Da Vinci’s Demons set is right location for trainees
IT is an international hit bringing Swansea to the world.
And two Welsh women are experiencing what it is like to be involved in the making of renaissance blockbuster Da Vinci Demons.
Soffia Evans and Kirstie Evans are currently working on the second series of the show as trainee location managers, thanks to a new pilot scheme set up by the Welsh Government which aims help the creative industries in Wales.
The pair have nearly completed their six-month placement on the show, working with location manager Gareth Skelding, who has worked on many successful programmes including Doctor Who, Torchwood and Sherlock.
Kirstie, aged 30, said: “It gave me the opportunity to work with a well known, established location manager and company on a large and exciting production.
“I love living in Wales and always thought I would have to move in order to achieve my career goals so am delighted to further my career here.”
During their placement the girls found themselves scouting out numerous suitable locations for shooting, including beaches, caves and quarries.
Da Vinci Demons is filmed around the Swansea Bay region and at the former Visteon Site in Fabian Way.
The project, which is being delivered by creative industry trainers, Cyfle, was set up following discussions between the Welsh Government's creative industries team and the show producers.
Economy Minister Edwina Hart, who gave the go ahead for the pilot, said: “We introduced this pilot to see if an intensive approach to workplace learning under the direct supervision of a senior professional will help talented and motivated individuals to establish themselves in this field.
“There is a recognised shortage of location managers in Wales and we have listened to industry. Our response is both innovative and bespoke.
“Creative industries is one of our key sectors. We want to maximise the economic benefits of television production in Wales and have to ensure the relevant skills are readily available to support the sustainable growth of this important sector.”