The seven-week programme kicked off in Channel 4’s Screening Cinema with an introduction from the Head of Talent at Channel 4 highlighting careers and opportunities with them. They also met Create Jobs alumna & recent trainee graduate Cassandra Kyeyune from the Channel4 Graduate Trainee Scheme who talked through her year on the programme followed by a special screening of her short film ‘Strange Land’.
Over the arc of the programme participants heard from the best in the business about the roles and opportunities available out there and the skills and experience required to get a foot in the door. The group were presented with experiences that pushed new thinking, presented diversity as strength, and encouraged innovation through collaboration.
Talks and masterclasses were given by award-winning talent including: Director of Photography & protegee of Somesuch Films Deepa Keshvala Producer & Founder of Nuuksio films Nick Hayes, Director & writer Akin Akinsele.
The team also received training in best practise story- telling and ‘Finding Your Authentic Voice’, from Creative Strategist Naana Orleans-Amissah as well as hands on facilitated instruction on how to respond to briefs, idea generation and research (including moodboards & brainstorming).
As with all our Create Jobs programmes, the cohort received (and will continue to receive) career and personal effectiveness skills (developing mindsets and soft-skills) as well as CV and preparing for interview sessions and the opportunity to apply for our in-house mentoring programme Meet a Mentor.
Over subsequent weeks the group were continuously working on their briefs and their own short films – for which the group regularly came together for ‘crits’ on their ideas and progress on production.
Additional trips and studio visits included: Factory Studios - where the group heard from the best in audio sound production - and got the chance to record their own voice overs, as well as tours and talks from experts in grading, offline, online and all aspects of post- production at Untold Studios & Nineteen Twenty.
Lastly, they heard from Music Video Commissioning Consultant David Knight, Nick Hayes (producer for Stormzy and Burnaboy) and Director & Writer, Akinola Davies.
As their deadline drew near the group were supported and encouraged through last minute concerns and took part in a workshop helping them with their pitching and presentation skills titled ‘Creating Your Own Personal Brand” from Director of Strategy and co-Founder at marketing agency The Park Will Worsdell.
Finally, it was time to present their work. The screening took place back at Channel 4 in the cinema in front of an industry panel who gave specialist feedback and special commendations and insightful constructive advice to the group. They have also offered to run a masterclass for the group, due to happen in the spring.