How To Volunteer With Film Unit

If you can`t get enough of the cinema, have you considered joining us? Film Unit is an entirely volunteer run cinema, dependant on the hard work of passionate people giving up their time to help us. In addition, anyone who volunteers with us can watch films in our programme for free. If you have limited time or just want to see the occasional free film then ushering is perfect for you - it requires the least commitment and you stay to watch the film you volunteer at for free. Interested in getting more involved? Our fire officers, house managers and projectionists have greater responsibility and require more training but get to see all of our films for free. If you`d like to help us, we`d love to meet you so please drop us an email.








Ushers


You don`t need any previous experience to usher with us. Ushering is a relaxed role that only really requires a welcoming attitude. Our ushers take and tear the audience`s tickets at the beginning of a screening, standing by the doors to welcome them. Then at the end, when the credits start rolling they hold the doors open for everyone to leave. All training is given on the day, so arrive 30 minutes before the film is scheduled to start, 3.pm for matinees and 7.pm for evenings. A House Manager will meet you in our auditorium before the screening and brief you about your role and provide Information about our ticket policy, conduct rules and anything else you need to know. In exchange for your help, you can stay and watch the films you volunteer at for free. This is perfect if you would like to see a couple of free films and don`t have much time to give up. Ushering is a great way to see if you`d like to become more involved with Film Unit, many people start out as ushers before considering a more demanding role so they can get a taste of how our screenings run. To sign up as an usher, you can send an email to one of our Chief House Managers @film.unit@sheffield.ac.uk or join our Film Unit House Staff Facebook page, where we post the weeks screenings every Monday and volunteers can comment the films they would like to work.

Fire Officers


Ensuring that our auditorium complies with safety regulations, is an integral part of running screenings. We entrust this to our Fire Officers, the first level of staff role above ushering. Fire Officers arrive 45 minutes before the screening and run through a number of safety checks before we can open our doors, including checking fire extinguishers and clearing emergency exits. As the audience enters, they are also responsible for ensuring visitors are aware of safety regulations and keeping aisles clear. The hardest part of this role can be holding your ground as you explain a rule, or why an item cannot be brought into the auditorium. Finally, If there is a fire the Fire Officer makes sure our projectionist evacuates (projectionists are notoriously stubborn). Once you are qualified you get a complimentary seat to every film we show. This is in addition to getting in free to any film you work at, so if you work a screening you can get a friend in for free! You can also come to all of our Film Unit socials and get a snazzy staff t-shirt to keep. It takes three training sessions to qualify as a Fire Officer. If you are interested in this role, drop our friendly Chief House Managers an email and they will arrange some training dates with you. Once you qualify, you can join our Film Unit House Staff Facebook page where you can see each weeks films and comment the ones you want to work.

House Managers


House Managers are responsible for making sure screenings go without a hitch. They`re the head-honcho for the duration of the showing, so they need to be confident under pressure. 45 minutes before the screening, the House Manager arrives to stick up signs and tidy up the auditorium and check that the film set-up is running on time. They greet staff when they arrive, brief new ushers on their role and help the Fire Officer with any problems they have found with the safety checks. If you`ve been to our screenings you will know that our House Manager also makes a brief welcoming speech to the audience before the film starts - this becomes less daunting with practise. The House Manager has the most responsibility during a screening. They have to be alert to any problems that arise; technical problems with the film, problems in the audience and anything else. This doesn`t happen often and you will be taught how to react to any problems in the training sessions. Common sense is your best tool in most cases. Once you are qualified, like our Fire Officers you get a complimentary seat to every film we show. This is in addition to getting in free to any film you work at, so if you work a screening you can get a friend in for free! You can also come to all of our Film Unit socials and get a snazzy staff t-shirt to keep. To train as a House Manager, you must first qualify and work as a Fire Officer. Then you have three extra training sessions to teach you the art of House Managing. If you are interested in this role, drop our friendly Chief House Managers an email and they will arrange some training dates with you. Once you qualify, you can start volunteering to manage films via our House Staff Facebook page.

Projectionists


Projectionists are in charge of setting up the film, projector and peripherals for every film we show at Film Unit. They must be calm, quick-to-learn and able to use their initiative. 45 Minutes before the screening, the Projectionist arrives to set up the DCP format film, set up the playlist of adverts and trailers for the screening and check the picture and sound are working properly. We use our projector many times a week and have multiple films stored on the computer, so projectionists must be responsible in caring for our expensive equipment. The projectionist brings the lights up and down for the House speech and also get to choose what music to play in the auditorium as the audience come in. The projectionist is not as visible to our visitors but they are integral to showing films. Similar to house staff, once you are qualified you get a complimentary seat to every film we show. This is in addition to getting in free to any film you work at, so if you work a screening you can get a friend in for free! You can also come to all of our Film Unit socials and get a snazzy staff t-shirt to keep. To train as a projectionist you don`t need previous experience but you will need to attend five training sessions with us until you can qualify. If you are interested in this role, drop our friendly Chief Projectionists an email @film.unit@sheffield.ac.uk and they will arrange some training dates with you. Once you qualify, you can start volunteering to project films via our Film Unit Projectionist Facebook page.