MICROLIGHTS – FINAL CALL FOR FILM TRAINEES!

MICROLIGHTS – FINAL CALL FOR FILM TRAINEES! The final round of applications for MicroLights is now open. MicroLights is a fantastic scheme for future film talent from across South West England to get hands-on experience with microbudget feature films. We’re now looking for the scheme’s last two committed newcomers to work and learn alongside an iFeatures film crew in Bristol. Trainees will get a paid work placement, professional training, mentoring from experienced filmmakers and career development advice. Opportunities are for: – Production Office Trainee (eight week placement; training starts late-September)– Camera/DIT Trainee (five week placement; training starts late-October) Click here to find out more and to apply to MicroLights Application deadline: 10am on Monday 5 September 2011. Interviews will take place in Bristol in September; exact dates to be confirmed. MicroLights is funded by Skillset Film Skills Fund, South West Screen and...

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BECTU – Western Freelance – Networking event and AGM

BECTU – Western Freelance – Networking event and AGM

The Western Freelance branch is hosting a learning and networking event on Friday 4 February 2011. The Fair is open to members and non-members.  Kicking off at 12 noon at the Arnos Manor Hotel in Bristol the the event has a lead sponsor in Vinten and is also supported by  Films@59, Alexa, Arri, Panalux, Visual Impact, Stage Electrics and South West Screen. Download the event flyerUse the form here to book. In addition to the chance to meet exhibitors for information and advice, visitors can also learn more about green lighting, workflow, health and safety and risk assessment and sample the latest in HD cameras and other equipment. Seminar programme 12.30 Panalux:Green Lighting Alternatives 14.00 Visual Impact: Workflow 14.00 Guy Littlemore: Health and Safety and Risk Assessments 15.30 Arri Demonstrations 17.00 Guy Littlemore: Health and Safety and Risk Assessments 17.00 Films@59: Red HD Camera and 3D Workflow Leading branch organiser, Andy Leonard, commented:“We have a great afternoon/evening in store. We hope that members will seize this opportunity to learn more about a number of key developments which can only help them in their work.“We look forwarding to welcoming as many members and non-members in the South West as can make it.”Committee reps will also host the branch’s annual general meeting after the Fair from...

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University of Bath and Wiltshire College

The University of Bath and Wiltshire College are holding an on line open week for the Foundation Degree in Digital Media Arts. This open week takes place from Monday 22 March to Friday 26 March during which time you will be able to: * find out more about the course* get a feel for the Virtual Learning Environment (VLE)* view resources and teaching methods* join in with discussions between current students, tutors and other prospective students* be inspired to apply for 2010! Please go to www.bath.ac.uk/learning-partnerships/foundationdegree/online-open-weeks to register you interest and for more information. Further information and login details to access the VLE will be sent to you during the week commencing Monday 15 March 2010. In the meantime, if you have any other queries please contact: Caroline ThomasMarketing AssistantDivision for Lifelong Learning Email: crt28(at)bath.ac.ukTelephone: 01225 383126. Address :Claverton DownBathBA2...

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BBC Vision Intake Pool – getting into TV

I’m sometimes asked about routes into television and have to answer that the career structure can be a bit random. However courtesy of South West Screen whose newsletter often contains a lot of useful information I can tell you that the BBC have just announced this scheme: BBC Vision Intake Pool The BBC is always on the look out for talented people who can help us produce great material that entertains, educates and informs. BBC’s Vision Productions, which produces shows such as Coast, Spring Watch, Question of Sport, The One Show, Top Gear and Blue Peter runs the Vision Intake Pool as an entry route into the BBC. Starting at the end of March and running for one year, it provides a great introduction to the media industry offering roles as Runners or Production Management Assistants in one of the industry’s most creative and respected media production teams. It’s not a training scheme and although it doesn’t guarantee a job, you’ll become part of a pool of people who can be called on to fulfil a range of short-term contracts.Previous television experience is not necessary and we welcome applications from people with a diverse range of experiences and backgrounds. For those currently in education, entry into the pool can be deferred until after graduation. Applications to be received by 31 January.For more information and details on the roles available visit bbc.co.uk/jobs/vip Call 0370 333 1330Textphone 02890 328...

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Media Training Courses available in the South West – with possible 80% bursary!

PUSH: driving creative media professionals forward PUSH is a brand new style of training for creative media professionals. It’s all about taking your skills to a higher level and helping you stay ahead of the game in these competitive times.It is a series of short course modules aimed at people with a minimum of 2 years’ industry experience. They were designed with industry input and are taught by industry professionals. n partnership with Skillset, South West Screen is pleased to be able to offer three fantastic learning and networking opportunities to get you ahead in 2010: Storytelling Across Platforms, 25–26 Feb 2010Developing the art of good storytelling in a landscape of multiplatform commissioning and delivery. Multiplatform Deliverables, 11–12 Mar 2010Meeting needs for up-to-the-minute technical skills in a world of multiplatform and multipurpose content. Please note the dates for this course have changed from 28th / 29th Jan. Managing Creative Teams, 22–23 Mar 2010Teaching essential management skills in the language of creative media industries. These 2-day workshops for TV professionals also offer limited online support for up to four weeks afterwards, so there’s advice at hand when you start putting your new skills into practice. And you may be entitled to claim a Skillset bursary to cover up to 80% of the cost! Bursaries are available to eligible freelancers and employees working in TV. For more information on eligibility and how to apply, click on the individual titles above. Bristol Media are also running three Multiplatform Training Courses in Bristol in 2010:Introduction to Multiplatform and Social NetworkingShooting for the WebRe-purposing TV content for MultiplatformClick here for more...

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Radio Mic “switch off” – Channel 38 confirmed as replacement for Channel 69

Radio Mic “switch off” – Channel 38 confirmed as replacement for Channel 69

On 30th June Ofcom made it’s latest statement on the future of the channel 69 radio mic band. The Clearing the 800 MHz band statement confirms that channel 69 will be cleared and replaced by channel 38. Ch38 (606 – 614 MHz) will become available on a UK wide basis from 1 January 2012, as a replacement for Ch69 (854 – 862 MHz); Ch38 will be available on the same terms as Ch69, you will need to be licensed to use it and you will share it with other licensed users. PMSE users will continue to have access to Ch61 – 69 (790 – 862 MHz) until at least 1 January 2012, and possibly up to the end of DSO in 2012; PMSE users will continue to have access to Ch31 – 35 (550 – 590 MHz) until the end of DSO in 2012; Users of Ch36 (590 – 598 MHz) will be given 12 months notice to vacate once the spectrum has been awarded Funding will be provided for the move from Ch69 to Ch38 subject to eligibility criteria, but the details won’t be announced until October 2009 following a consultation. JFMG have been devising a channel 38 shared plan and will be consulting with users over the coming months to develop something that best satisfies all...

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