An Introduction to Working In The Locations Department – Film Birmingham Course

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This film locations course is delivered by Film Birmingham and will run over 2 weekends, it is designed to inform, educate and give hands on skills to the next generation of aspiring film and TV Location Managers.

Dates:  March 21st-22nd and March 28th-29th, 2020

Location: Library of Birmingham

Time: 9:30am – 5:30pm

Course Leader: Harriet Lawrence

Course Fee: £100

An Introduction to Working in the Locations Department (WILD) will be led by top UK film and TV drama Location Manager Harriet Lawrence. Harriet has worked in location management for over 20 years and her impressive CV includes prime time TV shows Downton Abbey, Parks and Recreation and Dancing on the Edge and Hollywood movies The Personal History of David Copperfield, My Cousin RachelSuffragette and Burton and Taylor.

Outline of the WILD Film Locations course:

The locations department has a wide and varied remit within a production. It extends from the creative beginnings of a script breakdown, working alongside Directors and Designers and scouting locations, to the logistical and detailed planning of a shoot. It enables all other departments to go about their jobs as smoothly and safely as possible. This film locations course will cover what to expect in this challenging, yet rewarding work environment. It will also advise on potential routes into film and TV location management.

It will briefly look at an overview of the industry, the different types of productions and then move on to the exciting challenges of scouting, planning a shoot and managing all aspects of the shoot day. The sessions will also outline some of the essential principles of health and safety, touch on some of the many things included in the locations budget and give tips on how to take great location recce pictures. The first weekend will be classroom-based and the second will be putting into practice all that was learnt during the first weekend.

How to apply to the WILD Film Locations Course:

Film Birmingham welcomes applications from a broad range of participants; from new entrants with some production experience to those more established in the media industry. There will be 3 subsidised places available for qualifying participants. If you are interested in being considered for the course, please email, with WILD Course in the subject.


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Discover! Creative Careers – Starts November 18th

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Join the #DiscoverCreativeCareers campaign, from 18th – 22nd November, as part of the Creative Careers Programme. Here is a message from them about their upcoming opportunity:

Careers opportunities in the creative industries are increasing daily with employment in the sector growing three times faster than the rest of the UK economy. This growth shows no signs of slowing down, yet many young people aren’t aware of the variety of roles and vast areas of work available. We want to change that.

Taking place across England from 18th – 22nd November, Discover! Creative Careers Week will see over 500 employers from across the creative industries opening their doors to thousands of young people to inspire and inform the next generation of workers. During the week, young people will get to learn about animation with the creators of Peppa Pig, go back stage at the National Theatre, use interactive 3D computer modelling with XSite Architecture in Newcastle, explore individual career paths by interviewing the team at Tate Liverpool, get a taste of the world of publishing with Hachette, and understand how a film is promoted and distributed with Sony, plus much more.

The Discover! Creative Careers Week campaign aims to not only celebrate the activities taking place during the week, but also to highlight the sheer number of roles available within the creative industries and the pathways into them, by putting real names and faces behind the job titles with Discover! My Creative Career and supporting the campaign on social media. So even if you’re not hosting an event, you can still get involved.

The Discover! Creative Careers Week Campaign Pack contains various key messages, templates and tools that will support your involvement in the campaign so we can reach a much wider audience and demonstrate the commitment of the sector. Click here to download the pack.

Be sure to tag us in your Discover! Creative Careers Week posts using @CreativeCareer5 and #DiscoverCreativeCareers.
Take part in Discover! My Creative Career
Download your campaign pack here
We want to hear from you! To get in touch about any aspect of the Creative Careers Programme, please email


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Tiger Aspect, Film Birmingham and BBC Comedy Offer Man Like Mobeen Training Scheme

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Production has started on the third series of award-winning BBC Three comedy, Man Like Mobeen.

About Man Like Mobeen

Man Like Mobeen is produced by Tiger Aspect, part of Endemol Shine UK, for BBC Three. The third series is due to air early next year. The series has scooped numerous awards and widespread critical acclaim. 63% of its audience is aged under 35 – well above the average for BBC Three.

Written and created by Guz Khan and Andy Milligan, Man Like Mobeen follows Mobeen (Guz Khan), friends Eight (Tez Ilyas) and Nate (Tolu Ogunmefun), and little sister Aks (Duaa Karim), from Small Heath, Birmingham. Offering a rarely seen insight into working-class life as an ethnic minority, the series addresses issues such as religion and class whilst showcasing Khan’s unique voice.

After the cliffhanger at the end of series two, the show will return to Small Heath. Here, Mobeen has been sucked back into the dark underworld of his criminal past. Has he gone beyond the point of no return? And what will the consequences be?

Training Scheme

Ahead of filming commencing, Guz Khan launched a training scheme in partnership with Film Birmingham, BBC Comedy and Tiger Aspect, offering eight entry-level positions for individuals from all backgrounds in and around Birmingham to get first-hand experience of the TV industry by working behind the scenes on the show’s production. The eight candidates will work in departments such as directing, producing, costume, make-up and camera work. They are also being paid £550 a week. Four of the placements are funded by BBC Comedy, with two places funded by Film Birmingham and two funded by Tiger Aspect.

Guz Khan says: “Accessing the entertainment industry is one of the trickiest things I have ever seen. And it’s for this reason it was imperative for us to allow working-class people the opportunity to do so. I want to see more of our people in front of and behind the camera. The best way to do this is to facilitate these opportunities when we can. I am genuinely excited to see regular folks grow into something special.”

Shane Allen, Controller of Comedy Commissioning at the BBC says of the scheme: “This initiative is a pro-active way to honour Guz’s commitment to including and representing the community he comes from. Tiger Aspect and the BBC are committed to tackling the socio-economic challenges that underpin TV’s need to open the doors to people of all sorts of backgrounds and enrich the off-screen talent pool.”

Film Birmingham Comments

Sindy Campbell, Head of Film Birmingham says: “Authentic representation on – and off – screen is extremely important to us and we’re proud to support Man Like Mobeen which showcases and inspires communities like Small Heath. Birmingham has one of the UK’s most diverse populations; we want to ensure our creative workforce reflects this. We are pleased to champion this initiative which provides the opportunity for those of all backgrounds to break into Birmingham’s screen industries.”

Damian Kavanagh is Managing Director for Tiger Aspect. He says: “Man Like Mobeen skilfully blends laugh out loud comedy with the important issues affecting Small Heath. The show has always had something to say. So I’m delighted it can now leave a huge legacy through this trainee scheme by providing the opportunity for a brand new generation of talent to get their first step on the ladder in TV production.”

Man Like Mobeen is a Tiger Aspect production written and created by Guz Khan and Andy Milligan. The producer is Gill Isles, the director is Ollie Parsons, and the executive producer is David Simpson. The Commissioning Editor for the BBC is Kate Daughton.




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Open Doors Leicester: Careers in Screen – October 17th

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Want to get the low down about working behind-the-camera in the screen industry? Open Doors aims to give you insight into what jobs are out there and help you build connections with industry professionals.

What’s It About?

This event is for people eager to get their foot in the door and interested to hear about different careers open to them in Film, TV, Animation, VFX and Games. You’ll get the opportunity to:

  • Connect with industry professionals
  • Hear their advice and insights about getting started in the industry
  • Network with like-minded people

Join us at the Grand Hall in St Martins House where you’ll meet industry professionals working in the Screen Industry in round tables of 10, followed by an open networking session. They will also be pizza on the night. To have a look at previous Open Doors event search #OpenDoorsCareers on Twitter.

Who Will Be There?

Industry professionals joining us on the night are:

More speakers to be announced in the coming weeks.

Chat to the ScreenSkills team about Trainee Finder, a scheme that places new talent on paid traineeships with UK films and TV shows like Wonder Woman, Game of Thrones and Peaky Blinders, and get inside advice before applications open in November. Find out about regional boot camps & CV clinics and how they can help launch careers in screen.

Event Details

This ScreenSkills event will take place October 17th at the Grand Hall in St Martins House. Leicester, between 6pm and 8pm. Admission is free. Age: 18+. Click here for more information and to register. If you have any questions email Vicky on




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Apply for ScreenSkills Bootcamp – Deadline October 19th

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Have you ever dreamt of working on films like Star Wars – Episode IX, Wonder Woman: 1984, Downton Abbey, Horrible Histories: The Movie or How to Build a Girl? Have you recently finished school or university? Or do you work in an industry with transferable skills, such as events, logistics, office management, construction or hair and make-up? Then this ScreenSkills Bootcamp might be for you!

About the ScreenSkills Bootcamp

This free to attend boot camp training course by ScreenSkills takes place over one day and is for anyone looking to break into the world of Feature Films. The Film Bootcamp: Get Started in Film introduces you to how the film industry, and how film sets run. You will meet experts who’ve worked on films, and receive freelancing and CV advice. You’ll also work with two trainers, both highly experienced in these areas.

Training will take place on Monday November 18th 2019 in Central Leicester.

Who They Want

We are particularly interested in participants who want to work in Hair/Make-up, Art Department, Costume, Floor/AD, Locations, Production Office, Cameras, Sound, Lighting and Editing. We are working to develop an inclusive workforce in film and television. So we strongly encourage applications from under-represented groups, particularly those from BAME backgrounds or those who consider themselves disabled. A passion for making a career in feature films is the main criteria we are looking for in all applicants.

To Apply

Places are limited. We encourage early applications and we will consider these before the deadline.

The application deadline is 19th October 2019. Applicants will then be notified on or before 1st November 2019.

ScreenSkills supports this training course using National Lottery funds awarded by the British Film Institute (BFI) as part of the Future Film Skills programme.

Apply here!


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Making it Possible: Online Course For Parents in Film and TV

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Making It Possible, the personal and career development day for parents and carers, returns in Autumn 2019. The programme will empower successful applicants to focus on their individual goals, plan a route to achieve them and address the specific barriers and challenges they face. Making It Possible is for you if you’re on maternity/paternity leave or if you’re currently working but concerned you will stagnate in your career due to juggling work with parenting and/or caring demands. Or, you may be fired up to advance your career but struggling to actually make it happen.


Course content

This year, there will be an opportunity to participate in the programme online. The online version of Making It Possible will run weekly for five weeks and cover the same course content. The online version will run between week commencing  7th October and the week commencing 11th November (with one week break for half-term).

The on-site one-day development course will take place in London (9th Octiober), Leeds (16th October) and Cardiff (5th November). Each day will run from 9.30am to 5pm with a free crèche at each location. There will be suitable breaks in the schedule for those who need to feed babies. Then, the groups will come back together for progress update calls scheduled for November and January.

Blaire Palmer, a coach and confidante for senior leaders and teams, will lead each course.  A former BBC Radio 4 Today Programme producer, she has spent the past 16 years helping leaders work out how to find a way of working that is authentic and based on their values and priorities without compromising their professional ambitions.

For more information and to register, click here.

Who it’s for

This programme is open to all film and TV industry practitioners with a minimum of two screen credits or three years experience in an industry role. Twelve of the total number of places available across the Making It Possible 2019 – both location and online options –  are open to directors, and are being supported through Directors UK. Applicants must be parents and/or carers and looking to develop their careers to the next level. They must be and be aged over 18.

For more information about Making it Possible, email

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ScreenSkills Course for Film Leadership and Management

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Are you an experienced film professional in the West Midlands who is looking to develop their leadership and management skills?

  • Do you regularly work in your chosen job role or department and are looking to take the next step up?
  • Do you have three or more professional credits in this current role?
  • Are you responsible for overseeing entry-level and early-stage colleagues in your department?
  • Do you feel like an ‘accidental’ manager and want to learn more about leadership and management?

If the answer to any or all of these questions is yes, then this course, Leadership and Management for Film Professionals, delivered by Screen Central and commissioned by ScreenSkills, is for you.

ScreenSkills is looking for 12 participants from any department – you could be producing, directing, an AD, in locations, art department, costume, hair and make-up, production office, cameras, lighting, sound or post-production. The main criteria is that you’re looking to step up into management and want some training and support to do this or are already a manager and looking to polish your skills.

What is the course structure?
This course will consist of a mixture of group workshops and one-to-one mentoring. The workshops will take place outside of usual working hours to allow for maximum participation and the one-to-one mentoring can be arranged to suit the participants.

Prior to the first workshop session, you will carry out a personal skills audit to identify your leadership and management skills gaps and identify possible mentor(s).

You will receive up to 6 hours of mentoring during the programme with a mentor of your choice who will be assigned to help you implement and develop your skills, allowing you both to discuss your development whilst on the job.

The workshops will take place across four half-days between October 2019 and January 2020. By the end of the workshop sessions you will have created a professional development plan identifying how to actively apply your newly acquired leadership and management skills.

Who will deliver the course?

The course will be delivered by Rachel Robey and Caroline Officer.

Rachel is a producer, and founder at Wellington Films, known for her work on multiple award-winning feature films such as London to Brighton, Calibre and The Levelling, and numerous successful short films. Rachel also has a strong background in physical production having worked in a freelance capacity on films including Control (Anton Corbijn, 2007), Skeletons (Nick Whitfield, 2010) and Dead Man’s Shoes (Shane Meadows, 2004). Between 2011 and 2017, Rachel was Film Programme Manager at the British Council where she leads on the development of film programmes in the Middle East /North Africa/Sub Saharan Africa and created the Hakaya Souria development programme, working with displaced Syrian filmmakers in Lebanon, Jordan and Turkey.

Caroline is an award-winning television producer and teacher. As a producer, she spent 6 years at BBC Birmingham before moving to London to become the first Series Producer of Ready Steady Cook. She also helped devise the award-winning Can’t Cook, Won’t Cook. Caroline returned to Birmingham to open Endemol Midlands and led the production of over 1000 hours of television content. More recently she was the MA Television Production Course Director at Birmingham City University which she ran until June 2018. Caroline has extensive experience in leading large teams of filmmakers as well as being an experienced educator and trainer.

We strongly support the development of an inclusive workforce in film and television and welcome applications from under-represented groups, particularly those from black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds and those who consider themselves disabled.

This training is supported by ScreenSkills using National Lottery funding awarded by the British Film Institute (BFI) as part of the Future Film Skills programme.

How to apply

Early applications are encouraged and will be considered before the deadline. The application deadline is midday on 16 September 2019. Applicants will be notified on or before 20 September 2019. Priority will be given to those based in the West Midlands.

Follow this link to apply.

There is a fee of £75 per person payable by participants for taking part in this course.




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Production Accounting Fast Track Training Programme – Deadline 9th September

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Do you know any assistant accountants, who would benefit from some additional training to progress their career?

This fast track training programme by Production Guild, devised due to industry demand, will give them the knowledge and confidence to make the transition to production accountancy positions in film and High-End TV. The programme will run over 5 weekends in September, October and November at Warner Bros. Studios Leavesden Park. It is heavily subsidised by both the ScreenSkills Film Skills Fund and the High-end TV Skills Fund with contributions from UK film and high-end TV productions and is being delivered by the Production Guild in partnership with ITV Studios.

Trainees will not only benefit from invaluable training from Becca Wolf (Film) and Lucy Drake (TV) but also be offered 1:1 mentoring and development support to help progress their careers to the next level.

Cost: £550 + booking fee + VAT for all five weekends.

To apply click here or, download application forms directly here. For more information on the fast track training programme, email The application deadline is Monday 9th September at 12.00pm.

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B3 Talent Lab for BAME Creatives – Deadline August 5th

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Are you the creative who needs to skill up? Do you have an amazing story to tell across a range of platforms? Does your project need that extra ‘edge’ ? See the opportunity by B3 Creative netowrk below:

What is TalentLab ?

B3’s TalentLab is a bespoke talent development programme for Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) creatives working in film and across multiple platforms (digital storytelling (VR/ AR) , photography, theatre, spoken word and music). TalentLab aims to reach writers, directors, creative producers, artists, digital artists and media creators, helping them to re-assess their professional practice, improve their skills, and give them the confidence and contacts to push their careers and projects to the next level.

We want to take you and your project to the next level and beyond.

Who are we looking for ?

Be part of our cohort group this year if your project is digital art, cross-platform film: shorts to features (fiction and documentary) . Take part in a series of intense development labs this November. Up to 12 projects will be selected for further development and 6 will be given a development commission of up to £1000. You will also get an opportunity to present your project to funders at our B3 Futures industry showcase in November 2019.

Project ideas

• Apply with a short or long form film or cross platform project or a multimedia project which includes moving image as a key component.
• Submit a project appropriate to your level of experience. For example, if you’re submitting a feature idea to us, we need to see a short or evidence of commissioned
work in other areas (e.g. tv, theatre, digital media) that shows that you have fresh, original and unexpected ideas and narratives.
• Non-genre, genre and cross-genre films – drama/comedy/horror/thriller/sci-fi, etc. – are welcome.

How do I apply ?

• You can apply as a writer, director, writer/director, artist, creative producer, or digital artist.

• Read through the FAQs and submission guidelines.

• Complete and submit an online application by Midday on Monday 5th August, 2019.

See more FAQ’s.

Apply for the Talent Lab HERE.




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Production Guild Movie Magic Budgeting training – July 20th

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Do you want to learn more about Movie Magic Budgeting? Over the weekend of the 20th July, the Production Guild will be delivering a hands-on introduction to Movie Magic Budgeting at Warner Bros. Studios Leavesden Park.

This is a hands-on introduction to Movie Magic Budgeting. No previous experience is required but basic computer literacy and a familiarity with Film / TV production basics is assumed. Training includes practice in breaking down a narrative script and extracting data from the script at a level of detail required to build industry standard budgets and schedules.

Course outline

Introduction to the principles of budgeting
Overview of Movie Magic Budgeting tools
The interface between the Movie Magic Schedule and Budget
Setting up and applying and working with: currencies, globals, fringes and groups
Setting up and using library
Setting up the topsheet
Contractual charges and tax incentives
Preparing for cost reports

By the end of the course you will have a greater understanding of the whole budgeting process and feel confident about starting to use Movie Magic Budgeting software on your own productions. Where required, laptops and software will be provided for use during the course.

This training will be delivered by highly experienced Executive Producer, Producer and Line Producer Paul Sarony. Paul has extensive experience of working across feature films, dramas and documentaries. His credits include Mrs Brown, Show Dogs, Juliet Naked, and Being Mick.

Event details
Saturday 20th & Sunday 21st July
Warner Bros. Studios Leavesden

For more information and how to book visit:
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