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

Virtual Classroom Essentials for the Screen Sector with John Kilroy | NFTS Scotland
Date: Monday 25 and Friday 29 May, 10am - 12pm
Transition your existing training to virtual delivery:

FOCUS ON: Film Tax Relief | FOCUS

Date: Wednesday 27 May, 1 - 2pm

Samuel Ampah from Alliotts discusses the UK's Film Tax Relief and explains how it can benefit production companies:

Where do documentary ideas come from?: Online | NFTS Scotland

Date: 27 May 2020

Learn to develop and refine your documentary ideas with Peter Dale:

How to Pitch a Documentary 1: Online | NFTS Scotland

Date: 28 May 2020

In any pitch there are simple principles at work. This one day course, aimed at new and emerging practitioners,  will give you a good grasp of what they are:

Reference and CG with Andrew Schlüssel | NFTS Scotland

Date: Thursday 28 May (10am - 12pm)

Andrew talks about the importance of using reference material when creating artwork in CG, specifically in reference to visual effects and animation:

Networking & Social Media skills | BECTU Vision

Date: Thursday 28 May 2020 (11am - 12.15pm)

Freelancers know how important professional connections are, although few are confident with networking or know how to build social networks online. This bitesize workshop will equip you with tools and tricks to help you navigate networking and how to use social media effectively for work:

Mental Health Awareness | BECTU Vision

Date: Thursday 29 May 2020 (09.30am - 1pm)

This bitesize course will enable participants to gain an understanding of mental health conditions, how to notice the signs of mental illness and will provide signposts to sources of help:

How to Pitch a Documentary 2: Online | NFTS Scotland

Date: 29 May 2020

In any pitch there are simple principles at work. This one day course, aimed at practitioners with experience will give you a good grasp of what they are:

Making the Successful Short Film: Online | NFTS Scotland

Date: 1 - 3 June 2020

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

Personal Cyber Security | BECTU Vision

Date: Wednesday 3 June 2020 (10 - 11.30am)

It seems like every day there is a story in the news about a company being attacked by a hacker, or someone’s personal details being stolen. In this workshop, you'll learn about the most common cyber security attacks, but more importantly how to take steps to protect yourself:

Introduction to Freelance Finances | BECTU Vision

Date: Thursday 4 June 2020 (11am - 12.15pm)

The majority of film and television practitioners work as freelancers on short contracts and are therefore responsible for all their own financial and business management. This bitesize course will cover the key need-to-know information about how to manage the business side of your freelance career in the film and television industry:

Making the Successful Micro-Budget Feature Film: Online |  NFTS Scotland

Date: 4 - 6 June 2020

Learn how to turn your script into a feature film and get it released in the cinema, with micro-budget master, Col Spector:

Rethinking Stress | BECTU Vision

Date: Friday 5 June 2020 (10am - 12pm)

Stress is inevitable in high performance environments like the film and television industry. Building a positive stress mindset can support us to re-think our relationship with stress.  This session is for people working in film and television who feel they are negatively impacted by their stress levels:

Edit Producing: Online | NFTS Scotland

Date: 8 - 11 June 2020

Learn to edit unscripted and Specialist Factual TV:

Budgeting Basics | BECTU Vision

Date: Wednesday 10 June 2020 (10 - 11.30am)

Budgets can be scary to create, manage and navigate through. This session has been designed for anyone who is new to creating and managing budgets:

Equality, Inclusion and Unconscious Bias | BECTU Vision

Date: Thursday 11 June 2020 (10 - 11.30am)

Diversity matters and across every industry there's proof that it is also great for business. This bitesize interactive session equip you with resources to promote inclusion and a fairer workplace for all and to start levelling the playing field:

Looking After Your Team - Bitesize | BECTU Vision

Date: Friday 12 June 2020 (10 - 11.30am)

This interactive session is all about good practice in the workplace and is for anyone who supervises or manages others.  Attendees will come away empowered to manage others effectively and better support workers in their department:

Introduction to VFX: Online | NFTS Scotland

Date: Monday 15 - 19 June 2020

In this short five-day course, Andrew Schlüssel, Global Talent Development Manager for Framestore, introduces you to the world of visual effects, how to make them and how they are used in film and television. It is an introduction to the visual effects pipeline through hands-on creation… of a hand!

Sustainable Resilience for Freelancers | BECTU Vision

Date: Friday 19 June 2020 (10am - 12pm)

Develop an understanding of psychological and physical resilience and how to build it in your work and home life:

Post-Production Demystified: Online | NFTS Scotland

Date: 7 - 8 July 2020

Understand the processes involved in post-producing film, TV and media content: