Published on: 06 April 2017 in Career Development

Hollyoaks Emerging Directors Training Scheme: a C4 Spotlight on Directors initiative

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Lime Pictures, in partnership with Channel 4 and Directors UK, is pleased to announce a new paid training and mentoring opportunity for two emerging diverse directors. 

This scheme is funded by C4 as part of their Spotlight on Directors initiative for 2017 – in which the broadcaster aims to progress the careers of 40 diverse directors across all genres.

The opportunity will involve a commitment of 9 continuous weeks on the set of the successful long-running continuing drama series Hollyoaks. The aim is not only to observe the whole production process from prep to post production, but to take full responsibility for an episode of Hollyoaks and thereby gain a directing credit. Embracing this scheme and its aims can only serve to develop the pool of directing talent, for Hollyoaks and the industry as a whole. 

We would like to encourage groups that are currently under-represented in TV drama and therefore this training is open to womenBAME and disabled directors only and is being advertised under the Positive Action element of the Equality Act 2010.

The training placements will be based in Liverpool, the first one will begin in August (date tbc) whilst the second will be scheduled for the later in the year Oct/Nov. (date tbc).  

What are we looking for?

This is for a director who has a genuine interest in Hollyoaks and is passionate about the programme. Lime Pictures are looking for directors who can clearly articulate the visual style, story structure and unique creative elements that make Hollyoaks stand out from other dramas. 

Directors will need to have directing experience - normally in the form of short films. The selection team will be looking to evaluate key story-telling skills through the performance of actors and choice of camera angles. The director should also be able to demonstrate an ability to effectively collaborate with every team member involved in the process.  

Applications are welcomed from any director who meets the criteria set out above. Although all applications will be considered on their individual merits, in order to promote diversity and to increase participation of those who are currently under-represented in TV drama, use may be made of the positive action provisions in the Equality Act 2010 when deciding between two equally qualified and talented applicants.

How to apply

Please send the completed application form, your CV and a link to your showreel to [email protected]

Closing date: Monday 22 May 

All shortlisted candidates will be invited to attend a pre-training Workshop in Liverpool. 

Interviews: Thursday 1 June 

Workshop: Monday 12 June 

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