Join Us

We’re looking for new cast & crew.

Ever felt like making a movie?

We’re looking for new members to join our small team. We should point out that Zolascope is very much an amateur/enthusiast group – albeit with a serious approach to what we do. So there’s no money involved. But if you’re looking to have a lot of fun and want to contribute to something creative and worthwhile, we’d like to hear from you.

You don’t need any previous experience or existing skills – Zolascope is all about learning and discovery.

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On the set of 'Albert'

On the set of ‘Albert’

We frequently run workshops where you can find out what’s involved and have a go yourself, to see what area might interest you most.

We’re based in an area at the meeting point of the Orne and Manche départements of Normandy, the Mayenne département of the Pays de la Loire, and the Ille-et-Vilaine département of Brittany. So you need to be based in that region or be able to get there reasonably easily. (You will need your own transport.)

For technical crew roles, training will be provided. But you can easily do a lot of your own research – it’s amazing what you can learn from a Google search these days and there are many good instructional videos online.

Shoots generally take anything from two to 10 days, but each project may also involve rehearsal days. We need people who can commit to full days, but not necessarily every day of a shoot.


If you’re interested in being one of the cast, it would help if you have some acting experience, which could be amateur dramatics or professional. But if you don’t fit that bill and are willing to do a screen test, then that might work too. There are limited roles for children, but mostly we’re looking for adults of all ages.


The main crew roles we’re looking to fill are:

Assistant director: This is the on-set organiser – the person who makes sure everyone and everything is in place and ready to go when the camera needs to roll. It requires organisational ability and possibly a loud voice.

Camera operator: the person who sets up and operates the camera. Some knowledge of photography would help, but isn’t essential.

Script supervisor/continuity: This needs someone who is organised and with a good eye for detail – plus the ability to write fast!

Sound recordist: Responsible for all the audio recordings. This is a responsible job – sound is half the film.

Boom operator: Holds the microphone boom, manipulating it to get the best possible sound while working closely with the sound recordist and camera team.

Gaffer: Responsible for electrics (ie, running cables), and setting up and monitoring lights (in conjunction with the Director of Photographer).

Grips: Variety of jobs, from helping the gaffer, through helping create the set through to managing the camera dolly.

There are other roles where we already have people, but it would be useful to have more than one person able to fill the role to ensure we always have someone available. These roles include:

  • Costume
  • Make-up/hair

If you’re interested, please contact us at:

4 thoughts on “Join Us

  1. Vic Farrer

    Have done some amateur theatre on the crew side and front of stage. Thoroughly enjoyed I would like to help if I can. Also done some TV/radio bits and pieces, period pieces (American Civil War/Franco/German War 1870/Top of the Pops). I have uniforms for American Civil War and WWII. I am now retired so probably available for shooting schedules. Look forward to hearing from you.

  2. caroline falconer

    Hi – I would be interested to help with costume but only plan to be in France for half of each year – approximately April to September. Will be based near Lassey les Chateaux and have a car.
    Look forward to hearing from you with further details.

  3. Dale Marie

    Hi – I’m living in Calvados and have lots of time on my hands. I’d love to help out – I have limited experience (the last time I was on stage was in my early teens and I’m now 52 – guess that speaks for itself!). However, I’d be more than happy to lend a hand, be a ‘gofer’, make the tea – whatever. Pretty handy when it comes to proof-reading, editing … have a good eye for detail, not so fast with a pen and paper but can type 60 words a minute, more on a good day. Let me know if there’s room for me in any capacity including general dogsbody.


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