August 2023 Newsletter
Welcome to Screen Alliance Wales August Newsletter
Welcome to the Screen Alliance Wales August Newsletter! Even though it’s Summer Holidays, we have still had a busy month here at SAW! Firstly, if you haven’t done so already, we would like to encourage you to create a profile on our website (here). This is an incredible place to showcase any credits, skills, and links to previous work. It also keeps you up to date with all vacancies that we advertise and automatically signs you up to our newsletter. If you already have an account on our directory, do make sure to keep all your details updated with you most up to date information.
Vacancies: As always, we would like to start off by highlighting all the opportunities that are currently available over on our vacancies page. This is regularly updated, so make sure to keep checking the page on our website here. With more roles available before, now is such a great time to explore the varied roles that are on offer to join the booming Film and TV industry in Wales. The following vacancies are available on our website:
Wales Millennium Centre are seeking a Food and Beverage Manager
BAFTA Cymru are seeking Head of BAFTA Cymru
Sponsors and Supporters: The work we carry out is only made possible by the fantastic contributions from our wonderful Sponsors and Supporters. Here’s what they have been up to this month…
Bad Wolf are currently holding an amazing auction of some of the incredible Props and Costumes from their hit TV Series ADiscovery of Witchesin aid of charities Trevor Projectand Place2Be. You have until 5PM (BST) on 7th September to grab yourself a piece of the TV magic! https://uk.givergy.com/badwolfauction2023/?controller=home
The Winter King hit America’s screens this month, and what an episode it was! A brilliant cast and even better writing! The Collider says, ‘Whether you are a fan of Arthurian legends or looking for the next great historical epic, The Winter King is a must-watch.’ And we couldn’t agree more!
You can watch the first 2 episodes on MGM+ now.
IJPR’s very own Lucy Daniel is gearing up for the October 10k MacMillan Cancer Support run in honour of one of her friends! Her goal is to reach £150 to support the charity and their amazing work.
If you’d like to support Lucy, then please head to https://bit.ly/lucy_justgiving and donate what you can.
This year’s BAFTA Cymru Awards will take place on Sunday 15th October. The ICC Wales and Celtic Manor Resort will host this year’s ceremony and after party. Stay tuned for the nominations which will be revealed on Wednesday 6th September on the BAFTA Cymru social media channels.
Sunbelt Rentals UK
Exciting news for the team at Sunbelt as they’ve rebranded! You may have known them as ‘MovieTech’ but let us introduce the amazing team offering great film and tv equipment ‘Sunbelt Rentals UK Ltd’. You can keep up to date with all their amazing work by following their new social media platforms ‘Sunbeltrentalsuk’.
Entertainment Partners are supporting the Production Guild of GB’s Introduction to Production Management Training Programme. A free, 1 week training course based in Cardiff. If you’re interested in developing your skills and transitioning to Production Manager, then get involved here: https://productionguild.com/training/our-standard-courses/ep-iipm-2023/
The fun doesn’t stop there, as Entertainment Partners are hosting 2 other FREE webinars in the month of September.
If you are eager to stay ahead of the curve in the ever-evolving world of incentives, then you won’t want to miss the discussion about the recent Creative Sector Tax Credits, and how they might impact your next project, ran by the EP incentive experts, Joe Chianese and Sam Collett alongside their distinguished guests.
Christine Mulryne, Jennifer Grelard and Cesar Tejeda are hosting the ‘Transforming Production Accounting in the UK’ Webinar, where they will show you how EP has everything you need for complete control of your production finances from prep to wrap!
The Sgil Cymru team said farewell to their CRIW 2022-2023 apprentices. Many of their apprentices have already secured themselves a job, straight out of the programme.
Kaitlin and Jasper have secured themselves work within the post-production department, and Dan and Nev are working on an upcoming production with ‘The Forge’. Congratulations to you all, amazing work!
Script Supervisor Courses
Sgil Cymru are running two free script supervisor courses this Autumn, the dates are:
October 16th-19th (10:30-13:00), Online & Free – Bilingual
November 13th-16th(10:30-13:00) Online & Free- English Language
There’s still space on the course, so if you are interested in applying, please send your CV over to [email protected]
Movie Magic Scheduling and Bugeting Courses
Applications are now OPEN for online courses in Movie Magic Scheduling and Budgeting the industry standard software. These courses are free, thanks to the support of ScreenSkills High-End TV Skills Fund, made up of contributions from UK high-end TV productions.
Online training will be delivered in Wales over 4 months, to enable professionals working in high end television to get a better understanding of the essential software used for scheduling and budgeting on HETV productions.
There is still space to book onto the next sessions, which will be held on the 16th and 17th of September. To apply, please click here: Screenskills Movie Magic
SAW's Wesbite featured in Best CSS
Great news this month as the Screen Alliance Wales website has been featured in 'Best CSS' (Cascading Style Sheets)!
Amazing work done by the team over at Rant Media who keep our website looking great!
Check it out here: https://www.bestcss.in/user/detail/ScreenAllianceWales-37753
The Doc Society The BFI and Doc Society invite applications from UK documentary producers to participate in group attendance at IDFA (International Documentary Festival Amsterdam). This opportunity (supported through the BFI's International Connections Fund) is open to both emerging and established producers with projects that have co-production potential and who would benefit from international exposure and connections at this time. For the full guidance and t
Creative Clubs Comes to an End.
What a summer it’s been! The brilliant Screen Academies Officers, Tom and Verity, have been having all the fun, going to various places in South Wales showing those aged 11-14 the amazing skills that are used in Film and Television. They explored SFX Make-up, Camera, Sound, Lighting and so much more!
A big thanks to everyone who joined us this Summer, we had some very talented participants attend, and we can’t wait to see how they use these skills going forward!
Creative Club Showcase
We were thrilled to invite those who attended our Creative Clubs this Summer to Great Point Seren Studios to showcase their amazing final films. We started off with a tour of the Studios, where they were able to see all of the skills they learnt used in a High-End TV Production. They saw the costume department, some very cool and rather large TV equipment over at Sunbelt Rentals, and had a guided tour from Production Designer, James North who gave us a sneak peak of the wonderful sets there. We were blown away!
We ended the visit with popcorn and a premiere of all the brilliant films they created at the workshops. We loved them all!
Thanks again to those who were able to attend, and to those that helped make the tour amazing!
Wolf Pack Update
Zelo and Nenet have been here, there, and everywhere, and we couldn’t be prouder! Zelo spent a month at Mad Dog Casting, where he got stuck in with the work the amazing team do, he even did some SA work as well! He loved the casting side of production and has even taking an interest in acting! Shortly after he spent a week on the set of Casualty as a runner. He’s currently prepping for a Directing course that he’ll be attending next month and he’s also supporting us in making and starring in our Tik Tok channel!
Nenet did some work shadowing on set alongside the sound department, where her love for sound grew! She then headed straight to Urban Myth where she got stuck in with the script supervisor department on an upcoming production. She’s currently thriving over at Gorilla where she’s learning all about the fascinating world of Post- Production!
The journey has been exciting so far, and we’re looking forward to the rest of their journey.
Competition Time- Name our Wolf!
We’ve started an exciting competition this month, allowing those aged 8-12 to name our newest team member! Those who enter can win a £250 bursary for their school and a goodie bag of all our Screen Alliance Wales merchandise.
If you’d like to enter your idea, please head to https://forms.gle/eihsxSX4oEnZhmXv7
Sinemaes at The Eisteddfod 2023
Rhys spent the week at The National Eisteddfod in Boduan, Gwynedd where he had the pleasure of running ‘Sinemaes’ a Film and TV related stand that offered activities such as VR, SFX and much more! They had the pleasure of inviting industry professionals to hold masterclasses and talks with people. Rhys even had the opportunity to appear on ‘Eisteddfod Genedlaethol Cymru’ on S4C!
It was a busy, fun-packed week, and Rhys had a blast! He can’t wait to do it again next year!
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