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SKILL UP

SKILL UP is Screen Yorkshire’s training programme aimed at boosting film industry skills in Yorkshire. 

Applications to the latest round of SKILL UP closed on 20th October. To make sure you are notified about our training schemes as soon as the are open, please sign up to our newsletter

Following its news earlier this year that the region is the UK’s fastest growing for film & TV, Screen Yorkshire has designed SKILL UP to support the development of Yorkshire’s highly regarded existing crew base and demystify the industry for new entrants.

As the region’s popularity as a centre for filming grows, there are increasing opportunities for people to enter or progress across a wide range of roles within the industry; everything from grips to wigs, graphics or prosthetics. Screen Yorkshire has designed SKILL UP, a multi-modular skills and knowledge development programme, to maximise an individual’s chances of success and help Yorkshire to become one of the most sought after destinations for film & TV.

Cuba Pictures’ ‘Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell’ filming for BBC One / Screen Yorkshire (also pictured top).
Screen Yorkshire has developed SKILL UP following on from the phenomenal success of its BOOTCAMP training scheme, with the support of Creative Skillset’s Film Skills Fund. The brand new two tiered initiative is targeted at both Yorkshire based new entrants keen to break into the film industry and more established industry professionals who are seeking to take their career to the next level.

Richard Knight, head of production at Screen Yorkshire says: ‘’I’m delighted to be able to bring further training opportunities to Yorkshire after the significant impact of the previous bootcamp schemes.  With the additional remit to develop existing behind-camera talent in the industry – and with a stellar line-up of speakers being booked, there’ll be a kaleidoscope of training opportunities on offer in the coming months.’’

Since his attendance on Bootcamp 2016, Ben Reid from York now has VFX credits on ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ , Andy Serkis’ directorial debut ‘Breathe’ and David Bruckner’s ‘The Ritual’. Ben says:

‘’Screen Yorkshire’s Bootcamp was a fantastic opportunity to galvanise my career transition into the film business. It was very useful in opening my eyes to all the various jobs that are available, and the skills that you need to be successful in each.

If you want to get into the business you have work your way in, sometimes from imaginative angles. Screen Yorkshire’s scheme gave me access to people in the industry and an opportunity to grill them about their job.’’

With a variety of modules on offer, successful applicants will be assessed according to current skill level and offered a bespoke package of training. A typical package for a new entrant will include 3 days of talks and training from highly regarded industry professionals. Individuals further along the career ladder will be offered a bespoke programme of mentoring and work shadowing specifically tailored to their needs.

Programme delivery will take place across a number of days during November and December 2017, and January 2018 (*dates to be confirmed following acceptance onto the programme). Each applicant expected to commit to a minimum of three days training.

Hair & Make-Up for Mammoth Screen’s ‘Victoria’ at Church Fenton Yorkshire Studios for ITV 

Find out more about the range of job roles available in the film industry here.
*Please be aware that this scheme does not have the remit or scope to develop actors or writers.

The closing date for applications is 5pm on Friday 20th October 2017.

Screen Yorkshire particularly welcomes applications from those who consider themselves to have a disability, or applicants with a BAME background. Screen Yorkshire’s Film Industry ‘SKILL UP’ is supported by Creative Skillset’s Film Skills Fund, with BFI’s Film Forever National Lottery funds.

For enquiries contact: richard@screenyorkshire.co.uk

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Find out what previous participants on Screen Yorkshire’s Bootcamp have been up to!

 

Since his attendance on Bootcamp last year, Jonathan Hughes from Guiseley says:

‘’Screen Yorkshire‘s scheme provides a unique insight into the industry and has proved instrumental in allowing me build a career within the world of film and television. Since attending in 2016 I have worked on major dramas such as ITV’s Victoria, interned at Warp Films in Sheffield, had a short film financed, made an award winning music video and spent the majority of this year in the production department of Shane Meadow’s new drama The Virtues! 

The film and TV industry can often seem a closed door, but the support that I got from Screen Yorkshire both during and after the scheme has proved incredibly valuable and has opened up many avenues for me.’’

Since his attendance on Bootcamp 2016, Ben Reid from York now has VFX credits on Star Wars: The Last Jedi , Andy Serkis’ directorial debut Breathe and David Bruckner’s The Ritual. Ben says:

‘’Screen Yorkshire’s Bootcamp was a fantastic opportunity to galvanise my career transition into the film business. It was very useful in opening my eyes to all the various jobs that are available, and the skills that you need to be successful in each.

If you want to get into the business you have work your way in, sometimes from imaginative angles. Screen Yorkshire’s scheme gave me access to people in the industry and an opportunity to grill them about their job.’’

Since her attendance on Screen Yorkshire’s Bootcamp, University of Hull graduate Victoria Berry has gone on to work on Paddy Considine’s  feature film Journeyman and ITV dramas; Emmerdale and Brief Encounters.

‘’Bootcamp significantly enhanced my industry knowledge and experience and helped me to understand how to apply my specific skills to a job role within the industry. I gained a thorough insight into the responsibilities of different members of crew from the guest speakers, which I was then able to apply on the ‘film set days’. Observing the collaboration of actors and crew on location was a great insight and the overall experience increased my passion to work in media and introduced me to other talented crew operating in the North.’’

Joe Gradwell from Sheffield, former participant on one of Screen Yorkshire’s Bootcamp scheme, has now found work in feature film ‘The Runaways’:

‘’Bootcamp changed my life.  I took part in January 2017 and 9 months later I’m working on a Yorkshire based feature film.  It was a truly inspiring and enlightening course and I would recommend it to anybody who is serious about building a career in the industry.’’

Since his attendance on Bootcamp in 2015, Special Effects Technician and Drone Pilot Steve Langfield from Wakefield has amassed more than 30 production credits! Steve says:

’Bootcamp has changed my life in so many ways.  I had lost the passion for my career and always wondered what life would have been like if I had pursued my dream of being a Special Effects Technician in Film and TV. Following Bootcamp, I decided to quit my well paid job and see what life had in store for me. Two years later and I’ve never looked back. I have special effects credits on more than 30 Productions and I’m also a fully qualified Drone Pilot. I can’t thank Screen Yorkshire enough for giving me the confidence and the connections to go out and grab everything the industry has to offer. If you are considering a career in film, this is the golden ticket! As for me…well watch out…I may soon have a credit in the world’s greatest show….Game of Thrones!’’