About Us

Creative Media Skills is an exclusive hub for studio based vocational film training. Our platform enables award winning film industry professionals to pass on their invaluable knowledge and expertise to the next generation of film makers.  The Film Industry is the UK’s fastest growing sector and from 2001-2015, 48 of the 200 top grossing films released worldwide were made in the UK.

The BFI estimate that there will be more than 30,000 opportunities in the film sector over the next 5 years, and they have recognised the important responsibility that the industry has to future proof the transferring of knowledge to the next generation of international crew.  Creative Media Skills answer this need directly.

 
Our studio is placed within the heart of Pinewood, which allows us to ensure that each and every training opportunity is unique, state of the art and world class.  We welcome exclusive groups of 10 – 15 students for our industry led training opportunities. Courses are designed by employers from within the industry and our focus is on employability, entrepreneurial skills and industry focused placements.

Since our incorporation in 2012 we have trained thousands of crew members who have worked on major International blockbuster films and high end TV productions made in the UK such as: Star Wars The Force awakens, Rogue 1, Spectre, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find them, Game of Thrones, Cinderella, Beauty and the Beast, Jurassic World 2, Star Wars the Last Jedi, Marco Polo, Outlander, Jason Bourne, Pan, Wonder Woman, Ready Player One, King Arthur legend of the Sword, Avengers and Guardians of the Galaxy to name only a few.

Team 

Creative Media Skills is a strong and dynamic business with a growing team full of energy and passion to serve the industry they love.

After qualifying as a makeup artist, Ailie enjoyed a successful 13-year global career in the film industry with credits including some of the biggest grossing British film of all time, such as Harry Potter, Prince of Persia, Troy and Cold Mountain. Ailie attended the 2016 Oscars and BAFTAs as part of the award-winning makeup team on Mad Max; Fury Road. Ailie is also a BAFTA-nominated producer in her first time producing role of short film Mouth of hell.

In 2012, Ailie incorporated Creative Media Skills, based at Pinewood Studios, which provides training and support for film, TV and theatrical professionals who aim to work at the utmost level of their chosen field.  Experts and legends from the industry are invited to Creative Media Skills to pass on their specialist knowledge to the next generation of filmmakers – something Ailie is very passionate about supporting. 

As Managing Director, Facundo oversees the management and development of highly successful training courses run at Creative Media Skills.

Prior to joining us, and while completing his BFA in TV and Film production, Facundo gained over 8 years of experience in the International Audiovisual Industry as UPM & AD.

Facundo joined CMS in 2014, quickly becoming the link between the tutors and participants within the company. 

After graduating from the University of Southampton, Claire started a successful career leading administration and operations for a CSR consulting organisation.  Claire then joined the education sector in 2010 managing a well-renowned music academy in Brighton. 

After moving back to Berkshire in 2011, Claire joined Aspen Worldwide, a global leader in executive search and leadership development, heading up the operations team and going on to become Chief of Staff in 2015. 

Claire joined Creative Media Skills in 2016 as Director of Operations acting as a central point of contact and continuously seeking to review ways and means to improve the services we deliver.  Claire also oversees the successful running and evolution of CMS and our Team.

Estefanía Veira Connor graduated from the University of Film in Buenos Aires after studying Film & TV at The Centre of Film Investigation in Argentina. She also studied Screenwriting at The University of Texas and is an award winning Novelist. Estefania was presented ‘Best Director’ in her role in directing a short film at the Kyiv International short film festival in addition to, ‘Best short film’ at Ahoi Film Festival.

Since moving to the UK, Estefania worked in talent management and casting for over three years before joining Creative Media Skills as the Studio and Course Manager in 2016. 

After finishing Performing Arts school Redroofs Theatre School, Cassie moved to London and started a career in the music industry working for Columbia Records.

Over the years Cassie has continued to work in the hospitality and events industry, before having her little girl in 2012.  Cassie then took time out to devote herself to raising Daisy until she started school in Sept 2016.

Cassie joined our team in October 2016 as Course Coordinator and has fast become a part of the CMS family running courses, problem solving and making participants and tutors feel at ease.

Our partners

Film forever
Creative England
Creative Scotland
Farley
European Commission
Northern Ireland Screen
Pinewood
Creative Skill Set
Wales Screen
Angels-Costumes