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Short Course
Title:           Hit the Ground Running

Date:          TUESDAY 18TH JUNE, 0900-1730
                   - followed by networking - 

Location:     Waterloo Road, Greenock 
                    Click for details of alternative Inverness based course
 ** Please forward to anyone you know who might be interested** 
  • If you want to break into film and television drama...then this is the course for you. This one day intensive training course consists of a series of practical exercises which will equip you with the knowledge, tools and experience to help you break into the industry.
  • Devised and tutored by industry professionals, the course focuses on entry level positions in drama production and specifically the role of the Runner. It's very informal and a lot of fun too. 
Who is this course for: 
  • Designed for people at the start of their career who have been trying to get a foot in the door and secure their first job, as well as those with a couple of credits looking to improve their professional practice and fill the gaps in their understanding of how it all works. 
Course Content: 
  • The structure and hierarchy of film and television drama production crews.
  • Set etiquette with general hints and tips.
  • Industry production paperwork.
  • Effective CV writing for film and television.
  • Typical pay, conditions and common work patterns within the industry.
  • Ideas of who to get in touch with and how to break into the industry.
  • Guest speakers give their perspectives on what the industry look for in new entrants.

  • Participants will be eligible to apply for a paid one week work experience placement via the new ScreenNETS: Runner Programme. Click for more information.
Previous participant comments: 
  • This course was very informative and great fun. I learned from professionals how to best present my CV, what they're looking for and what's expected from me as a runner. I was offered my first running position within two weeks – it helped me land at a sprint!  
  • A fabulous way of finding out what is involved in being a runner. It gives participants hands on experience and the chance to meet potential employers. It is full of fun and gives you a real buzz about working in the industry.
  • I genuinely found the course both inspiring and motivating. It gave me just the encouragement I needed to be able to step into my running shoes, ready for anything!  
  • Applicants should be available and actively seeking work in this field - this course is not available to full time students.
  • Applicants should be based in the Lowlands and Uplands areas of Scotland - please get in touch if you need clarification. (From the Highlands and Islands? - check out the link below to Inverness based course 5th June)
  • Priority will be given to BECTU members.
  • A full clean driving licence is advantageous. 
  • To apply simply click this link for more information and an online application. If you have any queries or would prefer a hard copy application form please email us at
  • Applications will be assessed based on suitability for the course.
  • Places are provided free of charge but subject to a late cancellation / no-show fee of £50. 
  • The deadline for applications is 09:00 Tuesday 4th June 2013.
This course is funded via a partnership of the Scottish Union Learning Fund,
European Social Fund and Shed Media Scotland.
This training is brought to you by BECTU ~ promoting Union Learning.


Our Colleagues at Screen Academy Scotland, a Creative Skillset Film & Media Academy, are holding Hit the Ground Running at the goNORTH Festival, Inverness in partnership with Screen HI.  This scheme is supported by the Creative Skillset Film Skills Fund as part of A Bigger Future 2.

Date: Wednesday 5th June 2013 09:30-17:30, followed by networking drinks
For Hit the Ground Running:goNORTH, click this link for more information and to apply.  The deadline for applications is 17:30 Tuesday 21st May 2013

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