THE WAY WE WORK
With young people delivering free film education, skills and employment training
Our trainees develop self-confidence, acquire industry CVs and showreels, track their journey with Personal Development Plans and gain AQA accreditations in technical craft skills and employability skills, earning their way at the London Living Wage in the industry as runners, location marshals, assistant camera operators and production assistants.
“Knitting professional support together with charities on the ground is essential to making sure Londoners benefit fully from local filming. The right infrastructure is essential. There’s a great deal of good will on the part of big budget filmmakers. A lot of people in the industry welcome the opportunity to give young people a hand up the ladder. But there has to be support on the ground, connecting young people in to these opportunities. Creative Sparkworks is a brilliant example, working with young people every step of the way, often from homelessness, into skills training and crucially, paid work.”Andrew Pavord
“I’m so, so thankful for coming into contact with Sylvia and all the “Learn2Film2£arn” team involved at Creative Sparkworks. They were an absolute godsend for our BFI/Film London backed short film ‘Knock Down Ginger’. We employed 8 of their film course students as runners and marshals and their general effort, enthusiasm and film knowledge was inspiring to see. No job was a chore and they all without exception where a joy to have onset. I wouldn’t hesitate in employing them to do future projects”Knock Down Ginger
We work with a wide range of talented 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 free film courses, led by dedicated industry professionals 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. Throughout the course, students are supported to gain evidence for professional showreels and CVs, and how to conduct themselves on live sets in preparation for paid work as location marshals and runners on feature films through our close associates FilmFixer and Film London’s ‘Equal Access Network Scheme’. The legacy of each course is sustained contact and job opportunities for trainees over a period of 36 months and beyond.
Our unique selling point is that through our established links with the film industry we place our under-represented and talented trainees in paid work placements during and after their course. Preparation is through specialist business and freelance employment training supporting the technical film skills.