We are very pleased to welcome Dermot Hickey to the board of Trustees. Dermot is an incredibly experienced and respected crew member and his contribution since the Foundation’s inception has been significant. We are excited to be working with him moving forward.
Foot in the Door 2020 went ahead in virtual form in July. Despite the ongoing situation with Covid-19 we felt strongly that students needed to be supported this year more than any other.
Competition was very strong, but Vicki Hill (University of South Wales) and Ellie Wentworth-Weedon (Northern Film School) were finally chosen for the 2020 Foot In The Door programme. Vicki has already succeeded in securing a position on a project for Hartswood Films. Last year’s successful applicants have had a great year despite the current situation. Davey has been confirmed as key camera trainee on season three of Sex Education, while Daisy will be returning to work on the next instalment of ‘Fantastic Beasts’. If you are interested in the availability of any of our trainees, please visit Mark Milsome Foundation Scholarships.
Ellie Is wearing the MMF Tee shirt & Vicki is wearing the white Tee
We have accepted an offer of an office at Pinewood studios which we hope will be up and running by the end of September. This will enable us to centralise and manage our merchandise and provide a focus for crew to drop by and discuss issues, in addition to holding meetings, having a fixed addressed, Mail room support and a Foundation phone number. More soon to Follow.
Many of the issues raised by the recent Foundations survey will be discussed during an online discussion at this year’s Edinburgh International Television Festival. The debate is being organized by Foundation member Sarah Prince and will be chaired by journalist Leaf Arbuthnot. Participants will include Foundation Chairman Kirk Jones, producer Sue Vertue, actor Rory Kinnear and Jake Edmonds, Managing Director of Media Safety. The discussion will be broadcast as a live stream on 25 August. Please see link for the live stream of the debate
The debate will be live streamed on the Edinburgh Festival web site at 14.45 Tues 25th Aug.
Please click link to view The live debate : www.thetvfestival.com
Panelists: Kirk Jones, Rory Kinnear, Sue Vertue and Jake Edmonds. Chair: Leaf Arbuthnot.
We are pleased to announce the launch of two new Classic Foundation T-shirts. A white T and a traditional black T are now available in our online store.
Click Here to purchase and stay cool this summer !
Mark Milsome stood against racism, sexism, bullying and all inequality and as a Foundation we want to show our support for George Floyd’s family and stand with #BlackLivesMatter.
We abhor racism and racial injustice and seek to be part of a thorough and long overdue change.
The Foundation Health and Safety survey is being supported and promoted by BAFTA, BECTU, EQUITY, GBCT, ASC, Stunt Register GB, ACO, ADA, The Production Guild, UK Film and TV Coordinators and Wireman Organisation. The Foundation has been invited to contribute to a talk at the Edinburgh Television Festival this summer on the subject of Health and Safety, where the findings of the survey will be discussed.
Please take a moment to fill out this short survey; and please do circulate the link to any colleagues and organisations you feel would be happy to take part:
Have your say…..
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The Film and TV Charity remains open during this difficult time. They’re working hard to support people who work in our industry.
If you’re facing financial hardship you should read the guidance provided on their website and look at all of your options, including the emergency measures put in place by some banks and HMRC, before getting in touch. If, having considered all of your options, you’re facing an urgent and immediate need for financial assistance, the charity may be able to offer one-off grants. You can complete the financial support form immediately. You don’t need to call their Support Line.
With the situation changing rapidly, it’s important to look after your mental health. Lots of people are talking about COVID-19 or coronavirus at the moment and this can make us feel even more anxious. You’re not alone. A lot of people will be feeling this way right now. You can ask for help. The charity can provide a listening ear and can also quickly refer you to trained counsellors who can provide more structured support over the phone. It’s important to stay in connected with friends and family as well.
If you’re looking for legal advice and/or emotional, or any other kind of support, you’re encouraged to use the Live Chat function on their website rather than calling, where you will reach a friendly advisor who can talk to you about your options.
When there’s a crisis, it’s good to remember that people often come together to support each other and help others out. Doing things in your community can help you to feel like you’re making a difference. As the charity supporting the UK industry in times of crisis and opportunity, The Film and TV Charity is entirely reliant on donations and welcomes individual and corporate donations from those who can afford to contribute. Please note that they’re currently unable to provide voluntary opportunities. Donate today or email their Head of Fundraising Tom.Woodward@filmtvcharity.org.uk if you’re able to give more
Photos By Edward Bishop
November 18th marks the second anniversary of Mark Milsome’s death.
The Mark Milsome Foundation would like to clarify that we do not intend to repeat Black-T-Week this year but instead ask that you consider wearing your existing Black T during this period as a sign of respect. Please feel free to post your pictures to social media.
We are incredibly grateful for your support in our first year and as a small thank you we will soon be giving away Foundation stickers and badges at locations including Panavision and Arri.
You can also contact us with your address if you are working on a production and ask for badges for the crew which will be sent to you free of charge.
To honour the second anniversary, the Foundation is launching #PrintsForMark,
A photographic project that we hope will see acclaimed Cinematographers donating high quality prints of their own personal work.
Once the collection is established (online in our virtual gallery and physically on display at a venue to be announced) we will consider auctioning some of the prints to raise funds for the Foundation, building on the idea initiated by Mark Purvis at Mission Digital
The Foundation is in the process of contacting DPs, but if you would like to submit prints for this project, please feel free to email mail us here
We thank you for your continued support.
As the Christmas season approaches, we are thrilled to announce that this year’s That’s A Wrap, the charity industry event, is being held in support of both the Mark Milsome Foundation and the mental health charity Mind, in memory of Unit Nurse Morag Webster. A huge thank you to Rawdon de Fresnes and everyone at That’s A Wrap. Please contact them HERE if you would like to purchase tickets.
As part of its commitment to make a positive contribution to overall health and safety in the film industry, the Foundation ran a trial first-aid course at the end of August. The one-day course was open to all Mark Milsome and Guild of British Camera Technicians trainees, as well as members of the Foundation. The day was a huge success and we hope to make these a regular event in the future. Huge thanks to Suzanne Stickley of First Aid Matters for running the course and to our friends at Panavision for making the day possible. We will be aiming to run another First Aid Course before the year is out.