Violet, 5 November 2013
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Every year FILMCLUB takes on over 100 FILMCLUB Members from all over the country and gives them a priceless opportunity to take their first steps into the world of film. This is our Talent Development programme.
From providing them access to interview the biggest names on the red carpet, to learning key skills required in the film industry, the programme rewards and develops passion for cinema, and continues to offer great opportunities once you have graduated.
Applications are open for the next round of Talent Development are now open — download your application form today!
Reviewing Participants learn the three most important techniques when it comes to review writing - inform, entertain, evaluate. They will also be encouraged to hone their own writing style, so as to make their reviews stand out from the crowd.
One of the major perks of being a Talent Development participant is the chance to see films weeks before they are released in the cinemas. Their reviews will then be published on our blog - check out some of these as inspiration.
We place our Talent Development participants at the most high profile events on the film calendar, and this is where the reporting skills they have learnt prove most valuable. They learn interview techniques and presentation skills, so that when George Clooney comes down the red carpet, they can make sure he talks to FILMCLUB first!
War Horse Premiere
FILMCLUB reporter of the year Lily was lucky enough to attend the premiere of War Horse, where she interviewed the likes of Benedict Cumberbatch, Tom Hiddlestone and Emily Watson, as well as director and veritable cinematic legend Steven Spielberg.
At this year's BFI London Film Festival, Talent Development participant Tanvi was at the opening night gala screening of Frankenweenie. Being at such a prestigious event is one thing, but being able to interview the man of the hour, Tim Burton, is quite another. We think she did rather well, see for yourself.
As well as attending red carpet premieres, junkets and press conferences, our Talent Development participants also play a lead role in FILMCLUB Live - presenting live webcasts for Primary and Secondary clubs featuring special guests from across the world of film. Notable names have included director Werner Herzog, author and screenwriter Nick Hornby and founder of IMDb Col Needham.
Take a look at some more of our Talent Development reports.
Participants will learn how to make their own film clubs successful. They will learn how to search through our vast catalogue and make excellent, age-specific film choices for their club, and also how to publicise screenings and ensure regular attendance.
As well as organising your own film clubs, we give our Talent Development participants the chance to work closely on bigger film festivals, where they can really put their skills to the test.
FILMCLUB Programmers take part in the Film Festival Project 2012
Talent Development Masterclasses
Last year's Talent Development participants received their first set of training at the spectacular Barbican Centre. There to offer expert advice on programming and reviewing to our participants were Phil Wood, film programmer for London's iconic Roxy cinema and Ellen E. Jones, writer and contributor for Total Film and Little White Lies.
They were joined by expert film reporters Anthony and Claire Bueno and public relations expert Margot Lohan, who offered valuable advice on how to show composure in front of the camera and how to deal with the media in a professional manner.
After putting their training to use in their own film clubs, Talent Development participants met up once more at the Tricycle Theatre in London where they received the next level of training. It was also a great opportunity to celebrate last year's set of Talent Development participants, some of whom received awards for their great work.
At the masterclass participants received expert advice from some of the most experienced experts in the industry, including:
Glenn Kinsey - CEO of Pozitiv, providing training for TV presenters
Adam Woodward - reviewer at Little White Lies
Philip Ilson - founder of London Short Film Festival
Watch our video to see how they got on:
Also in the summer of 2012, our Talent Development participants tuned in to an exclusive live webcast with three experts from LOVEFILM: Helen Cowley (LOVEFILM editor and reporter), Darren Bignell (LOVEFILM reviewer) and Rob Holloway (LOVEFILM programmer).
FILMCLUB reporter Josh talks about his development through FILMCLUB
We can tell you everything you need to know about the great opportunities available in our talent development scheme, but why not hear about it first hand? Our reporter Josh gave a TED talk about his development through FILMCLUB. Watch now:
Our Talent Development program isn't just a way to have great experiences and get up close and personal with the biggest names in film, it's also a chance for you to take your first steps in a career in the film industry, and the training doesn't stop when you graduate.
We've always got events and opportunities for our graduates to get involved in, and want to make sure we don't lose touch with you! Once you've graduated we'll keep you informed about invaluable work experience and mentoring opportunities, as well as invitations to more great free screenings and events.
We've already made a start - so to get a sense of what's on offer, take a look at ex-Young Ambassador Nathan's report about his work experience placement at Sky Movies, Tara’s article about her placement at Feref PR, and Lily's report from a day's work experience with Paramount Pictures.
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