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13 April 2011

Get your ticket to Fast Train, the biggest free training event for TV freelancers in the UK. The event takes place on Wednesday 18 May. Booking opens at 09.00 on Thursday 14 April.

Want to know how to get your shows commissioned? Fancy yourself directing a multi camera studio? Need to know how to sell your series via social media? Want to learn the secrets of great writing from developing an idea through to pre-titles tease?

Sponsored by Skillset and hosted by the BBC Academy at White City, London, on Wednesday 18 May 2011, Fast Train offers up to 500 TV freelancers the unique chance to sample a wide range of training from the industry’s leading providers.

The event promises everything you ever needed to know, and more, about getting your broadcast career on the fast track.

Short training sessions

Short training sessions will be provided by the BBC Academy, The Indie Training Fund, Think BIGGER!, DV Talent, VET, ShortCourses@NFTS, BECTU, Skills2Film, and Skillset Media Academies, with the support of many independent production companies.

Training bursaries

Skillset will be on hand to discuss their training bursaries and to guide freelancers through the application process. All attendees at Fast Train will be eligible to receive up to £1000 for training from Skillset via the TV Skills Fund. To find out more, just visit the Skillset stand on the day, or go to

Fast Train will comprise practical workshops, half-day courses and short "taster" sessions covering all aspects of production. In total there will be at least 68 different practical sessions covering career development, editing, technical, multiplatform, social media, creativity, lighting, sound and directing. Some sessions will be repeated to maximise the opportunities for all.

Industry figures

A host of key industry figures including Stuart Murphy, director of programmes, Sky Atlantic HD, Sky 1HD, 2 & Pick TV; Zai Bennett, controller of BBC3 and Richard Klein, controller of BBC4 will be holding master classes at Fast Train.

‘How To Make It As An Indie’, run by Pact, will be a practical master class for those thinking about starting their own independent production company. 

Karl Warner, commissioner Comedy Entertainment, BBC1 & BBC3 and Andrew Jackson, deputy head of features, Channel 4, will reveal the secrets for pitching and winning commissions. And the programme makers behind the hit shows of the past year will be telling all.

Want to learn how to use music creatively in your programmes? Composer Julian Hamlin (Cutting Edge, Katie Piper: My Beautiful Face) will lead a workshop to help you learn how to work with composers, understand how music can enhance your film and why music shouldn't be left to the last minute.

HD & 3D equipment

Desperate to get your hands on the latest HD and 3D cameras? Or If you’ve always fancied yourself as a presenter or wanted to break into drama, now’s your chance. Get top tips from the people in the know and hear from the industry’s finest on how they shaped their careers. The day promises something for everyone.

Kate O’Connor, executive director/deputy CEO Skillset commented:

 "Skillset is delighted to be partnering with the BBC on this unique event. The Open Day is a fantastic opportunity for freelancers to come into direct contact with the broad range of training providers and hear about funding opportunities that are out there for them, but perhaps they were not aware of.”

Carla Mitchell, chair of MITA added:

“MITA welcomes this breakthrough occasion where the industry training providers are coming together to showcase the wealth of training that is available to TV freelancers.”

Register for Fast Train from 09.00 on Thursday 14 April 2011 at where full details of the programme and the event location address are provided.

NB: The minimum entry requirement is two years working in the broadcast industry and/or three broadcast credits. Applicants must be employed on short term or freelance contracts.


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