NFM Academy Boot Camp

Posted on 20th May 2021
  • Running Monday 14th June - Friday 18th June 2021
  • Each session starts at 1pm

Is a career in TV and film something you’ve been considering? It doesn’t matter if you’re fresh out of education, or you’ve decided on a career change  no matter what journey you’re on, you need to sign up to our free NFM Crew Academy Boot Camp. 

Perhaps you’re looking to work on a regional network TV drama such as ITV’s Vera, or maybe you see yourself on the set of a major feature film, either visiting the region or maybe somewhere a little more exotic?! Our Boot Camp provides an amazing opportunity to hear from some of the industry’s leading professionals about the joys and challenges that await you. 

The NFM Crew Academy Boot Camp runs every day from Monday 14th – Friday 18th June at 1pm. Most of the sessions are 1 hour long, but some will last a little longer. Booking is now open (via Eventbrite) for anyone over the age of 18 to book on. You must be living in the North East, preference will be given to those based in the Tees Valley area. 

Boot Camp Introduction, Monday 14th June, 1pm

The first of of our Boot Camp sessions will give you an introduction to the industry and we’ll examine its recent history, the different genres, the structure of crew, national and local pictures and provide you with an overview of the rest of the Boot Camp series.  Book via Eventbrite.

This event will last roughly one hour, hosted by Matt and Jude.

Production Paperwork, Tuesday 15th June

Paperwork is everything! Or is it? Our second session looks at the breakdown of how the different bits of paperwork are used within production. We’ll explore the software and apps you will come across and provide vital information on how to read a call sheet and a schedule, so that you’ll be in the right place, at the right time and ready for anything that may come your way. Plus, we’ll also provide a special breakdown of a film scene. Book via Eventbrite.

This event will last approximately 90 minutes and is hosted by Matt and Jude.

Set Etiquette, Wednesday 16th June

You’ve heard of the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy; well this is the hitchhiker’s guide to working on set. We’ll run through etiquette around being on set, how to use radios, working with cast and working as a team. We’ll also chat about what you shouldn’t be doing! Book via Eventbrite.

This event will be one hour long, and hosted by Gary.

Networking and resources, Thursday 17th June

Being in the TV and Film industry, networking is uber important. This session will not only look at how to network online and offline, but also provide you with some of the key tools for writing an industry CV and composing effective cover emails/letters that will set you apart from the rest. We’ll also showcase some of the key resources you need to be familiar with when looking for work. Book via Eventbrite.

This event will be approximately 90 minutes long and is hosted by Matt and Jude.

Interview techniques, Friday 18th June

You’ve applied for your dream job, and you’ve just been invited for interview. What next? How do you prepare? What will make the interview panel pick you? In this session we’ll run through how to prepare for interviews, what to expect when in the room (or on the zoom!), and what you can do to impress the panel. Book via Eventbrite.

This event is roughly one hour long and will be hosted by Yuen.

Meet the Speakers

Now you’ve seen what the Boot Camp series entails, it’s time to meet the speakers: 

Matt Gallagher
Matt is the founder of and has spent 20 years working in the film and TV industry. Matt is the author of the industry bestseller ‘Breaking into UK Film and TV Drama’ and has delivered, lead and talked at industry training programmes and events for The Oscars, Warner Bros., Film London, ScreenSkills, Pinewood Studios & Into Film.  

Jude Winstanley
Jude is a freelance, broadcast television Line Producer with over 20 years of experience in production. She’s also founder of an online jobs board for the TV industry: Jude combines working at the coalface of TV production management with delivering industry training. 

Regularly invited to speak at universities, social enterprises and industry events, Jude is also a volunteer events producer for the Royal Television Society and often consulted on industry developments. 

Matt and Jude have designed, led and organised the induction training programme for prestigious, industry leading Screenskills’ Film Trainee Finder scheme for the last four years, bringing in guest speakers to cover specialist topics.  

Yuen Wai Liu
Yuen’s background is in production, working in both TV drama and feature film. Her credits include The Dark Knight Rises and Jason Bourne. Yuen is currently the Client Services Manager at Warner Bros. Studios, Leavesden, working directly with the productions filming on site such as Mission ImpossibleFantastic Beasts and where to find them and Wonder Woman 

Gary Richens
Gary Richens is a 2nd Assistant Director with more than 10 years experience. He has worked on features and TV dramas including Official SecretsJohnny English Strikes AgainTrustTaboo and The Crown 

Gary’s role as a 2nd Assistant Director leads him to working directly with on screen talent such as Kiera Knightley, Tom Hardy and Olivia Coleman as well as working under Directors such as Danny Boyle. 

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