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
- 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
WEDNESDAY 21 AUGUST – CODEX TRAINING AT ARRI MEDIA, UXBRIDGE
Further details and prices: www.codexdigital.com/support/training
FRIDAY 13 – TUESDAY 17 SEPTEMBER – IBC, AMSTERDAM
Further details: : http://www.ibc.org/
FRIDAY 27 & SATURDAY 28 SEPTEMBER – CINE GEAR, NEW YORK
Exhibition and Seminars, Metropolitan Pavilion, 125 West 18th Street, NY 10011
Further details: http://www.cinegearexpo.com/2013-newyork-update
MONDAY 7 OCTOBER – RE-START OF THE MONDAY SCREENINGS
Titles and further details – available in members’ email on different dates
TUESDAY 12 & 13 NOVEMBER – BVE NORTH, MANCHESTER CENTRAL
We hope to launch the GBCT Crew Directory 2014 at BVE. Please visit us and collect your copy!
For more information and to book your (free) place: www.bvenorth.co.uk
SATURDAY 16 – SATURDAY 23 NOVEMBER – CAMERIMAGE, BYDGOSZCZ
Further details: www.pluscamerimage.pl
FRIDAY 6 DECEMBER – BSC OPERATORS NIGHT – LONDON
The time to nominate the Camera Operator for excellent work on a feature or television drama is NOW!
www.theoperatorsaward.com. This is the specific website for ACO, BSC and GBCT Members to nominate and subsequently vote.
WEDNESDAY 18 DECEMBER – GBCT XMAS DRINKS – EALING
By invitation and via the Members Email!
GBCT TERMS AND CONDITIONS FOR PROFESSIONAL ENGAGEMENTS
The 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.
GBCT Patrons News
GBCT Patrons Sony, are opening their DIGITAL MOTION PICTURE CENTRE soon. Based at Pinewood Studios, they will be installing an assortment of Sony equipment and ‘alliance partner systems’ to create an end-to-end workflow. They intend combining training sessions with informal sessions on a ‘drop-in’ basis. Have a look at the article in Screen Daily, or here is a better link on Pinewood Studio's site
ARRI WEBINAIR “ALEXA CAMERA – ONE CAMERA FOR ALL”
If you haven’t yet seen/listened to this, it’s now been loaded onto the Arri website. Have a look-see, very interesting. Go to Arri’s Home Page: www.arri.com. On the right hand side of the page is: Webinair ALEXA Camera – One Camera For All. Click on the link.
PROMOTION LAUNCH THEIR NEW TRAINING DIVISION
Promotion are delighted to announce the launch of their new training division – for detailed press release click here.
Course information, dates and prices are on their website training page.
Guild Members receive a 10% discount. To book a place on a course and claim the 10% discount, contact promotion’s Training Department on 020 7820 4984.
In addition, Creative Skillset are launching their training bursary/fund. This means you may be able to get some financial support for this as it is part of the development of your career. For more information click here
New Schedule of Workshops and Seminars will be available from September/October
Guild Members often run training courses aimed at existing industry professionals who have very specific needs and requirements to be filled in a short period of time. This includes:
One-to-One Steadicam Workshops
This is a two-day intensively practical and flexible short course aimed at camera operators who want to know more about Steadicam, camera assistants who are stepping up as operators – or any experienced camera technician who wants to know how to operate Steadicam and explore how best to use this vital piece of equipment safely and correctly. All equipment, venue, tuition and appropriate insurance cover is included in any price quoted – available at the time of booking.
Being A DIT – The Basics
This is a two-day course aimed at onset experienced camera technicians and data wranglers who want to reinforce and expand their knowledge. It is an introductory course for those who are being asked to perform the duties of a DIT on set and will cover the role of the DIT, hands-on experience with numerous cameras including the RED Epic and ARRI Alexa. It will also cover different types of workflow, data management and processing, basic colour correcting and dailies creation. Each course, however, will be structured to deal specifically with the needs of those who attend. Maximum number: 4.
For more information on the training courses we run, please click here to link to the training section of the website.
The GBCT is rolling out a series of fantastic seminars aimed at Camera Assistants, Operators and Directors of Photography presented by leading professionals in the relevant area. With venues in central London and around the country, this exciting programme of Seminars will inform and educate those attending to form a very strong and practical knowledge base.
For further information, please click on the “Training” button in the above Menu.
GBCT Member News
SIR SYDNEY SAMUELSON AWARD WINNER: ROBIN VIDGEON GBCT, BSC, FBKS
A lovely message from GBCT Trustee, Sir Sydney Samuelson:
“The BKSTS, British Kinematograph Sound and Television Society, at its recent Awards Ceremony held at the magnificent premises of the Film Museum in London’s County Hall, was delighted to honour Robin Vidgeon GBCT, BSC, FBKS for his outstanding services to the film and television industries. The Sydney Samuelson Award was presented with considerable pleasure by Sir Sydney himself and is given for an outstanding British contribution to Cinema and Television.
Robin has had a very long career in the industries served by BKSTS, having come through the ranks of the UK studio camera departments, particularly serving for many years on the crew of the legendary cameraman Douglas Slocombe OBE, BSC. Currently he is spending much time dedicating his lifetime experience and knowledge of cinematography to young people now training at film schools. All his professional life he has also found time to assist camera department colleagues who have fallen on hard times and or have serious medical conditions. His overall contribution to the craft of cinematography and to the wellbeing of his colleagues is quite unique and much admired.”
Who Needs Sleep?
Directed by cinematographer Haskell Wexler ASC, this feature-length documentary highlights the deadly combination of sleep deprivation and the film industry’s long working days. To view the video on Vimeo click here