Film Academy Cambridge (2019)
A short film making course for 16-19 year olds funded by the British Film Institute which included networking events at the Cambridge Film Festival and Arts Award Bronze accreditation.
Film On (2018)
35mm Camera Assistant training for disabled camera crew supported by ScreenSkills and sponsored by Panavision and Kodak. This innovative programme saw ten participants go through an intensive camera assistant training programme. Each shot their own 35mm footage and also learnt about the DI workflow through grading sessions at Dirty Looks Post Production.
Inside Channel 4 – 2017
Training programme run in partnership with Channel 4 TV supported by Creative Skillset. The programme aimed to give the participants an inside track knowledge of the workings of Channel 4, to develop projects designed for the Channel and to pitch the projects directly to Channel 4 commissioning editors.
The programme was held over two workshops – the first at BAFTA & Channel 4 which was about project development and pitching with industry professionals including disabled producer Ewan Marshall and John Farrar from NERD TV and the second workshop at Channel 4 which was all about pitching directly to Channel 4.
Twelve outstanding disabled participants pitched brilliantly to Channel 4 Commissioning Editors including Thom Gulvesen – All 4, Rachel Springett – Comedy and Rita Daniels – Documentary.
Neurodiverse – Different Voices – 2017
Training programme building on our experience of developing the feature film Dawn of the Dark Fox – the first feature film to be directed by an autistic filmmaker. The programme was run in partnership with Biggerhouse Films in Bristol and supported by Creative Skillset.
The programme worked with 11 neurodiverse film talents from Bristol and the South West who all made a short film over the course of the programme. We were delighted that 5 of the short films were selected to screen in the Edinburgh Film Festival 2017. An amazing achievement and we are keen to continue to work with this group of filmmakers, with the magnificent Biggerhouse team and to develop our work with Neurodiverse talent. We also delivered workshops on animation, green screen techniques, and puppeteering as well as making the short films.
The Magic Hour 4 – Training Programme 2016
Training programme run around the production of our Magic Hour 5 Short film programme for the 5 selected filmmakers and also other emerging short film talent. The programme was built around the short films and covered every element of the process – from pre-production to shooting, post-production and marketing and distribution. Aurora Fearnley’s Struck premiered at the 2017 Sydney Film Festival.
The Art of Post 2016
This training programme was designed around the post-production process of 104 films’ feature film The Marker. The participants followed the whole post-production process looking at editing, picture grade and sound post-production at Met Films. Programme supported by the BFI Diversity Fund.
Low Budget Cinema Programme – 2015
A training and development programme for developing deaf and disabled film talent designed to build an understanding of the creative, production, financing and marketing mechanics of low budget feature films.
The programme was held over two workshops held at BAFTA in March 2015 and Sheffield in May 2015. The programme provided tailored mentor support for participants to develop their low budget feature film projects and covered creative & script development, project development, pitching and packaging, the creative & production engineering of low budget cinema, financing strategies, using new media to build marketing and audiences and explored ideas of disability cinema.
It included case studies and masterclasses from 104 films alumni and high-level industry professionals. All the participants developed a low budget feature film project over the course of the programme supported by professional mentor support.
Digital Revolutionaries 2013
Digital Revolutionaries was a high-powered training and development programme offering mastery of new digital and online financing opportunities, and a world-class understanding of new opportunities in digital and online distribution.
This programme covered the areas of online and digital financing and distribution exploring these new and expanding areas of opportunity in real depth to deliver mastery of these new producing tools to our participants. With input from key companies, masterclasses, case studies and a hands-on crowdfunding project, this programme ensured that the participants are ahead of the game.
The programme will also explore new opportunities and cutting-edge thinking in the digital realm and explore new and emerging business models developing from this new technology.
The programme was delivered over a four day workshop in Sheffield and was supported by Creative Skillset.
This programme built on the energy and dynamism that emerged from the success of the Generator programme. Almost immediately the Generator trainees became a team – supportive, enabling, and creating new ideas and projects with each other. During Edinburgh Film Festival, we moved this up a level with the group working together as a pack networking and pitching at the Festival.
The Generator – 2013
The Generator was a programme for fast track business and market development for outstanding disabled producers & creative film talent run in partnership with Creative Skillset, the Edinburgh International Film Festival, and the Sheffield University Management School.
It was a focused and high-level training and development programme to raise the market and business development skills of an outstanding generation of disabled film talent to enable them to drive projects and establish and run businesses.
The programme took 12 participants through a 2 day workshop in Sheffield on pitching and market preparation and then a 5 day industry immersion programme at the Edinburgh Film Festival in June followed by a final 2 day workshop in Sheffield focusing on entrepreneurial thinking and strategy & business development strategies in partnership with The Management School at Sheffield University.
A major project for the London Olympics Film Nation project in which we designed and delivered 68 film workshops for young people across the UK in the lead up to the 2012 London Olympics.
New & Emerging Disabled Talent Programme
This is an ongoing 104 films training and development project aimed at connecting with and identifying new and emerging disabled film talent. We run three every year and focus on a region, on partnering with a center of excellence or with a short film programme.
Film Production Training Programme
We design and deliver training programmes on all our feature film projects to give emerging disabled film talent the experience of working on the set of a feature film and to take them through the post-production process. We have delivered training programme on the following 104 films feature films
• Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll
• Special People
• We Are The Freaks
• The Magic Hour
• The Marker