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THE GUILD OF BRITISH CAMERA TECHNICIANS (GBCT)

Welcome to our website! 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

MONDAY 13 OCTOBER – 12.00 NOON TO 13.00 - SONY LIVE WEBINAIR FROM MIPCOM – PRODUCING IN 4K

DITs – 1. THE BASICS (Subsidized by Creative Skillset) - DOWNLOAD THE PDF
Thursday 30-Friday 31 October 

DITs – 2. INTERMEDIATE (Subsidized by Creative Skillset) - DOWNLOAD THE PDF
Monday 3-Tuesday 4 November 

Both DIT courses will be tutored by GBCT Board Member, Callum Just, of The Digital Orchard.

FOCUS PULLING (Subsidized by Creative Skillset) - DOWNLOAD THE PDF
Monday 3 – Wednesday 5 November

STEADICAM OPERATORS WORKSHOP (Subsidized by Creative Skillset) - DOWNLOAD THE PDF
NEW DATES: Monday 8th to Friday 12th December

STEADICAM ASSISTANTS FAMILIARISATION - DOWNLOAD THE PDF
NEW DATE: Saturday 13th December

Latest News

GBCT CAMERA TRAINEE SCHEME

We received over 400 applications for this.  An extraordinary number of very talented and capable people have applied.  The applications have now been sifted and we are now going through the interview stage.  The schedule has necessarily had to shift and the training course now has new dates.  The names of the new Guild Camera Trainees will be announced in early October.

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

We go to print on this shortly and will be sending out books from the end of November so that everyone has a brand new copy to start off the New Year!  If you haven’t already reserved your copy, then email us at: info@gbct.org to make sure a copy is sent to you.

GBCT TRAINING

If you are interested in taking part in any of these courses, please complete a course application form and return it to the Guild Office together with a copy of your CV.  There is a selection process.  More information about what each course covers is available by going to the TRAINING section of this website – or simply click here.

See course dates above in Dates for your Diary or the training section fo this website.

We are in the process of finalizing the schedule for our Evening Seminars and should be able to announce dates and venues very soon.

THE OPERATORS AWARD 2014

The special website is now open for members of the BSC, ACO and GBCT to vote for a finalist for this prestigious award.  There are two stages – vote for the top six Operators and productions.  Then vote for one winner.  

Please go to www.theoperatorsaward.com – and vote.  Now!!

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

Sony will be unveiling its raft of special training courses and events for the Autumn shortly.  Why not go to their website to chec.  Or call: Saira Atwal on 07788 364839.

ONSIGHT AND KFX TECHNOLOGY

A massive THANK YOU to RICHARD MILLS of ONSIGHT and STEVE SCAMMELL of KFX TECHNOLOGY.  They recently travelled to Kuala Lumpur to run a NEW TECHNOLOGY workshop/seminar – 4K, 3K and MOTION CONTROL.  It was fantastic!  They were brilliant.  Incredibly knowledgeable and generous with their help – to the point where one producer who attended the Production Design M/class ended up muscling in on the new technology one-to-one sessions and picked Richard’s brain for nigh on an hour!  Thank you for enhancing the GBCT’s reputation!  We were pretty much at the top of our game after the very successful CINEMATOGRAPHY MASTER CLASS run by REMI ADEFARASIN, TONY JACKSON and LIAM IANDOLI; this was very much the icing on the cake.  Thank you.

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.

A FEW WORDS FROM OUR PRINCIPAL TRUSTEE, SIR SYDNEY SAMUELSON ABOUT THE BELOVED LORD ATTENBOROUGH 

The acclaim for Richard Attenborough’s achievements in our industry has been phenomenal, and not only from our own country, equally from all over the world.  In the past few weeks every aspect of this great man’s career has been placed before us by the international media industry. So I would just like to mention another side to the man’s character, his concern and care for the lesser mortals who crossed the paths of the lives of him and his lovely wife Sheila.  He was amazing.  He could certainly never pass the cleaner lady with her Hoover on the BAFTA staircase without asking how she was.  When tangible help was required, he would quietly provide it and there are many in our industry who would know what I mean.  As a director, I was always intrigued by his technique when a young actor or actress was having trouble with a tricky line of dialogue or of getting right the intonation that he required.  From the side lines I would observe him gently walking the youngster concerned off the set to have a quiet and gentle few words of advice.

Apart from Lord Attenborough’s vast lists of artistic and technical achievements, before and behind the camera, he was a most wonderful friend to us all.  In my view, absolutely a ‘one off’.  I was standing with former actress, Lady Attenborough watching him filming one of the big dance numbers in A Chorus Line in New York, she said about the mass of young singing and dancing girls around him “They all love him, you know”.  I believe that sentiment applied to everybody who had the privilege of knowing the man.

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.

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