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Set Ready Training Programme

Are you looking for a career in TV and film?

Last updated: 10 November 2022

Next review: 10 November 2023

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The 'Set Ready' Training programme is now closed for 2022 however new opportunities will be available in 2023 - Please check back soon.

If you have always wanted to work in TV and film production but don’t have the experience, industry contacts or qualifications our ‘Set Ready’ programme has got you covered. The programme is aimed at new entrants and is designed to give you the key skills and building blocks you need to get under way.

Participants will be introduced to how the film industry works and how a film set runs. You will get the chance to meet experts who have worked on films and receive Freelancing and CV advice. This will prepare you for going on set and what will be expected of you.

We will support, nurture and encourage participants who are considering a role behind the camera, giving you tools, knowledge and a comprehensive work experience taster across the production process. We are looking for individuals who are keen to learn, who are enthusiastic, hardworking and who are passionate and interested in working in TV. 

Following the training you will be offered the opportunity for paid work on location as a runner or marshal. Having experienced first-hand how a film is produced and with a high profile production credit on your CV you will then receive support and advice on finding a substantive trainee crew role. Visit the 'Set Ready' webpage for more information.

Delivery of the training will be in person sessions taking place at a venue in Waltham Forest. The course is free to attend.

Details of the course

The course covers the following areas:

  • Job profiles: Crew, departments and hierarchy on set.
  • On set glossary of terms: 'learning the language'
  • Getting the job and networking
  • Radios and on set communications
  • What to expect: set runner and marshal tasks
  • On set behaviour: industry dos and don’ts
  • Communication confidence and building resilience
  • CVs and covering emails
  • What it means to work as a freelancer and thinking about finances
  • Questions and answers with industry professionals

Course tutors:

The programme format is participatory and practical, with questions and answers sessions from industry professionals who will provide insight into the industry across a range of disciplines. We are pleased to have course trainers are top level industry experience in Emma Jane Richards, Location Manager (Infinite, Jack Ryan, The Aeronauts) and Lawrence Hector, Assistant Director (Fast and Furious 10, Knuckledust, Bridgerton).

After the course:

On completion of the course, you will become part of the wider 'Set Ready' talent network with follow-up mentoring support and connections to employment opportunities into entry level roles.

Previous trainees:

Previous participants have gone on to work in roles including an Art Department trainee for Disney Production, a Casting Assistant for Warner Bros, Location Marshals for Netflix shows, and a trainee in the Camera Department for a high-profile Channel 4 drama.

Shows and films that past trainees have worked on include The Secret Service (Kingsman), Small Axe, Spectre (James Bond 24), A Christmas Carol, Behind Her Eyes, The Crown, The Split, Pistol, Anatomy of a Scandal, The Eternals, Cruella, Too Close, Mrs Harris Goes to Paris, Liaison, Mission Impossible, Embankment, Gangs of London, The Nevers, Ted Lasso, Eastenders, I Used To Be Famous, Masters Of The Air, Wonka.

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