Runner Call: Velma Velma Velma


FineLight Films are looking for a Runner for Weds 22, Thu 23, and Fri 24th July, 08:00-18:00, in East London.

This is for their short film Velma Velma Velma, directed by Josh Kidd.

I am on set as Production Manager and 1st AD.

The Runner role is unfortunately unpaid (microbudget production). Catering provided and travel covered between zones 1-5. It would suit someone early in their career wanting on-set experience. You would be helping out on set where needed, and I would show you how to do Clapper Loading, DIT’ing, and Script Supervision (for those who don’t know me, I’m a trained Film Lecturer and run Skills Development programme Action On The Side).

Please contact me directly if this sounds like you. Email with your details, ideally before 7pm Monday 19th July 2021.

Please share with interested parties. TIA.

I won a teaching award

I forgot to say at the time (because I have been swamped and didn’t update this site), but I won a teaching award.

I was nominated by at least one student for supporting students during lockdown.

Free online courses

Are you interested in developing yourself with CPD courses?

Here are some places that provide training, most of it free.

The Dots: free membership. They have a weekly newsletter with upcoming events. If you join, add me here

Screenskills: a mixture of free and paid events. You can set up your own account to access. When you complete courses, the certificates are available online for you to access and download whenever.

Eventbrite: the platform that most of these pages use. Follow your favourite organisations for notifications, and check what is coming up. While you’re there, you can find me here

Art For Introverts: Online lectures on art, psychology, and science

We Are Albert: free training, especially on sustainability in the industry

Stage 32: set up a free account. They have paid and free courses.

Film London: training opportunities

Google Digital Garage online courses: not filmmaking, but some useful short courses

London Screenwriters Festival: join their mailing list for events (note these are not free).

Paid Members only (probably)

BECTU: possibly only available to members of the Broadcasting, Entertainment, Cinematography and Theatre Union

WFTV: only available to members of Women In Film & Television UK

Shooting People: possibly only available to members


A MOOC, of Massive Open Online Course, is a place to complete courses online with other participants. Online University Courses are MOOCs: things like The Open University. Websites such as Udemy,, Khan Academy, Coursera, Masterclass, and FutureLearn are MOOCs. Some MOOC platforms / courses are free, whereas some others you have to pay.

These are some that I recommend if you are a beginner filmmaker that wants to develop your skills.

Resource Websites

British Council Film

BAFTA does a series of Q+As with BAFTA Guru

What are some other resources you can think of?

Share them here as a comment and I will add them to my list.

Crew Roles for Sussex Indie Feature

I’m working with Gielgud Films on their latest feature film, A Book About Her

I have joined the film as Assistant Producer & Production Manager

We are currently hiring five roles under the UK Government Kickstart Scheme.

Five roles:
Storyboard Artist, Assistant Animator, Assistant Film Editor, Assistant Screenwriter, PR & Social Media Assistant

This debut British feature film, from award-winning Writer/Director Suzanne Gielgud, is a coming of age story that follows 18-year-old Sophie’s journey to become a writer. As Sophie discovers her muse, 19-year-old rebel Evie, she finds herself caught in the middle of a conflict between her LGBT beliefs and the church.
Filming August 2021 in Sussex

Available Roles

These are paid roles for 6-month work placements starting 21 June 2021

Placements are onsite in Sussex-based office or work from home

  • Storyboard Artist
  • Assistant Animator (2D)
  • Assistant Film Editor
  • Assistant Screenwriter
  • PR & Social Media Assistant


These roles are being filled under the UK Government Kickstart Scheme. To be eligible, applicants must be aged 16-24 and be on Universal Credit. We are especially interested in Film School Graduates or those with some industry experience.


Contact to register your interest. You will be provided with more information on how to apply through your Job Centre.

Virtual Pub Quiz tonight

Monthly fundraising pub quizzes with Action On The Side



Join me for the first Action On The Side fundraising pub quiz

Raising funds for ActionAid UK and Me Too, the short film I am co-producing with Aude Konan

The questions were written by one of my students as part of their work experience.

We are running a series of monthly pub quizzes. Each one will raise funds for a charity and a specific film.

Sign Up Now

More Hiding News

Hiding has received a Special Jury Award in the International Short Film Category from Golden Sparrow International Film Festival, February 2021, India

Golden Sparrow Film Festival Facebook Page

In the Uruvatti Film Festival February 2021, India, Hiding won best International Short Film and Best Producer – Short Film

Best television shows

Recently I’ve been thinking about what would be on my top 5 list of TV shows

If you’re asked objectively “what are the best TV shows of all time?”, then surely you are talking about which shows were seminal and changed the landscape of television for all time…

Let’s see

  • Happy Days
  • Star Trek
  • Doctor Who
  • NYPD Blue
  • Friends
  • The Simpsons
  • The Sopranos
  • Sesame Street
  • 60 Minutes
  • Popstars (which gave rise to the Americas Got Talent style shows and reality TV follow a pop band being out together, two massive phenomenons)
  • Crimewatch, America’s Most Wanted
  • Band of Brothers, Game of Thrones, Lost
  • Coronation Street

What do you think?

But, if I am asked subjectively, “What are your favourite TV shows of all time?”, then that has to be a list of rewatchability, where every episode is gold…

  • Buffy The Vampire Slayer
  • Supernatural
  • QI
  • Community
  • Brooklyn Nine Nine
  • The Good Place
  • Would I Lie To You
  • Black Books
  • Avatar The Last Airbender

Then that list is somewhat more difficult to get down to only 5

What would be in your Top 5 Television Shows? Subjectively and Objectively

Directing award for HIDING

Congratulations to Nirusha Wijaymohan

WINNER Debut Filmmaker of Short Film

She won Debut Filmmaker of Short Film in the Gona Film Festival (India)

HIDING has also been accepted into the UK Asian Film Festival 2021

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