Ladders Film/TV Course

Ladders: Film/TV/Animation Course

Designed for those with little experience of film/TV or animation, we have 3 short courses will provide hands-on training in professional digital media industries under the guidance of industry mentors, guest speakers and masterclasses.  Practical workshops and training exercises will provide a well-balanced introduction to the technical craft of filmmaking and the art of visual storytelling.

Storytelling for screen is no longer restricted to big-budget cinema releases and television series commissioned by major networks. The need for quality content across digital media delivery platforms such as subscription TV, mobile devices, internet, promotional campaigns and film festivals is leading to lucrative opportunities for multi-skilled professionals to generate highly creative, captivating productions. Our short courses will allow you to explore a wide range of career options within the film, television and digital media industries.


Course 1 – Knowledge & Awareness
Course Industry Mentor:
Chloe Rodham
Venue: Newcastle City Library

Designed for those with little experience of film/TV or animation, this 3-session course will provide knowledge and awareness training in professional digital media industries under the guidance of an industry mentor, guest speakers and masterclasses.

This 3-week course will allow you to explore a wide range of career options within the film, television and digital media industries. There are a huge number of different roles to explore in these career pathways, from writers to producers, videographers and editors. The industry is continually changing with new platforms and technology opening up exciting opportunities for storytelling. We will explore how film projects develop from storyboard to screen and you will meet a range of professionals involved in this creative process. The people you will meet are at varying levels in their career, which will give you a broad and realistic overview of employment in film. Talks, workshops and visits will give you a taste of what it is like to work in these fields, identify industry skill gaps, and give you valuable insights into what is going on in the region.

Knowledge & Awareness course dates;

Course 1 – 16th (12pm – 6pm), 23rd & 30th January 2019 (1pm – 6pm)

Apply here for Course 1.
** once your application has been approved you will receive a full course overview.


Course 2 – Skills Development in After Effects
Course Industry Mentor: Chloe Rodham
Venue: Newcastle University

This is a 3-week programme to introduce you to the exciting possibilities of content creation in compositing and 2D motion graphics package Adobe After Effects. Used across the film, TV and animation industry, from blockbuster movies to indie film projects, After Effects usually plays some part in most production workflows. Skills in this application are a valuable supplement to anyone working or looking for work in these industries. In this short course, you will learn a variety of skills, from the basics of setting up a project with an organised file structure to how to add slick motion graphics to film projects. This course will show you the potential of this powerful piece of software. It is suitable for beginners or anyone who wants to brush up their existing knowledge.

Skills Development course dates:

Course 2 – 9th, 16th & 23rd February 2019 (11.30am – 4.30pm)
Venue: Newcastle University.

Apply here for Cohort 2: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/ladders-filmtv-course-skills-development-in-after-effects-tickets-54646250406
** once your application has been approved you will receive a full course overview.


Course 3 – Develop your own Film/TV Industry project
Course Industry Mentor: Chloe Rodham
Venue: Newcastle University

This course would greatly suit those requiring support and guidance to create a short film or animation project. Your project can be of any genre – perhaps you want to create a promo to demonstrate your filmmaking skills to employers or want to voice a story that needs telling. Whether you are just starting out, or already have a little experience in the film/animation industry, this 4-week programme will be devoted to you bringing your ideas to life. We take the approach of a professional workflow, developing concepts on paper through to you screening your film at the showcase.

Please note that you will have access to the Adobe suite software but depending on your project idea, you will most likely require some access to your own filmmaking equipment – whether you have a basic kit or are taking a journalistic approach and shooting on a smartphone.

Alongside your creative endeavour, a series of Enterprise Support workshops and one to one support is available to individuals who are contemplating pursuing a freelance career and/or develop a business idea in Film and Animation.

The enterprise support package includes a series of key enterprise workshops covering a range of relevant business topics to guide and motivate creative individuals through the logistics of starting a business. Guest speakers will be introduced to their areas of specialism from accountants to young creative and digital entrepreneurs, business coaches to branding specialists to give insight into self-employment and constructive advice.

It’s a great opportunity to develop a broad base of skills to succeed in a wide range of exciting careers – or even create your own business after you graduate.

Industry Project course dates:

Course 3:
Application Deadline: 14th February (4pm).
Interviews: 18th February (TBC per applicant)
Industry Project Sessions – 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th March (11.30am – 4.30pm)
Showcase: 3rd April (4pm – 7pm)

Enterprise Sessions: 

  • 11th February (Monday) 11-2pm Newcastle City Library – Building your Networks within the Creative Industries
  • 4th March (Monday) 10am-12.30pm Newcastle City Library –  The Importance of Your Digital Footprint
  • 18th March (Monday) 11-2pm Newcastle City Library – Branding your Business or Idea
  • 25th March (Monday 11-2pm Newcastle City Library –  An Introduction to Marketing & Making it Work for you!

Apply:https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/ladders-filmtv-course-develop-your-own-filmtv-industry-project-tickets-54648713774 
** once your application has been approved you will receive a full course overview.


*To join the Ladders courses you must be between 18-24yrs and be living in the North East.

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