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Participatory Filmmaker – Inside Job Productions – Dalston

Company: Inside Job Productions

Location: Dalston

  • Full Time

Inside Job Productions


Full-time, Contract, Permanent

£32,000 – £34,000 a year

We’re looking to recruit a highly creative film-maker who can self-shoot and edit, has experience of training other people, and wants to make a difference to the lives of vulnerable people in prison. This is a full-time position.

Inside Job Productions (IJP) is an award-winning film production company based in Dalston, East London. Our team of experienced, creative professionals work with some of the world’s largest corporations and some of the UK’s smallest charities. As one of the leading social enterprises in our sector, we are equally proud of our social impact that creates job opportunities and changes vulnerable people’s lives for the better. Since its inception in 2006, IJP has managed a production trainee scheme which offered women in custody the opportunity to gain new employment skills. In the past three years, the scheme has been focused on supporting young people living with mental health problems.

It is through a new, ground-breaking social impact project that this new post of Participatory Film-maker is being created. The project will establish the first specialist production unit in the UK to be focused on the co-production of mental health and wellbeing film content for the benefit of people in prison. Although there are some excellent healthcare services and support programmes available to those in custody, there is a dearth of engaging and accessible information which provides advice and guidance on how best to manage your mental health during your sentence and on release. This two year, grant-funded project, led by Inside Job Productions and in partnership with Thrive LDN and Rethink Mental Illness, will seek to redress this shortfall.

Key responsibilities

As a key member of a small and dedicated team, you will have overall responsibility for defining the needs of the intended target audience and generating a wide and rich variety of film content which will engage and be truly accessible. Your varied brief will also include providing support and training to a group of serving offenders in order that they participate fully in the production process and in turn learn transferable new skills.

Your work activities will include the following:
– Leading on market research with the intended target audience in order to identify new content, as well as the most popular and compelling production styles

– Supporting an extensive audit of existing mental health communication materials in prisons and the wider community in order to inform our own filming schedule

– Leading on the filming, editing, and production of all content within multiple prisons across the London estate

– Establishing a new production unit within at least one London prison and providing support and training to the offender group of learners

– Working closely with mental health charity partners and offender mental health providers to ensure that content is safe and accurate and reaching the intended audiences

– Supporting the monitoring and evaluation of content aired through Offender Focus Groups in multiple London prisons and liaising with the Evaluation Lead

– Managing and inspiring a Production Trainee who will support operational and filming logistics

– Working closely with the Production Coordinator, and other IJP staff, to ensure application and rigour of production, editorial practices and processes

– Providing monthly reports to the Project Director and representing the project at a quarterly Advisory Board meeting

Knowledge, skills and experience

– Excellent leadership, inter-personal skills and the ability to inspire others to deliver their best

– Proven experience of self-shooting and editing for a cross-section of clients including with vulnerable groups of people

– Proven experience of training others in producing film content

– Experience of influencing and communicating effectively both internally and with external agencies, partners and clients

– Evidence of engagement with social impact issues in a personal or professional capacity, ideally within the criminal justice sector

What to expect

– Being part of a wider team of dedicated media professionals where we believe that business can be done differently without compromising on good quality content

– Working alongside people whose lives may be directly impacted for the better by the work which you are undertaking

– A highly stimulating and challenging workplace where no two days will be the same

Package details

– This role is being advertised as a full-time position on a 20-month contract. As a progressive, flexible employer, we will also consider job-sharing applications

– Salary range: GBP32K-34K per annum

– Working hours: 35 hours per week

– Holiday entitlement: 25 days per annum (plus bank holidays)

– Office location: The Print House, 18-22 Ashwin Street, Dalston, London E8 3DL

(NB: Although you will spend some time in the IJP office in Dalston, East London, the majority of your work will take place within London prisons, with a project hub at HMP Wandsworth, Heathfield Road, London SW18 3HU)

Application process

If you think that this role sounds like the right one for you, please send your CV and cover letter and two examples of films which you have self-shot and edited, one of which should be an example of participatory film-making and the other an example of your own work as an independent film-maker.

Deadline for submissions: Thursday 9th April 2020 at 5pm

Interviews: Week of Monday 20th April 2020

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