Volunteers have been an essential part in helping Signal Film and Media support our local community in as many ways as possible. We have a wide range of opportunities for volunteers to be involved; from community projects to working at our cinema screenings, raising awareness of events throughout the community, through to designing, editing or transcribing our work! No two roles will be the same as we try to create a happy compromise of meeting the needs of the business as well as providing worthwhile experiences.
Meet some of our volunteers who will tell you a little about their experiences here at SFM:
Thea Jones – Volunteer Administrator
Thea is 19 and is currently training to be a hair and makeup artist for T.V and film. She has worked on some of our productions as makeup designer, participated in film projects with us since she was thirteen, earning her Arts Award and BFI qualification as well as having recently created her own short film, Fishy Tales, showcased for Channel 4’s Random Acts. Thea primarily works with us as a Volunteer Administrator; submitting our films into festivals as well as being a fantastic production assistant whenever we need help.
Jack Webster – Volunteer Artist
Jack is an up-and-coming Cumbrian artist and illustrator who has quite recently joined us as a Volunteer Artist. He is primarily a fine artist and illustrator; having won the Lake Artists Rheged Young Artist Award (2013, 2015) and The Peter Spicer Award (2014). He enjoys sketching from life to inform Fine Art subjects, mostly landscapes in his work. Jack has provided artwork for our Signal Starters end-of-year party flyer and VIP invitation as well as for a Police Crime Commissioner-funded project supporting young people on a 1:1 basis in the local area.
Rebecca Macmahon – Volunteer: Signal Cinema
Rebecca works full-time as a chef at Sizergh Castle creating a variety of delicious treats when she’s not volunteering as one of our Signal Cinema volunteers. She is kind and patient as well as a big fan and advocate of the range of independent & classic films we show. She will often be seen behind our community cinema desk; taking and selling tickets or refreshments as well as being dedicated to raising awareness of our cinema screenings throughout the year.
Lawrence Fitzsimmons – Volunteer: Signal Cinema
Lawrence has progressed beautifully through some of our youth programmes here at Signal Film & Media, showing particular strength around all things cinema-related. As one of our young programmers & wielding an impressive level of knowledge, you’ll be hard pushed to find a film Lawrence doesn’t know a handful of things about already! From start to finish, Lawrence is our one-man-welcome-wagon able to turn his hand to many tasks.
Steven Wood – Volunteer Writer
Steven joined us in January this year from his studies at UCLAN in Scriptwriting looking to gain some more practical experiences. He’s been helping us by writing some of those lovely press releases for Signal Cinema during our Spring season which you might have read all about in local newspaper The Evening Mail. In addition to helping raise awareness of those film choices with some flyering publicity, Steven is also a welcome member of our cinema committee.
Paul Rigg – Volunteer
Paul is a retired professional with a keen interest photography, short films as well as local and social history. As a member of the Oral History Society his volunteering with Signal over the last few years has been invaluable; even getting involved with set building, photography and some small acting roles! Paul is a fantastic representative for us at Signal and has co-founded Bardsea Green Films with his friend and Artist, Stephen George Rae. Together they make low budget Experimental Films inspired by old B-movies, Surrealism, and Dadaism.
Follow them on Twitter: @BardseaGrnFilms
Josef Gardiner-Jones – Volunteer Administrator
Joey is a relatively new recruit in our volunteer programme, joining us from our neighbours Ashton Theatre Factory working in creative media and scriptwriting and CanDoFM as a Radio Presenter. Looking to increase his skill set & garner a better understanding of the media industry and the pre-production processes that lead up to the practical side of filmmaking. Joey drops in to spend a day with us each week, turning his hand to the variety of work we throw his way whilst also volunteering at St John’s Ambulance & learning street dance.
Andrew Richardson – Volunteer
Andrew 20, is a regular volunteer here at Signal when he’s not studying for a Foundation Degree in Computing; he’s an emerging professional photographer specialising in Landscapes but he’s been focusing on portrait work more recently. Since starting here at the end of 2016 his volunteering work has involved assisting and photographing events, administration and data input as well as being one of our best all-rounders. You can see more of his work here…