Actors Studio based at the world famous Pinewood Studios is currently recruiting for 2 new apprentices.
The successful candidates will be taking a Level 3 Broadcast Production Assistant Qualification supported by our Training Provider All Spring Media. The training for the qualification will either take place over Zoom or face to face at All Spring’s training facility in Chesham. Training will be provided on a block release basis.
The remainder of the time will be spent gaining valuable industry experience with Actors Studio at Pinewood Studios. You will work alongside industry professionals, including directors from Netflix, BBC, ITV and more. This is an ideal opportunity for those looking to kickstart their career in the film and tv industry, and gain valuable experience and contacts to make it happen.
Apprentices will learn to light and work with Cinema Cameras, Editing Software, and Sound Production, and how to successfully Direct for screen.
We are ideally looking to hear from people with a very keen interest in Film and TV. It is essential that candidates have a CAN DO attitude and are prepared to work very hard.
Very good organisation skills and the ability to adapt and take responsibility is a must.
APPLICANTS Please send your CV and in addition to: Please write 100 words on why you think you have what it takes? Please write what you would do if it rained on a film shoot? Please email to firstname.lastname@example.org No phone calls, please. Applicants should have achieved a Maths and English qualification to Level 2.
Richard Raymond is an award-winning British film director, who started his career at our base Pinewood Studios, working under Lord Richard Attenborough, Neil Jordan and Blake Edwards.
His short film, Souls of Totality won 12 International Film Festivals, including Best Grand Jury Award at Hollyshorts, Best Short Film of the Festival at Raindance, Best Film of the Festival at St. Louis and Most Popular Film at Rhode Island. Richard was also awarded a “Special Mention for Direction” at Edinburgh International Film Festival and Best Film of the Festival at New Renaissance, an Award previously only given to feature films.
His previous credits include Desert Dancer and A Million Eyes where Richard has directed actors such as Freida Pinto, Tom Cullen and Tatiana Maslany. In this interview, Nathan talks to Richard about his experience of working with actors, what they can bring to set and how to put themselves ‘out there’ and the importance of making friends with Casting Directors: How to Audition and Make Your Self Tape Shine – with Casting Director Ben Cogan
Tim Kent is an award-winning Director/Producer and was previously an Agent to many household names. Tim now runs Actors Studio and continues to coach actors of all levels from his base here at Pinewood Studios. Having been an agent for 12 years, Tim gives actors an insight into how to build a successful relationship with your agent, and where to look to find representation if you’re newer to the industry. Nathan also discusses upcoming courses with Actors Studio and what the future of the industry holds.
Esteemed casting director Ben Cogan has worked in casting for over 25 years and began as a Casting Assistant for many TV shows (including EastEnders, Holby City and Waking the Dead), before becoming the Casting Director for Doctors in 2002. 380 episodes later, Ben moved to Casualty and, in his time there, six episodes that he worked on were recognised with BAFTA nominations. During this period he also worked on the Afternoon Play series, Kiss of Death and various short films – one of which was nominated for an Oscar. Ben is now a freelance Casting Director working on Feature Films and Drama in addition to hosting an incredibly popular audition workshop on our Masterclass in Screen Acting and now a brand new, two day Zoom workshop: How to Audition and Make Your Self Tape Shine
Here are some of Bens top tips for emerging actors:
It is important to build a rapport with your agent. This is a valuable aspect of being managed by someone when you are looking to break into the industry.
Your work & credits should be constantly updated and your CV can be used to apply for professional work.
Headshots should be simple, not too flashy, just simple headshots that show what you actually look like. This is the most professional way to come across to any agent or casting director. Remove dated or old images from your profile.
Whether your hopes are to go into acting, dancing, singing or musical theatre – you may want to learn all forms of the arts to help you to succeed. This way any opportunity that arises through your agent you can audition for.
Consider all work your agent offers you! Any audition is a great opportunity.
Don’t fret about your age, appearance, or your time away from ‘the game’, just be true to what you want to achieve and ensure you and your agent are on the same page.
For a professional self-tape, make sure it is bright and there isn’t lots of background noise. Read more about how to self-tape on here.
Always learn scripts for auditions if you have time and research the role.
Enjoy what you are doing, enjoy drama, enjoy the process and don’t let knockbacks affect you. It may be the case that you give the best audition but aren’t compatible with the mum or dad they have cast – this is out of your control, so just concentrate on what you can control.
Keep your love for drama, the scripts, the characters and never let your enthusiasm be diminished or get disheartened by what you see as rejection. It’s not rejection, it’s just that part didn’t go your way.
Take control of what you can, be it preparation, passion, presentation – particularly with self tapes at this moment in time.
When preparing for a headshot shoot, grab a mate or loved-one the day before and improvise a little shoot together in order to feel more comfortable and confident.
Make yourself a glossary of all the TV shows, productions and films you like and research the casting directors who worked on these projects. This can help you pin-point who to contact in the future and can be a good starting point for a conversation.
For those of us behind the scenes or on-screen, film sets have been in lockdown just like everywhere else and the industry came to a holt. It was hard to imagine what a Film or TV set might look like operating with COVID-19 guidelines, but slowly, productions are reopening including Actors Studio and we have implemented new ways of working in accordance to government guidelines and advice from the British Film Institute.Continue reading Coronavirus + The UK Film & TV Industry
As the film industry reopens for business, self-taping is more important than ever with almost every CD choosing online tapes over physical auditions. This makes it a perfect time for you to dust off your tripod and microphone to practise your taping skills at home. In this post I am going to address some the technical elements of putting together a solid self-tape, and cover some of the misconceptions on what to wear and how to present yourself. Continue reading A Guide to Self-Taping (While you Self-Isolate).