Outlander is one of the biggest television programs set to be filmed in Scotland. In preparation for the sixth season, the production opens recruitment for trainees in various roles to work behind the scenes. Successful candidates will get to work alongside actors Sam Heughan and Caitriona Balfe on the set of the time-traveling drama. What positions are then available? Read on to know more.
The apprenticeship course is hiring up to 16 trainees across various departments to work on Outlander season six. The positions available include slots for assistant director, video assistant, props, SFX, post production, and greens.
Applicants for assistant director will need good communication skills, enthusiasm, be approachable, sociable and diplomatic under pressure. As a trainee, they will be involved in assisting with on-set operations. They should look after the needs of the cast and crew, as well as lock off access to the set.
Video assistant applicants need to have basic knowledge of video equipment and cabling routing, good organizational skills and time management. Under this role, video assistants are expected to support the whole camera department. Their primary duties include running cables from cameras to monitors, ensuring batteries are charged, and moving monitors and other equipment.
Those applying for this traineeship should be practically minded, good at research, knowledgeable of hand tools and creative processes. Work activities cover sourcing materials, set dressing, breaking down scripts and shadowing experienced prop hands in store and on set.
Desired SFX applicants must be creative and imaginative, knowledgeable and aware of health and safety, and have a driving license. Accepted trainees will assist in the construction and operation of special effects, maintenance and safekeeping of equipment and effects. Moreover, they will be trained to learn about the different types of special effects and equipment.
Skills required for the position include good technical ability and knowledge of basic workflows and file formats. There should also be a general understanding of the overall post production process. While an avid experience is beneficial, it is not essential. Post production trainees will be involved in syncing and logging rushes, and setting up the viewing suite for remote screenings.
Greens are set people who create landscapes, decorate interiors and lawns or gardens to fulfill the requirements of the script. People chosen in this traineeship would be involved from running errands and sourcing materials, to material preparation and set dressing.
The training opportunity will allow candidates to have remarkable experiences and learnings from a real filming environment. This should jumpstart their careers within this industry following their placement on set.
Moreover, trainees will also be paid salaries between £514.60 and £537.15 per week. There will also be allowances on holidays and for exceeding rendered hours per week, depending on role and experience.
Successful candidates will start on January 5, 2021 and potentially run until August 2021. In other words, Outlander season 6 might be returning to our screens sooner than we thought.