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The Ark Academy programme teaches trainees how to troubleshoot and provide technical liaison and support for CineArk’s operators out on set, whilst also supervising the checking in and out of equipment, asset, and inventory control. The final year sees trainees take paid on-set placements, introducing them to the CineArk network and helping them build their freelance careers.
Testimonials from Ark Academy alumni
Alex Charlesworth, now a DIT Assistant was an early graduate of the Academy and now works as a freelancer on set. “Fast and effective problem-solving is what makes someone good at their job on set and daily problem-solving at CineArk taught me how to find creative solutions. That knowledge and insight has been invaluable to me.”
Dan Hartley, strategic director at CineArk, is proud of how successful this important training initiative has proved to be: “After a successful launch our first-year graduates have already carved out freelance careers on titles such asRings of Power, Ant Man 3, Captain Marvel2andWicked.We’ve recognised that the majority of new entrants to our industry are hungry to get work on set, so rather than discourage our in-house staff we felt that supporting these ambitions with the new scheme could help address the skills shortage by building a pipeline to prepare them for on-set roles, while as a company, we continue to provide the cutting edge support our reputation is built on.”
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