'Star Trek Beyond' internship in Dubai

If you're interested in working in the film industry one day, 'Star Trek' Beyond could be an awesome introduction

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Dubai 'Star Trek' fans are in serious luck this month.

First they got the chance to audition for a part in 'Star Trek Beyond', now they could be working behind-the-scenes. If you’re lucky enough to land an internship with the film franchise, which recently held casting sessions in the emirate, you could be hanging out with the team.

Those who hope to follow a career in movies can apply and possibly win the chance to be involved in the pre-production process of the flick scheduled for release July 2016, as well as the UAE filming.

The opportunity comes as part of the Dubai Film and TV Commission (DFTC) promising to nurture the local film talent and industry and those selected will be on set for a month, from around September 13 to October 15.

Learning about the how it all works involves getting stuck in at the production office, assisting the director, plus going on location, being involved in the hair and make-up process and plenty more including set design, wardrobe and VFX.

“We are delighted to be able to offer this exciting opportunity to aspiring filmmakers, who will have the chance to gain international exposure, learn about new aspects of the film industry and earn valuable on-set experience,’ Jamal Al Sharif, Chairman of Dubai Film and TV Commission, said.

‘The interns will also have the chance to be part of a global franchise, engage with renowned industry professionals, and learn about the advanced facilities and infrastructure that Dubai offers as a filming destination.’

Only those serious about making motion pictures need apply though. If you or someone you know is interested get the CV across to startrek@filmdubai.gov.ae by September 3 along with some information about why you’d like to work on the project along with what qualities you’ll bring.

Those who already have a work experience, are taking a film degree or have completed one will have a better chance of being chosen. People who can speak both Arabic and English are preferred, while the willingness to work unsociable hours plus a proactive attitude is desired. Candidates also must be able to legally stay in the country over those dates, and be able to use Microsoft Office.

'Star Trek Beyond' is the 13th film of the Star Trek franchise and is the third since it was revived in 2009 with a new cast and under the helm of director and producer JJ Abrams, who also filmed scenes from the latest upcoming Star Wars film in the UAE.

Set to be directed by Taiwanese-American filmmaker Justin Lin, the DFTC, the Dubai Media Office, Dubai Tourism and Commerce and Marketing (DTCM) and the Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) will work closely together to provide all of the necessary support to facilitate the filming, while Dubai Studio City will provide technical support and location management.

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