Exploring Film Careers with Film City Futures in Glasgow

13 Mar 2020

6 mins
Into Film Careers Event at Film City Glasgow
Into Film Careers Event at Film City Glasgow

To help mark National Careers Week 2020, we recently partnered with Film City Futures to host a careers event at Film City Glasgow,  where five industry guest speakers spoke to pupils from local school Pirie Park Primary. The young people present got the chance to learn about careers in animation, sound design, directing, script writing and even how to become a food stylist!

The five guest speakers included Eleanor Stewart, who runs Clubhouse Animations, the only Stop Motion Animation Studio in Scotland; award-winning director Peter Mackie Burns; Philippe Avril a food stylist who has worked on TV series Outlander; sound recordist Dorothy Claire Le Grove; and writer/director Paul Black.

I enjoyed learning about Eleanor and her job as an animator, as I also enjoy making crafts, and I never realised that could be a job in the film industry.

Bertilda, aged 10, Pirie Park Primary

During the event, the guest speakers spoke about their role in the film industry, explaining what inspired them to work in film and how the young people present could set about forging their own paths into the industry. The young attendees then had the opportunity to ask questions of their own and engage with film industry roles by trying their hand at several activities, from learning how to hold a boom microphone correctly to finding out how to create characters in an animated film.

"We took our Primary 6 class along to Film City, and the kids responded really well to it." said David Singer, a teacher at Pirie Park Primary. "The reason why we were particularly interested in this trip is because it provides knowledge for children who want to pursue a career in film and shows them the breadth of experiences required to work within the film industry. It gives them an understanding of the various skills needed from directors, script-writing and the sound production element of it."

We were delighted to partner with Film City Futures on this event, and would like to thank them for their support and involvement. We hope the event helped to raise the aspirations of the young people of Glasgow, and discover that a career in the film industry is possible for them.

It was hugely enjoyable to share my experiences of working in animation with the local children. Their enthusiasm and curiosity was a joy to see.

Eleanor Stewart, Clubhouse Animation

New Careers Resources

In case you missed it, during National Careers Week 2020 we launched some brand new careers resources as well as revamping some of our existing ones to help you demonstrate to your learnbers the direct links between the curriculum and the myriad jobs within the film industry. 

These resources are aimed at 7-14-year-olds and link to many areas of the curriculum. Our brand new resources detail how careers in film can be linked to learning in geography, science and design & technology, while our existing careers resources focused on English/literacy, maths, PSHE, art and design, and P.E. have all had a revamp to make them even more relevant and engaging.

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