BAFTA Crew is an active UK wide initiative that brings together a professional network of industry talent working in film and TV.
This year, BAFTA Crew is expanding to the capital, welcoming applicants from London as well as Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland and the English regions to join the networking and skills development programme, now in its third year. We’re looking for up to 300 of the brightest ‘below the line’ crew talent – whether camera, art department, sound, costume, post-production (VFX and editing), hair and make-up or production management across the UK, connecting talented crew across the country to each other, and BAFTA-winning colleagues.
The joining fee is just £25 for new Crew members and £15 for returning BAFTA Crew participants, giving you access to a range of benefits, including:
- access to live masterclasses with some of the film industry’s most established HoDs, drawn from a pool of major BAFTA winners and nominees
- a series of interactive live streamed Q&As, with BAFTA-nominees, focusing on a range of craft and technical subjects
- online social networking for BAFTA Crew members
- a series of bespoke networking events for BAFTA Crew members and local industry, run in partnership with Creative England in the English regions and at BAFTA 195 Piccadilly in London
Masterclasses will focus on feature and high end TV drama. BAFTA Crew is open to professionals with experience in broadcast or feature film, including factual scripted and long-running drama, with main team credits in your department. Last year’s masterclasses featured BAFTA-nominated talent such as multi-BAFTA and Oscar-winning Cinematographer Chris Menges (The Killing Fields), BAFTA-nominated Costume Designer Sammy Sheldon (The Imitation Game), BAFTA and Oscar-nominated Production Designer Andy Nicholson (Gravity) and BAFTA and Oscar-winning Make-Up artist Frances Hannon (The Grand Budapest Hotel). Click here to catch up on last year’s BAFTA Crew programme.
BAFTA Crew 2015 applicants will get the opportunity to have their CVs seen by practitioners working at the top of their game, across 8 craft departments.
Helping to select the final group will be BAFTA-nominated Costume Designer Sammy Sheldon Differ (The Imitation Game, X-Men: First Class, V for Vendetta), BAFTA-nominated Production Designer Grant Montgomery (Peaky Blinders, Birdsong, The Crimson Petal and the White), BAFTA and Oscar-winning Production Sound Mixer, Simon Hayes (Kingsman: The Secret Service, Guardians of the Galaxy, Les Misérables), BAFTA-winning Post Production Sound Designer Andy Kennedy (The Imitation Game, A Royal Night Out, Woman in Black: Angel of Death), First AD Nickie Sault (This Is England, '86, '88 & '90, Utopia, Song For Marion), BAFTA-winning Hair and Make Up Designer Jan Sewell (Theory of Everything, X-Men: First Class, Les Misérables), Cinematographer Ben Davis (Guardians of the Galaxy, The Debt, Layer Cake), Visual Effects Producer at Double Negative, Louise Hussey (Outlander Series 1, The Hollow Crown Series 2, Mr Selfridge Series 2, 3 &4)and BAFTA and Oscar-nominated Editor, Barney Pilling (The Grand Budapest Hotel, Never Let Me Go, An Education). The jury will be overseen by Nicky Ball, Creative England’s National Crew and Facilities Manager, with support from BAFTA Cymru, BAFTA Scotland and Northern Ireland Screen.
Interested in joining BAFTA Crew? Email [email protected]
The BAFTA Crew Programme
- Free tickets to live masterclasses with a BAFTA-winning or nominated HoDs
- Interactive live stream Q&As with the best industry talent
- Exclusive podcasts of masterclasses held across Britain
- Bespoke live networking events
- A dedicated social networking group, with exclusive curated guests and Q&As with filmmaking talent to share ideas, advice opportunities and inspiration for professional crew
BAFTA/Scott KershawMasterclasses focus mainly on feature film production, but BAFTA Crew is open to professionals with experience in TV too. Previous masterclasses have been lead by BAFTA-nominated talent such as cinematographer Sean Bobbitt (12 Years a Slave), costume designer Sandy Powell (The Wolf of Wall Street), production designer Eve Stewart (Les Miserables) and production manager Barry Ryan (This is England)
< Pictured: Film craft session in Feb 2015
- For those participants who want to opt in, BAFTA will also publish the names and several key credits of BAFTA Crew members. This list will be available to speakers and the wider industry via the BAFTA website
- For those participants in the English regions, an introduction to the Production & Location Services offered by Creative England and the National Crew & Facilities database. This service is not only supported by a free-to-join database, but a series of national crew nights and a dedicated crewing manager who works across all productions supported by the Creative England Production Liaison managers
- Access to BAFTA’s regional programme of screenings and events
- For those based in Scotland and Wales, access to BAFTA Cymru and BAFTA Scotland’s year-round events programme.
The BAFTA Crew programme will cover creative, technical and operational topics across departments.
Members will help shape the content of the live masterclasses by suggesting questions in advance. These sessions are valuable not just for those working in the same department, but also for other Crew members who want to build a better understanding of their colleagues’ work and use the masterclasses to build networks with professionals at a similar level in the industry.
The live streams will also be delivered by speakers drawn from BAFTA’s pool of nominees, winners and members, or craft practitioners with BAFTA-nominated credits with content covering more detailed craft and technical subjects.