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11th Aug, 2022

Applications open for aspiring film makers to take part in bootcamp

Sarah Mason 7th Apr, 2022

BUDDING film-makers are being offered the chance to find out about life behind the camera at a bootcamp.

The West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) has teamed up with digital agency The Space and Solihull College and University Centre, so people can learn skills directly from professionals working at high profile performing arts organisations like Birmingham Royal Ballet, Birmingham REP, Birmingham Hippodrome and the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra.

The bootcamp is said to offer an opportunity an insight from some of the best in the industry on how to become a producer, vision mixer, or multi-camera director.

The WMCA has provided £129,000 funding for the skills bootcamp to encourage more people into the performing arts industry and help shape the region’s future film makers.

Dr Julie Nugent, director of productivity and skills at WMCA, said: “The live performance bootcamp is a fantastic opportunity to not only get hands on experience for those aspiring to develop a career within the arts but also get the chance to meet some of the best performing arts organisations which are based here in Birmingham.

“We know that the pandemic has impacted the performing arts industry dramatically and this bootcamp is a fantastic way for individuals to learn the skills of the future to bounce back into employment quickly.”

The bootcamp is said to give students an overview of how live performances are recorded and put together as well as offering a hands on experience, working with arts organisations to record and shadow events.

After the training, the curriculum development team works with each student to provide CV clinics and industry contacts that can help secure a job.

Applicants must be aged 19 or over and have a postcode within one of the seven metropolitan authorities of the WMCA (Birmingham, Coventry, Dudley, Sandwell, Solihull, Walsall and Wolverhampton).

A CV and covering letter should be submitted to livecapturebootcamps@solihull.ac.uk

The deadline for applications is April 10.

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