Filming the Impossible: The Art of Science and Natural History | RTS Futures Careers Fair 2024

Could you make the next Life on Our Planet, The Surgeon’s Cut or A Year on Planet Earth?

Peter Leonard, Head of Directing and Producing Science and Natural History MA course at the National Film and Television School, tells all about the exciting and ever-changing world of filming science and natural history programmes at the RTS Futures Careers Fair 2024.

Peter is former Head of Development at BBC Science and has worked on films covering all manner of science from mental health to astronomy and what makes us laugh.

Channel 4, BBC and NFTS to launch new freelancer support programme

In partnership with the National Film and Television School, the programme will provide free masterclasses, workshops, training and wellbeing sessions across two weeks in October 2023.

The sessions will be delivered online to ensure it is accessible to all freelancers across the country, and will explore topics as varied as financial planning, networking and development.

Sinead Rocks, Managing Director of Nations and Regions at Channel 4, said: “The TV production sector is facing unprecedented challenges and we know that many freelancers are struggling.

Channel 4 commissions new coming-of-age series Dance School

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Created by Theresa Ikoko (Rocks) and Lisa Holdsworth (Call The Midwife), Dance School follows an eclectic group of dance students as they navigate the intense highs and lows of coming of age in today’s complex world.

Told through the eyes of the core friendship group and dance crew - Puppy, Kobby, Liam, Tim, Francesca, Tash and Nohail - Dance School captures their joyful, funny, raw and truthful stories. Heading up the LAH dance school is Jackie, a dynamic, determined, tough but passionate teacher who brings the group together.

NFTS - Cameras, Sound and Vision Mixing for Television Production

Andy Hope, course leader for the Cameras, Sound and Vision Mixing Diplomas at the NFTS, talks about this exciting area of the television industry and what the NFTS course could do for your career. Having worked in the music and television industries for 30 years, Andy’s career has spanned roles as a Music Recording Engineer, to Producer, TV Sound Supervisor and TV Director. This session was part of the RTS Futures Careers Fair 2022.

BBC announces partnership with NFTS to support UK creative sector

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The collaboration aims to increase diversity and nations and regions skills development as well as supporting small independent production companies.

At a time of intense global competition in the UK, the partnership across BBC Studios, BBC Film, BBC Scotland, BBC Wales, Children’s and Sport will aim to strengthen the BBC’s relationship with new and diverse talent.

The deal will offer 20 diverse students a scholarship scheme to support their studies, while reinforcing the off-screen diversity talent pipeline.

BT and NFTS launch broadcast engineering scholarship

BT will offer a scholarship to support a student through the Production Technology MA, a two year course which equips students with the skills required in all aspects of production technology in live and recorded environments.

This scholarship will aim to help combat the current skills deficit in the sector. After completing the masters, graduates will be invited to apply for a job at BT.

NFTS partners with RSPB for Natural History & Science MA

The partnership will include an RSPB scholarship, which will support a student through their two year MA, starting in the School’s new academic year in January 2018.

The two-year MA course will equip students with the skills required to direct science, natural history and wildlife productions and the knowledge to produce entire shows. 

The RSPB will work closely with tutors and students to inspire a new generation of filmmakers to create engaging content that elevates the charity's conservation cause, reaching new audiences through innovative student filmmaking.