Trainees Sought For XpoNorth Live! - Our Festival TV Station

XpoNorth Live! 2017 Trainees Sought For XpoNorth Live! - Our Festival TV Station

Fri 24 Mar 2017

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Production Team: Monday 29th May – Friday 9th June 2017

Craft Team: Monday 5th June – Friday 9th June 2017

We are looking for you! – the next generation of RESEARCHERS, COORDINATORS, EDITORS, CAMERA OPERATORS, SOUND RECORDISTS, DATA WRANGLERS and FLOOR MANAGERS.

Want to work in TV? XpoNorth Live! is the online TV station showcasing the best of the fest's happenings with: interviews with industry speakers and filmmakers, music performances, and lots of festival craic from XpoNorth, Scotland’s Leading Creative Industries Festival. We have places for 17 enthusiastic trainees to learn the ropes in a hands-on TV Production and Craft course in Inverness in June 2017, culminating in 3 days of live broadcasting from the festival. You’ll learn all the behind-the scenes skills you need to produce your own live entertainment magazine show. You’ll also get the chance to network with commissioners, employers and freelancers currently at the top of the TV and digital broadcast industry in Scotland and beyond.

THE COURSE
We have two parts to the training, which we are looking for separate teams of trainees:

Production Team (2 weeks’ training)

Training 29th May – Friday 9th June

6 x Researchers
2 x Production Coordinators

Craft Team (1 week’s training)

Monday 5th June – Friday 9th June

4 x Camera Operators
2 x Editors
1 x Sound Recordist
1 x Floor Manager
1 x Data Wrangler

PRODUCTION TEAM APPLICANTS

We are looking for 8 trainees to work in pre-production in our live television station: 6 Researchers and 2 Production Coordinators.

Our team of skilled TV professionals have years of experience working for the BBC and in independent production companies. They will share their expertise with you and by the end of the training you will have a terrific grounding in many areas including:

  • Research skills
  • TV script writing 
  • Preparing a brief and briefing a presenter
  • Programming and scheduling
  • Managing talent
  • Live music session recording 
  • Technical operations
  • Digital editing
  • Re-versioning content for web and social media 
  • Working with crews 
  • Compliance, copyright and legal reporting

CRAFT TEAM APPLICANTS

We are looking for a full complement of crew to work on producing our live television across three days of the festival plus prep and derig/debrief:  4x Camera Operators, 2 x Editors, 1 x Sound Recordist, 1 x Floor Manager, 1 x Data Wrangler. All roles will learn the dos and don’ts of working on a live show with direction from the gallery. We have a team of industry professionals who will guide you through this exciting opportunity.

THE TIMETABLE

Monday 29th May – Saturday 3rd June >>> Production Team Training in Inverness | 9am – 6pm daily with some evening working required.  

Sunday 4th June - Production Team Day Off | Craft Team travel to Inverness

Monday 5th June - Craft Team Start

Tuesday 6th June - Set up live studio, XpoNorth Live! on air.

Wednesday 7th – Thursday 8th June - Broadcasting throughout the XpoNorth Festival

Friday 9th June - Final re-versioning, assessments and de-rig, Clear up, Finish assessments, De-Brief.

THE PRACTICALS

The Training will take place at an Inverness venue. Working days during training will be 9am - 6pm with some evening assignments. During the second week and festival working hours are likely to be longer, including evenings dictated by the nature of the content. 

All material will be the copyright of XpoNorth and will be used for the promotion and development of XpoNorth. Any use outwith this should be agreed in writing in advance. We are recording all content for our XpoNorth channel with additional documentary units doing interviews for promotion. By accepting a place on the course you agree to be part of this too. 

The cost of offering each place is over £2000 but trainees get to do the course free of charge. In return we expect you to give it your all to make the most of this fantastic opportunity. Be prepared too, to submit content contributions to our XpoNorth & ScreenHI websites and to sign up to our newsletters –xponorth.co.uk

ACCOMMODATION

We will try to accommodate participants living outwith the Inverness environs, though this is funding dependent.  All offers of accommodation will be negotiated on offer of place as a Trainee.

WHAT WE DON'T COVER

Travel to Inverness
Meals and out-of-pocket expenses.

WHAT WE NEED FROM YOU

We want enthusiastic and dedicated individuals who are willing to give this 100% commitment. You need to be available full time from 9am, Monday 29th May to Friday 9th June for Production and from midday on Monday 5th June to Friday 9th June for Craft. Please understand that if you have onerous personal commitments during this period we will not be able to offer you a place. Please do not expect to have much of a personal life during this course!

HOW TO APPLY

Please send us:

  • your current and relevant CV
  • your preferred role
  • a motivation statement as to why you’d like to take up this opportunity.

Send the above information to info@xponorth.co.uk with XpoNorth Live! 2017 in the subject line.

Please note that we do not expect you to have any previous TV experience. We want you to demonstrate a sense of curiosity (an essential quality in a researcher) and an understanding of the need to focus a broadcast interview or discussion into a topic area or areas. 

Deadline for receipt of applications is midnight on Friday 12th May 2017.

Interviews will take place by Skype or phone week beginning 15th May 2017.

You will be informed if you have a place by Friday 19th May.