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Work Placement Programme with TV3 Soap RED ROCK

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Work Placement Programme with TV3 Soap RED ROCK

Thursday, August 20, 2015 

Work Placement Programme with TV3 Soap RED ROCK

Are you interested in a career in the film & TV industry? Would you like to gain on the job experience on the set of a real life TV drama?

This could be the opportunity for you!

Screen Training Ireland/The Irish Film Board, The Broadcasting Authority of Ireland and TV3’s RED ROCK drama series have joined forces to offer a select number of people the opportunity to secure a paid work placement on the drama as it goes into production for its second season.

These placements, each six weeks in duration, will take place throughout the shoot of RED ROCK Series 2. The RED ROCK Training Scheme will offer you the opportunity to join the RED ROCK team and gain skills and experience in many of the key production departments, enabling you to take further steps in the film and television industry.

Placements will be available in departments/areas such as:

  • Locations
  • Continuity
  • Costume/Wardrobe
  • Hair/Make-Up
  • Props
  • Post Production
To raise awareness about the programme, a special FREE open day event will be held on Saturday 19th September 2015 at John Player's Factory, South Circular Road, Dublin 8.

Deadline for applications to Open Day:  Monday 7th September 2015.

The open day will accept up to 100 people and is ideally suited for new entrants to the labour market, graduates, and those seeking exciting new career opportunities.

The open day will give you the opportunity to hear from some of the industry’s most experienced professionals and heads of departments about how RED ROCK is made, how the set works and about the different aspects of production.

What you can expect:

  • Introduction to the Film & TV industry
  • Who’s who: An overview of departments and roles and responsibilities in film & TV
  • The film set: A guided tour of the RED ROCK set
  • Working on set: Collaboration, Communication and Set Etiquette
  • Safety on Set: The principles of risk assessment and safety in film & TV

Following this orientation, participants on the open day can choose to apply for a six-week, paid work placement with RED ROCK, during which time they will learn essential skills in key departments.

For more information and to register for this free event click here.

The CareersPortal Team