ScreenSkills Location Manager Course in association with Sgil Cymru

Whether you work in the creative media and want to move into locations, or are working in event management or technical theatre, you may be interested in this course that Sgil Cymru are running in January 2019. This programme is supported by the ScreenSkills Film Skills Fund with contributions from UK film productions.

When is the course?
The course runs for 10 days, Monday to Friday, over 2 weeks, starting on Monday 28th of January and ending on Friday 8th of February 2019.

What is the course structure?

  • The course will be divided into three main elements of location management
  • Production Paperwork and Location Department Hierarchy
  • Practical hands-on exercises with On-Set visits (production dependant)

Who is the course tutor?
Lowri Thomas
Lowri trained as an Assistant Floor Manager and then as Production Manager at BBC Cymru Wales during the mid-80s and 90s before going on to become a freelance Location Manager, working on BBC and S4C drama and film productions. Lowri’s credits include Dr Who, Rocket’s Island, Hollyoaks and Pobol y Cwm as well as numerous commercials, low budget feature films and countless other live and recorded productions.

Lowri’s role as Project Manager for the BBC Roath Lock project involved liaising closely with productions such as Upstairs Downstairs, Dr Who and Casualty. Latterly, Lowri has worked on British and German feature films in Snowdonia and Liverpool as well as on smaller productions for American and Japanese companies.

Who are the guest speakers?
During the two weeks, the content will be delivered in collaboration with highly experienced guest speakers who will have been fully briefed on the project, and who will use their experiences of location management in feature films to guide the trainees through the learning process.

Finlay Bradbury
Finlay has worked in locations on a number of Hollywood blockbusters – location managing for Disney’s CHRISTOPHER ROBIN, THE COMMUTER featuring Liam Neeson and romantic comedy BRIDGET JONES’ BABY. He’s also scouted for locations for Tim Burton’s MISS PEREGRINE’S HOME FOR PECULIAR CHILDREN and X-MEN: FIRST CLASS, and worked on superhero hits CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE FIRST AVENGER and THE DARK KNIGHT. You can view his IMDb here.

Iwan Roberts
Iwan’s credits include Location Managing BBC One’s CASUALTY, DOCTOR WHO and KEEPING FAITH, Richard Ayoade’s SUBMARINE and the film-biopic, MR.NICE. You can view his IMDb here.

Owain Gillard
A former camera operator, Owain Gillard started his locations career at the Mid Wales office of Wales Screen. Then, after relocating to the South East office and working there for several years, he went freelance, finding work at BBC Birmingham on Father Brown and WPC56. He has since worked on productions of all shapes and sizes with recent credits including scouting on The End of the F***ing World Series 2 for Netflix / Channel 4 and War of the Worlds for Fox, and location managing on BBC Casualty and S4C’s new drama series ’35 Awr’. You can view his IMDb here.

Stephen Nicholas
Stephen is an experienced Production Designer and Supervising Art Director with twenty-three year’s experience in the Film and Television industry. His credits include Doctor Who, Torchwood, Sherlock and The Sarah Jane Adventures. He has worked on many Feature Films all over the world varying in scale and budgets including South Africa, Romania and the Isle of Man. You can view his website here.

Andy Dixon Facilities
Facilities by ADF provides serviced vehicle hire for television and film productions in the UK and Europe, specialising in on-location support for dramas and major features. With a smart, efficient hire fleet including artiste trailers and departmental trucks for costume, make-up and production, as well as diners and honeywagons.

Creative Risk Solutions
Creative Risk Solutions provide specialist advice and comprehensive insurance cover across several different industry sectors including a specialist Media Insurance team with over 30 years’ experience of providing insurance for TV, film and advertisement productions.

Lubas Medical
A provider of pre-hospital training and medical personnel which offers medical training and paramedic support. The company’s relationship with television corporations such as the BBC has developed since providing medical cover for the first series of Doctor Who and have since provided ongoing paramedic support on the sets of productions including Casualty, Torchwood, Children in Need and Upstairs Downstairs (to name a few). Other clients include NHS Wales, Cardiff City Football Club, FOX and Southampton Football Club.

More guest to be announced. Click here to see the list of guest speakers from Sgil Cymru’s Location Manager course in 2017.

How do I apply?
Send a copy of your latest CV and a short mission statement (no more than 250 words) outlining why you want to take part in the course to Applications close at 1200 on Monday 21st of January 2019.

How much does it cost?
The cost for this course has been heavily subsidised by both ScreenSkills and Sgil Cymru meaning each participant only has to pay £250 rather than £350. There is one full bursary available which will cover the entire cost of the course for one candidate. If you are interested in applying for this bursary, please ensure you include this as part of your mission statement and your reasons why.