It’s all about you. Over its 35 year history, Create has always had a commitment to supporting new talent, with some building the local creative industries profile around Swindon and others working across the UK and globally.
MassMedia is at the heart of our talent development story. This free group for young people meets weekly in term times and supports members to discover more about media processes and job roles through live local projects and national opportunities. So if you are into anything from scriptwriting, camera, props or production management, or you just want to find out what those roles all mean by working in a team…then let’s hear from you!
MassMedia is mentored by other young people and industry professionals. They have been on their own journey of development with Create, and have returned from the top film schools and industry placements to give back to the next generation coming through Create Studios.
Why not get in touch to see when the next group will kick off, and book your free space? The 2 groups meet most Wednesdays in term time and cover 11-14 years (4.00-6.00pm), and 15-19 years (6.15-8.15pm) so remember to say which one you think will suit you best!
Check out some recent MassMedia productions below.
Found was made by the 15-19 group in response to refugee experience, as part of the See Me Too National Lottery Heritage Fund project in 2018.
Happy Birthday Raj explored themes of coming of age and equality for an IntoFilm Festival premiere in 2019.
Following the success of Create Studios first graduate scheme in 2018 we are very excited to continue this programme for another two years, with support from the Esmee Fairbairn Foundation who share our commitment to support all people into the Creative Industries through their Emerging Talent strand.
The Create Futures programme involves 6 cohorts of young people returning to the Swindon/Wiltshire/Gloucester area from Uni or College, being part of a supported transition programme from education to industry mentored by Create’s Senior Film Creative, Gurch Singh.
During the 3 month placement Create Futures grads undertake mentored roles on commercial commissions, lead on independent brief responses, benefit from Masterclasses from industry gurus, and are supported to be “industry ready” focussing on everything from team-working to self-employment and networking.
Check out the Alumni section to see some of our recent grads who have gone on to secure fantastic roles within the industry.
Recruiting for September 2020!
You would be based with the Create team for 3 days a week for 12 weeks. If you are a recent College or University graduate and have great skills in film, animation, illustration, design, photography or writing and want to kick start your career in an award winning digital media organisation, please send your CV and covering letter to email@example.com by 8th July 2020 for a mid September start.
Our longstanding partners, Calling the Shots were SW leads on the Create Futures initiative from BBC and Arts Council England to support production opportunities for 16-30 year old new broadcast talent.
We were proud to mentor two of our young people who pitched successfully on the first New Creatives round in 2019, both Create Futures alumni, making an audio piece and a film through this great new initiative.
Thom Hobbs made a very personal and engaging piece of work entitled ‘19th February’ which poignantly follows the day of the death of his mother. Thom is now a Film Creative at Create Studios and we were delighted to help him realise this sensitive piece.
Simon Dawkins won his funding to make a film called ‘Wood for the Trees’ which is currently embargoed because of the political situation but we are hoping for an early release as it is one to watch and an enlightening piece of work.
We particularly enjoyed partnering with Calling the Shots in Bristol, who are lead for the SW, and bringing together many of our long-standing peer organisations through New Creatives.
Watch our Social Media for the next callouts to pitch your broadcast short idea. We hope to support more young people to get funded to make their own work over the next year!
In the 3rd round, we had the pleasure of working with Harry Burbidge on his wonderfully, insightful audio piece around his experience of changing schools as a young boy with Asperger’s. We found Harry to be a very talented, creative writer and a pleasure to work with. Harry upped his sound skills and recorded all of the audio himself as well as writing a very compelling script. We eagerly await Harry’s audio piece, SPECTRUM, to be released by the BBC so that everyone can hear it.
In this last round, we are working with Miranda Mackay on her film piece, IN PERPETUUM, in collaboration with Mark Miles of Rendermedia as we felt that Mark had more experience in the complex world of gaming. Drawing inspiration from Black Mirror and the work of Timur Bekmambetov, In Perpetuum will be shot ScreenLife-style, with the look and feel of a gaming stream or a “Youtubers React to…” video. The world of Perpetuum is a surreally beautiful paradise, rendered in stunning 4K with RTX-enabled graphics. Miranda’s concept is incredibly clever and innovative and is currently in production and we hope to be able to share in early 2021.
Find out more HERE
We’re are always on the look out for talented and experienced team players to join our team.
Have a look at the roles on offer and drop us a line if you think you’d be a good fit.
Role purpose summary: Leading delivery of Digital Futures Graduate Returner model and development of linked partnerships and production opportunities for emerging talent.
Role Terms: Full time fixed term 6 month role with anticipation of extension.
Salary range: £28,000 – £32,000 per annum commensurate with experience.
Plus government approved pension scheme.
Based: Create Studios in Swindon, remote delivery (during Covid period) and on location as appropriate.
• To manage and deliver a high-quality rolling 3 month programme of Graduate Talent Development bridging from HE to employment. (4 graduates per cohort, 3 cohorts a year).
• To build on learning from the First Digital Futures pilot to develop a motivational and challenging programme including all stages of digital production including real-life brief delivery and client liaison, which may need to adapt flexibly to be Covid compliant.
• To compile an inspiring programme of industry visits, speakers and events (min two per cohort) which is open to Graduates and other digital creative sector explorers.
• To support the pipeline for future Graduate returners by planning and delivering 3 terms of 6 weekly MassMedia young people’s sessions. (May be remote to be Covid Compliant).
• To introduce Graduate Returners to participatory creative career possibilities by enabling opportunities for Graduate Returners to offer peer mentoring to others through Create’s MassMedia and Digital Explorers (SEND) programme.
• To produce all appropriate monitoring and reporting as required by the Create Studios team, partner evaluating University and funding partners.
• Working with the Create Studios Artistic Director to advocate for diverse talent and arts leadership by partnership development with regional/national HE/FE partners including the emerging Swindon/Wilts/Glos Institute of Technology and the national Institute of Coding and sector skills agencies.
• Working with the Create Studios Artistic Director to explore and identify sustainable models for the Digital Futures programme in liaison with sector partners including Creative Industries Federation and Creative and Cultural Skills Council.
• To ensure the Digital Futures programme and all linked activity is undertaken with due regard for the safety and wellbeing of all participants and colleagues.
• To deputise for the Artistic Director on meetings relevant to talent development as required.
• To contribute fully to Create’s values and vision and Business Planning as it develops opportunities for the next 5-10 years.
The post will be held subject to DRB clearances and permission to work in the UK
Reporting to: Exec Director & Lead Film Creative, Gurchetan Singh on Create Futures Commissioned Production activity and added value events.
CEO & Artistic Director, Shahina Johnson MBE on Business Planning/Strategic Development with HE and other sector partners.
Supported by: Exec Director & Production Manager, Marilyn Fitzgerald, and Assistant Production Manager (Apprentice new role) from January 2021).
• Min 3 years professional film industry production experience
• Good knowledge of industry level film equipment across at least 2 areas eg. Camera and sound
• Educated to degree level or equivalent
• Min 1 year teaching or mentoring experience with young people in formal or informal sector
• Excellent team working and co-ordination skills
• Excellent written, presenting and advocacy skills
• Own transport and clean driving license
• Able to support some work activity at evenings and weekends
• Strong networks with media industry regionally and/or nationally
• An understanding of sector skills dialogues nationally
• Excellent reporting and evaluation skills
• An understanding of arts and cultural organisations and their role in industry talent development
Equal Opportunities: Create Studios is an Equal Opportunities Employer, acknowledged as “outstanding” by Arts Council England as an exemplar for its Creative Case for Diversity. We welcome applications from candidates who are currently under represented in the Creative Industries.
Closing Date: Tuesday 1st December 2020 – midday
Interviews: w/c 7th December 2020 – remote via Zoom
Start Date: 4th January 2021
Application by covering letter and CV to firstname.lastname@example.org