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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


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. 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.

We have the following exciting opportunities available:

Mission are currently seeking a DIT Trainee/Rushes Runner.

Fire Bug Studios are looking for a social media and Studio Manager.

Painting Practice are looking for a Compositing Artist.

Boom Cymru are seeking a Production Manager to work within the production office.

Wales Millennium Centre require a Digital Editor as well as Casual Customer Assistants.

We regularly update our vacancies page so do make sure to keep checking for all the latest opportunities!
Another busy month for us at SAW

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 have been at the Edinburgh TV Festival for a special His Dark Materials season 3 panel! Stars of the show Dafne Keen, Amir Wilson and Simone Kirby attended the panel, as well as the shows writer/executive producer Jack Thorne, Director Amit Gupta and Bad Wolf CEO Jane Tranter.

University of South Wales are once again looking forward to welcoming new students who will be joining them this September! We wish all those starting this Autumn the best of the luck with their University journey with the fantastic USW.

Facilities by ADF is working closely with Underlying Health Conditions, a pressure group for disabled representation in the TV & Film Industry & have started to manufacture, supply wheelchair access Honey wagons (read more here) as well as adapted American 2-ways. They also have an Assisted Access section on their website that shows the fixed ramps, portable ramps, lifts, adapted American 2-ways that they are able to provide.

Gorilla - It’s been a busy summer for Gorilla and there’s no let up for the rest of the year.

They are always recruiting so please follow their social media for updates. They have a new colourist joining them in Cardiff but also opportunities in their expanding Bristol base. Their technical operator training programme has now developed 6 trainees allowing them to upskill 3 junior finishing editors and will see this continuing annually. Their VFX department is also growing providing more opportunities. Find out more here.

IJPR - As well as producing 2 panels at the Edinburgh TV Festival (‘Social Media Killed the TV Guides’ and ‘His Dark Materials: Pushing Boundaries In New Worlds’) they have also announced that Creative Director of IJPR Media Liam has been named one of the festivals ‘Ones to Watch’ for 2022! Congratulations on this incredible achievement!

Pen-y-Bryn have announced the titles for all their film projects coming up in the next academic year. Autumn 2022 see’s the return of Doctor Who in ‘Invasion of the Christmas Elves’, then in spring 2023 they will be making a ‘Ghostbusters’ film followed by the summer term’s project, ‘Home Alone: School’s out!’. We can’t wait to see all of these exciting new projects and look forward to working alongside you for another school year.


Rhys spent the week up in Tregaron for the annual National Eisteddfod of Wales. He talked to over 1000 people about careers in the Film and TV Industry as well as delivering workshops on Animation, Special Effects, Visual Effects, Biomechanics and Special Effects Make up. It was certainly a very busy week but one that he thoroughly enjoyed!

A successful trip for us at the Eisteddfod
Rhys spoke to over 1000 people at the festival!

Butetown Summer Workshops

Rhys and Sam delivered a series of workshops for young people ages 7 to 21 in the Butetown Hub over the summer. They involved experimenting with camera angles and techniques as well as animation. Using all the skills learned over the two days, the young people made their own short films and we definitely spotted a few stars of the future! We also held a music video workshop for older candidates in which we covered a range of practical media skills in order to create their very own music videos, using pre-existing music. Although they were given only 2 days to plan, shoot and edit their music videos, both productions looked amazing.

Rhys going through different camera angles that are used in film and TV
The group got to make models out of plasticine for stop-motion effects
The group got the chance to try their hand at a number of media-based skills
Discussing ideas at the music video workshop

Wales Millennium Centre Workshop

Rhys and Sam also managed to fit in yet more workshops in the Wales Millennium Centre for 14-18 year olds where they learned how to make their own music videos! They used some famous music videos as their inspiration in order to have a go at making their own. A brilliant two days was had by all! A special thank you to the Wales Millennium centre who hosted us for the course and for everyone who attended.

Some had never used editing software before, so picked up some useful skills to use throughout their media journey
Classic music videos were used to create inspiration for making their own

SAW Magazine Survey

Are you looking for advice on how to enter the screen industry? Cardiff University MA Magazine Journalism student Hannah Watkin is currently working with Screen Alliance Wales to create a prototype online magazine filled with content tailor made for people interested in entering careers within TV and Film. Whether you are someone currently looking to begin a career in the screen industry or someone already established within it, Hannah would really appreciate you giving five minutes of your time to complete her survey investigating public interest in her idea: Thank you!

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