Nov 06th 2019

Supporting the next generation of production talent

For over three years we’ve worked in partnership with University of Birmingham to provide work placements for those studying their Masters degree in Film and Television: Research and Production. 

The placements give students an invaluable hands-on experience. The role given to placement students is similar to our entry-level Production Assistant role, with additional opportunities to both film and edit. 

During the placement students gain training on lighting, sound, editing, camerawork, scripts and production processes. This rounded experience gives people early on in their careers a taste of what they might be good at, and equally exposes them to the reality of a career in production and whether it is the right fit.

Why do we work with University of Birmingham?

Our Head of Operations, Scott Billing graduated with his Masters from this Uni, and saw the value of the work placement as part of the degree course.  

We’ve had the cream of the crop. Several of our current production team are course alumni.  

The placement students who work with us bring diversity and fresh thinking. We’ve had students from all over the world – the USA, China and more recently Romania. 

Social media video production

We visit the Uni once a year to meet the students and explain the opportunities out there for social media video production as a viable career option. 

Scott talks about his career path from working on YouTube Channels to TV production for programmes such as GoggleBox, Come Dine with Me and Four in a Bed. Scott shares his personal experiences and details of his current role at Electric House to inspire future talent and encourage applications into our work placement programme. 

Scott’s top tips for a career in video production

1. Be proactive and gain as much experience as possible. It’s a competitive industry, so you’ve got to put yourself out there.

2. Consider vlogging, making YouTube videos and volunteering to create video for local projects. Any opportunities out there that allow you to show your passion. 

3. Build a network of like minded people and stay in touch with those you meet along the way. 

4. Production isn’t a 9-5 job, shoots often have long hours, and you’ll need to spend this time with others who you may not know well. You need a strong work ethic and great interpersonal skills.                                                                                                   

5. There are many times where you will be required to be both tactful and diplomatic, both with the ‘talent’ you are filming and others you are working with.  

For more information or to apply for a role in our Production team get in touch – careers@electrichouse.co.uk.