MMF Trainee Availability
Our trainees are available for work should you be seeking a Camera Trainee for your current or future TV /Film production. For enquiries and availability please contact Sarah Prince at PrinceStone on 020 8883 1616 or Email Sarah.
Foot in the Door
The Mark Milsome Foundation’s mentorship programme invites CILECT Film and Television schools in the UK who offer BA programmes to nominate two graduating students who have a genuine and passionate interest in the camera department to be considered for a one-year mentorship programme that helps bridge the gap between full-time education and employment in the film and television industry.
The foundation is keen to clarify that this is not an easy pass or fast track; it is an opportunity for students who may not otherwise have the opportunity, to access training, work experience and mentorship.
The next Foot In The Door application process will start January 2023.
We are delighted that Operators Peter Robertson, ACO and James Layton, ACO and 2nd AC Jack Plumridge have agreed to act as mentors to our trainees this year. We are so grateful to them for providing their time, advice and expertise, which will be invaluable. If you are interested in becoming a mentor yourself, please get in touch via our contact page.
The Foot in the Door programme is reliant on the support of the film and tv industry to provide work experience, career opportunities, training and mentorship for our trainees. We would like to thank the following companies and individuals for their contribution and involvement:
Guild of British Camera Technicians
This year, we would like to thank the following individuals:
Our Foot in the Door trainees have worked on a large number of film and tv productions including:
Dracula (Hartswood Films/BBC)
Dreamhorse (Film4/Film Cymru Wales)
Fantastic Beasts: the Secrets of Dumbledore (Warner Bros)
His Dark Materials (BBC)
House of the Dragon (HBO)
Jamie Johnson (CBBC)
Masters of the Air (Apple TV)
Our Man from Jersey (Netflix)
The Power (Closest to the Hole/Amazon)
The Pursuit of Love (BBC)
Roald & Beatrix: the Tail of the Curious Mouse (Hartswood Films)
The Sandman (Netflix)
Sex Education (BBC)
The Winter King (Bad Wolf/Sony)
Every year on Mark’s birthday, the Foundation gives a gift of £2,000 to an individual that we believe Mark would have wanted to support. This year’s gift went to Armand Daniaud, a recent graduate from Glasgow University for his film project, November. Mark was an inspiration to Armand, and the reason that he went to film school.
MMF and GBCT Health and Safety Training
The Mark Milsome Foundation in Association with Media Safety delivers a free, certified, face to face, Health and Safety course to all GBCT Finalists who are chosen for the GBCT one week training course (Approx 18). This ensures that not only all GBCT Trainees are certified in Health and Safety before setting foot on set but additionally that all finalists benefit from the additional qualifications to take forward as they make their way in the Film and Television Industry. The Mark Milsome Foundation is committed to not only helping deserving young people have opportunities in the industry but also make sure that industry is safe.
The GBCT programme takes place every two years. More information can be found on their website at, GBCT Website
Foot on the Ladder
In the first two years the Foundation has helped young people outside of the ‘Foot In The Door’ programme as detailed below, we call this ‘Foot On The Ladder’ and as the title suggests we very much hope it becomes a page to inspire others and to offer genuine opportunities within the industry.
Shortly before Mark went to Ghana he decided to offer Cian Strain the role of his new trainee. Mark and Cian were emailing up until the weekend of Mark’s death, making arrangements to catch up on Mark’s return. After the accident Mark’s wife, Andra explained the situation and we have tried to help Cian and honour the faith Mark had in him. Cian is based in Ireland and has worked in TV and had experience on some commercials. He has been helped specifically by Helen Hayden, Dublin based producer and has received excellent references and recommendations confirming that Mark’s instinct about him was accurate. If any Irish based productions are looking for a trainee we would encourage you to contact us for Cian’s details.
Jake initially applied for the ‘Foot In The Door’ scheme in 2019. He impressed the panel of eight Foundation members but wasn’t successful in making the final selection process. At that time he was shooting a film every two weeks with a team of friends and fellow film makers. He delivered examples of his work that impressed the panel with enthusiasm and a work ethic that was impossible to ignore. The Foundation has enjoyed a strong relationship with Mark Purvis at Mission Digital and Mark agreed to offer Jake work experience. Mark soon offered Jake a permanent job and the Foundation helped him financially by covering an initial period of rent as he moved to London and set up home. Jake recently moved to Missions new Shepperton base and reports that he is thrilled with the opportunity and grateful for Mission for the offer of full time employment. Jake was also awarded the first ‘Mark’s Gift’ an award made to a young person each year on Mark’s birthday.
Fabian Wagner Camera Trainee opportunity
Fabian was one of Mark’s favourite DP’s and he is offering an opportunity that we feel belongs on the Foot On The Ladder page as much as any. Fabian has been helping young people enter the industry for 10 years with his involvement at BAFTA and the ASC and he has decided to offer his own opportunity on his next project. He is offering a paid 2-3 week opportunity for a camera trainee person. This is an exciting opportunity for anyone who would like to get some on set experience and take their first steps in the camera department. The shoot will be London based so applicants must have their own accommodation and transport to set each day. If you are interested please email your CV to Fabian at firstname.lastname@example.org No prior experience is required but this is specifically for those with a passion for cinematography. Traineeships will start from April 2021.
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