Andrew Creak, a USW graduate, is working as a Screen Alliance Wales trainee on His Dark Materials
between Screen Alliance Wales (SAW) and the University of South Wales (USW) is
giving the next generation of film makers first-hand experience of working on
high-end television productions in South Wales.
A group of 11
USW students and graduates are working as SAW trainees on Bad Wolf productions
in Cardiff. This includes the Lena Dunham directed HBO drama ‘Industry’, the
second series of Sky One’s popular drama `A Discovery of Witches’, and the
second series of ‘His Dark Materials’ – the first series will be airing on the
BBC and HBO this autumn.
They have a
range of roles, from production assistants and sound technicians, to working in
the prop store.
age 22, from Caerphilly graduated in BA Film from USW this summer. He is
currently working as a Production Assistant Trainee on His Dark Materials,
after impressing on a two-week work experience placement during his course.
He said: “This
traineeship has been a great way for me to develop my production skills and
learn so much about the industry. I’ve always been interested in working behind
the scenes on big productions.
of working on small student productions while studying has taught me a lot, and
it’s been great to expand during this traineeship.”
completes the traineeship, he will be going on to study MA Film (Directing) at
first year of the partnership between SAW and USW, 49 students have been on
work shadowing placements and 30 students have been employed in paid positions.
A further 400
USW students have toured the Bad Wolf studios to see behind the scenes of
productions, and Screen Alliance Wales have helped to deliver several
masterclasses at the University.
Director in Production and Performance in the Faculty of Creative Industries,
at the University of South Wales, said: “One of our main roles is to give those
who study with us, the chance to immerse themselves in their chosen career and
to learn the practical skills needed to succeed. The partnership with Screen
Alliance Wales is helping our students and graduates to gain that experience,
working on high quality productions here in South Wales, and making invaluable
industry connections. The partnership also enables us to maintain good working
relationships with industry and evolve our teaching so that we respond to their
Dowzell, Managing Director of Screen Alliance Wales, said: “The partnership with University of South
Wales at their Faculty of Creative Industries has been instrumental to us in
order to access graduates of the highest quality to work across the various
departments. We’ve already taken on several graduates in animation, design and
coding to work on our latest productions and with the university’s support have
launched a Screen Alliance Wales portal, which promotes the wide range of
skills, services and facilities available here in Wales, including a crew and