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Screen Yorkshire unveils new development schemes

Screen Yorkshire is set to launch two new development schemes that will place up to 30 trainees on major film and TV productions in the region.

Both programmes are funded by the Creative Skillset Film Skills Fund as part of UK film skills initiative ‘A Bigger Future 2’.

The List will give up to 30 trainees the chance to work on major film and TV projects that are filmed in Yorkshire.

Trainees must be Yorkshire-based and have up to a year’s experience in the industry. Screen Yorkshire is looking for talented individuals who are looking to build a career in specific work grades such as camera; hair and make-up; art department; wardrobe and costume; production runner and production sound.

Industry experts will lead the trainees on an intensive two-day induction course and placements will last for a minimum of four weeks on productions financed by Screen Yorkshire or other productions filming within the region.

The trainees will receive a salary, of which 70% will be paid by Screen Yorkshire and the remainder by the employer.

Triangle 2013, which has been managed by Screen Yorkshire for three years, is a national scheme in which writers, directors and producers build creative relationships. There are 45 places available.

During the nine-month development scheme, the chosen applicants form teams, participate in a series of workshops and are mentored by industry professionals. Four teams progress to the final stages and are supported in developing their first draft script.

Industry participation in previous Triangle programmes includes Studio Canal, Salt, The Works, Distrify, Vertigo, The Agency, United Agents, 2B Pictures, the BFI and Film4.

Dan Simmons, head of film at Creative Skillset, said: “We are delighted to be supporting two regional schemes that will have a UK-wide impact. The List provides an excellent opportunity for film trainees to get their foot in the door of their local film industry – ensuring that the region has skilled and experienced crew ready to service incoming productions.”

Sally Joynson, chief executive of Screen Yorkshire, said: “Our new Yorkshire Content Fund is raising production levels significantly within Yorkshire so The List is perfectly timed to create new trainee opportunities on film productions such as Warp’s ’71, Emu Films’ Catch Me Daddy or high-end TV such as World Productions’ Great Train Robbery – building Yorkshire’s future crew base.”

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