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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

GBCT Training Courses

We are in the midst of arranging our next raft of training courses.  Here are the first two: 

Monday 25 - Friday 29 January 2016 - Steadicam Operators Workshop (More info click here)

Monday 8 - Friday 12 February 2016 - Script Supervisors/Continuity (More info click here)

Tuesday 9 - Friday 12 February 2016 - Focus Pullers Workshop (More info click here)

Festivals, Industry Trade Shows and Expos

29-30th January 2016 – THE BSC SHOW – Battersea Evolution, Battersea Park, London click here for more info 

Tuesday 23 to Thursday 25 February 2016 – BVE EXCEL www.bvexpo.com

Thursday 4 February 2016 – FILM EXPO SOUTH – Ageas Bowl, Southampton www.filmexposouth.co.uk

Thursday 30 June to Saturday 2 July 2016 – TOTAL FOCUS EXPO AT OLYMPIA  www.totalfocusexpo.com see Press Release and keep the dates free!  And, yes, this is about NEXT year. 

Latest News

BSC Expo

29 - 30th January, Battersea Evolution, Battersea Park, London.  Come and see us we will be at TA6 stand, just by the entrance in the Trade Associations and Media Section!

FILM SCREENINGS IN THEIR ORIGINAL 35MM PRINT FORMATS!

There is a new independent cinema and DVD library in the East End of London which ALL film lovers should know about.  It’s called the CLOSE-UP FILM CENTRE and aims to screen as many films as possible in their original 35mm print format.  For further information about their history and upcoming programme of films, please visit: Close Up Film Centre.  Alternatively, if you are around the area, why not drop in, have a look at their film library and have a coffee or drink at the café bar they have at the front of the cinema.  They are based at 97 Sclater Street, London E1 6HR.  The Box Office telephone number is: 020 3784 7975.

BSC OPERATORS NIGHT – AND THE WINNERS ARE………

BSC / ACO / GBCT Operators Award (Features) – sponsored by Panavision: CHRIS HAARHOFF for “BIRDMAN: OR (THE UNEXPECTED VIRTUE OF IGNORANCE)”

BSC / ACO / GBCT Operators Award (Television Drama) – sponsored by Ronford-Baker: DAVID MORGAN; SEAN SAVAGE; BEN WILSON & DAVID WORLEY for “GAME OF THRONES” – SEASON 5, EPISODES 8 & 9: “HARDHOME” and “THE DANCE OF DRAGONS”

GBCT Camera Trainee - Information on the next intake - 2017

We have been receiving a lot of calls for information about when the next Camera Trainee course will be running.  Because of this, we are publishing outline details now so those considering whether to apply or not have some further information and dates etc.

Click here for information.  But, briefly, we will be putting a call out for applications mid-way through 2016 and making a decision about which people are selected in November.  The GBCT Camera Trainees will officially start in January 2017.

New Constitution Agreed

With the knowledge and support of the Trustees, the GBCT’s Membership voted to amend the Guild’s Constitution at the AGM on 25 April 2015.  Click through to the webpage here or click to download as a pdf

GBCT Crew Directory 2015-2016

Crew Directory 2015/2016: The new Directory will be ready very soon!  If you would like a copy, please email: info@gbct.org and we will post a copy to you

GBCT Training

We are in the process of planning further training courses and will be launching these over the next few months.  Keep checking back!

Those of you who have expressed interest in attending an outline Training for Trainers course and those who are interested in finding out more about negotiating your rates, dealing with contracts and being self-employed, please can you let me know if you are interested in attending a one-day event in August or early September.  I need at least 8 of you in order to make this financially viable.  GBCT Members Only

GBCT Patron's News

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

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 ...