Covid-19: Screen Training Alliance

A partnership of industry based training providers with a strategic approach to the skills development of Scotland’s screen sector.

Providers of Scottish screen training have joined together to create a directory of resources for online courses and workshops available during Covid-19. This list will be updated on a weekly basis.

COVID-19 Training Resources

Introduction to Sound Design Online | NFTS Scotland

Date: Monday 31 August - Friday 4 September

Sound design is the emotional heartbeat of a film, TV show or game, combining technical skills with a passion for telling stories through sound. This course provides an introduction to the principles of sound editing and design for film and TV:

Immersive Introductory Lab Online | StoryFutures Academy in partnership with NFTS Scotland

Date: Thursday 3 September

Introductory Labs are aimed at creative professionals from adjacent fields (for example: producers, writers, directors, or commissioners from film, TV, games and other creative industries) who are new to immersive and wish to learn more about the potential of the medium, and the current state of this emerging industry:

Physical Resilience for On Set Crew | BECTU Vision

Date: Thursday 3 September

Taught by an experienced Osteopath, this 2 hour course is for on set crew who spend most of their days on their feet. The course covers techniques in preventing injury and building physical resilience:

Register Interest: Safety & COVID-19 Protocols Training Courses | BECTU Vision

Dates: To be confirmed

Over the last two months BECTU Vision been delivering safety training courses free of charge to freelance film and television professionals in Scotland.If you haven't already participated in these courses, but would like to, please register your interest to help us gauge the remaining demand.

  • Safe Management of Production - 1 day
  • Managing COVID-19 Risks on Productions - 2.5 hours
  • COVID-19 Supervisor Top-Up - 2.5 hours

Register here:

COVID Checklist | TRC Media

Date: Tuesday 8 September

A free 90 minute session covering essential legal and business information for TV and Film companies such as contracts, employment, and insurance.

The session will be delivered by Gwenda Carnie, an experienced lawyer who spent ten years at BBC Wales as Senior Legal and Business Affairs Manager.

Ideal for Producers, PMs and APs:

Archive in Contemporary Production | NFTS Scotland

Date: Monday 5 October 2020

Gain a practical insight into the use of archive in television and film production:

Developing and Pitching Masterclass and Workshop with Natalie Humphries | NFTS Scotland

Dates: Monday 5 and Monday 26 October 2020

Hone your developing and pitching skills with Natalie Humphries and improve your outcomes with buyers!

How Stories Work in Documentaries Online | NFTS Scotland

Dates: Wednesday 7 -  Friday 9 October

Learn how stories work in documentaries with Peter Dale who produced and directed documentaries for the BBC for 18 years before going to Channel 4 as Head of Documentaries:

Making the Successful Short Film Online | NFTS Scotland

Dates: Wednesday 4 - Friday 6 November

Learn how to make a short film that audiences, festivals and distributors will love:

Drama Production Management | NFTS Scotland

Dates: Monday 9 -  Saturday 14 November 2020

Introducing the principles and practice of managing a film and TV production:

Writing the TV Pilot Online | NFTS Scotland

Dates: Monday 30 November - Friday 11 December

Write the next hot TV drama with NFTS Scotland. This course offers writers and creative producers the chance to plan and write a 50-minute pilot episode of an original drama series over an intensive two-week period:

TRC Shorts: Business Affairs Training | TRC Media

Dates: September 2020 - March 2021

TRC Shorts is a series of online interactive training sessions.

Gwenda Carnie is an experienced lawyer who spent ten years at BBC Wales as Senior Legal and Business Affairs Manager. Most recently, Gwenda was Legal Counsel and Commercial Advisor for the Flame Media Group, and now runs her own training and business affairs advisory consultancy.

All of the TRC Shorts are stand-alone training sessions delivered on zoom.

  • Doing the Deal (All About Contracts)
  • Negotiation Skills
  • Copyright and Rights Clearance in the TV industry
  • Production Agreements
  • A Walkaround Co-Pro Agreements
  • A Walkaround TV Distribution Agreements
  • Scripted Development

To find out more visit TRC Shorts.

SuperSizer | TRC Media 

Dates: September 2020 - February 2021

SuperSizer is a professional development programme for ambitious Development Executives based in the Nations and Regions who want to win big, high value commissions.

The course will cover:

  • Leading Creative Teams
  • Personal Impact & Influence
  • Planning & Managing Crucial Conversations
  • Pitches & Sizzles
  • Broadcaster Intel
  • Commissioner Meetings

Normally the course cost for SuperSizer would be £470, however due to the ongoing challenges faced by the television industry, for 2020/21 we are delivering this course completely free of charge to the user. This would not be possible without the continuous support of our funders: Screen Scotland, BBC Nations and Regions and Channel 4.

We are accepting applications from Freelance and In-House Development Executives.

Freelance Application Form:

In-House Application Form:

To find out more visit SuperSizer.

Navigating the New Normal | TRC Media

Dates: October 2020 - December 2020

Navigating the New Normal is a professional development programme for Managing Directors, Business Owners and Senior Management Executives who lead indies based in the Nations and Regions.

This programme will also provide leaders of organisations in the broadcast industry with the knowledge, skills and tools to:

  • Assess the current strengths and weaknesses in their organisations
  • Identify key areas of focus
  • Build the optimal culture to achieve their objectives
  • Sustain resilience in their staff
  • Share experiences with industry colleagues
  • Work on their leadership skills and their organisations at the same time

To find out more visit Navigating the New Normal.