Marc works with the stars on Snowdonia film set Thursday 4 January 2018

A Grŵp Cynefin tenant recently spent a week on set in Snowdonia with some of Wales’ greatest actors filming a national new TV drama series.

Marc works with the stars on Snowdonia film set

Marc Dairdeas, 52, from Blaenau Ffestiniog, Gwynedd was given the opportunity of working with Ffilm Cymru’s Foot in the Door scheme to gain valuable skills on the set of a major new TV drama series, Craith filmed in Snowdonia which airs on S4C on Sunday 7 January at 9pm.

Craith, the new TV thriller is the latest major Welsh and English language series from the makers of the successful Y Gwyll and Hinterland.

Grŵp Cynefin supported Ffilm Cymru’s project of offering eight unemployed people of all ages in north Wales a chance to participate for the free two-week placement in partnership with Welsh production company Severn Screen.

“I’ve had an amazing experience, thanks to Grŵp Cynefin’s support,” explained Marc Dairdeas who worked during the week long filming experience as a Grip.

“I was unsure to begin with what the work entailed, but after a week of training, I was given the role of Grip, which saw me providing camera support to the cameraman, working with equipment such as a dolly and crane. We worked closely with the director and the electrical department.

“As the training week ended, I realised that my role was fundamentally important to the filming of the series. And I was delighted at the end of the filming week in Snowdonia, as the Director came to shake my hand and thanked me for my invaluable support. I thoroughly enjoyed the experience, albeit, the hours were long and the work was very intense.

“We had to sign a confidentiality agreement before filming began so I can’t give you any details of the film! The only thing I can tell you is that we had one full day of filming for a fight scene mid-week, and after hours and hours of work, I was told that the whole scene would be a 40 second clip in the series itself! The level of work and skill that goes into shooting a series such as Craith is amazing and without Grŵp Cynefin’s support, I would never have been given this opportunity,” added Marc Dairdeas.

Grŵp Cynefin community initiatives manager, Mair Edwards, said: “This was a fantastic opportunity for the applicants to gain invaluable experience and insight into a possible career in the creative industries. I am delighted that Marc Dairdeas, our Grŵp Cynefin tenant has been offered two job opportunities following the programme. It goes to show that giving people opportunities, support and great contacts can open doors.

“We’re proud of our commitment to developing sustainable communities, creating opportunities for people and providing more than housing. We look forward to seeing the fruits of all eight participants labour, when the new series airs on our TV screens very soon,” concluded Mair Edwards.

Foot in the Door is supported by the Welsh Broadcasting Trust’s Partnership Fund and Creative Skillset’s Film Skills Fund with BFI’s Film Forever National Lottery funds.

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