Screen and Broadcast Workshops 2012

Wednesday 6th June

Hit The Ground Running

Aka a one day course in how to be a Runner!

This one day course is likely to get you a job in television drama. Runner is where everyone starts – it’s where you learn how it all fits together and often gets you the break you are looking for to progress in the industry. This one day intensive training course consisted of a series of practical exercises, which equipped trainees with the knowledge, tools and experience to give them a competitive edge when trying to get a job in the film and television industry.

Devised and tutored by industry professionals, the course focused on entry level positions in drama production and specifically the role of the Runner. It was very informal and a lot of fun too.

Designed for people at the start of their career who have been trying to get a foot in the door and secure their first job, as well as those with a couple of credits looking to improve their professional practice and fill the gaps in their understanding of how it all works.

Priority was given to applicants who are based in the Highlands and Islands.  Supported by BECTU

Bafta In Scotland:  Masterclass in Sound Design

Douglas MacDougall from Savalas talked us through his illustrious career as a Sound Dubber and Mixer in the murky world of Post Production Sound.  Douglas has worked with the luminaries of the Scottish film industry in the last few years on such films as Neds, Valhalla Rising, Donkeys.

Masterclass on Genre:  Children’s

BBC Editor Sara Harkins discussed the practicalities of making programmes for children within the BBC along with the commissioning implications.   This was an extremely entertaining look at how our formative years are moulded!

Thursday 7th June

Masterclass with GMAC:  How to get your short film made

Glasgow Media Access Centre have been making films with new and experienced filmmakers for a very long time.   With this session we tapped into some of their collective knowledge about how to get your film made from funding to equipment, delivery and distribution to an international market.

Health & Safety:  Managing Safe Productions

Glynn Henderson from Action Media Safety has many years film and television production health and safety under his belt.  Glynn delivered an introduction to Managing Safe Productions with a view to running the full course later on this summer.  He took you through how to think about your productions from a Health and Safety point of view and always putting H&S at the core of your project.

Visual Impact presents Digital Workflow

As industry moves into file based working we looked at how to manage your originally recorded media from capture onto Flash cards to backing up and storing once shooting is finished and ultimately how to deliver to your broadcaster and commissioner.  This was a must for anyone ever looking to shoot anything.

Masterclass:  Director of Photography

Director of Photography is a key creative role in any production.  Grant Cameron, DoP with many years experience working in film and television, drama and documentary gave us an introduction to the key elements of making your film look the best it can, using whatever shooting equipment you happen to have to hand.  Alan De Pellette, Independent Producer, steered the conversation to all things lighting and creativity.  This session whet the appetites of all budding Lighting Cameramen and Directors for a full day lighting session later on in the year..