Camera Trainee

A paid opportunity to progress from Runner/Driver –> Kit Room Assistant –> Camera Assistant

Starting as a Runner/Driver you will progress from entry-level to Kit Room Assistant on successful completion of your first year. You can then expect to advance over a 2-3 year journey, finishing with the skills and contacts to work in the industry as a Camera Assistant in your own right. The structured learning we’ll offer will include the following:

  • Driving
  • Runner duties
  • Cloud based stock system
  • Basic repairs
  • Equipment maintenance
  • Equipment testing
  • Hire check in
  • Hire check out
  • Camera set-up
  • On set assisting/etiquette
  • Camera, lens & lighting principles

Our kit room team come from all backgrounds, ranging from formal qualifications in media at undergraduate level, to on-the-job freelance training. Some have had career changes from trade, hospitality or service jobs. There’s no universal requirement, what is matters most is that you can evidence a genuine interest, talent and technical ability.We receive a high volume of applications each year. We would encourage anyone who meets the criteria to re-apply when we advertise at 6 monthly intervals.

Key indicators to a successful application will be:

DrivingSorry, this is a must. We require 2 years’ minimum experience, full manual UK licence and for insurance purposes you will need to be age 21 or above.
A technical interest in film making.This could be supported by a background in photography, personal portfolio or proven in cinematography. Production and general running experience are welcomed but in order to prove suitable for this role you must show attention to detail and a preference for the backroom functions such as equipment maintenance, fault-finding, diagnostics/repair, data inputting or logging, battery changes, cleaning and preparation etc.
Evidence of talent/flair/passion.It is great to hear about applicants’ enthusiasm for their work and long-term goals, even if you have limited industry experience – we welcome showreels, credits lists or testimonies from tutors/clients/employers.
Service orientation.Ideally, you can demonstrate successful customer relationships, be it in or outside of the TV industry, providing excellent customer service. Practical experience, common sense and interpersonal skills are highly valuable. Working in hospitality, retail, trades, delivering customer orders, fixing problems, ensuring business continuity.
A general knowledge of the rental industry.A commercial understanding of facilities houses and their role in the TV production process will strengthen your application, even if you do not yet have direct experience of working within one. Your application should present a strong business case for your suitability to the team.

Our values.

We can offer a supportive and collaborative work culture where we take pride in a team that socialises as well as works together. The core values of the business are:

Talent | Passion | Service | Drive

These are reflected in the above selection criteria – we are transparent in what drives our recruitment process to ensure that every application is considered on merit. We welcome applicants from all backgrounds and we’re committed to an inclusive and diverse workforce.

All applicants will be acknowledged with a reply to confirm receipt, however, please note that due to levels of interest received we will generally only contact those who have been successfully shortlisted. Any applicants who are not successful at interview will be offered feedback.

Further details:

  • The role is salaried – £20k per annum + overtime
  • This is a full-time based position based at the Film Store in Earlsfield, London
  • Monday-Friday, office hours. A shift system will be implemented with occasional flexible/on-callwork, by prior agreement

Required:

  • Full clean (manual) UK driving licence
  • Fluent written & verbal English
  • For insurance purposes, a minimum 2 years’ driving experience, age 21 or over
  • Evidence will be required of your eligibility to work in the UK

A full job description is available to view here. To apply, please send an up to date CV and cover letter to careers@filmstorerental.com. Thanks for your interest in Film Store!

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