Art Positions in Filmmaking

Art and Design, Business Studies and/or Management Science, Engineering and/or Technology
15 Jan, 2021 to 15 Dec, 2021
31 Mar, 2021

General information

3 months

Dear Students,

If you pursue a career in filmmaking, working your way up from the very bottom, if you want to be part of a film crew in a Hollywood production with big movie stars, in a TV series from a famous streaming platform, in a music video of a talented singer, or in a commercial of a big brand, please, read further.

Nu Boyana Film Studios in Sofia, Bulgaria, the home of "The Expendables" franchise, the Gerard Butler's "... Has Fallen" trilogy, "Rambo: Last Blood" and "Hellboy" only to mention a few, through its educational department FilmForge is looking for Erasmus+ students from high-schools or just graduated from high-schools from all over the EU and EEA, and the UK. As a start, you would need to have already acquired some high school skills in various technical fields as listed below. We need you and we are giving you a chance to work on the set of movies, TV series, commercials, music videos, etc. as:

But before you make up your mind, watch this short video about Nu Boyana and decide.



The work of art department trainees varies greatly from production to production. On big-budget features with a large art department, trainees will do more administrative type jobs. They will often work closely with the art department coordinator, providing backup and doing basic running duties between the art department office, the drawing and construction team, and the production office. On small budget productions, there’s likely to be more scope for creative input. They might work with assistant art directors to record detailed measurements of locations and then move into the drawing studio to make sure the draughtspersons have what they need. They may be responsible for ordering and collecting art department drawing and model-making materials and might even help with the construction of scale models for sets. During filming, they might help the standby art director and art department coordinator with any last-minute requests or changes to the sets.

What’s an art department trainee good at?

- Art: draw by hand, use art software packages
- Carpentry: We are also specifically looking for some students to have basic carpentry skills to work with the Production carpenters, observe their craft, and assist their work.
- Watching film and TV drama: have a passion for the medium and a love of the industry
- Learning by listening and watching: observe what’s happening in the art department, understand how it works
- Learning by asking: ask questions at the right time to learn the tricks of the art department trade
- Reliability: get there on time and do what’s asked, be disciplined
- Communication: be able to ask, explain, share and make cups of tea at energy-flagging moments

Tools of the trade

You will build up your kit over time. Here are some of the items you will need to start with (the production will most probably provide).

- Laptop with image editing software, such as Vectorworks and SketchUp. Use the free versions until you are well enough established to buy the paid software.
- Printer; able to print on A3 is desirable but A4 will suffice.
- Drawing kit. Pencils, scale rulers, furniture templates, compass, adjustable set square.
- Modeling kit. Cutting board, scalpels, steel rule.
- Portable desktop A2 board. Not essential as a drawing board might be provided, but handy none the less.
- SLR digital camera for photoshoots (not essential but desirable).

Who does an art department trainee work with?

Art department trainees might be working with anyone in the art department; the art director, assistant art director, set decorator, draughtsmen, or art department coordinator. They report to the production designer. They also work with the painters, plasterers, and carpenters who work with the construction manager and are likely to have contact with the production management office too.


Costume trainees are at the ready with a needle, a cup of tea, an iron, and a notepad. Their tasks vary depending on the scale of the production. They might carry out research for the costume designer or work with a costume assistant to detail requirements, photograph garments, and note changes in the continuity book. They are likely to help with setting up workrooms, ordering supplies, and may help with pattern cutting or the aging and distressing of costumes. They may be given specific responsibility for crowd fittings or packing costumes for overseas shipment to other locations or units. During the shoot, they make sure the outfits are ready for the actors and help the standbys by making simple alternations. Or they might be asked to collect garments and supplies, clean and iron them or do returns for the designer.

What’s a costume trainee good at?

- Sewing: measure, cut fabrics, sew by hand and with a sewing machine
- Costume history: know period costume and contemporary fashion, be able to research using books, museums, the internet
- Watching film and TV drama: have a passion for the genre and a love of the industry
- Learning by watching and asking: be able to observe what’s happening and ask questions at the appropriate moments
- Reliability: get to set on time and do what’s asked, be disciplined
- Communication: put actors at their ease while in fittings or on set, listen to and explain to crew members

Tools of the trade

You will need some basic kit when you start working on a film set. Some of these you should have in advance. 

- Bum bag or small across body bag
- Needles
- Black and white is a good start
- Pins and safety pins
- Tape measure
- Small scissors
- Sharpie
- Notepad and pen
- Teams often communicate by WhatsApp
- Camera with digital card or phone with a good camera
- Waterproof jacket and trousers
- Walking boots or wellies
- Thermal clothes and lots of layers

Who does a costume trainee work with?

Costume trainees work with the whole costume team, including costume assistants on set, on costume trucks or at base. They might also be working with actors in crowd scenes.


The role of hair and make-up trainees varies according to the production. Most start the day reading the call sheet and putting together kit bags depending on what’s needed. That might include anything from towels and hair dryers if there’s a water scene or hot flannels for de-rigging at the end of the day. Hair and make-up trainees learn by watching more experienced staff and might get to do basic hair and make-up for crowd scenes. They may even be responsible for some minor characters and stunt doubles, working under supervision. They are trained in health, safety, and hygiene. They wash brushes, keep the truck tidy, and make sure the towels are clean. Hair and make-up trainees are also responsible for updating notes and taking photographs, which is essential to maintain the continuity of the characters during production.

What’s a hair and make-up trainee good at?

- Hair and make-up: be able to do basic hairdressing and make-up application
- Hair and make-up history: enjoy period fashions and styles as well as current trends, know how to research them
- Watching film and TV drama: have a passion for the medium and a love of the industry
- Learning by watching and asking: be able to observe what’s happening and ask questions at the appropriate moments
- Reliability: get to set on time and do what’s asked, be disciplined
- Communication: be able to put actors at their ease while they’re being made up, be able to listen to and communicate with crew members

Tools of the trade

You will build up your kit over time. To start with, get a set bag which should include:

- Hairstyling brushes, such as a paddle brush, barrel brush, and Denman brush
- Hair combs, such as a tail comb, wide-tooth comb, and cutting comb
- Set of make-up brushes
- Powders, puffs, and sponges
- Tissues, wet wipes, cotton pads
- Hairdryer and straighteners
- Dry wax, sticky wax, wet gel
- Dry shampoo and hairspray
- Bobby pins

Who does a hair and make-up trainee work with?

Hair and make-up trainees work with the hair and make-up assistants and other members of the hair and make-up team. They will also be working with actors and supporting artists (people with non-speaking parts).


Please, if you are interested, contact us and tell us about the Erasmus+  beneficiary organization that can send you to us.

We would be glad if you can stay between 3 months and a year if that is possible via the program.

In return, you will have the opportunity to work with professionals in the fields, learn a lot about the specific profession by practicing it and if you leave a wonderful impression that you love your work, you are reliable, responsible and serious in what you do, then you will have the perfect chance to get noticed by the Unit Production Managers and be called in for other productions in the future - already as new professionals on a contract. And that will be the start of your new career in the film industry. It's all in your hands.

In the meantime, if there is no active production at the moment, you will have the chance to work in the studio departments and learn more about how the studio functions and provides services for the film productions that come to be filmed here. And last but not least - if the workload at the studio allows it, we might have the chance to make some short films together...

Please, if you have questions, contact us at [email protected]
Filmmaking skills descriptions courtesy ScreenSkills!


No financial compensation


filmmaking  makeup  hair  art  carpentry  costume  film studio  

Additional Information

NB: - Candidates should preferably be 18-19 years of age, last year in high-school, or just graduated. Higher education students will also be allowed if they are interested in the professions described in this announcement. - Candidates should have already some skills needed for the traineeship positions described above. It will be great if they come from high-schools with vocational training in the required fields. - Candidates should be able to join us if sent by an Erasmus+ organization via the Erasmus+ program or an equivalent with their transport, insurance, accommodation, board, and salary covered by the program. - Candidates should be able to stay with us between 3 months and a year if possible. - Candidates should be from the European Union member states or the states from EEA and the UK.
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