Digital Research & Production Skills – Training Opportunity – 23rd November – Birmingham Mailbox

Pam Relton Training and Creative Skillset are pleased to invite applications for a new three day Digital Media Production course to be held in Birmingham during November/December2015. Course applicants will also receive additional masterclasses in generating ideas, copyright, and investigative research on the net. The course combines professional production research skills with the art of digital storytelling and making content for multi-platforms.

What the course includes – • A strong practical element that covers the capture of content using a variety of media • Digital storytelling • Best use of online and offline research sources • Getting your facts straight • Casting contributors • Interviewing techniques • Copyright and editorial compliance

Who’s it for? Anyone who is already making digital video or film content but wants to acquire professional production skills, fine-tune their ability to spot and tell a good story and develop under-pinning knowledge of copyright and editorial compliance. Also useful for aspiring and existing TV researchers.

The tutors – Pam Relton is an experienced media trainer who specializes in creativity and TV researcher courses. She works with the BBC Academy, ITV, the Indie Training Fund and leading independent TV companies such as Endemol and Tiger Aspect. Pip Piper is an experienced, Midlands-based independent film-maker. Masterclasses are to be delivered by Paul Myers, the BBC’s internet guru and Fiona Nerberg, a leading copyright expert.

Cost – £225 for 3 full days’ training with additional masterclasses. This is a special one-off price and represents incredible value.

This project has been partly supported by HM Government with Employer Ownership funding.

The course is supported by the BBC Academy.

The course is for people already making digital video or film content but who want to acquire professional production skills, understand the importance of story structure to connect to audiences and develop under-pinning knowledge of copyright and editorial rules.

For more information please visit:

Or contact Pam Relton directly @:

Telephone: 07746038812

Channel 4 – Random Acts – Application

Random Acts is Channel 4’s short film strand dedicated to the arts. It was founded in 2011 to escape the conventions of arts broadcasting and to expand its possibilities.

The simplest way to see what that means is to take a look at the website where there are some 500 or so previous examples.

We have been selected as the network partner for the Midlands and our main delivery, and broadcast industry Network Partner, will be Maverick TV who will bring broadcast expertise to our programme, offering all the young artists taking part an opportunity of working with an experienced digital production team, and ensure that all technical, logistical, compliance and editorial aspects of digital production are adhered to.

This is an incredibly exciting opportunity for all young people between the ages of 16-24 – with your assistance we will see young people from across the Midlands develop and nurture their ideas, work with talented professionals and then showcase their talent on a major platform!

To send in a treatment for your short film idea please visit:

Hopes & Dreams

Well done to everyone for completing a Hopes & Dreams video profile.

To begin with it can be very challenging to talk about yourself and your dreams on camera. However, with these goals in mind and a hunger to succeed that you demonstrate beyond words by constantly developing and creating they will become a reality.

Remember: Work hard. Be brave. Be kind. Show up.

These are just some of our favourites that met the brief successfully and begin to demonstrate your commitment and creativity. Again, well done. Keep it up.

BOA-TV @ Free Radio Live 2015 – Interviews

Thank you to all who applied for positions with BOA-TV @ Free Radio Live 2015.

Please find below the list of applicants who have been selected for interview and the times of each interview.

Interviews will take place on Friday 2nd October from 09.30.

Please ensure you are in BOA at least 5 minutes prior to the stated time of interview.

BOA-TV Free Radio Live interviews (Friday 2nd October 2015):

9.30 – Zoe Griffiths

9.40 – Jack Harris

9.50 – Bailey Stokes

10.00 – Georgina Twelftree

10.10 – Luke Furmage

10.20 – Grace Patterson

10.30 – Jessie Siggers

10.40 – Lauren Neil

10.50 – Sydney Hemming

11.20 – Jade Gilbert

11.30 – Emmie Morgan

11.40 – Daniel Goode

11.50 – Alice Hodgkinson

12.00 – Sam Speake

12.10 – Thomas Furzeman

BBC 1Xtra – Casual Staff Recruitment/Opportunity

Radio 1, 1Xtra and BBC Introducing are opening recruitment for the new Casual Team Assistant (entry level role).
This is an excellent opportunity of gaining some work with Radio 1 or 1Xtra or BBC Introducing. Below is an outline of the process to apply for casual pool.
Closing date for applications is on midnight on Sunday 27th September 2015.
What is the Casual Team Assistant production pool?
If you’re selected to be part of the casual team assistant production pool, you will sit on a list of available individuals that could be selected as staffing cover for shifts across Radio 1, 1Xtra or Asian Network. This pool will be held on our available staffing list for a 12 month period. As a casual member of staff there are no guarantees of work.
What is the role of a Team Assistant for Radio 1 or 1Xtra or BBC Introducing?
BBC Radio 1 aims to entertain and engage a broad range of young listeners with a distinctive mix of contemporary music and speech.
BBC Radio 1Xtra plays the best in contemporary black music, with a strong emphasis on live music and supporting new UK artists. Working closely together the stations look to connect the BBC with the next generation of young audiences and be the leading voice in young UK culture.
BBC Introducing was created in 2007 to support unsigned, undiscovered and under the radar musicians. Through the BBC Introducing Uploader, artists such as Jake Bugg, George Ezra and Royal Blood have received radio play and festival exposure. Radio 1, Radio 2, 1Xtra, 6 Music, Radio 3 and over thirty-six local BBC Introducing shows now use the Uploader to find the best new talent.
The successful candidate will be expected to have an understanding, passion and knowledge of a wide range of the music genres featured on at least one of the networks.
A Team Assistant is a key role in radio production support acting as a key point of contact between programme makers, our contributors and audiences. The role also ensures delivery of our PRS legal requirements (Performing Rights Society – Music Reporting).
What do you need to do next?
To apply please click on the link below to access the online application form:
The online application process will close at midnight on Sunday 27th September with interviews on Friday 30th October.

BFI Film Academy 2015

Following last year’s very successful BFI Film Academy where BOA students took part and made some excellent films.

The BFI Film Academy is coming to Birmingham held mainly over the October half term 26-30 October based at MAC Birmingham working with some of the regions top film makers and companies. There are bursaries available to cover fees and there are travel/support costs covered too!

We are looking for committed, talented young people between the age of 16 and 19 to be a part of this amazing opportunity delivered by The Company in partnership with mac-birmingham & Yamination Studios.  If your looking for a career in the industry this is for you!

As a BFI Film Academy participant you will get to work with film makers and take part in a series of master classes with award winning industry professionals, hear their top tips on how to get into and succeed in the film industry, get practice in developing and pitching your ideas and produce your own work.  You’ll discuss films from around the world and learn more about distribution, film-festivals and programming. All this and a chance to gain a Silver Arts Award (Level 2)!
The deadline for applications is 2 October noon …. See    FOR MORE INFO AND INFORMATION PACK or See info on the BFI website :

BOA-TV FREE RADIO LIVE 2015 – Opportunities

In partnership with Free Radio, BOA-TV will be covering the event of Free Radio Live 2015.

In order to apply for a role with BOA-TV @ Free Radio 2015 you will need to send a CV and Cover Letter addressed to Free Radio.

Within both you must exemplify why you should be hired for one of the below roles.

The roles available are:

Job Role Responsibilities Attributes Required
Production Manager Ensure compliance with regulations and codes of practice. Control production materials, equipment and supplies. Select crew and suppliers to meet production requirements Control production expenditure Monitor and control the progress of productions. Ensure your own actions reduce risks to health and safety Conduct an assessment of risks in the workplace. Develop procedures to control risks to health and safety Good communication skills Reliable with good attendance and punctuality. Self-motivated and Creative Ability to meet tight deadlines
Camera Operator Responsible to the production manager, director and supervisors. Ensure coverage of all necessary items as detailed within verbal/written brief. Responsible for all camera/broadcast equipment Contribute to good working relationships. Deliver all footage to post-production team. Reliable with good attendance and punctuality. Keen understanding of cameras and production equipment. Creative eye. Ability to adapt to filming circumstances. Ability to organise and safely use broadcast equipment. Ability to meet tight deadlines
Editor/Post-Production Supervisor Plan and schedule production and post-production activities. Work to tight deadlines. Keen understanding of editing software/some techniques. Contribute to good working relationships Ensure your own actions reduce risks to health and safety. Conduct an assessment of risks in the workplace Reliable with good attendance and puntuality Self-motivated and Creative Good communication Have a good understanding of all production process and equipment Ability to meet tight deadlines
Production Assistant/Researcher Originate and develop ideas Work to a brief Identify and negotiate copyright issues Co-ordinate Production Paperwork Assist documentary productions Assist live multi-source productions Assist music productions Assist with the delivery and promotion of the production Contribute to good working relationships Ensure your own actions reduce risks to health and safety Conduct an assessment of risks in the workplace Reliable with good attendance and puntuality Self-motivated and Creative Good communication skills Ability to meet tight deadlines

Please format correctly, print and submit to Mr Dodzo or Mr Butler.

Opportunity for young people (16-25) to attend free Channel 4 workshop on working in media

Channel 4 and MyKindaCrowd are hosting workshops across the UK throughout 2015, to promote careers within the media industry and identify hidden and/or unknown talent.

Pop Ups have taken place already in Bournemouth and Norwich, and there are more to come!

C4 Pop Ups bring together and connect a diverse range of young people aged 16-25, from different backgrounds and with varying levels of knowledge and experience. It’s an opportunity to find out more about the media industry, hear from people in your town who have gone on to do great things and get advice on how to get your foot in the door.

As the official UK broadcaster of the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games, the themes of diversity and inclusivity are central to the C4 Pop Ups and as part of the day we set Rio-inspired media challenges. Participants get to choose from a range of workshops – factual TV production, marketing, or digital, that are facilitated by Channel 4 staff, industry experts and MyKindaCrowd tutors.

Applications for the C4 Pop Up in Preston on 14 October are open now – apply here!

Take a look at what happened at the C4 Pop Up in Bournemouth here…

Check out the C4 Pop Up Hiive swarm!


Applicants can register on Channel 4’s website at

Where and when is it?

North East Wolverhampton Academy, Wolverhampton
Thursday 17 September 2015, 9am to 6pm

Twitter/Facebook: #c4popup @4talent @mykindafuture

C4 Pop Up Wolves Poster


A massive well done to all Digital Arts, Media Studies, Production Arts and Visual Arts and Design students for all their hard work in making the first ever BOA Digital Interactive Experience showcase a resounding success.

Mr Butler, Mr Walker and Mr Dodzo are proud of you all.