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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, Commitment 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 ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING (AGM) - Saturday 23rd April 2016 from 10.00 am

It is very important that as many of you attend as possible, please.  Further details and paperwork will be provided nearer the date.

BAFTA CRAFT AWARDS – Sunday 24 April - Click here for more info

BAFTA TV AWARDS – Sunday 8 May - Click here for more info

Festivals, Industry Trade Shows and Expos

BECTU FREELANCE FAIR – Friday 27 May - Click here for more info

CANNES FILM FESTIVAL – Wednesday 11-Sunday 22 May - Click here for more info

CINE GEAR – LOS ANGELES – Thursday 2-Sunday 5 June - Click here for more info

VALLETTA FILM FESTIVAL – MALTA – Friday 3-Saturday 11 June - Click here for more info

MEDIA PRODUCTION SHOW – ISLINGTON – Thursday 9 & Friday 10 June - Click here for more info

 

Latest News

LAUNCHING

Formally launches on the GBCT stand at the GBCT Show, cLAPiT is a customized frame and set of sticks that has been designed by Gabriel Albuquerque GBCT, to work with an iPad Mini and Lifeproof case Nuud.  The frame is created to hold an iPad and set of sticks together to create a film clapperboard.  The combination of iPad Mini, Lifeproof Nuud case and cLAPiT create a shock proof and waterproof clapperboard slate.  cLAPiT is made of strong and durable engineering plastic and aluminium.  cLAPiT has been successfully tested for over a year by some experienced 2AC’s working in the film and television industry.
The GBCT and cLAPit have joined forces and are working together to provide the industry with this fantastic new product.  If you are interested in finding out more, please contact:

For further information or if you would like to order, go to: www.clapit.co.uk

 

VERY IMPORTANT - LITHIUM BATTERIES – NEW REGULATIONS EFFECTIVE FROM 1 APRIL 2016

The transportation of Lithium Batteries is changing and there will be restrictions on the number and type of batteries that will be able to travel on passenger aircraft - in some cases batteries will have to travel on cargo only flights.  In all cases packaging, labelling and quantity of batteries will be need to be addressed.  This also effects freelancers who are hiring their equipment to productions - especially when their equipment needs lithium batteries to work.  Equipment like Steadicam rigs, Preston's, owners of camera equipment that use batteries (e.g. Anton Bauer, IDX), people who run batteries on their on-board monitors etc – in fact anything that uses lithium batteries.  

Please refer to these PDF documents from IATA.  Notes - Update - Guidance Document

WELCOME - NEW GUILD MEMBERS & WELCOME RETURNING MEMBERS

Directors of Photography - MICHAEL WOOD, INGRID DOMEIJ, ROBIN PROBYN (Factual Specialist based in Japan)

Camera Operators / Steadicam Operators - ROB HART ANDREW FLETCHER

1AC/Focus Pullers - TOME DUNNE, EOGHAN FLEMING, JONNY KERR, STEVE MARBLES, ANTHONY MCHUGH, PHILIP SMITH, LEIGHTON SPENCE

2AC/Clapper Loaders - BARNEY COATES, NICHOLAS COLEMAN, SEAN KISCH DAN LEMON, LYDIA LEWIS, JOANNE SMITH, NICK THURSBY, AMY WILSON

D.I.T. - HARRY BENNETT-SNEWIN, QUENTIN BROWN, JAMES METCALFE, SAM SPURGEON

Libra Head Technician - MICHAEL ('JOE') BUXTON

Gaffer - HOWARD DAVIDSON

Colorist - RAM KRISHNA TRIPATHI

 

VERY IMPORTANT - "FILMING ON THE MOVE" - MET Police-Rental House - Vehicle Supplier Initiative

The Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) Film Unit has recently updated its guidelines regarding ‘Filming on the Move’.  The update followed extensive discussions with facilities and equipment houses as well as selected Grips.  The guidelines are about best practice for film and TV production companies regarding who can rig cameras on vehicles and tracking vehicles.  The update explains that the MPS Film Unit recommends that any camera rigging, in or on vehicles and tracking vehicles, is carried out or supervised by NVQ III Certified Grips.  See the pdf for full details.  Click to download 

LET'S TALK ABOUT AWARDS!

Congratulations to all the nominees for the BEST DRAMA for the NATIONAL FILM AWARDS, held on Thursday 31st March night.  And the winner is ……. “REASON TO LEAVE”, DoP FRANZ PAGOT, AIC, GBCT.  Very well done, Franz.  As you say, so pleased that a British Independent Film Drama has won.

From left: cinematographer Franz Pagot AIC, GBCT, actress Alice Bird, director Norman Gregory, actor Simone Spinazze, actress Claire King and actor (main protagonist) Mark Wingett.

 

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

VIDEO ASSIST ASSISTANTS:  Wednesday 8 to Friday 10 June

For details please click on this link to download the flyer

WATCH THIS SPACE!

We will shortly be in a position to announce our next raft of training courses, seminars and workshops.

TRAINING FOR TRAINERS WORKSHOP – PART ONE

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

ARRI - Press Release

(10 March 2016, Munich) – ARRI is pleased to announce two new Pro Camera Accessories dedicated to the successful ALEXA Mini camera: a broadcast plate and a low bracket for shoulder operation. These products were recently presented as early production models at the BSC Expo in London and the Micro Salon in Paris, where they were enthusiastically received by industry professionals.  More info click here

ARRI CT – Press Releases (For more information, please dowload zip file here)

Info from NAB:  

Camera & Lenses

ARRI/ZEISS Unveil Two New Master Anamorphic Lenses, AMIRA SUP 4.0 Enables S16 Lens Ability and Refines Multicam Functions, ARRI Announces New Features for ALEXA SXT, New ARRI Look Management Garners Industry Support, ARRI takes over artemis camera stabilization systems and launches production version of Trinity

PCA

LCUBE Signal Converter and Cforce Plus Lens Motor Improve Remote Lens Control and Camera Functionality, ARRI Pro Camera Accessories Support Sony, Panasonic and Red Gear

Lighting

New EB 2.5/4 HS AutoScan ballast, ARRI SkyPanel Capabilities Expand with Free Firmware

 

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 ...