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THE GUILD OF BRITISH CAMERA TECHNICIANS (GBCT)

If you are looking for highly trained camera people - from Directors of Photography to 2AC's - to work on your production anywhere in the world, then look no further because

... The GBCT brings together the very best of the best talent available
The Care, Committment and Quality of Cinematography
- Through Progress and Innovation -

The Guild of British Camera Technicians is not a union but an Association of professional camera technicians dedicated to upholding quality and standards in the film, television and related media industries.  A not-for-profit organization, the GBCT represents top-class award-winning camera technicians who work in many different specialist areas of the industry especially Feature Film, Television Comedy, TV Drama as well as high-end Documentary, Factual and Entertainment programmes.

For more information on the Guild, click on the ABOUT US button in the Menu above.

For information on our PATRONS, go to the Menu above and click on the button.

Or to have a look at the GBCT PATRONS’ websites for their latest news and views.

Important Dates for your Diary

BVE EXCEL – TUESDAY 24 to THURSDAY 26 FEBRUARY 2015

Have you registered for your free place at BVE this year?  To register your place go to: www.bvexpo.com, go onto ‘visiting’ and follow instructions.  The GBCT will be there on Stand D55.  Come visit!

 

GBCT TRAINING AND EVENTS - OPTICS AND LENSES FOR CAMERA ASSISTANTS - WEDNESDAY 11 MARCH
Fore more details download the pdf

 

FURTHER COURSES WILL BE SCHEDULED FROM APRIL ONWARDS

 

*** GBCT ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING *** - Saturday 25th April, 10.00 am
Panavision Screening Theatre

Latest News

Congratulations to Phil Meheux

Who has just received the ASC INTERNATIONAL AWARD for his talent and work as an excellent cinematographer!

Congratulations to Christopher McGuire!

SOC CAMERA OPERATOR OF THE YEAR - TELEVISION - CHRISTOPHER MCGUIRE, GBCT & ACO.  The SOC membership votes on the top five nominees and the winner was announced at the SOC Awards ceremony in Los Angeles on Sunday February 8th, 2015.

The Nominees were:

Steve Fracol, SOC - “Scandal”

Bud Kremp, SOC - “Banshee”

Christopher T.J. McGuire, SOC - “True Detective”

Stephen Campbell, SOC - “The Walking Dead”

Gary Jay, SOC - “House of Cards”

 

 

CREATIVE HUB – WHERE CREATIVE BUSINESSES GROW

Based at 01 Zero-One in the heart of Soho, the Creative Hub will provide eligible entrepreneurs with a minimum of 12 hours of support which includes:

  • 1-1 support from experienced coaches and mentors
  • Opportunities for networking with other existing businesses
  • Seminars, master classes, one-day surgeries and short business support courses
  • Access to business and knowledge hubs for ongoing advice and support which responds to the needs of small to medium creative businesses in the visual and digital media sector

For more information and an informal chat, contact Nina Jassal, Project Manager on 020 7391 6402 or email her: nina.jassal@westking.ac.uk

GBCT CREW DIRECTORY 2015

The new Crew Directory will be sent out over the next few weeks to all those who have reserved their copy.  If you would like a copy to be sent to you, please email info@gbct.org and it will be posted. Alternatively, if you would like information on our members, you can always visit the Members’ Directory on this website.

GBCT TRAINING

We will be announcing our next raft of training courses in April.  Please remember there is a selection process and application forms accompanied by CVs have to be submitted when applying to attend a course.

Patron News

ARRI

Announced that it will include ProRes 3.2K in a software update scheduled for release early next year. ProRes 3.2K – a new recording format for its Alexa cameras – allows the same easy up- sampling in post to UHD deliverables as ARRIRAW Open Gate does for 4K.

“Designed from the outset to be adaptable and future-proof, Alexa can easily accommodate productions that choose to follow a UHD or 4K workflow,” said Alexa product manager Marc Shipman-Mueller. “The camera’s stellar overall image quality in combination with ProRes 3.2K or ARRIRAW Open Gate allows for simple up-sampling to UHD or 4K in a quality at least as good as other contenders. And because of their unequaled exposure latitude and highlight handling, Alexa images are already uniquely HDR compatible.”

At data rates far below uncompressed ARRIRAW, ProRes 3.2K provides the benefits of the well-established ProRes workflow. As an additional benefit, most lenses fully cover the 3.2K image circle that results from the 16:9 ProRes 3.2K image. A straightforward up-sample from ProRes 3.2K using standard post tools delivers UHD images.

Many high-profile movies have been shot in ARRIRAW 2.8K and up-sampled to a 4K DCP, an example being the last James Bond film, Skyfall. To further improve upon this option, ARRI introduced the ARRIRAW Open Gate recording format for Alexa XT cameras earlier this year. Open Gate records the full 3.4K Alexa XT sensor area for an optimal up-sample in post to a 4K DCP.

Open Gate has been used on numerous productions, including Warcraft, San Andreas, Pixels, Goosebumps and Sicario, the latest movie lensed by Roger Deakins, ASC, BSC. Other feature films are shooting ARRIRAW 16:9 or ARRIRAW 4:3 and using Open Gate selectively for VFX shots, including Terminator: Genesis, Fantastic 4, Agent 47 and Deus Ex Machina.

SONY DMPCE AT PINEWOOD STUDIOS

Take a look at the Sony DMPCE's current raft of free one-day courses for February and March at Pinewood: http://www.sony.co.uk/pro/hub/broadcast-products-cinematography-pinewood-studios by booking onto one of these courses, you can update yourself with various software features and operation of the Sony F5 and F55 cameras, learning from some excellent cinematographers

PANAVISION NEW PRIMO V SERIES LENSES

Panavision’s newest lenses – specifically designed for today’s digital cameras – have been in constant use ever since the PRIMO V SERIES LENSES were launched.  Built with the same glass that made the Primo lenses a coveted choice for film cameras, Primo V’s newly developed optics offer a way to smooth the visuals from the hyper sharpness of electronic image capture.  For more information, visit www.panavision.com.

GBCT TERMS AND CONDITIONS FOR PROFESSIONAL ENGAGEMENTS

Download FormThe GBCT believes that it is a vital part of its mission, to promote excellence within the camera department, to ensure that talented professionals are treated with the respect they deserve. We believe that this respect should be shown in the conditions under which our professional technicians are engaged to deliver their high quality services. To this end we have drawn up working terms and conditions that any professional camera technician should expect to receive in the workplace.

 The GBCT feels that it is the duty of all its members to negotiate conditions on all their jobs that use these terms as the basis for their engagement.  The pdf will permanently be available from the About Us Menu dropdown - but you can download it now by clicking on the pdf logo.

Panavision

 

 

 Who Needs Sleep?

Documentary 2006 directed by Haskell Wexler ASC Synopsis: A documentary that highlights the deadly combination of sleep deprivation and long days of work ...