Management Training for Freelancers
Screenskills is currently running a free online course on ‘Leadership and Management Essentials for High-End Television Freelancers’ & we recommend DoPs, Operators & 1st ACs – or anyone who manages crew as part of their job – consider taking it. It’s 5 x 1.5-hour sessions & the next available dates are 24-28 August – details here.
Dear Camera Department,
Industry training body, ScreenSkills has been developing some National Occupational Standards (NOS) for screen industries.
It has recently come to our attention that an online consultation seeking comment on draft standards went live in mid December. We were unaware of this until now and the deadline is right around the corner: 9am, 27th January 2020.
We ask all camera personnel in all sectors to kindly contribute your expertise to the survey.
You may think that none of this affects you, as there is currently no training standard or recognized qualification, but this is the first step in creating one. A qualification can work to better our industry – but that will take time, and will need to be of a high standard. These standards will potentially cover all production sectors and all roles in the Camera Department and also include Grips & Lighting.
This branch created new Camera Assistant qualifications for a proposed update to the Diploma scheme that was run in the past. Unfortunately, the academy that was expected to accredit this scheme is moving very slowly (and are now possibly waiting to see the NOS standards). Revisions to the Diploma qualifications is complete and we believe them to be of high quality (level 2 & level 3). For reference, the branch suggests reading them prior to commenting on ScreenSkills’ proposals, though the the NOS standards are much wider than just camera assisting.
When you access ScreenSkills’ introduction page it will give you two options –
- Camera Standards
- Lighting for Film and TV Standards
Choose the one relevant to you but be aware there is some overlap with grip and lighting departments.
You will need to enter –
Your title: Trainee, Loader, Focus, Operator, Camera Technician, Wrangler etc.
Company: We would suggest writing Freelance or Self Employed.
Located in: We would suggest TICKING EVERY BOX as we move around locations a lot.
Your name and email address is optional, but if you want to receive follow up info we suggest including your details here.
You will next be confronted with A LOT of information, so let us try to assist with what you are seeing first.
The pages cover a very wide array of camera knowledge. They cross over into lighting and grip departments and of course not all of us work in the same sector of the wider Film & Television industry. The advice given by Screenskills is as follows –
“We appreciate that there are several Standards for this area, but please just comment on the parts that are of interest to you.”
The branch advises is that you take the time to go through the survey thoroughly and you will find each section has options to click at the top of the page:
- This document is not relevant to me
- I’m happy with this document
- I would like to leave an overall comment
The advice of the branch is to click either “I’m happy with this document” or “I would like to leave an overall comment”. Our reasoning is that the standards are either fine as they are, or should be added to (rather than in any way NOT relevant, which may result in removal from future documents and affect crew in other sectors). More education is better than less!
We believe that the proposed NOS standards are broadly in line with our own proposed standards, but we need you to examine what is there and consider if there is anything missing. Think about how you do your work, the steps and skills involved. Is everything captured in the draft standard? If you think of something, add it in the comments box.
We hope this is clear and we greatly appreciate you taking the time to go through the survey: Help us improve the National Occupational Standards for screen industry roles – ScreenSkills
The Camera Branch
A Working Group of branch members has been set up to cover the diplomas – if you’d like to help, please contact us via the form on the Get Involved page.
BECTU also offers a range of courses in career development, safety at work, first aid and IT skills.
During the lockdown, Bite size vocational training is available online
Courses of interest to the Camera Department:
|Creative Industries Safety Passport||Tues 14 July 2020 9am – 5.30pm|
|Finance for freelancers||Tues 21 July 2020 10am-5pm|
|Creative Industries Safety Passport||Thurs 17 Sept 2020 9am – 5.30pm|
|Creative Industries Safety Passport||Wed 14 Oct 2020 9am – 5.30pm|
|Creative Industries Safety Passport||Wed 4 Nov 2020 9am – 5.30pm|
|Creative Industries Safety Passport||Thurs 10 Dec 2020 9am – 5.30pm|
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