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New Free Citizen TV Training Package Online

The charity is currently running a part-time training package for 16-25 year olds interested in film, video, TV, journalism and the creative industries. It started in early February and the sessions are available to view here.

The next new package will take place over the Easter holidays from Tuesday 6th April to Sunday 18th April.  The package will combine online sessions via zoom, and (if the charity is allowed to open its centre in Hackney, London E5) face to face camera training and shoots with all equipment provided. This volunteer training package is free, thanks to support from the Jack Petchey Foundation and friends of the charity.

Everyone interested needs to complete the simple application below, no one is turned away and no previous skills are required. Everyone interested will need to attend an introductory event to take part in this package and become part of the crew at 7.30pm on Wednesday 31st March.

Aside from the online sessions, participants will be encouraged to carry out further tasks from home. Extra sessions will be arranged throughout the package to develop ideas, shoot material or discuss progress as needed. A zoom link for the introductory event will be sent to everyone who applies.

Making Citizen TV – Easter Holiday Package

The ten sessions, which are outlined below, in this Easter holiday package mainly take place in the evening and over the weekend. This is to ensure everyone who has a holiday job, family commitments and school, college or university work to do, can attend. Sessions will, on average, last for up to 2 hours. The package will culminate in a weekend of shooting and produce programmes for which everyone will be credited.

Wednesday 31st March 7.30pm Citizen TV Makers 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.

Tuesday 6th April 7.30pm Digital promotion & fundraising brainstorm

Mainstream TV and major movie makers spend millions on marketing-we’ll work together on ways to win an audience with no budget. We’ll ask everyone to do their bit too with a fundraising brainstorm. Even no budget TV and film making has costs. We’ll cook up some creative ideas to keep the charity afloat and arrange take home tasks for everyone to pursue.

Wednesday 7th April 7.30pm The making of a crowd-filmed documentary

This workshop with a film Director, will focus on one of the charity’s award-winning documentaries, some contributors who feature may also attend. Film options will be presented and voted for at the introductory event and links to the film online will be emailed to all participants, to watch it, prior to this discussion.

Thursday 8th April 7.30pm Production ideas-a brainstorming workshop

Every film, video, news report or article starts with some creative thinking. During this session we will work out ideas to complete projects in production or develop new programmes and discuss shooting arrangements.

Sunday 11th April 3pm Know your cameras and kit

You may not be able to get your hands on film gear while Covid restrictions apply, but you can still get in the know and learn a lot online. This is an interactive workshop with camera professionals on HD cameras, DSLR’s, 4K cameras, sound kit & lighting.

Monday 12th April 7.30pm Shooting from home

How to get the best out of your mobile or laptop and webcam. From teleprompters to interviews, a workshop on what is possible without the great gear, with tips for everyone to have a go and start shooting for the programme ideas discussed.

Wednesday 14th April 7.30pm A day in the life of a media professional

A chance to find out from a panel of media professionals what their job involves and what they do. Guests from the film, TV and print media industries will give you an overview, let you in on what’s possible, share their top tips on getting a foot in the door and answer questions.

Thursday 15th April 7.30pm Shoot plans, crews and production schedules

A discussion and meet up to finalise crew ‘bubbles’, shooting plans, the schedule and preparation for the weekend. Everyone will form small crews and select a 3 hour slot on either Saturday OR Sunday to have a brief 4k lesson and shoot pieces to camera in the WORLDwrite studio complete with autocue and bluescreen.

Saturday 17th April Camera training & studio shoot in small crews

If we are allowed to open, we’ll have face to face sessions with all WORLDwrite’s film equipment and shoot for a programme in the studio at the WORLDwrite Centre in Hackney, London E5. Small crews will come to the centre for a 3hour slot to train and shoot. Everyone will need to help with cleaning between groups to keep the Centre Covid secure. If we are unable to open, we will come up with an online show everyone can contribute to.

Sunday 18th April Camera training & studio shoot in small crews

This will be a continuation from Saturday with further 3hour slots for small crews. Crews will only be able to attend  one 3hour slot over the weekend.

Monday 19th 7.30pm Evaluation meet up and discussion on what’s next

How did it go? What have we created? What could we do better? In this end of package discussion we’ll mull over what we’ve achieved, discuss future plans, further ideas and future shoots for everyone interested.

Read on to apply.

We do not want you to send us CVs, we do need to know you understand that this is Citizen TV 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 news 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.