Welcome to the second in our series of Fair Access Expo Online videoes, where we asked the professionals who were due to take part in our Fair Access Expo panel if they could tell us a little bit more about their careers, all from the comfort of their own homes. Each week they will talk about:
their journey into the creative industries
what their day-to-day life is like
their advice to anyone hoping to follow in their footsteps
Introducing Tim Courtney, Director for Film and Television
Tim Courtney is a retired painter, a failed musician, a devoted doggy daddy and an award-winning Director. He has exhibited many short films, music videos and art installations across the globe. At the end of 2018, he won the Best Short Film BAFTA Scotland Award for My Loneliness Is Killing Me, and has recently finished his fourth Episode of River City for BBC Studios. Tim is currently working on his first feature film which is set to shoot later in the year.
We hope you have enjoyed this insight into a working professionals life and tips that you can use in your creative journey.
Be sure to check back as over the next few weeks where we’ll have something for everyone! Next week we’ll have Emma Smith, Double Bass Player and Musicians Without Borders.
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We’ve got our second week of WACI picks for you! Hand-picked by our team with the WACI seal of approval to keep you entertained and engaged with the performing and production arts whilst we’re on lockdown.
Rosie Kay’s 5 Soldiers
Rosie Kay’s 5 Soldiers is a choreographic reflection of the military world and the effects that war has on the body, both physically and mentally.
National Theatre: ‘How To’
This is a series of videos on how to do a quick costume change, make a wig, make mud and blood from the national theatre. It’s a great peek behind the scenes of the national theatre and insight into the workings of a professional production team.
Tiny Desk Concerts
Tiny desk concerts from NPR has a huge range of intimate concerts from many different musicians from various different genres. There are loads of beautiful performances to be found here and some new artists to discover.
BFI Film Player
The British Film Institute have a range of archive feature-length and short films available for free! The BFI resource covers 120 years of Britain on film, therefore, there are plenty of films for you to browse through.
Ted Talk ‘The Essence of Acting’
Mirjana Joković is a film and stage actor who is now currently the Director of Performance for Acting and an acting teacher in the Theater Faculty of the California Institute of the Arts. In this video, she discusses her thoughts on the essence of acting.
We hope you enjoy this selection and check back next week for more!
How is everyone? We hope you are all well and finding lots of great ways to keep yourself busy!
The WACITeam have been hard at work in the background thinking of ways to help you all have fun with exciting projects and we’re delighted to announce the launch of the first in a series of online toolkits, Filmmaking on Mobile Devices.
If you have ever wanted to make a short film but didn’t know where to start, this project is for you! You will learn how to create professional-quality videos with your mobile device where we’ll show you how to plan, create, edit, save and upload your videos. All you need is imagination and a mobile phone or tablet.
Our toolkits are open for anyone to use, so whether you’re a teacher looking for new resources to share, a young person at home who is keen to explore and gain experience in filmmaking, we really hope you will enjoy making short films with us.
If you’d like to send in your videos we’d love to see them! We are hoping to choose some of them to feature on our social media and Vimeo page. Also if you are sharing any of your short films on social media be sure to tag us @RCSWACI and use the hashtag #WACILetsMakeFilms.
Interested in a career in the creative industries? Want to develop your skills in a chosen field?
WACI – Widening Access to the Creative Industries – are offering fully-funded places on one of the Summer Schools taking place here at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland throughout the summer school holidays.
These courses offer an opportunity for you to try something new, develop your existing experience and/or gain a more in-depth understanding within a variety of art forms.
Summer Schools Available
There are a variety of summer schools to choose from in Dance, Drama, Music, Film and Production. Click hereto have a look at the Short Courses Summer School’s programme to help you figure out which course is the right course for you.
Some of the courses are very popular, and spaces will fill up quickly – we’ll be assessing applications as and when they come in, so get your application in as soon as you can to avoid being disappointed!
How to apply
1. If you haven’t already please register with the WACI cohort first. It doesn’t take long and you can fill it out by clickinghere
2. Then, all you need to do is fill out the application form to let us know:
a little bit about you
why you want to do the course you’ve chosen to do
If it would be easier, you can provide a voice recording or video statement in support of your application.
If you require some help filling in this form, please do not hesitate to get in touch:
About the film:Rocks is Olushola Joy Omotoso (Bukky Bakray), a London teenager whose life is radically altered when she is left on her own with a little brother who needs her. Fearing they will be separated, she decides to step up to the situation. She tells no one and carries on with a little help from her friends, especially Sumaya (Kosar Ali). Based on a script by award-winning playwrights Theresa Ikoko and Claire Wilson, Sarah Gavron’s Rocks is a raucous celebration of female friendship told with wit, compassion and vibrant performances from a stunning young ensemble.
This short course will introduce you to the different aspects of the filmmaking process. You will develop a new, original idea, which you will then outline, shoot, direct and edit into a finished product.
Theatre Production Art and Design (Booking Now Closed)
This course gives you a practical taste of different Art and Design Production specialisms including set design, prop making, costume and scenic art. Taught by industry professionals the course will offer an introduction to these fields and an insight into possible career pathways.
2/ Audition and Interview Prep Workshops:
If you have already applied for a place at college, university or conservatoire, or you’re planning on applying soon, our audition and interview preparation courses offer specialised, specific support:
Filmmaking (Booking now Closed)
Theatre Production Art and Design (Booking Now Closed)
If you require any further information about any of the above opportunities please contact us at:
Was the last film you watched worthy of five stars? What’s the worst review you’ve ever read? Being a critic is an artform in itself, but you don’t need to have a degree to have your say.
In this session, award-winning journalist, broadcaster, and RCS Film Lecturer Andy Dougan leads a masterclass in criticism. Teaching you how to watch, react to and reflect on film, music, theatre and more this session will equip you with the essential skills you need to talk confidently about the media and performance you see.
By the end of this session you will have explored how to describe, discuss and interrogate a short film, writing your own review in the style of a professional film critic. However, you will also leave with a toolkit in description and reflection, which are key elements of your RCS Audition.
Booking Deadline: Friday 11th October, 2pm *Update: Sign up for this has now closed.
WACI and Transitions would like to thank everyone who came along to our Family and Carer Day. We had a packed house where parents, pupils and carers fully embraced the interactive workshops, asked wonderful questions with the feedback so far being extremely positive. Once again we’d like to thank all the performers, WACI Ambassadors and panellists.
Our Event On Social Media
You can find photo’s on our social media pages that you can tag yourself in and live streams of the day on Twitter by searching #FamilyandCarerDay
Family and Carer Day is a joint event run by WACI and Transitions.