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 😊
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My time with Creative Sparkworks gave me the resources, understanding and support I needed to get me my first big job in scripted TV. I joined as the first lockdown was starting and the people at Sparkworks helped keep me motivated and ready for when things opened up again. Without them I wouldn’t be where I am now and and their support and knowledge has been invaluable in helping me get started in the Film and TV industry.
We’ve all been really impressed with Emile. He’s really gotten stuck in and approached every task with a positive and proactive attitude. I would happily recommend him to other productions and hope I get the opportunity to work with him again in the future.
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.
Zahra was an absolute asset to our team. She took initiative, was bright, pro-active, and mucked in to make the production the best it could possibly be. I’d hire her again in a heartbeat.
I have commissioned Creative Sparkworks to create the official highlights video for the Lambeth Country Show in 2018 and 2019. They always respond to the brief with great enthusiasm and creativity with the end results being just what we want to help promote the event the following year, as well as highlighting great memories for the visitors that attend each year. It’s fantastic to have so many of their students work on the project as part of their Film2Learn2Earn qualifications. Each year I can see the hard work and dedication of both students and mentors put in to help make the ambitious project happen. I wouldn’t hesitate to work with them again on future commissions.
when I joined Sparkworks, I was at the crossroads. I jumped on the last ship, it was actually the last meeting I’ve had before the lockdown kicked-off in March. U provided a lifeline & training remotely, which resulted in paid work in my sector of choice, so thnx a lot 😀 I added several lines into the spreadsheet, good luck with fundraising!
all the best, Den
Our 2019/20 Film2Learn2£arn Alumni
With My Accomplice
The experience overall was a fantastic insight into Live Production whilst abiding by the new COVID rules set; 2 meter distance, sanitising, temperature checks and cleaning surfaces.
The staff were happy with my work and the executive producer was so kind to send an email after thanking the runners.
A huge thank you to Creative Sparkworks, I wouldn’t have had this opportunity if they hadn’t pushed me to keep going.
Sandra has worked with us on a BBC Films music documentary in a PA role. She has been doing some really important script on the project as we move our edit forward. She is punctual, her work is brilliant and she is a pleasure to have on the team. We cannot recommend her highly enough.
Sparksworks gave me the job for the Puma Blue video on the phone and told me to do the Covid training. I went and did the job best I could, but it was hard to because corridors were so tight you couldn’t fit in anywhere. The job went alright and I was in and out. It was great getting paid work and would love to do that again. If there is any my accomplice stuff going again, I’ll do my best on it as I always do.
Josh was a great asset on our shoot and very helpful to the camera team. He was proactive with a very positive attitude and I would happily have him on set again.
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Edited by Film2Learn2£arn graduate Leo
With Scout Productions
Working with Creative Sparkworks has been a blessing during a really tough time to be entering the industry. The tutors have expertise spanning multiple genres and specialities and a backlog of amazing contacts they are willing to leverage to help you get the best support available. Their advice and investment in my development were truly invaluable and a huge boost to my confidence. I was also able to attend virtual seminars from a range of industry professionals which kept me inspired and motivated to challenge myself and keep learning.
As a result of contacts made through Creative Sparkworks, I was able to secure work as a Location Marshal on a high-end commercial for Iconoclast. I reported to Morgane Valadie from Scout Productions and was tasked with stewarding the public away from set and ensuring their safety on a shoot with heavy machinery and vehicles moving at speed. The health and safety challenges of the shoot, combined with the added challenge of adhering to new COVID safety protocols made it a really valuable experience in terms of managing multiple lines of communication on a busy set, and has been a fantastic credit to add to my CV.
Lambeth Film Office (FilmFixer) has worked successfully in partnership with Creative Sparkworks for over 5 years. Our collaboration has focused on connecting talent with opportunities and creating training, networking, and learning pipelines to benefit local communities with a focus on young people and emerging creative talent. Creative Sparkworks is well-positioned to help break down barriers and dispel the notion that Film & Television production is an impossible industry to get into if you don’t know anyone already working in it. They are dedicated to mapping professional pathways to improve entry-level diversity and work readiness. Working directly with Lambeth’s young residents, thought leaders, community and education providers, and social entrepreneurs they have nurtured a pool of talent that supports our collective ambition, to maximise potential and access into the Screen Industry.
Creative Sparkworks have nurtured aspiring filmmakers and production professionals to jobs onboth High End TV and Feature Films that have included
Bond – Spectre” and
A Christmas Carol
The Grimes of Grindewald
Our joint ambition is to support and grow a sustainable pipeline to opportunity, for a more inclusive representative Film and TV Industry, sourcing its next generation of production talent from across more diverse reflection of London’s population.
On behalf of the Walcot Foundation, I am able to confirm that we have worked with Creative Sparkworks since as far back of 2008 and have most recently funded the last 6 years of the Learn2Film2£arn project in Lambeth. This excellent project works with disadvantaged cohorts of students, particularly those from neuro-diverse groups and BME young people, to provide training, opportunities and employment within the creative industries.
Projects have always been delivered on time and on budget and the Walcot Foundation has always been particularly impressed with the range of work experience and opportunities on offer to individuals who are often excluded on the basis of their background and/or lack of connections in the industry.
Alice did a great job on set as a Location Marshall. She is easy going, enthusiastic and reliable which was much appreciated.
The Break premiere
Pic kindly shared by Kyotková
Funded by the Walcot Foundation, the course provides free inclusive filmmaking skills and employment training, with paid work experience.
We started our first Film2Learn2£arn course in 2013, in response to requests from young people in our locality.
We aim to increase our young people’s general wellbeing, education, skills and employment through the arts.
Since when, we have delivered industry approved and funded film skills and employment training courses to over 100 young adults, 85% of whom have moved into paid entry level work in the industry, 5% entered higher education, 5% are in full-time other jobs or training.
We are here for Lambeth’s next generation.
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