Embracing a Brighter 2021 after Thriving in a Difficult 2020

Despite the challenging employment situation of 2020-21, the Creative Sparkworks team, working remotely, have helped over 35 young people from underrepresented backgrounds to become employed in the film and TV industries.

Early Autumn Harvest: September Updates

 

In this high unemployment period, 7 of our EQUIP 1 and Walcot Alumni have obtained paid work in the past few weeks! We are very proud of them!

We are also starting a FREE new film course this autumn to help 15 young Lambeth residents in identified financial need, after being granted by the Walcot Foundation.

As a small charity, the journey has not been easy, especially this year. But we are trying hard. Click to find out more and on how to support us!

Celebrating the achivement of our 19/20 Film2Learn2£arn graduates!

 

Our 19/20 Film2Learn2£arn students have surely come a long way since last autumn. We are very proud of them, and let us celebrate their great achievements together!

Check our latest course diary via the link below, and learn how we plan to support our 2019/20 graduates further with their career.

This issue also includes our June COVID-19 updates.

Film of the Month: Lockdown Life

A collage of stylish, uplifting films in response to the COVID-19 lockdown made by Film2Learn2£arn students

Film2Learn2£arn

FREE film skills and employment course for Lambeth residents aged 18 – 25+

We’ve nearly completed our fifth Film2Learn2£arn course begun in October 2019. Click to find out more or to reserve your place on our next free skills and training course 2020/2021!

 I can’t express how much Sparkworks has helped me.

A year ago I was struggling to even get an interview, when I met Sam (via zoom) it was nice knowing that someone is out there rooting for me. It pushes you to do more as you want to succeed in this course.

Had Kali not introduced me to Lydia I wouldn’t have booked my first two jobs. From there onwards it helped me book others. You realise that in this industry everyone knows everyone so it’s all about keeping a good rep.

Making coffee and tea is not a bad thing! It helps you connect with people, have conversations and they always remember a good cuppa ☕️

What was also super helpful was the ready set training. It prepared me for my most recent job as a floor runner. The radio language, production table, location info, cv and cover letter tips and so much more.

Working on set stay focus, quick on your feet, be very social with every department Oh! and learn people’s names (takes me forever but by the end you know everyone 😂).

Defo keep in touch with your managers, send cvs and cover letters on a daily basis. Have all the Facebook group notifications pop up on your phone so your the first person to apply! (Very useful)

TriForce and Talent Manager have put me in touch with so many people. So make sure to have your profile updated and cv on their websites.

Happy to help and send whatever comes my way. The industry is booming right now so I look forward to meeting you all on set one day 😊

 

Zahra Malik

Yr 2020 student, Creative Sparkworks

I feel so lucky that I was accepted onto the EQUIP 1 program with Creative Sparkworks. My experience was one that delivered high quality and life-changingresults. As an older career changer, I felt quite stuck applying to entry-level positions in the high-end TV production industry.

Once I applied to CS program, I was introduced to Sam Edwards who was a fantastic mentor. We had a meeting every week to assess my goals, aspirations and realistic steps I could take to achieve them.

Each meeting was informative, helpful and based upon problem-solvin

g. Sam helped me edit my CV to a high-level, oversaw the development of my website and my personal scriptwriting aspirations. Because of the amazing partnerships cultivated by the program, I was able to apply to Sara Putt Associates, a highly regarded recruitment agency. It is solely through this process that I was able to secure an amazing role at an exceptional production company. Within 6 months I found a job and have now started working at a great rate (higher than usual for this type of role).

I would recommend this program to anyone. I’d also like to give special thanks to Sam Edwards in providing his time, expertise and practical how-tos to young people looking to step into a difficult industry.

Zainab Abrar

Team Assistant, Ringside Studios

 

Lambeth students employment update May 13th 2021

With thanks to the Walcot Foundation for their generous grant.

Zahrah messages me every other week with photos from her shoots and is now on an 11-week shoot for "darkness rising" in Wales.

Sandra has done 6 months on the Sky series "Brassic series three".

Emile has done 6 months on BBC comedy "trying".

Alice has done a month on BBC show "King Gary".

Zainab has a full-time position at "Ringside studios".

Liam has a full-time job at "Bray studios" as a VFX assistant.

Marloos has worked on "Starwars",

Leo has worked on lock-off for "Mission Impossible 7",

Leon & Joshua have worked on a music video for "Puma Blue",

ristan has done some freelance work for the high-end production company "my accomplice".

Natalia was able to secure a 6-month contract as a Production Assistant for House Productions on the BBC's adaptation of the Kate Atkinson novel "Life After Life".

Serra got a Lock-off job on "Mission Impossible 7". Denis got a freelance commission making a promo for Brooklands automotive museum.

Jenny has been filming RADA workshops at pinewood.

Lucy is busy writing for theatre and putting fascinating projects together.

Sergio is going from strength to strength promoting his artwork on social media & Jafar is presenting awesome pitch docs to channel 4 to get his project off the ground.

Tom has been taking on freelance editing commissions. & is shortly to join the kickstarter scheme.

Andre shot a fantastic behind the scenes for the latest Imogen Heap video & is currently taking on more freelance commissions.

Erin now has a full-time Job at Film Fixer.

Jordan has been working as an assistant floor manager on ITV productions including "the last leg" & "The cabins" & is busy masterminding the final group film project.

I think individuals who are are to display the determination & initiative to find work during a global pandemic should find themselves well equipped for a career in the film industry once things return to normal... Sam Edwards - Lead Tutor.

 

WELCOME TO CREATIVE SPARKWORKS

 

We continue to offer FREE, high-quality, film skills and employment training ONLINE for young Lambeth residents (aged 18-25, on low income or NEET).

Our new course ‘Digi-Sparks Ignites Your Online Career’ starts 4th November 2020.

Scroll to learn more and Sign Up for this FREE part-time 6 month course.

Early Autumn Harvest: September Updates

 

In this high unemployment period, 7 of our EQUIP 1 and Walcot Alumni have obtained paid work in the past few weeks! We are very proud of them!

We are also starting a FREE new film course this autumn to help 15 young Lambeth residents in identified financial need, after being granted by the Walcot Foundation.

As a small charity, the journey has not been easy, especially this year. But we are trying hard. Click to find out more and on how to support us!

Celebrating the achivement of our 19/20 Film2Learn2£arn graduates!

 

Our 19/20 Film2Learn2£arn students have surely come a long way since last autumn. We are very proud of them, and let us celebrate their great achievements together!

Check our latest course diary via the link below, and learn how we plan to support our 2019/20 graduates further with their career.

This issue also includes our June COVID-19 updates.

Hopes for a brighter future: May 2020 COVID-19 Actions and Updates

Creative Sparkworks hope you are safe and well. We have made changes to usual services in response to the COVID-19 lockdown, and we are developing many new services to support our community and beneficiaries beyond Lambeth. 

We believe that a brighter future is coming and we are working hard towards it.

 

Film of the Month: Lockdown Life

A collage of stylish, uplifting films in response to the COVID-19 lockdown made by Film2Learn2£arn students

Film2Learn2£arn

FREE film skills and employment course for Lambeth residents aged 18 – 25+

We’ve nearly completed our fifth Film2Learn2£arn course begun in October 2019. Click to find out more or to reserve your place on our next free skills and training course 2020/2021!

INTERESTED? SIGN UP NOW!

 

Learn how to get paid as a freelancer working remotely!

Free and open for young Lambeth resident on a low-income or NEET aged 18-25.

 

WE ARE CREATIVE SPARKWORKS

A visual arts training & employment charity in Lambeth, London

Working closely within the community, we’ve been changing young people’s lives in the past 12 years by increasing their technical and life skills, their confidence and entry-level paid jobs, through our free inclusive courses Film2Learn2£earn, Film with Health in MIND & Design with Health in MIND.

83% of our beneficiaries achieve paid work or gain places in higher education. We continue supporting them to have a voice for decreasing stigma and discrimination and increasing diverse representation in the industry for years to come.

Year 2020-21 graduates getting employed: in their own words

Through our support, so many of our 2020 students managed to gain paid work in the film and TV industry. Notable employers included the BBC, My Accomplice, Scout Productions etc, who were very happy with our students.

We have created a dedicated page for our students and their employers experience.

 

NEWS

 

Thank you for checking out our website. We hope you are well in this trying period. We as a charity are working very hard to support our local community and beyond through grant applications and new FREE programmes. Here is a brief overview of what to expect from us:

COVID-19 Responses:

We are successfully delivering our latest course online with Zoom meetings, phone-calls and mentoring. We are also working hard to advance the ways we deliver our services and help our beneficiaries progress their creative career.

Read our latest course diary on how we are adapting.

Latest Graduates’ Progress and New Film Course:

22 of our EQUIP and Walcot students have obtained paid work in 2020 with 2 following on to additional arts programmes! Thanks to the indefatigable lead tutor’s intensive mentoring and support for trainees building industry standard CVs, showreels and websites. We are also actively keeping in touch with TV and film companies such as the BBC, Pinewood, Sky, 3 Mills Studios, Working Title films etc.

After being granted by the Walcot Foundation, we have been helping 15 young Lambeth residents in identified financial need autumn 2020. It is a 6 month FREE online skills and employment training, and paid entry level work placement in the TV and Film industry (‘Digi-sparks ignites your online career‘!). This course has started on 4th November 2020.

We are also starting a new course in January 2021, ‘Set Ready Training Scheme’, which will offer FREE training to 25 young trainees. Please look out for our updates.

Community Updates and Our Famous Buzzy Beez Programme:

We entered the application for the London Community Fund Wave 3, and we are thrilled to be selected!

Our 2020 Buzzy Beez grant application has also been successful, and we have successfully delivered our summer and October half-term socially distanced Buzzy Beez which lasted 2 weeks.  It provided FREE creative activities, including pottery, mosaics, jewellery, mask making, animation, glove puppets, embroidery, bag and t-shirt stencilling, as well as collage & painting, for local Lambeth children aged 4 to 13. We look forward to providing more when the situation allows.

Events to Expect:

Our second promotional red carpet screening and fundraising event at the British Film Institute, Stephen Street is postponed and we expect to see you again soon later this year. Formal announcement to follow.

We are delighted to be invited to film London’s biggest free family festival Lambeth Country Show in 2021, and we look forward to the wonderful event this year.

Creative Sparkworks 10 Years Anniversary Public Event

It’s been 10 years since we started working on our mission of skilling up and finding paid work in the film and design industry for youths from under-represented groups. To proclaim their talent, we screened some of the best films our youths made at The Third Floor, a world-class visualisation studio.

We had a fabulous attendance, wonderful live musician, delicious food and drink.

Please look out for our next Gala Event SUMMER 2021 at the BFI Stephen Street.

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WE SUPPORT YOUNG CREATIVE MINDS & TALENTS

NURTURING THE FIRST SPARK OF INTEREST

ENHANCING WELLBEING & LIFE SKILLS INTO WORK

“Creative Sparkworks has changed my life. They have given me the confidence and opportunity to pursue a career in film”.

-Omar, one of our star students.

We Exist To Support:

Creative young minds and talents from disadvantaged groups of young people including those with lived-experience of mental health issues, those facing poverty and homelessness, and young carers.

We nurture their first spark of interest and ambition with hands-on free technical and employability skills training led by practicing young industry professionals; we source paid work for our trainees through our established links in the industry of film, TV and design. Underpinned with mentoring from inspirational practitioners and industry representatives, our nationally accredited courses build self-confidence and instil professional standards, with work placements paid at the London Living Wage.

The Difference We Make:

Last year, 2019, we were busy delivery 2 further free Film2Learn2£arn courses. We showcased our students’ work to industry representatives as well as funders and families at public screenings each year, to raise the profile of what we do. No less than 9 students gained paid work on feature films, advertising films (McDonald’s!) and music videos and already, and one a place at film school.

This year, 2020, we are already extremely productive, with 3 student films produced and 2 more in production before the end of January; 2 students attended free Film Composing Masterclasses with Film London, and 2 inspirational speakers from the industry have motivated the group. Even more remarkably, 4 of this cohort have been in 3 different paid jobs as location marshalls and runners only half way through the course!

 

Over the years,

92% of our students have achieved more than one accreditation with the National Arts Award, and more recently with AQA Unit award scheme for technical skills and employability in support of achieving paid work.

We and our beneficiaries measure our success by the number of paid jobs they have gained, either full-time (20%), part-time freelance (60%), higher education (12%), or volunteering (for example with Thames Reach). We also employ them at the London Living wage as peer mentors and as crew for their youth production unit LAMBETH WALK FILMS.

Our students have worked for famous films including the 24th James Bond film Spectre, 25th James Bond film No Time to Die, Legend, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, and several high-end music videos.

SUPPORT US

 

We are a small charity that can only survive with support from people like you, who care about our youths’ future and the diversity of the film and design industry.

Your help matters and can really make a difference to our youths’ lives.

 

Our students were employed and paid to film the famous Lambeth Country Show this summer & with dedication, preparation & excitement our crew were well-equipped & supported by young industry professionals to do a great job capturing the important event of the year.
During the Country Show, our 2018 video was being shown on the main screen, attracting much interest to the amazing work we do.
130,000 people attended the event and many of them also visited our stall near the Herne Hill entry.

We work with a wide range of talented disadvantaged young adults aged 18 – 30+ from under-represented groups who are passionate to start a career in the film and TV sector.

 

We wedge open the door of opportunity for them with our accredited free film courses, led by dedicated industry professionals including Filmfixer, Film London, WFTV and Screen Skills who share their up to date expertise.

 

The media workshop also provides a safe space for valuable socializing and friendship groups for like-minded individuals. Personal development is supported by experienced key workers specializing in youth and mental wellbeing.

A group of our students agreed to be interviewed for Black Thrive – a partnership for black wellbeing – to present at this year’s Brixton Reel Festival.
Live action filming by the Film Forever and Creative Skillset funded ‘Film2Learn2£arn’ (Film with Health in MIND) course in the famous Lambeth Walk

 

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