NFTS Cymru Wales: First Steps into Film & TV: Production Assistant

Short course

Overview

This course is delivered online in partnership with NFTS Scotland & NFTS Leeds on 5 consecutive Thursday's

The UK film and television production sector is rapidly expanding with a seemingly never ending appetite for production crew across the UK.

The role of Production Assistant is an ideal entry level position for those wanting to pursue a career in film and high-end television (HETV) production and is a central one within the production department, providing support to the producers, production managers and the wider production team. 

This five day course will equip you with the necessary skills and knowledge to help you secure a role as a production assistant and provide a clear understanding of the responsibilities of the job. 

Delivered over six weeks, the sessions will be delivered primarily over Zoom, with one day of face-to-face teaching in Cardiff.  Each session will involve practical tasks and written exercises to give you hands on experience of the role, based on examples of best practice. 

The course will cover: 

•    The Production Team: roles and responsibilities
•    Set Etiquette & Film Lingo
•    Core production department paperwork
•    Inter departmental structures in film & HETV
•    Thinking about locations; where do you start?
•    Indie Film / Studio Pictures / HETV – what does it all mean and what is the difference?
•    Introduction to scheduling 
•    Introduction to a Call Sheet 

The course will culminate with a session on how to search and apply for work with a focus on how to tailor your cv when applying for Production Assistant jobs. 

Who Is This Course For? 
No previous experience in the film and tv industry is necessary and we actively encourage applicants from groups who are currently under represented in the film and television industries.

Need help in paying for this course? 
Please ask us about our bursary scheme. Funded by the Welsh Government, our bursaries are aimed at those resident in Wales for whom the cost of the course may be a barrier. The full details on who is eligible for a bursary and how to apply can be found below. 

About the Tutor
Rachel Robey is a producer and co-founder at Wellington Films, helping originate a series of acclaimed shorts, feature films and documentaries over the past two decades. Her breakout success came with Paul Andrew Williams' 2006 feature debut London To Brighton that won numerous prizes, including Best Achievement In Production at the British Independent Film Awards. More recently, she produced The Levelling and was Executive Producer on the Netflix Original Calibre which won the Michael Powell Award at the Edinburgh International Film Festival.
 
Rachel takes on a broad range of teaching and consultancy activities with clients including the BFI Film Academy, the Centre of Screen Excellence: Yorkshire, and the National Film and Television School.  Her huge experience in film production has also seen her work in production on a number of celebrated films, including Anton Corbijn's Control and Shane Meadows' Dead Man's Shoes.
 

Fees and funding options

Fees for this course are as follows:

Freelance Rate: £745
Corporate Rate: £1435

Bursaries, supported by the Welsh Government, are also available for those who are eligible.

BURSARY INFORMATION

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 wales@nfts.co.uk.

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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