Media: New talent sought for feature film work

August 22, 2011

Two opportunities have arisen for new talent to work on a feature film due to be shot in Bristol this autumn.

The two positions, for a production office trainee and a camera/DIT (digital image technician) trainee, are being organised by MicroLights, a scheme enabling young people to get hands-on experience with microbudget feature films.

Funded by Skillset Film Skills Fund, South West Screen and iFeatures, MicroLights has been placing newcomers to the industry since its launch last year.

The two trainees in this fifth and final call for participants will work on the third film made in Bristol through the iFeatures scheme.

South West Screen project manager Lisa Howe said: “We’re now looking for the MicroLight scheme’s last two committed newcomers to work and learn alongside an iFeatures film crew in Bristol.

“Trainees will get a paid work placement, professional training, mentoring from experienced filmmakers and career development advice.

“It is a chance for them to get real training working on a feature film and hopefully might be their first step to a fulfilling career in the film industry.”

Nick Wilding, a University of Bristol graduate born in Hereford but now living in Bristol, was the MicroLights camera/DIT trainee on the second iFeatures film, Eight Minutes Idle.

He said: “MicroLights has really helped kickstart my career. I’ve really benefited from the contacts I’ve made and the experience I’ve gained. Whereas before, I was having a tough time getting things off the ground, I'm now in a really comfortable position and I have no doubt MicroLights is the reason for this.”

Bristol born-and-bred Lucy Tucker was also thrilled to work as production office trainee on the Bristol-set feature film.

She said: “MicroLights was a fantastic experience to work on a Bristol feature film with such an experienced crew, and I learnt a huge amount. The training I received has really opened up my opportunities in the film industry.”

To apply to MicroLights and for more information, visit the South West Screen website.

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