Lights, camera, new career- free training for young people

ScreenWorks

Young people considering their career options are being offered unique free hands-on opportunities to learn from leading professionals in the film, TV and gaming industries as part of the ScreenWorks Programme.

There is set to be massive opportunity in this sector with the £45 million planned expansion to the film studios at Belfast Harbour likely to create 1,000 new creative jobs but many young people are not fully aware of the fantastic career options that they can consider.

Upcoming ScreenWorks sessions in March include training to become a Stunt Co-Ordinator, Development and Pitching Story Ideas, Props and Set Design and Filming for Music. Places are filling up quickly, so participants are urged to apply now at intofilm.org/screenworks.

The ScreenWorks programme, a partnership between Northern Ireland Screen and Into Film, offers free specialist training from industry professionals in a series of three to five day sessions aimed at 16-19 year olds.

Since its start in 2019, hundreds of young people have got a chance to explore career options ranging from location scouting to becoming a producer to hair and make-up.

“The industry is really growing and there are set to be even more opportunities with the proposed expansion of the Belfast Harbour studios. For the industry to grow and thrive, we need young talent coming up to support it. There will be jobs here in Northern Ireland and we want to have the best pool of creative professionals to continue to make this a world leading destination in film, television and gaming industries,” Sean Boyle of Into Film said.

Uniquely, these taster sessions give young people a real opportunity to experience what the job is like under the guidance of some of the top talent in Northern Ireland.

The upcoming stunt co-ordinator workshop is being run by Lemuel Black who has worked as a stunt performer on Mary Queen of Scots, the Rhythm Section and Vikings and has also been a stunt co-ordinator on numerous films and television shows.

The teams from Stellify Media and Doubleband Films will lead the session on developing and pitching ideas for Entertainment, Documentary and Drama while prop expert Shane Bunting will reveal how to dress a set and select great props. At the end of March, the team from Glasgowbury will run a session on filming for music.

For more information and to apply for a free place, go to www.intofilm.org/screenworks.

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