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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

Media Production Show 2016 – 9th – 10th of June  - Click here and more info below ...

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

WANTED – GBCT v3 KELLY CALCULATOR

If any of you have a v3 Kelly, in reasonably good condition, that you would like to sell, please get in touch with the office and say what you would like to sell it for (photos would be appreciated!). Someone is looking to buy (email: admin@gbct.org)

ACO/BSC/GBCT OPERATORS AWARD – 2016: TELEVISION DRAMA

Thanks to those of you who have been recommending some great television drama and camera operators for this award. Now we need people to actually complete the application form and provide some footage for the Awards Committee to look at. Please would you have a look at the two attached documents and apply!

THE MEDIA PRODUCTION SHOW

Held at the Business Design Centre, Islington on 9 & 10 June is brought to you by Media Business Insight, publishers of such key industry titles such as Broadcast, The Knowledge, KFTV, Production Intelligence, Screen, shots and more.

The unique event which will look at how technology has changed the way we not only watch content but how it can take a film, TV programme or commercial to another level.

There are over 60 free-to-attend seminars which will be hosted by some of the best talent in the creative industry and 90+ exhibitors will share their knowledge and present products and services that vary across pre-production, production, post and content distribution. Key industry speakers such as Tony Jordan, Writer of Dickensian and Noel Clarke, Director of Adulthood will reflect on their recent projects, offer insights into their techniques and processes and their thoughts on the future of the creative sectors.

Don’t miss the free to attend event where creativity meets technology – register for your free badge today by clicking here

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

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

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.

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.

GBCT Crew Directory 2015-2016

Crew Directory 2016: If you would like a copy, please email: info@gbct.org and we will post a copy to you.  The Crew Directory will be launched at the Media Production Show on 9&10 June at the Islington Design Centre see above.

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

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 ...