Magazine article Screen International

Signature, Job Centre, UnLtd Team on Shorts Trainee Scheme

Magazine article Screen International

Signature, Job Centre, UnLtd Team on Shorts Trainee Scheme

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Scheme gives unemployed experience of working in film production, first film screens Monday.

Employment minister Esther McVey will be among the guests at the ICA on Monday for the premiere of a new short film produced by Signature Pictures, the Job Centre and social enterprise UnLtd.

London-set short film Belle, a psychological drama about a complicated mother-daughter relationship, is the first film produced by Signature Pictures as part of Future Film, a scheme to give unemployed youth experience of working in film.

The scheme sees young adults selected from job centres to shadow heads of department on a production budgeted around £10,000.

Backed by social enterprise outfit UnLtd, the initiative is the brainchild of Signature's Jon Max Spatz, writer, producer and director of Belle.

Signature aims to produce a further four shorts using the same structure this year and will next head to other parts of the UK with high youth unemployment. Trainees are unpaid but have travel, expenses and accommodation covered.

Heads of department have varying levels of experience. Belle's production designer Rebecca Milton most recently worked on Morten Tyldum's thriller The Imitation Game, starring Keira Knightley and Benedict Cumberbatch, while experienced gaffer Ray Cooke was an electrician on Ken Branagh's studio production Cinderella.

While Spatz has not heard back from all 13 participants, there has been very positive feedback from some.

Trainee director Guy Larsen said: "The shoot days went brilliantly. Having an entire 'trainee crew' on set meant developing links with people at the same stage as myself. …

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