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Working in partnership with the Roundhouse we are running a hands-on training course for young video producers who want to gain experience of filming live dance. We offer two successful applicants’ practical mentoring sessions with Steven Jackman, a highly experienced director, editor and camera operator, and the chance to be part of the film crew for shows that take place in The Place theatre.

The successful applicants come from the Roundhouse’s Bloomberg Broadcast Volunteer Programme where they have completed 11 days of intensive training from media professionals in camera operation, live editing and post production, using industry-standard equipment. This is followed by +80 hours of CV-enhancing volunteering. The programme runs twice yearly and is for 18-25 years olds who are not currently in education, employment or training. The project is aimed at supporting their entry into the media industry by equipping them with skills that will make them highly employable.

Following a successful trial last year we are pleased to be continuing the training programme into 2014 and look forward to it becoming an established part of the wide range of development opportunities we provide at The Place. The partnership between the two organisations grew out of conversations between Martin Franklin, Digital Coordinator at The Place, and Marta Sala Font, Online Content Producer at The Roundhouse. 

“The Roundhouse is very committed to reaching audiences through it’s digital channels, and for us is primary to build a crew that is strong and experienced. By training our volunteers in real productions we allow them to grow as professionals on a job where they are able to learn and improve their skills.”  Marta Sala Font

“Something that really sets good camera operators apart is their ability to physically move with the camera in a way that is sympathetic to the movement on stage”, says Martin Franklin, Digital Coordinator at The Place, about the skills needed to film live dance. 

Past graduates from the Bloomberg Broadcast Volunteer programme have gone on to freelance filmmaking careers, film and TV courses in higher education, internships and paid roles at companies including: BFI; Vice TV; Fallon Creative Agency; BBC; Nutopia; Roundhouse Broadcast Team and The Place camera crew.



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