criteria, or if you are able to pay for the course by other means.

Please apply as far in advance of the course date as possible to give yourself the best chance of securing a supported place as we may not be able to accommodate all applications. We aim to advise successful applicants no later than 10 working days prior to the course start date.

Once you have submitted your course application, your bursary application, and supporting documents, should be submitted to

NFTS Cymru Wales Bursary Guidelines (pdf) | NFTS Cymru Wales Bursary Application Form (pdf)

I ddarllen y dogfenau yn Gymraeg:
NFTS Cymru Wales Canllawiau’r Bwrswriaeth (pdf) | NFTS Cymru Wales Ffurflen Gais Bwrswriaeth (pdf)

How to apply

Application deadline: Register your interest

Please complete the application form to apply. You will be asked to upload your CV. 

Please also read the Terms and Conditions (pdf file) / Telerau ac Amodau (pdf file) of booking as payment of a successful application assumes acceptance of these.

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