Channel 4's Paras Production Training Scheme trainee, Saffron Sutcliffe, tells us about her first month at Whisper as a trainee Production Coordinator...
I can’t even begin to explain how grateful I am to be part of such an amazing training scheme and an industry where I finally feel like I belong. It really is true when they say time flies when you’re having fun because one month has already gone by so, so quickly and what a month it has been.
As soon as the training week was over, I moved my life to London and before I knew it, it was Monday morning and I was doing my first commute to Whisper, where I’m placed for the next 12 months. I was tired and nervous but also very excited as bootcamp had prepared me perfectly, so I felt ready for what was to come.
I’m now one month into my time at Whisper and I’ve already learnt so much. I’m currently working on a team that create a variety of different content, so I’ve been able to work on so many things. This has also allowed me to experience the making of productions at all different stages. From booking travel and accommodation to creating my own call sheets to doing expenses to completing post production paperwork and everything in-between. I’m blown away by how much I’ve learnt and accomplished already, which makes me incredibly excited for how much I’ll have achieved in 12 months’ time.
Last week we all returned to Channel 4 for our monthly training. It was lovely to see everyone again and hear how well we’ve all settled into our roles. This month’s training involved learning about legal and compliance in the media industry with Sean McTernan and then the Coordinators had more tailored training with Production Manager, Claire Barry, where we learnt how to really utilise Excel for budgeting and scheduling. As always, it was very useful training that will definitely benefit us in our careers.
Another week is over at work and it has probably been my busiest yet as my team have had five shoots this week all over the country so my organisational skills have definitely been put to the test. However, the feeling of sending out a completed call sheet full of everything that you’ve put together has to be one of my favourite feelings ever.