Published on: 15 October 2015 in Career Development
New ITV Studios continuing drama training scheme
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ITV Studios, Directors UK and Creative Skillset are delighted to announce a new Multi-Camera Directors Training initiative.
In December, ITV Continuing Drama will be delivering a Multi-Camera Drama Directing Workshop giving ten potential new multi-camera directors an insight into what goes into making their popular shows such as Emmerdale and Coronation Street.
The training week will offer emerging drama directors an introduction to the principles of shooting multi-camera with an opportunity to direct a scene in a fully crewed Emmerdale studio. It is the aim of the course to give a broad understanding that will help individuals shape their future careers and hopefully open the door on to similar productions in the future.
John Whiston, Managing Director of ITV Continuing Drama, says: “Emmerdale and Coronation Street and are at the heart of British cultural life. Not only do they entertain a global population on a nightly basis, they continue to employ, train and nurture a huge population of programme making talent. We are delighted to be offering a new training opportunity with us”.
Andrew Chowns, CEO of Directors UK, says: “We are delighted to be supporting ITV Studios in delivering this new training initiative. Schemes such as this are essential to discovering and developing new directing talent”.
The scheme is aiming to develop a more diverse directing talent pool and would particularly welcome applications from women and members of the BAME communities, as these are under-represented groups within the industry and within the soap directing community. The scheme will be run by ITV Studios supported by Directors UK and Creative Skillset.
About the training
The key learning exercise will be an introduction to the principles of shooting multi-camera with an opportunity to direct a scene in a fully crewed Emmerdale studio. It is the aim of the course to give a broad understanding that will help individuals shape their future careers and hopefully open the door on to similar productions in the future.
An ideal participant will already have some experience of directing in either a television or theatre environment, preferably with some knowledge of how TV drama is shot either on location or in a studio. You may or may not be experienced at drawing out a performance from actors, but you should certainly be well equipped at identifying what makes good drama and how pictures add value to the storytelling. Because of the pace at which continuing dramas operate, you should be able to demonstrate a flexible yet practical approach to directing, evolving how you work creatively to meet ever changing situations in a high volume environment.
The workshop will run at the ITV Studios in Leeds from Monday 7 December to Friday 11 December 2015.
The closing date for applications is Friday 23 October.
Applications should be made to Directors UK with a CV and brief covering letter highlighting why you have the right skills and attributes to be a successful director working on Continuing Drama. Please note: you must be available to participate for the entire week of 7-11 December in Leeds.
Please send your application to: [email protected]. Please label your email: Continuing Drama Multi-Camera Directors’ Training.
This scheme is funded by Creative Skillset’s Skills Investment Fund.
About the Skills Investment Fund
Working in partnership with industry and informed by leading research, Creative Skillset directs collective investment through the Skills Investment Fund to create new and innovative training in priority skills and in-demand roles to ensure growth in the UK’s Creative Industries.
About Creative Skillset
Creative Skillset empowers the Creative Industries to develop skills and talent; it does this by influencing and shaping policy, ensuring quality and by securing the vital investment for individuals to become the best in their field and for businesses to grow. As the industry skills body for the Creative Industries, they work across film, television, radio, animation, games, visual effects, fashion, textiles, publishing, advertising, marketing communications and performing arts. www.creativeskillset.org