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Become a Citizen TV Maker in 2022

If developing filmmaking skills or testing your existing skills while making an impact is of interest, then this is definitely for you.

The charity produces programmes, shows, shorts and feature films for public benefit. To help make this possible, it provides part-time training for volunteers aged 16-25 interested in exploring ideas and using film, video and TV to get a message across.

With the relaxation of restrictions, our Citizen TV making packages now combine online sessions via zoom, with face-to-face camera training to get to know our equipment and practical shoots for actual programmes, shows and films. The training component of these volunteer packages is free, thanks to support from the Jack Petchey Foundation and friends of the charity.

Everyone interested needs to complete the simple application form at the bottom of this web page, no one is turned away and no previous skills are required. The next package with spaces available is detailed below.

Media-Makers Summer Package

Thursday 30th June via Zoom 7.30pm-9pm: Become a part-time Citizen TV volunteer Introductory Event. Meet the team and the new crew, discuss what we do, what the new package involves and decide if it’s for you.

Monday 4th July 7.30pm via Zoom: Content Matters. In this online brainstorming session, we’ll discuss challenging ideas and plans for a programme, show or short film that volunteers will shoot in the weeks ahead as well as ideas for a full-on feature documentary. Solidarity and sovereignty are two themes suggested by volunteers that may be good to explore through film making.

Thursday 7th July 7.30pm via Zoom: Fundraising Event Organisation. Ukrainian refugees, Hleb and Vladlena, will be the charity’s first two paid interns thanks to our Sadhvi Sharma Memorial Scholarship Fund and we want to throw them a welcome party, as well as raise more much needed funds. In this discussion, we’ll look at budgeting and cook up some new creative ideas to help fund WORLDwrite’s volunteer productions as well as make this party happen.

Tuesday 12th July 7.30pm via Zoom:  Shooting from Home. Shooting with your mobile or recording with a webcam became a mainstay during lockdown and it has its uses beyond that too. Some great films have been made on smart phones alone. In this session, we’ll look at how to get the best out of your mobile or webcam for forthcoming programmes. From teleprompters to interviews to better audio to the best B roll, a workshop on what is possible, with tips for everyone to start shooting.

Tuesday 19th July 7.30pm via Zoom: Footage Review. We’ll examine footage shot by volunteers and discuss what works, what doesn’t and finalise what’s needed for the programme or short film we’re planning.

Friday 22nd July: Fundraising Event & Party Preparation day. Whether you are helping set up our outdoor film-screen, baking a welcome cake or doing a fundraising Couch-to-5K, today’s the day we get busy. We’ll ask everyone to put in an hour or two from home or at our centre.

Saturday 23nd July 3pm: Welcome Party & Screenings. Celebration time! The WORLDwrite Centre will open its doors to friends of the charity and volunteers so that they can meet and welcome Ukrainian refugee interns, Hleb and Vladlena, as well as watch all the films we have made this year.

Thursday 28th July 7.30pm via Zoom: Refining Content & Shoot Preparation. At this meeting, we will be refining ideas for content and logistics for the train & shoot weekends so we are all ready to roll.

Saturday & Sunday 30th & 31st July or Saturday & Sunday 6th & 7th August 10am-5pm: Face-To-Face Train & Shoot. Participants will need to attend ONE of these weekends. The following sessions involve camera training at the WORLDwrite Centre in East London on Saturday, in preparation for an actual shoot on Sunday to create the programme, show, spoofs or short film discussed.

Saturday: This is a daylong hands-on workshop to get to know the basics of working with WORLDwrite’s cameras, sound kit & lighting ready to shoot the next day. This will take place at the WORLDwrite Centre in East London. Whether you have never picked up a camera or are a seasoned film-maker you will need to know WORLDwrite’s kit to shoot with us.

Sunday: The second day will involve shooting a show, short film, view on the streets or even a spoof in your crew.

Refreshments will be provided and travel costs to location shoots covered, on all train & shoot weekends. If you cannot attend these face-to face sessions due to restrictions or circumstances, you can still take part online and shoot from home.

Thursday 4th August 7.30 pm via Zoom: How to get the world to watch. Making a film is one thing, getting the world to watch is in some ways an even greater undertaking. Mainstream media have huge budgets and marketing departments, we have creative volunteers and aspirations. We’ll discuss what’s possible.

Tuesday 9th August 7.30 pm via Zoom: The final review, promotion and evaluation Via Zoom. What have we created? What can we do with it? What could we do better? In this discussion, we’ll mull over what we’ve achieved and discuss ways to get our creation more viewings.

Read on to apply

We do not want you to send us CVs, we do need to know you understand that this is voluntary work. This package is for people interested in producing Citizen TV programmes and films and it is the content and ideas that matter. We welcome newcomers to the UK, you don’t need any film skills at all and we won’t judge you on your English. We cover a huge range of issues but as an education charity, we do have some basic principles which we promote on our channel WORLDbytes and through the documentaries we make.

We believe in:

  • Democracy for all and the more direct the better
  • Economic growth & serious development for all globally
  • Challenging all forms of prejudice, anti-democratic and anti-human trends
  • Freedom of speech and advancing civil liberties
  • Challenging distrust, fear and intervention in everyday life
  • Supporting our peers globally managing their own affairs without foreign intervention
  • Advancing new knowledge, ideas and critical thinking
  • Global equality and equal rights for all

To take part in the next part-time package, complete the simple application form below and confirm you can attend the introductory session.

Places fill up very fast, so don’t delay!

Apply for free Citizen TV training

Please watch the short WORLDbytes film clips below to give you an idea of the type of programmes we make and then complete the simple application form in full. Application forms with no comments on the videos indicated, will not be accepted. Once you have submitted your form we will be in touch to confirm your place and provide you with the Zoom link for the introductory evening.