The courses will be taught by craft specific tutors alongside top level Film & TV practitioners through a combination of practical training in person, 1-2-1 tutorials, masterclasses and mentoring support as a pathway to industry. A work experience module is intended to be included in the programme if COVID restrictions permit. Local industry partners include ITV, ProVision and Prime Studios in Leeds.
Demand for local skilled crews is high following Screen Yorkshire’s busiest year to date for filming enquiries to its Film Office and more productions than ever scheduled for 2022. Major TV productions that have filmed in the region supported by Screen Yorkshire’s Film Office include: feature films Indiana Jones, Mission Impossible 7, The Railway Children Return, Emily, Enola Holmes, City Girls, Three Day Millionaire, The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry and TV productions: The Gallows Pole, The Witcher (2 and 3), The Confessions of Frannie Langton, Gentleman Jack (2), All Creatures Great and Small (2).
The six film & TV craft courses, delivered as part of Centre of Screen Excellence: Yorkshire, aim to demonstrate how partners joining forces can amplify the impact of targeted investment into training and build a greater skilled workforce where needed regionally.
Centre of Screen Excellence: Yorkshire is establishing innovative partnerships to meet the demand for local crews to work on these productions and support further growth in the region. The courses will provide trainees from any background with a clear pathway into the industry, developing their skills, and preparing them for the specific demands of working within these industries.
All trainees will also take part in two week-long ‘boot camps’ designed to prepare them for the specific requirements of film and TV, such as their role within a department, set etiquette, working as part of a large crew, sustainability training, Covid-19 safety measures, the challenges of finding that first job and freelance life (including CV and application training, tax, invoicing and networking).
The craft courses are part of a portfolio of initiatives being rolled out across the region by Centre of Screen Excellence: Yorkshire, aimed at upskilling the local workforce and creating new pathways and opportunities for individuals, especially those from disadvantaged and underrepresented backgrounds, wishing to develop their careers in the screen industries. To achieve this, recruitment will pro-actively target regional and local organisations, colleges and businesses to encourage applications from a wide range of people. The long-term aim is to ensure that the region is a nationally-recognised centre for training in the screen industries.
The previous 2 editions of craft courses were delivered successfully under difficult circumstances. In spite of COVID restrictions, as little as possible compromises were made to provide practical training and trainees were given access to some of the most vibrant film & TV talent from around the world through a series of exclusive online industry masterclasses.
The 2021 courses were incredibly successful in paving the way for subsequent employment. The majority of course participants found paid work in the Film & TV industry as a result of attending the CoSE:Y courses, course graduates worked on productions including The Railway Children Return, Gentleman Jack – Series 2, Sanditon – Series 2, Industry, The Confessions of Frannie Langton, The Gallows Pole, Ackley Bridge and Steph’s Packed Lunch.