Warner Bros. Creative Talent

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Through Warner Bros. Creative Talent, young people of all backgrounds will have the opportunity to gain invaluable experience and insight right across the UK creative industries.

From film and TV, to video games and theatre, skills and training options include:

  • Higher education scholarships
  • Apprenticeships
  • Trainee positions on every Warner Bros. film production in the UK
  • Training course places at Chickenshed
  • Charlie and the Chocolate Factory placements

To find out about specific opportunities available to you now, take a look at the Opportunities page.
For general enquiries, please contact us.

 

  • A filmmaker has almost the same freedom as a novelist has when he buys himself some paper.

    Stanley Kubrick
  • It’s important as an artist to look at the world in a unique way. Be comfortable with yourself – and resist the pressure to conform to stereotypes or what’s expected. Tap into whatever strange beauty you see in your subject that you want to share with others.

    Tim Burton
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Current Seasons

Meet the talented young people that make up Warner Bros. Creative Talent - Season Three

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Arran - Scholar

BA (Hons) in Digital Film Production at Ravensbourne

How are you involved in Warner Bros. Creative Talent?
In my third year at Ravensbourne University doing a Digital Film Production degree I was able to apply to Warner Bros. Creative Talent and was awarded the scholarship.
What does it mean to you to be part of Warner Bros. Creative Talent?
Its an absolute honour to be a part of a studio that has been at the forefront of filmmaking from the very beginning. It means a very great deal to me to be a part of Warner Bros. Creative Talent and I’m really looking forward to taking full advantage of all of the opportunities that are offered! I think this is a very important step in my career.
What do you hope to achieve in your career?
I want to earn a living doing something that I love, and being creative. I’m a very visual person, so filmmaking and Cinematography is the perfect way to express myself. I want nothing more than to do well and be successful as a Cinematographer.

I want to earn a living doing something that I love, and being creative. I’m a very visual person, so filmmaking and Cinematography is the perfect way to express myself.

Who do you most admire in the industry?
The cinematographer Conrad Hall is a huge inspiration. The way he creates environments where the story can tell itself through the imagery is truly inspirational. Jack Cardiff is also definitely one of my biggest inspirations, and someone who I greatly admire. His whole work ethic – the fact that he never really wanted to retire because he loved his job so much. That’s all I aspire to do in life, be in a line of work that I love so much that I don’t want to stop doing it. Filmmaking and Cinematography is that career path for me.
Tell us something about yourself most people would be surprised by?
I have a twin brother. Throughout almost all of my childhood I was home educated. I also did a lot of travelling around the world, especially to India (6 times). So I grew up having completely different experiences from other children, and I like to think this makes me approach situations in a different way. Also, when I was 11, the BBC made a short documentary about the fact that me and brother were home educated. This was one of the things that really opened my eyes to filmmaking and was one of the fundamental things that made me realise that this was a career I wanted to pursue.

Alumni

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Amy - Scholar

MA TV Fiction Writing at Glasgow Caledonian University

Tell us about being a part of Warner Bros. Creative Talent - Season One and what’s the experience has been like?
The experience of being a Warner Bros. Creative Talent scholar isn't something that's easy to put into words, however, as an aspiring screenwriter I had better try. Throughout the last twelve months it has felt like I won Willy Wonka's golden ticket to some of the most exciting buildings in the UK film and TV industry, including Levesden Studios, Warner House, De Lane Lea Studios, Elstree Studios and the BFI IMAX, and myself and my season one classmates have listened first-hand to the experiences and advice of individuals who work at the very top of Warner Bros. The Creative Talent programme is an opportunity like no other; as well as an education in the workings of one of the most recognised companies in the world, it's the most important career endorsement I could ever have imagined. I have come away from Season One with the feeling that, above all, I can and should aim high in my career as a screenwriter, and the accolade of being a Warner Bros. scholar is already helping me stand out in this competitive field.
What has been your highlight?
Attending the London premiere of The Edge of Tomorrow and meeting Tom Cruise, Emily Blunt and Doug Liman is something which I'm certainly not going to forget in a hurry. But watching 2001: A Space Odyssey in the Warner Bros. Preview Theatre, with Dolby Atmos sound, prefaced by a Q&A with Jan Harlan, Stanley Kubrick’s brother-in-law and producer, was particularly special for me. Listening to Con Gornell (Executive Vice President, European Theatrical Marketing, Warner Bros. Entertainment UK) proudly talk about the very special relationship Warner Bros. has with the Kubrick Estate, I felt humbled and honoured to be part of the audience, and as Jan fondly reminisced about working with Stanley Kubrick you could have heard a pin drop in that room. Culturally, historically, and aesthetically 2001 is probably the greatest film of all time, and I got goose pimples watching it in the Warner Bros. Preview Theatre alongside a man who worked so closely with Kubrick. Some things are just too cool for words and this was one of them.
Where do you see yourself in five years time?
I hope to have an impressive list of credits as a writer on some long-running UK dramas and have both series and serials commissioned and in development with broadcasters and production companies. I would like to have spent some time in America to gain experience of working in a writing team, and I also hope to branch out into theatre, radio and feature films. My goal is to make a name for myself in the industry with a credible body of work, and I would love to have the opportunity of working within other Warner Bros. drama divisions such as Warner Bros. Television, Warner Horizon Television, Telepictures Productions and Studio 2.0. First on the list is signing with an agent and developing my three part relationship drama serial with a production company or broadcaster for commission. Aim high right?

I can and should aim high in my career as a screenwriter, and the accolade of being a Warner Bros. scholar is already helping me stand out in this competitive field.

What advice would you give to someone who was thinking about applying for a Warner Bros. Creative Talent scholarship, apprenticeship or training course?
If you are passionate about a career in TV, film or games and you are willing to dedicate yourself to train for it; you should apply to Warner Bros. Creative Talent. Be proactive in your field and experiment with your writing, or your games designing, or your sound engineering, or your stage management, or whatever your passion is, so that you can prove that your ambition isn't just a pipe dream but a lasting commitment. This will also give you lots to talk about at the interview and demonstrate your talent. Keep abreast of what the industry is doing and have well-considered opinions on the media you are consuming; talk about what you love in the industry and how you would like to help shape it. Above all have belief in yourself and aim high, but always be open to learning more every day.
How has being part of Warner Bros. Creative Talent helped you pursue your chosen career in the industry?
Having Warner Bros. on my CV is an accolade I will try to live up to as I develop my career as a screenwriter. The programme has given me countless incredible opportunities: it enabled me to study a masters in screenwriting; it gave me a three month placement in a fantastic company to immerse myself immediately after I finished studying; it introduced me to some incredible people including my mentor Eileen Gallagher OBE, and already it is helping me get my scripts seen, which as a new writer means everything. I will always be indebted to Jess Moore (Head of Corporate Responsibility, UK. at Warner Bros. Entertainment Group of Companies) and Josh Berger (President & Managing Director, Warner Bros. Entertainment UK, Ireland and Spain), firstly for creating such an amazing programme aimed at helping aspiring talent begin working in the creative industries, and secondly for letting me be part of the very first season. I will never forget it and I will be sad to go!