Mark Milsome Foundation Newsletter - September 2023
8 September 2023
Mark Milsome Foundation
Latest news from The Mark Milsome Foundation
Welcome back to our first newsletter after the summer. We realise these are challenging times with the strike action and are wishing everyone the best.
Foot in the Door
Our new Foot in the Door Trainees, Lily Coney, Louie Walters and Stephanie Chao have just finished their first week as MMF trainees, and it's been quite an eventful one. Things kicked things off with an excellent first aid course led by Suzanne Stickley from First Aid Matters, followed by a two-day film workshop facilitated by Phil Sindall and Dermot Hickey. We'd like to extend our thanks to Suzanne for her invaluable first aid training as well as the additional camera crew, Dean Murray, Dean Southan, and Matt Wilson for their contributions. Additionally, a big thank you goes out to the entire team at Panavision for hosting and assisting us throughout this week, with a special mention to Raj, Reshma, Andrew, and Charlie.
Level II Production Safety Passport
The Foundation is excited to announce the launch of a campaign, led by our patron Rory Kinnear, urging colleges and universities offering film courses, to include a production safety passport course in their curriculum. Our aim is to promote accessibility to the MMF course by offering it at a discounted rate to educational institutions. We are now offering them competitive group rates along with a feature providing access to a specially designed dashboard for tracking progress and monitoring course completion. The course grants a Skillset level II Production Safety Passport, valid for 5 years, and is aimed at ensuring the safety of all cast and crew and preventing future accidents and injuries.
In further news, we are delighted that various individuals and organisations will be participating in or holding fundraising events and activities on behalf of the Foundation in the upcoming year. Andy ‘Elvis’ McGovern is running at the London Marathon in April 2024, Jack Mealing and Seb Barraclough are participating in the London to Brighton Bike ride this weekend, Mad Dog Casting are hiking in the Forest of Dean in November and Pinewood Studios is organising the Santa Fun Run in December. All proceeds will go towards funding our effort to advocate for better health and safety practices across all sets and help young people get a foot in the door of the film & TV industry. Stay tuned as we'll be posting more information on how you can donate to the different fundraisers in the coming weeks.
Finally, calling for all last minute applications for Mark’s Gift! The application period will be drawing to a close on 30th September. To qualify, applicants must be aspiring filmmakers with a strong passion for the camera department and have a specific film project in need of funding. If you are interested and think that you might meet the application criteria, please email email@example.com for an application form.
As always, thank you for your support.
With warmest regards from all of us at the Foundation
The Guild of Television Camera Professionals (GTC) is an independent craft association predominantly for professional TV, digital and film camera crew designed to support our members by facilitating excellence, education, knowledge and networking in moving image production. The GTC welcomes media professionals internationally across all moving image disciplines as members.
The International Association of Wildlife Film-makers, whose members are professional camera crew earning most of their income from making wildlife films, has been affiliated to the GTC since January 2016.