Hone your skills
Drop ins - open access equipment, software and advice at The Engine Room
Courses - whether you are a beginner looking to gain IT skills or an emerging filmmaker seeking craft-based subjects such as scriptwriting, our programme of courses has something to offer all ages and abilities. See the diary for upcoming courses or get in touch and suggest a subject. We can also offer one to one tuition.
Work experience and bursary placements - Somerset Film offers work experience opportunities with its experienced team at The Engine Room, Bridgwater. What we’re looking for is bright, highly motivated people who have a clear interest in media, and hope to make it their career. Read more...
Create and collaborate
Advice – Ignite Surgeries | Qualifying Somerset-based artists from any artform can now apply for a FREE four hour, one-to-one surgery for advice and support with the aim of bringing a digital element to your current practice or planned work. Read more...
Alternatively, contact us if you require advice on funding, co-productions or getting into the industry.
Equipment Hire - We offer studio space and a comprehensive range of ﬁlm equipment for hire at competitive rates. Past hirers of our studio and cafe space include NHS Somerset, Bridgwater College and Somerset Design Enterprise Network. Recent additions to our equipment include 80cm DSLR Slider (February 2015). Click here to download our current hire ratecard.
Join a project - In addition to the initiatives listed above (see menu) we often work in partnership with community groups and organisations to develop and deliver a range of projects. If you are interested in getting involved as a volunteer, participant or would like to see a project in your local community then get in touch.
Freelance network – There's a great community of artists, filmmakers and digital practitioners living and working in Somerset. We organise events and platforms to enable everyone to network and find potential collaborators. Each quarter we organise a Junction event, an informal evening of networking and screening - our next is on December 10th. A chance for you to show a section from your latest work and get feedback. Once a month we host Creative Network evenings for artists from all artforms. We also regularly employ freelancers for commissioned films, community projects or as course tutors - if you'd like to work with us then get in touch.
Be seen and heard
Having a voice - This section is currently under construction - thank you for your patience.
Art on the Radio - We broadcast a one hour radio show each week dedicated to Somerset artists. To date Ignite has broadcast interviews with artist Michael Fairfax, author Alison Brown and performance poet Thommie Gillow amongst others. We are regularly scheduling content for forthcoming shows and are interested in hearing from artists who would like to get involved. We are also keen to hear from artists who want to explore the potential of radio as a means of broadcasting sound-art. Get involved, get in touch… We broadcast every Tuesday 5.30 - 6.30pm on 105.3FM and at 10radio.org
Somerset TV - YOUR local TV – a brand new online channel dedicated to films made for Somerset by Somerset people. On Somerset-TV.com YOU are the story – so here’s your chance to get involved! The service is fully interactive – FREE to view and FREE to upload. You can view what’s on at any time and then register to upload your own ﬁlm. Once registered you can also comment on what you see, rate each ﬁlm and share them on the most popular social networks.
Reel Somerset - We curate a DVD of short films made by Somerset filmmakers and distribute free to over 150 film societies, community and not for profit cinemas across the South West. Our aim is to encourage venues to show a short film in front of a feature and raise the profile of local talent. If you have a short film you'd like to be considered or you're a venue and would like to receive a DVD then get in touch.
Junctions - Each quarter we organise a Junction event, an informal evening of networking and screening - our next is on December 10th. A chance for you to show a section from your latest work, get feedback and meet like-minded people.
An artist – Ignite Somerset is dedicated to enabling arts makers and audiences in Somerset to harness the new opportunities afforded through digital technology to create and experience greater artistic excellence and innovation. Read more...
Under 25 – There are a range of opportunities for young people to learn more about filmmaking and creative technology such as BFI Film Academy | Art Academy | Women by Women | Random Acts. Activities usually take place during weekends and holidays. Look out too for courses and workshops provided free to those aged 19 and under.