First Light is helping young under-represented filmmakers from varied backgrounds gain access to, and succeed in, the UK film industry, through free training workshops in London and Birmingham throughout September.
The workshops in Birmingham at the mac, will focus on equipping the young people with many of the skills needed to succeed in the industry. First Light is working with BAFTA award winners, The Producers Forum and with Flatpack, a well established local Birmingham Film Festival, to give the young people training in producing films and careers advice from industry experts, who will provide insight into the skills and experience required.
The training in Film Production will take place on 21 and 22 September and 28 and 29 September at mac, Canon Hill in Birmingham. Participants will learn about the role of the producer, how to develop, produce and distribute a short film, how to build a career as a film producer alongside the skills and experience required to work in the film industry. Through a series of case studies of short films, sessions from guest speakers, role play and project work participants will spend 4 days getting to grips with just what it takes to be a film producer
The second training course, also taking place at mac, on Friday 23rd September will provide guidance to those wishing to freelance within the industry. It will include advice and guidance from professionals in a range of areas – from marketing yourself to managing money. The session will aim to inspire those wishing to work across the industry from art to animation, gaming to graphics.
First Light is able to provide these opportunities as a result of the success of their talent development programme Second Light. Second Light was a pilot production based talent development scheme, which provided young filmmakers, with supported opportunities to move into the film industry. With the backing of industry partners including The Pinewood Studios Group and BAFTA, Second Light provided young filmmakers with bespoke training, work placements and mentor support over a sustained period of 18 months.
Since the scheme ended, the Second Light graduates have used their new skills to secure work on a variety of projects within the film and TV industry. 75% are now working in the industry or in related training and university courses. Graduates are currently working on a wide range of industry projects, from Production Assistant on BOND 23 to Presenter of Channel 4’s Battlefront, to working with Director Gurinder Chadha on the Bend It films as writers and performers.
Second Light Project Manager Yen Yau says “I’m so pleased that so many of the Second Light graduates are thriving and finding their feet in the industry. We hope that this new set of workshops will help more young people from the West Midlands to do the same.”
This opportunity is targeted at young people aged 16-25 years from diverse backgrounds, including NEETS (not in education, employment or training), BME (black and minority ethnic), young carers, single parents, and young people with disabilities.