Become a Technical Ambassador

NATIONWIDE OPEN CALL FOR TECHNICAL AMBASSADORS
A unique opportunity for cinema projectionists, technicians and engineers to become leaders in their field…

Do you have an in-depth understanding of all film exhibition formats?
Do you enjoy problem solving?
Do you want to share your skills and knowledge?

Film Hub South East is working with the ICO as they present ‘Technical Skills for Digital Exhibition‘ across the BFI Film Audience Network (FAN). This is the first ever programme of its kind; a UK-wide initiative to provide bespoke technical advice and assistance to independent exhibitors of all shapes and sizes.

To provide this support, each of the 9 regional Film Hubs will appoint 1-3 Technical Ambassadors [TAs]; a fleet of skilled and experienced projectionists, technicians and engineers who can help improve standards of digital projection across the UK – all the while strengthening their knowledge, obtaining new skills and making new contacts.


What will it involve?

From July 2014 to January 2015, TAs will deliver on-demand assistance and training to organisations within their own and neighbouring BFI FAN Hub regions. Each visit will consist of preparation and research (if required) for delivery of half-day (3hr) training, plus a short report on the visit. All administration will be handled by the ICO.

We envisage training sessions may cover the following areas:

  • Presentation skills for screenings (DVD, Blu-ray or DCP); live-by-satellite events; conferences; live music; 3D; pop-up screenings; Skype Q&As; building playlists
  • Maintenance skills: server maintenance; updating software; testing sound equipment; measuring light levels; changing lamps
  • Creating DCPs or other kit compatible digital files
  • Setting-up and updating technical equipment including kit requirement assessment; quality but cost effective kit recommendations; system configuration and interface; installation of second-hand equipment; advice on funding and budgets.

Examples in context could include:

  • A team of independent cinema managers at one venue need training in how best to run live-by-satellite presentations to expand their offer to audiences;
  • A group of clubs and community venues in a specific region share equipment and need a demonstration of how to quickly and effectively set up and run the shared equipment to high standards of presentations;
  • A mixed-arts venue wants to expand its offer to live music events and conferences but needs to know what extra equipment they need and build on their presentation skill-set to run the additional events.

What are the benefits?

  • £250 + VAT Technical Ambassadors’ fee for each training session (3hrs) and reporting, plus reimbursement for travel and subsistence;
  • Participation in ‘Technical Ambassadors’ New Technology Forum’ to be held at the BFI Southbank (date TBC);
  • Upscale your knowledge and learn new skills;
  • Travel and meet sector peers in your region and beyond;
  • Flexible scheduling around your workload;
  • Become a leader in your field.

Could you be a Technical Ambassador?

We are looking for projectionists, technicians and engineers with:

  • At least 3 years’ experience as a projectionist, technician or engineer working with digitally equipped venues;
  • An in-depth understanding of all exhibition formats;
  • First-hand experience of using a range of DCI-compliant Digital Cinema projection systems in a range of different locations; and using Digital Cinema to present a wide range of content from different sources;
  • Experience of working with equipment suppliers to design and install a Digital Projection system;
  • Specialist knowledge and understanding of the current cinema technical landscape;
  • Proven experience of instructing others in a professional capacity (could be in-house training);
  • Writing skills.

How to apply

Please download an application form and return to jon.spatz@independentcinemaoffice.org.uk

The deadline for applications is Wednesday 28 May 2014 at 5pm.

Shortlisted candidates will be invited for interview (face-to-face, Skype or phone) in the week commencing Monday 2 June 2014.

Please read ‘The small print’ below before applying.


The small print

  • The BFI Film Audience Network is comprised of 9 regional Film Hubs. Each Hub will appoint 1-3 Technical Ambassadors (approx. 20 TAs across the UK);
  • Each Technical Ambassador will deliver between 1-3 training sessions, depending upon location, demand and their area of specialisation;
  • This opportunity is open to contracted and freelance projectionists, technicians and engineers;
  • Applicants who work on a permanent contract basis must seek consent from their organisation with an agreement regarding delivery of payment in place with their employer;
  • TAs may be asked to deliver training in neighbouring FAN Hub regions, depending upon location of requesting organisations;
  • The ICO will process and manage all trainee applications and match TA to trainees in collaboration with the BFI Film Audience Network Lead Hub Organisations.
  • Training sessions will take place at trainee’s venue on their own equipment wherever possible.