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May 2023 Newsletter

Welcome to Screen Alliance Wales May 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.

Real SFX are seeking:

- Production Coordinator

- Opportunities for freelance Special Effects Technicians.

Cinematic are seeking:

- Postproduction Coordinator

- Machine Room Operator/ Edit Assistant

- Dialogue Editor/ Dubbing Mixer

Ffilm Cymru Wales are seeking:

- Development Executive

S4C are seeking:

- Cyflwynydd for their show ‘Ffeil’

Wales Millennium Centre are seeking:

- Bilingual Customer Relations Assistant (8 Months FTC)

- Stage Technician (Electric)

- Duty Manager (Bilingual)

Outline Productions are seeking:

- Trainee Production Coordinator

Boom Cymru are seeking:

- Researcher for The Royal Welsh Show 2023

- Access Producer

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

A massive congratulations to Bad Wolf on their successful night at the ‘Art and Business Awards’ taking home the Arts and Business and Diversity Award, as well as Business of the Year! Our very own Allison Dowzell accepted the award on their behalf. Well done, a very well-deserved award!

A very exciting addition to the Doctor Who family this month as they welcome the award-winning Jonathan Groff (Glee, Hamilton) Indira Varma (Game of Thrones, Luther). What amazing additions to the already out of this world cast!

Allison Dowzell accepting the Business of the Year award
Indira Varma announced as the newest cast member on Twitter
Jonathan Groff, Millie Gibson and Ncuti Gatwa in the latest promo for Dr Who

Sarah Goldberg has joined the cast of Industry 3 (Barry) as Petra Koening, portfolio manager at ethical investment fund FutureDawn. The Industry 3 cast just keeps getting better and better! We can’t wait to see how she gets on.

The first look at the highly anticipated The Winter King hit social media this month. The show is based off the well-loved Arthurian Legend, based on Bernard Cronwell’s Warlord Chronicles series. The series hits ITVX and MGM+ 2023 and we can’t wait!

Sarah Goldberg announced for Industry 3
The Winter King first looks posted to Bad Wolf's Twitter

On 24th May, we held another Screen Academies event at the University of South Wales with the outrageously talented Bisha K Ali and her wonderful agents Emma Obank and Abby Singer as they spoke to USW students about Bisha’s experience getting her foot in the door and her incredible work since then. They spoke on both sides of the spectrum, from talent to agent and gave us and the students some incredible advice. It was truly an amazing talk, thanks again!

Emma Obank, Bisha K Ali, Abby Singer at USW
Emma Obank & Abby Singer

Entertainment Partners:

Women in Film and TV join Entertainment Partners to host ‘In-Person Networking for Production Finance, Accounts and Production Management’ in the Screen Alliance Wales Classroom in June, with a talk from the incredible Jane Tranter, CEO of Bad Wolf. A wonderful event for women working in the industry to network and gain new knowledge and share their insight from their production career. We look forward to hosting this wonderful event!

Location One:

A HUGE congratulations to Elliot Tugwell as he steps into his new role as Branch Leader for Location One Wales! They’ve opened a new Depot in Bridgend and Location One is poised and ready to make a massive impact on Wales! We are thrilled for you Elliot! Best of luck! To read the full article head to bit.ly/elliott_tugwell

Elliot Tugwell at Location One

Location Marshal Training Days

At the start of May, we were delighted to support our valued sponsors, HBO Warner, to promote and help facilitate two training days for potential Location Marshals to work on a major HBO project in North Wales. Delivered by Lowri from Sgil Cymru, the days were a real success and the participants were extremely enthusiastic about learning new skills and potential new roles in the industry.

Sgil Cymru/ HBO Warner Location Training

BAFTA Cymru Guru Event at CAVC

The BAFTA Cymru Guru Event at Cardiff and Vale College took place this month. It was a wonderful opportunity for those based in Wales to learn and network with incredible talents within Wales. The event held live Q&As with prominent film, games and TV practitioners.

Our very own Allison Dowzell was a speaker on the ‘My First 3 Years in TV’ session alongside some incredible names. The session was really informative and opened many attendees’ eyes to what you can expect finding your path in this industry.

Allison Dowzell at BAFTA Cymru Guru

Wales Screen Summit:

The Wales Screen Summit event took place at the Park Gate Hotel this month where incredible talents in the world of TV all joined under one roof to discuss the industry in Wales. Screen Academies Manager, Bethan Roberts, got invited to speak on the Skills and Talent panel and she did amazingly well! Well done, Bethan!

Our newest trainees were also invited to spend Tuesday and Wednesday at WSS, and they had an amazing time. They learnt so much and got to meet some of the incredible people working within the industry.

Zelo and Nenet at the Wales Screen Summit
Bethan Roberts talking at The Wales Screen Summit

Admiral Group in the Classroom:

We had a brilliant day with the Admiral Group’s Legal and Co Sec teams this month. We invited them down to our classroom for a fun packed day! They got to create their very own daemons, and things got a bit bloody with the special effects make up. We loved having you all, I think we may have found some hidden talents within this group!

Admiral Legal Group outside Wolf Studios Wales
Admiral Legal Group showing their SFX Make-up

Welcome to the SAW Family A new member joined the SAW team this month, Amani had already been working in the industry when she decided to join us here as the new Admin and Digital Content Assistant. She's already getting herself stuck in, but we're very excited about what's to come!

Amani Khan our new Admin & Digital Content Assistant

USW Theatre and Drama Students Tour: We had the pleasure of touring Great Point Seren Studios with the University of South Wales Theatre and Drama Students for our first event with the newly launched, Screen Academies.

After welcoming the students to our new classroom, based at Great Point Seren, our first stop on the tour was to visit Paul at Dragon DI where we learnt about the company and the awesome work they do from their restoration work to post production. We then went off to tour the stages and see behind the scenes of how a studio works.

Next, we went over to Andy at Sun Belt Rentals, where he showed us some of the awesome equipment that camera departments are using in their productions. We even got to play around with a dolly and a camera rig!

Our final stop was over to the fabulous costume team based there who explained the exciting yet demanding work they’re currently doing for an upcoming production. Thanks to everyone involved.

USW Theatre and Drama students at Great Point Seren Studios

SAW’s Coffee Morning:

On Friday 5th May, we were very lucky to host a Coffee Morning in our Classroom for our lovely sponsors and partners. It is always great to catch up and talk about what is going on in the industry.

SAW's Coffee Morning

Supporting Local Talent:

An exciting new feature film is hitting the Welsh Cinema Screen’s next month, ‘Translations’ a Welsh and English language film starring the amazing Welsh talents Alan Emrys (Young Wallander, Host) and Kate Morgan-Jones (The Pact).

The film is a Welsh romance, focusing on two different people facing challenges with their mental health.

Having filmed their incredible piece in just 9 days, with a skeleton crew of 8, it sure is a not to miss movie.

The film will feature in Brynamman Public Hall, Y Ffwrnes, Cinema & Co Swansea, Pontardawe Arts Centre, The Ulchdre Centre as well as other UK locations!

To find out more, and keep up to date with any of their exciting news, you can follow them on their Instagram @translationsmovie

'Translations' Screening Dates
'Translations' Poster

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