Screen Education – mentoring and training in film and drama

The pathways

Screen Education trains tutors in its model for developing young people in drama. The model combines learning through watching, understanding and making films. As well as the core tutors, Screen Education have recruited some of the older young people from previous CashBack projects to work as trainee tutors on the projects. These are paid traineeships, not only providing work experience but also paid employment opportunities for young people from areas of deprivation.

Trainee tutors are being mentored throughout the project by Graham Fitzpatrick as part of an Artworks Scotland programme focusing on the development of their individual practice as artists in participatory settings.

4 young people from the previous group have progressed into trainee tutor roles.

Yutsil Martinez

Yutsil participated in the Cashback programme in 2011-12, and was involved in making many of the short films, particularly the Man with No Name, in which he was lead actor.

In 2012/13 Yutsil has returned as a trainee tutor. He is interested in studying film making but for some time could not access college courses because of his immigration status.

However, Yutsil has continued to be very active in film-making. Through links in the industry, Screen Education has found work experience placements for Yutsil– he has had some voluntary and some paid work experience working with a production company making commercial adverts, and has worked on a ‘Scottish Short’.

In September, The Screen Education film, ‘Man with no Name’ was nominated for The Chris Anderson Award for Best Young Filmmaker 2013 (sponsored by the National Youth film Academy). As a result, Yutsil has been awarded an acting scholarship at the National Film Youth Academy in London after picking up Best Actor award at the event.

“The project was really helpful and I gained more confidence in wanting to work in the industry, it was great to work with great professionals in the field such as Graham, Sarah and Steven. Participating in these projects and shoots has allowed me to find more opportunities and meet other filmmakers and professionals. Watching how the team works taught me that you have to be serious about it but at the same time you can have fun doing what you love the most which is filming. Sarah taught me how to keep your forms organised and keep track of budgets by keeping receipts. Graham taught me how to talk closely to an actor rather than shouting across the set at them, also helps them feel comfortable and confident while being filmed. And Steven helped on how to prepare the camera, checking adjustments and settings on the camera, DSLR filmmaking and white balancing, focus pulls and lighting.”

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