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The Screen-Skills TV Craft Bursary

We are delighted to announce that Sam Shetabi is the winner of the BBC Blast & BAFTA Screen-Skills Award in 2010.

The young Director of Photogrpahy was presented with the inaugural award at this year’s British Academy Television Craft Awards on Sunday 23 May.

Read Sam's blog uploads

We’ve been working with BAFTA to give young people the chance to learn the skills to make TV happen!

The bursaries allow eight aspiring Scriptwriters, Directors of Photography, Editors and Composers to get mentoring from the cream of the TV industry and get their hands on a £3000 budget to make their new piece of work.

Four out of the eight finalists were nominated for a Screen-Skills award and the winner will be announced at the TV Craft Awards in May 2010. In addition to the placements, they will get a helping hand from a BAFTA-winning expert! Watch clips of their nominated films and read all about their experiences by clicking on their names below.

THIS YEAR'S SCREEN-SKILLS BURSARY WINNERS

Scriptwriter

(To be mentored by BBC Writersroom)

  • Harriet, 16, Sheffield (Screen-Skills award nominee)

    I won the screenwriting category for my film about a toy goblin. I love Bolivia, Green Wing, Franz Ferdinand and Shakespeare. I hate Physics homework and Tutti Frutti flavour. When I'm older, I'd like to write feature films and TV series for a living and travel around the world.

  • Joseph, 18, York

    I’m studying screenwriting. Music, film and writing are my passions. Being John Malkovich, Eternal Sunshine of The Spotless Mind and Memento are a few films which really have astounded me…

Director of Photography

(To be mentored by the British Guild of Camera Technicians and the London Film Academy)

  • Sam, 19, London (Screen-Skills award nominee)

    For as long as I can remember, I've wanted to work in telly. One day I want to climb the ladder to Exec Producer and maybe even Channel Controller when I'm old and grey!

  • Will, 19, Preston

    I started making stop motion animations when I was 6. Whenever I see something good on TV or at the cinema I think to myself, I want to be part of that. My ultimate ambition in the industry is to have my own film studios!

Editor

(To be mentored by Envy and Platform post production)

  • Jack, 17, Bath (Screen-Skills award nominee)

    I'm going to try and learn as much as I can and really make the most of the opportunities given to me. I'm so lucky to get the Editing bursary - it'll give me the chance to improve my storytelling and become a better filmmaker all round.

  • Chris, 17, Stoke-on-Trent

    I'm currently having a great time studying a BTEC in Media! I’ve recently realised how much I want to work in the television industry. Now I'm one step closer to realising my dream of working as an editor…

Composer

(To be mentored by top industry composers)

  • Joe, 18, Bath (Screen-Skills award nominee)

    I could never have predicted this is where I'd be today: getting nominated for the Screen-Skills BAFTA Award, composing ideas for scores, sitting in on recording sessions at Abbey Road Studios and meeting inspirational creatives. Weird.

  • Tim, 17, London

    I was amazed and joyful to find out I won one of the bursaries. It’s an amazing opportunity and I’m really looking to everything it has to offer.

Comments

    • 1. At 01:51am on 31 Jul 2009, Newagecomedienne wrote:

      I'm a bit confused it says:
      'To enter the competition, each individual must enter a video recording, with a maximum run time of five minutes, and 1 GB in size.'

      What exactly is the video recording for and what is it meant to show?

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    • 2. At 10:43am on 06 Aug 2009, Blast Host - wrote:

      Your entry, (using a video camera or phone) can be of whatever kind of TV you want to make - it could be a quiz show or a band performance or a drama or anything you like. If you don't want to be a DoP or Editor, maybe use a friend's film and make the music, or you could write the script and get your mates to film it and bring it to life. Entries will be judged based on the categories above, and not the overall quality.

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    • 3. At 7:42pm on 10 Aug 2009, Jonathan Palfrey wrote:

      Can a video be entered into too categories e.g. DOP and Editor?

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    • 4. At 4:49pm on 11 Aug 2009, U14099256 wrote:

      Do you have to be exactly 16! why do all these opportunities have to be restricted to age limits of 16- 19. Its not very fair is it!!

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    • 5. At 4:50pm on 11 Aug 2009, U14099256 wrote:

      This comment was removed because the moderators found it broke the House Rules.

    • 6. At 4:50pm on 11 Aug 2009, U14099256 wrote:

      This comment was removed because the moderators found it broke the House Rules.

    • 7. At 6:51pm on 14 Aug 2009, Cinestyle wrote:

      So me and my friends are thinking of entering, just a few questions, can we all enter the same video for different categories? and can I enter myself in more than one category?

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    • 8. At 1:04pm on 15 Aug 2009, ThePoirotKid wrote:

      Hi, I was wondering if the video you submit for this competition has to be linked with the new project you'd be working on if you won?

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    • 9. At 8:24pm on 15 Aug 2009, ThePoirotKid wrote:

      And although the video can be any genre, is it supposed to be our own idea for a programme or a short film?

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    • 10. At 10:03pm on 16 Aug 2009, natasha wrote:

      what if you are 16 a few days after the closing date?

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    • 11. At 10:04pm on 16 Aug 2009, natasha wrote:

      This comment was removed because the moderators found it broke the House Rules.

    • 12. At 10:05pm on 16 Aug 2009, natasha wrote:

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    • 13. At 10:07pm on 16 Aug 2009, natasha wrote:

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    • 14. At 10:08pm on 16 Aug 2009, natasha wrote:

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    • 15. At 10:08pm on 16 Aug 2009, natasha wrote:

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    • 16. At 8:28pm on 17 Aug 2009, LoneWanderer wrote:

      Did anyone else notice the horrendous 'edgy' camera-work, seriously multiple zooms do not look good.

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    • 17. At 10:12pm on 17 Aug 2009, U14106089 wrote:

      hey just wondering because i want to enter in the scriptwriter option. i was wondering if you cant get people to do it, cna you do a five minute story saying what it's about and also send a script with it?

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    • 18. At 10:12pm on 17 Aug 2009, U14106089 wrote:

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    • 19. At 10:17pm on 17 Aug 2009, U14106089 wrote:

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    • 20. At 1:15pm on 18 Aug 2009, Blast Host - wrote:

      Here are the answers! One person can submit a film for multiple categories. Each person working on a film who would like to apply will need to submit the film separately.

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    • 21. At 1:17pm on 18 Aug 2009, Blast Host - wrote:

      The age limit is 16 for this competition. This means you will need to be at least 16 by the closing date to be able to apply. If you are younger keep an eye out for other competitions on our site. Lots that we run are for a wider age group!

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    • 22. At 1:29pm on 18 Aug 2009, Blast Host - wrote:

      The video you create needs to show originality in the category you are entering in - so original music (composer) or original script (scriptwriter) as this is what you will be judged on. But the other elements could have been already made or already thought of - although you will need permission/rights to be able to use anything that you haven't created yourself.

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    • 23. At 1:30pm on 18 Aug 2009, Blast Host - wrote:

      If you are entering in to the scriptwriting category you will still need to submit a piece of video but this could be as simple as filming a read-through.

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    • 24. At 5:30pm on 19 Aug 2009, MikeyOF wrote:

      Can I submit my showreel, or does it have to be an single project? I composed the score for my showreel, but thats the only project I've actually composed for. That would be okay yeah?

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    • 25. At 5:33pm on 19 Aug 2009, MikeyOF wrote:

      Can I submit my showreel? I composed the score to the showreel but its the only project I've composed for. Also I can enter into 3 of the categories, but can I submit the same showreel more than once?

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    • 26. At 01:10am on 23 Aug 2009, Damien wrote:

      if the video is under or 1gb in size does it have to be five minutes long. can it be a little less than five minutes or a little more than five minutes. or is five minutes a must

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    • 27. At 09:35am on 27 Aug 2009, cheesebase wrote:

      Do you have to be 16 at the point of entry or by the end of the competition?

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    • 28. At 9:28pm on 01 Sep 2009, ThePoirotKid wrote:

      Another question: It says our film can be entered into multiple categories, but on the application it says to tick just one. What if you want to enter it into two categories, for example? Do you need seperate forms?

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    • 29. At 11:52pm on 03 Sep 2009, Newagecomedienne wrote:

      Can you get someone to make music for you and use it as long as they agree to let you use it? If so, does the agreement have to be in writing and would we have to send it with the other papers?

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    • 30. At 2:21pm on 05 Sep 2009, Hari wrote:

      Three question
      1. Can you enter other competitions with the same short film while waiting for the b=Blast winners to be announced?
      2. Can you put your film up on YouTube now or do you have to wait for the results?
      3. I'm making this film for the competition but have been in touch with a production company because they have public liability insurance for the filming. They are happy to make the film over to the BBC entirely for no fee. Is this ok or should the production company not take the copyright credit?

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    • 31. At 2:25pm on 05 Sep 2009, Hari wrote:

      Three questions
      1. Can you enter other competitions with the same short film while waiting for the Blast winners to be announced?
      2. Can you put your film up on YouTube now or do you have to wait for the results?
      3. I'm making this film for the competition but have been in touch with a production company because they have public liability insurance for the filming. They are happy to make the film over to the BBC entirely for no fee. Is this ok or should the production company not take the copyright credit?

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    • 32. At 2:34pm on 05 Sep 2009, Hari wrote:

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    • 33. At 2:36pm on 05 Sep 2009, Hari wrote:

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    • 34. At 1:53pm on 08 Sep 2009, angeline_host wrote:

      U12127486 - You can submit your showreel as an entry. And yes, you can submit the same showreel to enter different categories.

      Damien - The video has to be a maximum length of 5 minutes so it can be less than that, but not more.

      ThePoirotKid - You will have to fill in separate forms to enter the different categories even if you are using the same video/showreel.

      Newagecomedienne - You can get other people to make music for your film as long as they allow you to use it in your film. In the form, there is a question about music copyright so you will need to fill in the relevant details there.

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    • 35. At 3:16pm on 08 Sep 2009, angeline_host wrote:

      Hari,

      Here are the answers to your questions! :)

      1) Yes you are free to enter your film into other competitions. However, if you are successful in other competitions, you must ensure that your entry is still able to comply with the Screen Skills rules granting the BBC and BAFTA rights to publish and showcase your work.

      2) Yes you can upload your film to YouTube as and when you like.

      3) As long as your entry complies with the rules, the BBC does not need copyright credit.

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    • 36. At 2:48pm on 12 Sep 2009, U14134136 wrote:

      If I have a professional band's music in my soundtrack, does that qualify as having professional musicians appearing in my programme?

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    • 37. At 3:11pm on 12 Sep 2009, U14134136 wrote:

      Who are the judges?

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    • 38. At 6:47pm on 19 Sep 2009, ThePoirotKid wrote:

      Good point about the music, I'd like to know this too.

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    • 39. At 11:41pm on 20 Sep 2009, Newagecomedienne wrote:

      If your enter as a scriptwriter, how long are you expecting the script to be? Do you expect ideas for a series, or one-off programs?

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    • 40. At 12:33pm on 22 Sep 2009, Blast Host - wrote:

      In answer to your question:

      If you use any professional music in your film you will need to give us the details of the artist and track you have used.

      The judges will include Andre Newman, a representative of BAFTA and a representative of Blast.

      The script should be written for a 5 minute clip or under - if you were to act out the script it shouldn't take longer than 5 minutes. The script can be for any TV genre so it could be a one-off programme or a pilot for a longer series. It is entirely up to you - as long as it is for TV.

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    • 41. At 8:34pm on 29 Sep 2009, MikeyOF wrote:

      Did I read that right - 5 minutes?! Thats like 5 pages of script, give or take. I had a 30 page short film ready to send!

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    • 42. At 5:32pm on 30 Sep 2009, ThePoirotKid wrote:

      I've had the same sort of problem - my video is about 6 and a half minutes, and it's really hard to find out where to cut it.

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    • 43. At 9:50pm on 02 Oct 2009, Newagecomedienne wrote:

      Can you write a few more words than 300, like 20. I'm finding it hard to say what I want in exactly 300 words.

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    • 44. At 6:50pm on 05 Oct 2009, ThePoirotKid wrote:

      Would it be possible to extend the time limit? I just can't cut it down without affecting the story. It's over by about a minute.

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    • 45. At 02:28am on 25 Oct 2009, U14187452 wrote:

      I was wondering if the dates given in the rules for judging eg October for the selection process have changed due to the deadline for entries being extended? If so, when could we expect a decision to be made? Thanks!

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    • 46. At 4:16pm on 31 Oct 2009, ThePoirotKid wrote:

      Anyone heard anything yet?

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    • 47. At 10:03pm on 10 Nov 2009, zeph wrote:

      This comment was removed because the moderators found it broke the House Rules.

    • 48. At 2:16pm on 11 Nov 2009, zeph wrote:

      Yes! Bursary winners have been contacted!

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