NFTS Scotland: First Steps into Film & TV: Production Assistant Online

Short course

Overview

This course is delivered online in partnership with NFTS CymruWales & NFTS Leeds

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 three 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 Zoom, each session will be fully interactive and 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: 
•    Indie Film / Studio Pictures / HETV – what does it all mean and what is the difference?
•    Overview of crew roles
•    The Production Team: roles and responsibilities
•    Overview of the strategic thinking undertaken by the production team
•    Breaking down a script and production planning
•    How to read 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: £365
Corporate Rate: £730

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

BURSARY INFORMATION

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 can 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 scotland@nfts.co.uk.

NFTS Scotland Bursary Guidelines (Word doc)

NFTS Scotland Bursary Application Form (pdf)

If you are not eligible for an NFTS Scotland bursary, please read our Alternative Funding Avenues document (pdf) which points you in the direction of a few other places which may be able to help. Please submit your application in plenty of time as timescales for funders differ. 

How to apply

Application deadline: Book Now

Please complete the application form to apply. You will be required to upload your C.V. 
Please also read the Terms and Conditions of booking as payment of a successful application assumes acceptance of these. 

 

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