Amazon Crew Filming ‘Citadel’ Hails Film Birmingham for ‘Incredible Shoot’

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The TV crew producing upcoming sci-fi drama ‘Citadel’ have hailed Birmingham for facilitating an ‘incredible shoot’. Amalgamated Pictures Limited, filming on behalf of Amazon Prime, wrapped up on November 24 after nine days shooting in the city.

The multi-million pound production stars Richard Madden of Game of Thrones fame and actress Priyanka Chopra Jonas.

A staggering 430 background extras were used in the first three days of filming, from November 15 to 17. Edmund Street was closed every evening from around 7pm until the early hours to allow filming to take place. Cornwall Street was also used by the production team for parking. Amalgamated employees were spotted several times travelling from their Jewellery Quarter base – with actors even seen crossing Great Charles Street Queensway on horses.

Location manager Bill Darby told BirminghamLive : “The shoot went incredibly well, and the sequence is going to look amazing.

“We are all very grateful to the city for its help. It was a hugely complex and ambitious sequence to put together. It is a credit to the city and Film Birmingham for it being such a success.”

More 2021 Filming

Birmingham this year has become a hotbed for TV series and film; from Hollywood megastar Tom Cruise shooting Mission Impossible 7 in Grand Central, to new ITV crime drama DI Ray filming outside Three Snowhill. In a welcome boost to the city, DI Ray and Citadel were both being worked on at the same time, with the former’s production crew also spotted in St Paul’s Square.

News also revealed how the BBC plans to investment around £50million into Birmingham as the broadcaster looks for a new base in the city.

A BBC spokesperson said: “We’ve made a commitment to do even more in Birmingham, which means we’ll have more staff in the city in the coming years and different needs. We are exploring a number of options for the future including staying at our current base at The Mailbox.”




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Production Guild – Movie Magic Scheduling and Budgeting

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Production Guild Movie Magic Scheduling and Budgeting

Sat 6th October & Sun 7th October – Movie Magic Scheduling
Sat 13th Oct & Sun 14th Oct – Movie Magic Budgeting

Do you want to train in Movie Magic Scheduling and Budgeting? Led by Line Producer / UPM Brian Donovan (King Arthur: Legend of the Sword, Allied and Dracula), this course offers an in-depth, hands-on review of the Movie Magic software and the environment in which they are employed both in Film and TV.

Run across two weekends in October, attendees are encouraged to attend both in order to fully appreciate how Movie Magic Scheduling and Budgeting are integrated. No previous experience with either is required but basic computer literacy and a familiarity with Film / TV production basics is assumed.

Training will use a training script with practical exercises to put the learning of the software info practice.

For more details, click here.

Royal Television Society Careers Fair

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The Royal Television Society Midlands Centre is launching its first ever Careers Fair this autumn and it’s going to be HUGE, so don’t miss your chance to be part of it!

If you are 16-24 and you are interested in working in the broadcasting industry, this is a must-attend event. It takes place on Tuesday 16 October 2018 at Edgbaston Stadium and will offer all the latest tips, tricks and practical advice to help you land that all important first job in broadcasting.

Get your CV tweaked by professionals, learn about the different jobs and schemes out there, have a go at presenting, network with the most influential creatives in the business and much much more!

This is your opportunity to hear from the best in the business from some of the highest profile shows on television from The X Factor to Blue Planet II and Britain’s Got Talent; to radio stations Radio 1, 1Xtra and the Asian Network. Not only that, you will be able to have a go at presenting and to film a scene with BBC One’s Doctors.

Our Careers Fair will provide the best industry advice, practical workshops, inspiring masterclasses and unparalled networking with key employers, independent production companies, broadcasters and universities all out in force on the day.

Ticket price:

  • Early Bird tickets £6 (maximum of 300 EB tickets are available – book early to get your tickets at this rate)
  • £10 per general admission ticket (once the Early Bird tickets are sold)
  • Group bookings £5 per person

For early bird and general admission tickets please click here to book.

For group bookings please email stating how many will be in your party, where you are from and names of those attending.

All tickets are non-refundable.Tickets for full members of the Royal Television Society are complimentary but MUST be booked in advance – please provide your membership number when booking. This event is open to everyone but is designed for those with no more than two years’ television experience.

Reclaim The Frame

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Birds’ Eye View (BEV) is launching a pilot project designed to grow audiences for films by women. This project seeks to empower audiences to make a positive intervention in the distribution and exhibition space, to prove that films by women are commercially viable and in demand.

Supported by the BFI Audience Fund, “Reclaim The Frame” the Influencer Project (which will run from April to September 2018) will spotlight 4 films in 5 cities over 6 months.

On 23rd April Birds’ Eye View is inviting you to join them to find out more about the project and if you like what you hear, to then sign up to become an Influencer for their Birmingham network. The Reclaim The Frame project aims to develop a growing network of audience “influencers” who are dedicated to broadening the frame through which we engage with film.

See great films. Meet great people. Make a difference.

If you’re interested or would like to know more then please book a ticket to hear how you can join Birds’ Eye View and RECLAIM THE FRAME!

Producer Forum Presents…

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A brilliant opportunity for filmmakers and sound enthusiasts to learn from an industry professional has been rebooted for the second time.

This specially tailored masterclass on sound has been brought back to The Royal Birmingham Conservatoire (TRC) for filmmaking professionals, sound recordists and enthusiasts to experience the importance sound plays from conception to recording to dubbing in film.

The sound Maestro, Neil Hillman, famously known for Pirates of the Caribbean, BBC3 Man like Mobeen and Doctor Who will deliver an insightful masterclass on how to avoid sound disasters when creating films. Neil is a prestigious Royal Television Society award winner for ‘Best Production Craft Skills’ in 2010 and a multiple winner for sound design at the New York film festival and has amassed over 600 individual IMDb credits making him the perfect professional to run the masterclass.

The talk ‘Can the sound department have a word?’ is specifically aimed at showing how the various Film Production departments such as camera, lighting, grips, wardrobe, location scouts, actors, the first assistant director and the director can actually jeopardise the economic and artistic success of a film, if they don’t have location sound (50% of the product) in mind as they plan; and the huge negative impact on the schedule, budget, quality and overall efficiency this can have.

It details the topics that need to be considered in pre-production for a smooth shoot, ensuring that the best sound is presented to post-production. The focus being on getting the most ‘bang for your buck’ from the sound department. Most expensive sound disasters are totally avoidable, and this talk ensures that all film professionals, not just the sound department, have that information and knowledge to hand.


Optional – 5.30pm-6.30 Tour of recording facilities
7pm-8.30 Masterclass
8.30pm-10.30 Networking
Food and drinks can be purchased at the Royal Conservatoire bar.
Open to anyone interested in sound recording and dub including music recording at Conservatoire

Dates: Tuesday 19th June 2018
Venue: The Recital Room, Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, 200 Jennens Rd, Birmingham B4 7XR

To book tickets please click here.

BBC The Greatest Dancer

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Greatest Dancer is an exciting new dance competition for BBC One, produced by Syco Entertainment and Thames for all great dancers!

They are looking for all types of dance styles to showcase all great dancers in the country and compete for an exciting prize of £50,000. We welcome all applicants from soloists, duos and groups.

Entrants must be 7 years old and above and have the right to live and work in the United Kingdom (If you proceed to the next stage, you will need to be available for one day between 10th – 13th August)

Venue: MAC Birmingham, Cannon Hill Park, Birmingham, B12 9QH
Date: Thursday 14th June 2018
Time: 1pm – 8pm

Applicants must turn 7 before 10th August 2018. Any applicant under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian during the audition otherwise they will not be seen.

Action Movie Super Fan Game Show

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New game show looking for teams of action movie addicts and film fanatics who want the chance of winning cash prizes and a holiday.

Are you a film fanatic with an appetite for adventure? Could you and your mates answer quiz questions and face physical challenges like a real action hero?

A brand new ITV game show is looking for a heroic team leader and three teammates to take part and have the chance of winning cash prizes and a holiday.

So if you are a Die Hard movie buff, think no Mission Is Impossible and your brains and brawn are your Lethal Weapon – then get in touch. Please click here for further information on how to apply.

ITV1’s Britain’s Brightest Family is Back

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Super-smart families wanted!

The popular prime time quiz show `Britain’s Brightest Family’ is coming back for another series.

So if you think your family’s got what it takes to be in with a shout of being crowned `Britain’s Brightest Family’ and winning a FANTASTIC CASH PRIZE then apply now!

We’re looking for FAMILY TEAMS OF 3, consisting of a child aged between 11-16 and two adult family members aged 21 or over to take part.

To apply email your name and number to ASAP!

All data will be used and stored in accordance with the EU General Data Protection Regulations and all relevant UK legislation. View our privacy policy.

TV extras

Want to get paid as a film and TV extra in Birmingham and the surrounding areas?

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Uni-versalEXTRAS are holding an open registration day in Birmingham for people to register as TV extras for free. Based at Pinewood Film Studios, our recent credits include Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Justice League and Paddington 2.

Registration Day in Birmingham on Friday 22nd June 2018!

Location: The Studio Birmingham, 7 Cannon Street, Birmingham, B2 5EP

Timings: Arrive at any time between 10am and 4pm

• No experience necessary
• You must be aged 16½ or over with the right to work in the UK

For more details, to ask questions or to RSVP, please visit the Facebook event page.