Well, what a summer that has been! In these difficult and unusual times, Screen Alliance Wales has been working hard to keep things moving behind the scenes so we just wanted to catch you up on what we have been up to…
At the start of lockdown, we welcomed a new member to the Screen Alliance Wales team - Rhys is Bebb, who has joined us from Into Film Cymru. Rhys is our new Welsh Language Education and Training Officer who will help us to reach even more students across Wales than before and continue our work in educating young people about careers in the Film and TV industry.
As the Film and TV industry is slowly beginning to emerge from hibernation, we have been starting to advertise for vacancies on Bad Wolf productions and other productions filming in and around Wales. We have also welcomed two new SAW Trainees on board to start work on the third series of `A Discovery of Witches’.
We were lucky enough to be able to help recruit for the HBO series `Watchmen’ when they filmed in North Wales and we are delighted to see that all the crew’s hard work has been recognised as it has been nominated for 26 Emmy Awards this year!
`His Dark Materials’ was also nominated at this year’s BAFTAs and they won two awards in Visual Effects. It was such a pleasure to see that team being recognised for their amazing work and especially those who were recruited from our partner, the University of South Wales.
The release of this year’s BAFTA Cymru nominations also saw `His Dark Materials’ recognised in 7 categories. We can’t wait to watch the ceremony on 25th October to find out the results!
University of South Wales
With this `new normal’, we have been unable to welcome the University of South Wales’ students to the studios as we usually would have, but we were able to organise a series of `Virtual Masterclasses’ for them with a range of professionals successfully working in the industry such as Director, Phil John and actor, Alex Vlahos.
We have also been working on the USW Film and Colleges Awards. Although the ceremony will be slightly different this year, the entries from students across Wales and the West remained extremely high. It was a joy to judge them and we look forward to helping announce the winners this September.
We also worked with Cardiff Commitment to create an exciting competition for young people across Cardiff to document their experiences with COVID. We can’t wait to see the final entries when the deadlines closes in October.
We look forward to continuing our work as we emerge from lockdown!