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“Learn2Film2Earn” kindly funded by BFI Creative Skillset and The Walcot Foundation has been an overwhelming success. 100% of the Gateway course trainees gained AQA accreditation, and all the Advanced course trainees have been in paid employment as floor runners and marshals in the industry.Here are the films that have been produced by the students independently from start to finish during 2015-16. We are so proud of what they have accomplished and can’t wait to see what they will produce on the next up and coming course “Train2Film2GainSkillUPS” in autumn 2016.. There are 8 places still available, see Contact Us and our Facebook and Twitter. The goal of this next course is to gain a well paid place on the prestigious BFI Creative Skillset Trainee Finder course.
Creative Sparkworks helping young people into employment on the new James Bond film "Spectre" featured on London Live TV
“Busy and paid” – the film industry helped transform the lives of eight young people – culminating in work this month on the Lambeth set of the new British crime thriller Legend (editorial FILM LONDON Sept.2014)
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More finished films created by young people on a summer 2014 course ages 13 to 19
Here is another chance to see the 30-minute documentary made by students ages 17 to 26 on our pilot film skills course 2014 funded by The Big Lottery Awards for All and Well London and the Fort Foundation.
Sylvia Edwards, the CEO at Creative Sparkworks, which ran the group’s course, says, “When the trainees were referred to us, none of them was in employment, education, or training. Now, I’m very happy to tell you – they are all busy and paid.”
Andrew Pavord, director of FilmFixer Lambeth & Southward arranged paid work experience on several big movies for the trainees, assisted by CallTime recruitment agency. He says “Too often people break in to the film industry only because they have the resources to accept unpaid intern jobs to gain experience. It’s not fair on those who cannot afford to work for nothing. We at Lambeth Council will continue to work hard to connect professional film companies with local young people. It is very hard for young people to get a start in the film industry, you need experience to get a job. It’s catch 22. I’m pleased that our film service insists that local people are trained and employed by filmmakers using our locations. These young people now have a big name movie on their CVs, so they will be taken seriously when they apply for jobs in the future.”
The trainees now turned peer mentors are encouraging the next group of young people to sign up for the funded free accredited film skills and employment training course.
Thank you for taking part in the National Lottery’s Celebrating 20 Years Image shoot all the way back in July. We chose you to take part because you are a fantastic example of the wonderful work that can be achieved with Lottery Funding” (Nicola Bligh, Media Relations Executive, National Lottery Productions)
Spot the Creative Sparkworks film trainees in the centre of the poster near the red carpet!