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July 2023 Newsletter

Welcome to Screen Alliance Wales July Newsletter

After another busy month here at SAW, we are pleased to bring you another round up of all our news and updates.

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:

Bad Wolf is seeking the following:

-Production Secretary

-Travel and Accommodation Coordinator

-Production Runner

-Locations Trainee

-Costume Trainee

-Sound Trainee

-Make-up Trainee

-Art Department Trainee

-Script Supervisor Trainee

-Production Assistant & PA to Director of Production

-Production Executive (London)

Mad Dog Casting 2020 is seeking a Project Manager- Extras Casting

Tinopolis are seeking Archive Department

Black Lab Films Ltd are seeking Production Assistant

HMW Casting have Actor Mentoring Opportunities

Facilities by ADF are seeking a Sustainability Manager

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

The Wolf Pack welcomed the Economy Minister, Vaughan Gething to Wolf Studios Wales last month as the Welsh Government works with Welsh Businesses to improve workplace equality and inclusion as part of their plan to make Wales the most LGBTQ+ friendly nation in Europe! A great step in the right direction!

A very exciting addition to the Wolf Pack this month, as the new Director of Production Emily Russell steps into her role. A very warm welcome from us here at SAW, and we can’t wait to see all the brilliant things to come.

Vaughan Gething outside Wolf Studios Wales with the Wolf Pack
Director of Production, Emily Russell

The latest images from the highly anticipated show ‘The Winter King’ hit the stage this month, and to say we’re excited is an understatement. The Winter King, based on Bernard Cornwell’s Warlord Chronicles is set to hit ITVX and MGM+ on 20th August.

As The Winter King edges closer to our TV screens, we are happy to announce that with the support of the production and Bad Wolf we had 55 Studio Visits and 5 Work Shadowing opportunities all placed on The Winter King production!

Daniel Ings as Owain
Stuart Campbell as Derfel / Olumide Olorunfemi as Lunete

IJPR

Exciting news for IJPR this month, as they, alongside Bad Wolf have been nominated for ‘Best Use of Social Media for Entertainment’ at the UK Social Media Awards for their phenomenal work on His Dark Materials Season 3 Campaign. The ceremony takes place on 28th September, we wish you all the best of luck!

Amir Wilson, Dafnee Keen, Liam and Chris from IJPR
The IJPR Team at The His Dark Materials 3 Premiere

Cardiff Commitment

Boom Cymru donated filming kit to 6 high schools across the city as they start their journey to Mars!

Space Academy 2023 was a week-long education program to help 13 and 14-year-olds learn more about global efforts for space travel and colonisation of Mars. The scheme inspired learners, especially those in underrepresented groups, to engage with STEM based careers in the space industry - thanks to Boom Cymru's support, the learners also learned some filming, editing and voice over skills as they created their own celebration of their journey to Mars. We’ve looked at the final piece, and it really is out of this world! Why not take a look for yourself here

Facilities by ADF

Facilities by ADF are delighted to partner with PGGB on their Wales Committee. The area is reflective of the unprecedented boom in film and High-end TV production across the UK. As a Welsh, Bridgend based business, they are extremely passionate about promoting and developing the creative industries in Wales. They are proud to support PGGB’s ongoing work across the Nations and Regions and with a natural affiliation with the Wales hub and they look forward to working with & offering their support to Edward and the committee.

PGGB visits Platinum Partners Facilities by ADF

Hot on the heels of their successful Wales hub launch, they caught up with their Platinum Partners, Facilities by ADF for a tour of their factory & head office. It was fantastic to catch up with their amazing team!

After the Wales hub launch Lyndsay Duthie CEO & Michael Beavan DCEO popped into ABA & Bocam to meet the team, they got up to a bit of mischief I believe!

S4C

S4C have appointed the Ryan Chappell as their Diversity, Sustainability and Social Purpose Leader- congratulations Ryan! He’s hoping to reach out with other companies to share good practices. We look forward to seeing the amazing work ahead!

Exciting announcement from S4C as they announce their newest programme!

A new programme for children and young people will be shown on S4C in September - Newyddion Ni (Our News). The programme replaces Ffeil and will bring news and sport stories to viewers. It will include reports by children and young people, as well as longer items to explain more complex stories. The programme will include a slot covering lighter news, called ‘Newyddion App-us’. 

The 8-minute-long programme will be broadcast on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. It will be shown on S4C Clic at 11:00, as part of the Stwnsh strand in the afternoon, and will be available afterwards on S4C Clic and BBC iPlayer.

But we’ll have to wait until the end of August to see who the new presenter is, we look forward to watching them on our TV screens!

4WOOD

An exciting new member to the 4Wood family, Graham Webb joins the team as Managing Director. Graham has been leading the business on an interim basis since March, spearheading further growth and development of 4Wood’s industry leading team and facility.

Congratulations on your new role Graham!

4Wood celebrates another upgrade of our industry leading facility with the introduction of the latest robotic sculpting technology. Here’s Steve finessing a larger-than-life hand for, a still under wraps, live event taking place in the Autumn.

New Managing Director of 4Wood TV&Film Graham Webb
Steve showing the latest robotic sculpting technology

BAFTA Cymru

BAFTA Cymru have announced the BAFTA Cymru Awards 2023 date, the event will taking place on Sunday 15th October, so mark your calendars for a very exciting evening. More details regarding the event will be shared soon.

Sgil Cymru

Sgil Cymru have re-launched their exciting podcast ‘Apprentice Pod” a podcast full of exciting chats with previous apprentices. The podcast re-launched on 3rd July and will be a new episode every first Monday of the month with its presenter Lisa Jarman. Give the first episode a listen to here.

Sgil Cymru will be running free online script supervisor courses over the next few months. The upcoming dates are August 7th – 10th (1030 – 1300), and this course will be run through the medium of Welsh. To apply, please send your CV over to [email protected].

Other courses will follow later in the year bilingually and in English.

This month they said farewell to their CRIW Cohort 2 2022-2023 apprentices. Congratulations to Kaitlin Brock, Jordan Legge, Jasper Ronconi-Woollard, Tim Griffiths, Mia Hodges and Neve Clissold for completing their apprenticeship, and good luck to them in their future endeavours!

Sgil Cymru Apprentices
Sgil Cymru Apprentices outside Great Point Seren Studios

Cult Cymru

Cult Cymru are running a Wellbeing Facilitator Pilot in Wales where they place Wellbeing Facilitators (WBF) on TV and Film Productions to assist the Production Companies to meet the legal duty of care of cast and crew. The aim of this Pilot is to start tackling the problem of poor mental health within the industry by placing WBF’s on productions.

They are working alongside 6ft From The Spotlight on this Pilot and it is being funded by Creative Wales. If you are a Production Company, would you be interested in applying for a grant to employ a Wellbeing Facilitator on your production? Cult Cymru would love to work with companies working on productions in Wales, either on scripted or unscripted programmes.

Producers/ Production Companies would have to complete a short application form to apply for a grant of up to £15,000 to employ a Wellbeing Facilitator on their productions. Here are some useful links with more information: Role of the Wellbeing Facilitator - https://cult.cymru/en/iechyd-meddwl-a-lles/ Wellbeing Facilitator Pilot – Grant for Production Companies - https://cult.cymru/en/wellbeing-facilitor-pilot-grant-for-production-companies/

The second link contains the link for the short application form.

If this is of interest to you, please complete an application form or contact [email protected] if you have any questions.

Coleg y Cymoedd

Coleg y Cymoedd held their ‘Make’ project this month, as they aim the address current and future requirements for the Screen Sector in Wales. Held across 6 days, led by industry professionals to highlight career opportunities and emerging technologies.

It’s always great to see young people interested in the Creative Industries!

Pen-y-Bryn Premier

Another fire hit from Pen-y-Bryn’s KS3 Film Skills Group as they held the premier for their latest masterpiece ‘Home Alone’ starring the brilliant students and PCSO Dix and Bushrod from SW Police, Swansea. It’s amazing to see the hard work the pupils put into these films, and each one just keeps getting better, and better.

We look forward to seeing the next masterpiece.

Pen-y-Bryn KS3 Film Skills Group at the 'Home Alone' Premiere
Pen-y-Bryn 'Home Alone' Premiere

WE’VE HIT 100!!!

A brilliant milestone hit by us this month, as we’ve reached 100 Trainees!

We’re beyond thankful to the support we get from everyone, especially our Partners and Sponsors, and this wouldn’t have been possible without their continued support.

Salam was our 100th trainee, following her journey we wrote a piece about her journey so far, you can check it out here

We look forward to celebrating another 100 soon!

Salma Salah our 100th trainee
Our Trainee Celebration Evening 2023

Summer Creative Club

We are delighted to have begun our Creative Clubs alongside Wales Screen Academy, to bring creative workshop to ages 11-14 during the Summer Holidays!

Our first week at Butetown Pavillion was a smash hit! We had an absolute blast! Being able to introduce young people to how fun the creative industries can be is always something we love to do. Our next stop is Merthyr, we can't wait!

We're running these workshops across the summer holidays, keep an eye out on our social media as we might be running a Creative Club near you!

SFX Make-up in Butetown
Creating Faux Clouds

Workshops and Careers Talks

We had to pleasure of attending 17 Career talks and presenting 12 workshops across schools and colleges in Wales this month, we're on a roll!

We loved seeing all the students so engaged and eager to learn about the creative industries, and all of the amazing opportunities right here in Wales.

Tom, Screen Academy Officer at Careers Talks
Set up for Vale Summer Event

Trainee Celebration

As we said farewell to some of our lovely trainees, we held a little celebration in their honour. They received their ‘Record of Achievement’ which contains their training certificates that they’ve earned over their traineeship. It’s been a pleasure to get to know each of our trainees and see them flourish. Best of luck with your future careers!

Trainee Celebration Evening
Our Trainees outside the SAW Classroom

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