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80% discount for freelance workers in Wales to attend Cyfle short courses or to fund alternative UK training solutions. Staff receive 50% discount. Subject to the Skills Wales Fund guidelines The Training Company for the TV, Film, Animation and Interactive Media Industries in Wales

Winter 2008

CYFLE SHORT COURSES FOR JANUARY – MARCH 2009 (see page 6 for full listing)

CYFLE CELEBRATES 21 YEARS OF TRAINING Nearly 200 industry professionals and former Cyfle trainees attended Cyfle’s celebration of 21 years of industry training on 24 October at the Parc Thistle Hotel, Cardiff. The evening involved screenings of past trainees, presentation of Cyfle certificates and music provided by DJ’s Huw Stephens and Richard Rees. Key note speakers included S4C Chief Executive Iona Jones; Gary Townsend, Skillset Executive Director; Huw Jones, Cyfle Chair and Iona Williams, Cyfle Chief Executive (see page 3).

Prestigious Status Continues Cyfle has again been awarded the Investor in People (IIP) status for its continuous areas of good practice within the organisation. According to the IIP June review, Cyfle has been awarded the status, which it originally gained in 1995, for ‘achieving its success through its people’. Chief Executive, Iona Williams, is delighted with the award: “We have been awarded the prestigious Investor in People Status for the fifth time by showing our commitment to ‘investing in our staff’,” she explains. “A significant number of Cyfle personnel have been with the company for many years and, during this time, have seen considerable changes within the industry it serves. Staff have been encouraged to ‘keep up’ with the changes and trends through Cyfle’s commitment to Life Long Learning and investment in training,” explains Iona. In fact, Cyfle’s dedication to Life Long Learning forms a crucial part of Cyfle’s


responsibility not only to internal development but also to industry development through its extensive portfolio of specialised, industry led training schemes to develop talent across the board, from school leavers to executives. “Life Long Learning is part of Cyfle’s remit to the industry,” states Iona “by providing bespoke training to pre entrants, new entrants and continuous professional development for practitioners.” For more information regarding Cyfle training provisions, please visit

In 2007, 58 new entrants completed eight TV, Film, Animation, or Interactive Media Cyfle training schemes. Contact Nadine Roberts, Manager of New Entrants Schemes for details of potential employees:

Individuals and training schemes highlighted in this issue have received funding assistance from the following. Cyfle gratefully acknowledges the support of its funders and supporters:

Inside this issue Page 4 Animation Training Activities Page 5 Film Scheme Success Page 6 Scriptwriters’ Weekend 2



Cyfle’s first Camera Trainee continues to excel:


Rich Wyn Huws Cyfle Camera Trainee, 1986 - 1988 In a 1985 edition of Sbec, an S4C schedule insert formerly included in the regional TV Times, Richard Wyn Huws is introduced as “the school boy who had been asking for a course similar to Cyfle even before the Welsh Channel, S4C, was launched.” Indeed, there was no doubting the passion and ambition of this young camera man from Talysarn, who had big hopes of working on Welsh films. “I grew up next to the quarries,” he explained as he described his big ambition as a Cyfle trainee, “and I would like to make the Welsh novel Un Nos Ola’ Leuad into a film.” 21 years later, Rich Wyn is a self-contained camera man, with his own equipment and own company ( In 2007, he was nominated for a Best Director of Photography Bafta-Cymru Award for his work on the second series of the modern drama series, Caerdydd. And although he missed out on the opportunity of working on Un Nos Ola’ Leuad, Rich has managed to work on an impressive list of credits on some of Wales’s most famous films, including working as a Focus Puller on Oscar nominated Hedd Wyn, and as a Camera Assistant on the Karl Francis film: Angry Earth. He also has extensive

experience of working as a camera person on some of S4C’s popular drama series such as C’mon Midffîld, Pengelli, Iechyd Da, Porc Peis Bach, Talcen Caled, Amdani, Dirgelwch yr Ogof, Traed Mewn Cyffion, Jabas, Dihirod Dyfed, Mela and ‘Stafell Ddirgel. Most recently, Rich Wyn has been responsible for the remarkable camera work on the drama series Caerdydd (episodes 2, 3, 4, 5) in addition to the Welsh feature film Cwcw - which won the Best International Feature Film award at the International Film Festival of South Africa. A film adaptation of the Welsh novel Martha, Jac a Sianco, by production company Apollo, will also demonstrate Rich Wyn’s skilful camera expertise.

Marked with the prestigious event at the Parc Thistle Hotel, Cardiff, Cyfle’s 21 years of training party saw nearly 200 past trainees and industry partners celebrate their contribution to the nurturing of the industry’s talent in Wales over the past two decades.

1987: The Cyfle Trainee

During the evening, guest speakers voiced their delight at the momentous milestone, and looked forward to developing their relationships again in the future:

2008: The Professional Camera Man

“Cyfle’s role as a bilingual training provider is pivotal to the development of an effective workforce for S4C and the industry in general in Wales. Cyfle has succeeded in boosting skills levels in the sector, offering individuals the opportunity for continuous professional development. The ability to deliver innovative training provision and tailored solutions will, I’m sure, continue to be a hallmark of Cyfle under the leadership of Huw and Iona - and will ensure we are all better equipped to meet the challenges of the future.” Iona Jones, S4C Chief Executive

And even with time, the sky is still the limit for Cyfle’s first ever camera trainee: “There is an abundance of talent in Wales. Our technicians, production teams and writers have extensive hours of filming behind them by now. We deserve and need a successful feature film which could hopefully be worthy of the Best International Film award at the Oscars, to follow in the foot steps of Oscar nominated film Hedd Wyn,” explains Rich Wyn. “21 years ago, finding a technical crew in Wales would have been impossible. However, through Cyfle, S4C and TAC, the dream is now more of a reality with all the talent that

has been nurtured here in Wales. And for me, realising this dream soon would certainly be the icing on Cyfle’s birthday cake, for the sake of the Welsh film industry... and to put us on the global map.”

CYFLE’S COMPANY PLACEMENT SCHEME 2008 - 2009 In September, eight new entrants to the industry completed their induction course for the second Cyfle ‘Company Placement’ training scheme. The trainees are currently training on location in the following fields (clockwise from left): Iestyn Hampson-Jones - Trainee Researcher with Presentable Steven King - Trainee Researcher with Telesgop Dafydd Evans - Trainee Editor and Post Production Operator with Boomerang Rhian Nash - Trainee Researcher with Greenbay Nia Young - Trainee Researcher with Rondo Media Lowri Jones - Trainee Production Coordinator with Indus Films Lowri Evans - Trainee Researcher with Cwmni Da Carol Hughes - Trainee Production Secretary, also with Cwmni Da Also, absent from the photo is Tudur Evans Trainee Researcher with Rondo Media - who will be starting his placement in January 2009.

The new trainees completed the induction course under the supervision of established producer Sue Jeffries and Cyfle’s Nadine Roberts (back row, right)

The Cyfle Company Placement Scheme receives funding from:


“It’s been a pleasure to have worked so closely with Cyfle over many years as they

Guest Speakers during the Cyfle 21 celebrations (clockwise from left): Huw Jones, Cyfle Chair; Iona Williams, Cyfle Chief Executive; Gary Townsend, Skillset Executive Director and Iona Jones, S4C’s Chief Executive.

are synonymous with quality training in the creative media industries in Wales. Over the years we’ve built up a great partnership in terms of supporting their fantastic courses. The great thing about Cyfle’s training schemes is that there is no ‘one size fits all’ approach - it has created imaginative solutions to individual training challenges, for example, employing

differing learning techniques through mentoring, off-the-job training and placements as and when required. I’m looking forward to working with Cyfle over the next 21 years and already there’s a variety of exciting and innovative new projects on the horizon.” Gary Townsend, Skillset’s Executive Director


Calling past trainees

Congratulations to five of Cyfle’s 2007 Dimension 10 trainees for receiving the award for Best Interactive Media project at the Ffresh Student Moving Images Festival of Wales in Aberystwyth in February 2008.

Following the success of the Cyfle 21 event, Cyfle now intends to set up an on-line social network as a drive to maintain contact with its past trainees. Cyfle also plans to organise future networking meetings for past trainees in both North and South Wales. Iona Williams, Cyfle’s Chief Executive said ‘It was wonderful to see so many ex trainees and to catch up with what everyone is doing. We certainly hope that we can bring our network of trainees together again in the future.”

The interactive game, ‘Orball’, was created during the six month course in response to an Dimension 10 award winners Rob Lloyd and Tom Garne (absent from the photo: Gareth Gwyther, Carol Wilkins and Nic Finch) industry brief provided by international gaming work, as well as receiving a University of company Mygo Solutions, Kuala Lumpur. Wales Lampeter Post Graduate Diploma Creators of ‘The House’, another in Interactive Media for their efforts. Dimension 10 project, were also Based on the Dimension 10 model, Cyfle nominated within the same category. will be recruiting for the Multi-platform Indeed, a heartfelt congratulations to all Development for TV six month scheme in 10 trainees for further recognition of their January / February 2009.

The Cyfle 21 event saw Cyfle staff attempt to contact over 500 former trainees from databases that go as far back as 1986…before the days of email and mobile phones! Cyfle would therefore like to urge any past trainee who we have not been able to contact to email to update their details.

The above Cyfle Dimension 10 Scheme was funded by:




Digital Animation Lab 2 Six trainees graduated from the full time ‘Digital Animation Lab’ scheme in June this year, achieving a very high standard of animation success. The principle aim of the scheme was to cohabit the talents of six professional and recently graduated animators in a training studio. The studio environment would creatively inspire them to collaborate in the production of an innovative and commercially marketable five minute film, and to demonstrate their newly acquired skills for the Welsh animation sector. Industry mentorship was paramount to the success of the scheme, with local animation professionals delivering training in key areas of both the craft and technical skills of the business. With a production time scale of 12 weeks, each trainee played a pivotal role in delivering the various elements of the animation workflow, from writing the original story and character concept through to the final production. The completed bilingual children’s cartoon named ‘Moon Pirates’ will be submitted to short film festivals. “The Cyfle courses have been invaluable to the animation industry in Wales by giving graduates additional training and production experience. We have since employed one of the Cyfle trainees at Dinamo and are looking to employ more in the future,” explains Owen Stickler, Director at Dinamo.


Lab 1 Animators (clockwise from back): James White, Ben Morgan, Matthew Partridge, Sarah Davies, Phillip Page and Allyn Thomas

The Lab scheme has been developed as an extension to the Cyfle ‘Digital Animation Training Studio’ scheme in Cardiff. A 12 month vocational training scheme which was designed to provide high quality training in animation with industry collaborations from S4C’s commissioned animation companies Calon, Dinamo and Griffilms. The trainees for ‘Lab 2’ (funded by S4C and WAG) have recently begun their training in November. An exciting development in the scheme has been the inclusion of a ‘real world’ industry client brief from Autism Cymru, who has asked the trainees to produce a short film that will aid their charity in the awareness of Autism in Wales.

IT’S A BOY! Big congratulations to Cyfle’s Animation and New Media

Manager, Gareth Ioan Davies, on becoming a father! Macsen Cybi Davies was born on 6 March 2008 and we would like to wish the family all the best!

International work placements at Imagimax Studios, Bangkok

Since graduating from the 12 month Digital Animation Training Studio in June this year, a number of trainees have secured full time work in the animation industry. Former trainee Mike Day is now employed by Cardiff based company Bait as a Motion Graphics Designer: “We were impressed by how the graphic design skills that he had acquired from his previous employment had been combined with the animation skills acquired on the course to give him good all round technique,” states Owain Elidir, Director at Bait. Jenny Clements now works full time for Dinamo in Cardiff as a 2D Animator and Kei Phillips works as a 2D Flash Animator for Player Three, a games company in London.

CYFLE ATTRACTS WORLD CLASS ANIMATORS Two successful Cyfle animation master class events were held at the Atrium in Cardiff during May and June 2008. Singaporean animator Nickson Fong was invited to keynote the first event. The Academy Award nominee, and one of the genius technical minds behind The Matrix film franchise, wowed industry and student delegates alike: “Nickson Fong was inspirational,” states Robin Lyons, Managing Director for Cardiff based animation company Calon. “His story illustrates the benefits of aiming high and working to achieve something exceptional,” he explained.

One of the highlights of the second event was a master class in character observation skills by Richard Williams, famed for his Oscar winning work with Who Framed Roger Rabbit. Joanna Quinn, Beryl Productions, also gave a fascinating overview of her award winning work, including Wife of Bath; and GEEKBOY creator/writer/director JAKe, a freelance animator and illustrator from London, gave a candid talk about his first time experience in directing a short animation. Storyboard artist for Marvel Comics and Hollywood Feature Films, Mike Ploog, also provided an entertaining discussion about his Hollywood experiences ‘in conversation’ with Mike Collins of Calon.

NEW ENTRANTS FILM SCHEME September 2007 saw four promising Cyfle trainees successfully complete the Skillset Film Skills Funded ‘Wales Film Industry Training Scheme for New Entrants’. And the innovative 12 month scheme, which placed the Cardiff based trainees on a variety of exciting productions, is to be followed by a second scheme in 2008.

with specialist short courses and mentoring from industry practitioners as well as an exit programme. The 2006 - 2007 film training scheme was also the first Cyfle course to introduce the Skillset Approved City and Guilds Audio Visual Industries Induction Certificate, which the trainees followed during their placements.

Matt Redd, Cyfle Trainee Production Coordinator has secured work that will see him develop as producer with Boom Films; Elen Williams, Art Department Trainee, and Glyn Hamer, Boom Operator Trainee also both secured contracts, working on the film Skellig; whilst Cyfle’s 3rd Assistant Director Trainee, Ryan Hooper, is currently working freelance.

Based on the initial scheme, Cyfle’s latest film scheme is offering exciting, full time training for eight other individuals in the following grades: Production Trainee, Archive Trainee, Trainee Script Editor, Assistant Editor Trainee, Trainee Costume Assistant and a Trainee Make Up and Hair Assistant. If you are interested in being an industry mentor or would like to offer a placement for a trainee on a film production, please contact Nadine Roberts on 029 2046 55 33 or

The success of the scheme is attributed to its industry focused placements combined

Cyfle International Cyfle’s relationship with FINAS, the National Film Development Corporation, Malaysia, is continuing to flourish under Cyfle’s new subsidiary branch, Cyfle International. Three practical week-long courses have now been delivered for up to 60 industry practitioners at the FINAS studios in Kuala Lumpur. These included two Script Development Master Classes for International Cyfle course delegates at Kuala Lumpur Feature Film, delivered by International award winning screenwriter Barbara Slade; and Acting for Film Master Class delivered by multi award-winning director and actor Rufus Norris. Further advanced master classes will be scheduled for FINAS in 2009, including Cinematography, Production Design and Directing. For more information regarding Cyfle International contact The above training activities fall under Cyfle International projects and are self financing.

CYFLE AND NSPCC WORKSHOP The Child Protection courses organised by Cyfle in partnership with the NSPCC aim to train, develop and enable those nominated as a designated person for child protection to fulfil their role within the company.

Nickson Fong, Egg Story Productions, speaking in Cardiff

These professional training courses enable participants to respond appropriately to concerns about the child’s or young person’s safety or well-being, and to contribute towards creating a protective filming environment. Participants also receive an NSPCC certificate of competence on completion of the training.

“The NSPCC is pleased to be able to continue to work in partnership with Cyfle in 2009. These courses will enable companies to develop the necessary skills and knowledge to effectively safeguard children and young people with whom they have contact,” explains Tom Narducci from the NSPCC. The collaboration with the NSPCC is a further demonstration of Cyfle’s commitment to encouraging best practice within the industry. The next scheduled Child Protection course is 10 February 2009 in Cardiff. Contact to tailor a course to meet your company’s training needs.

The Cyfle Animation Schemes, unless otherwise stated, were funded by:

The above Film Schemes, unless otherwise stated, were funded by:


Boom Films training scheme

Boom Films Trainees at the Cannes Film Festival, with former Cyfle trainee and Boom Films Film Co-ordinator Germaine Campbell; and Antony Smith

The Boom Films training scheme is a unique 10 month scheme for four emerging producers in collaboration with the Boomerang Group’s film arm. And so far, all four trainees have all taken part in a fantastic journey. They have started developing their own projects, attended master classes on specific subjects and taken part in a learning and teaching programme. They have also packaged ideas for financiers and been involved in various production activities to give them a grounding in the practicalities of film-making. “All four Boom Films Trainees have been working intensively on the development of their own projects. One of the main things we have tried to instil within the trainees is a sense of confidence and ambition but most importantly entrepreneurialship. This is ultimately the key to Producing,” says Antony Smith, Executive Producer, Boom Films. “One way of learning and spreading information has been the Learning and Teaching Project. In this setup we have encouraged the Trainees to go out and research a specific area of the film industry, usually one where they have a particular weakness. This usually takes a couple of weeks, then they come back and present their findings to the rest of the group. We have called this peer to peer learning. It also ensures that they thoroughly research their work and it gives them a sense of authority in that field and therefore confidence to speak about it,” explains Antony. The innovative scheme finished in November and Cyfle wish Iwan Benneyworth, Ceri Elen Morris, Vivien Muller-Rommel and Quirine Robbins a prosperous New Year! For a copy of their CVs please contact The Boom Films Training Scheme received funding from Boomerang and the Skillset Film Skills Fund.



Financial support for professionals Prominent Welsh Editor Mali Evans seeks support from Cyfle’s Skills Wales Fund to develop as a Script Editor. “I have been working as an Editor on Drama productions for many years and felt that I would like to edit at the script level. I thought that the skills that I have acquired as an Editor would be compatible with those of a Script Editor. Through the financial support offered by Cyfle’s Skills Wales Fund, I could attend high quality practical courses in Script Editing at the BBC, which have given me the confidence and the knowledge to pursue my new career. I’m currently editing ‘Gododdin’, a film script by Rhodri Smith which has provided me with a fantastic opportunity Mali Evans (left) with Cyfle’s Shân Gwenfron Hughes as a new Script Editor.”

UP AND COMING CYFLE SHORT COURSES Cyfle’s Skills Wales Fund can provide freelance workers in Wales with a discount of up to 80% towards Cyfle short courses and alternative UK training, and up to 50% for staff (subject to funding guidelines). Contact to see whether you are eligible for funding and for further information regarding the following courses: 7 - 8 January Movie Magic Budgeting and Scheduling 5 February Factual Production Management 10 February NSPCC Child Protection Workshop 16 - 17 February Final Cut Pro Editing

Scriptwriters’ Weekend 2 attracts Hollywood producer / director!

18 February

Employment Law

25 February

Production Accounting

25 - 26 February Development Workshop 27 February

Writers’ Block

9 - 10 March

Final Cut Pro Editing

10 March NSPCC Child Protection Workshop Also coming soon: Managing Growth Workshop Confident Pitching Writing for Multi-platform

Designed at Design Stage


David Semel (right) with Cyfle’s Nia Haf Jones (centre) and S4C’s Dewi Wyn Williams.

Welsh freelance Producer / Director Huw Marshall (left) networking with Niall Mathews at the event.

Two days, eight speakers, one venue…and what a weekend and a half! Following the sweeping success of the first Scriptwriters’ Weekend back in April, it was hard to believe that it was possible to reach the same standard again this time. However, Cyfle, in association with S4C, managed to invite a number of famous names from the world of Animation, Film and TV including David Semel, a Hollywood producer and director no less!

to receive further training 20 years later…I learnt a lot of new things that will certainly contribute to my day to day job,” adds Huw.

“From the first session with Barbara Slade on Saturday morning through to Ashley Pharaoh’s talk on Sunday afternoon, I was inspired to write for real once again,” explains Huw Marshall, freelance Producer / Director. “As a former Cyfle trainee from the 80’s it was nice

One of the most popular sessions of the weekend was ‘Dragon’s Pitch’. This presented 23 of the lucky 80 who attended the weekend the opportunity to pitch their ideas in front of a panel of experts before receiving professional advice and feedback. The Scriptwriters’ Weekend, along with all Cyfle Skills Wales fund training activities highlighted on this page, are funded by S4C, The Skillset TV Freelance Fund, TAC and WAG. Cyfle would like to acknowledge Skillset Cymru for also supporting both Scriptwriters’ Weekends.

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Congratulations to Cyfle Trainer Neil Sinclair for winning a Flip Video Camera for his humorous Cyfle 21 video message. Cyfle would also like to send a heartfelt thank you to all of the Cyfle 21 event sponsors and supporters from the creative industries and education sectors in Wales – the night could not have happened with out their kind contribution. Visit the Cyfle 21 section at for a full list of sponsors and to view some of the video messages left by Cyfle staff, trainers and past trainees!

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