New Creatives Announced!

Calling the Shots are incredibly excited to be running the Arts Council England and BBC Arts backed New Creatives project for the South West region. This new talent development scheme will give artists aged 16-30 from a range of backgrounds the chance to have their work commissioned for BBC platforms, with a particular focus on those underrepresented in the arts. Providing opportunities for young artists to develop professional and creative skills, the programme will encourage them to push creative boundaries, reach new audiences and reflect their experiences of living in Britain today.

We’ll be working with partner organisations across the region including Somerset Film (Bridgwater), Kaleider (Exeter), Create Studios (Swindon), Screen Cornwall (Redruth) and Watershed (Bristol).

We will be opening applications for submissions in April 2019, find out more over at our New Creatives page

Sign up to our New Creatives e-newsletter here.

BFI Animation Camp – Getting ready!

Just three weeks to go before our sixth annual BFI Film Academy Animation Camp!

We have recruited our 25 budding animation industry entrants who will be spending a week in February with us at beautiful Barton Camp in the Mendips, living and breathing animation.

Over the course of the week they will be trying out a range of classic animation techniques including pixilation, sand animation, lip-syncing and hand drawn production as well as learning about the fundamental principles of creating the illusion of life in an inanimate object or drawing.

Check back soon for news, photos and films from the camp.
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Exciting new Technical Coordinator role at CTS!

CTS are looking for a Technical Coordinator with experience in film and creative media production.

Their role will be to support the company’s production and post-production activities, and in particular to liaise with our stakeholders and partners on New Creatives, a project that will see the production of film, audio and immersive content for the BBC in partnership with Arts Council England, made by filmmakers aged 16-30.  The Technical Coordinator will also work on the company’s on-going production slate.

CTS is striving to be an equal opportunities employer and positively encourages applications from potential colleagues of all backgrounds, abilities, identities and cultures.
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BFI Animation Camp 2019 confirmed!

Calling the Shots are pleased to announce that applications for our annual animation camp on behalf of the British Film Institute will open in September.

The six-day residential course will take place at Barton camp from Saturday, 16th until Friday 22nd February, 2019.

The BFI Film Academy animation camp is open to all young people aged 16-19 with a passion for animation.

Find Out more here

Random Acts 2015-2018

Our work here is done!

The fantastic journey that was Random Acts 2015-2018 came to an end in April.

Random Acts First Acts was a groundbreaking partnership between Arts Council England, Channel 4 and five agencies across the nation, including Calling the Shots in the South West.  The three years saw 72 short films made by film makers aged 16-24 years.  The results were startling with training, mentoring and continuing professional development and an array of exhbition and bursary opportunities for the successful artists involved.

You can watch some of the films on the Random Acts website and read more about the scheme on our archived page.

For more information contact Steve or Jeremy: info@callingtheshots.co.uk

We’re hiring a Production Coordinator!

CTS is looking for an Production Coordinator with at least 2-3 years experience in television or film production, or a similar role involving high levels of coordination and organisation. Their role will be to support all the company’s activities, and in particular to ensure the delivery of Random Acts, a series of short films for Channel 4, made by filmmakers aged 16-24. The Production Coordinator will also work on the company’s on-going slate of corporate, educational and heritage projects.
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