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
- 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 PATRONSí websites for their latest news and views.
Important Dates for your Diary
Wednesday 31 August to Friday 2 September 2016 - Video Assist Assistants - Click here for more info
Sunday 18th September 2016 - ACO and GBCT Event - Mitch Dubin SOC ACO and Chris Haarhoff SOC TALK MOVIES - details here
Guild Screenings at Pinewood start again from Monday 3 October 2016
Festivals, Industry Trade Shows and Expos
8-13 September, IBC, AMSTERDAM
17-19 September, CINEC, MUNICH
10-14 October, WILDSCREEN FESTIVAL, BRISTOL
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: email@example.com)
Hollywood - based ace Camera Operators Mitch Dubin SOC ACO and Chris Haarhoff SOC will discuss their work. - Click here for the poster and details
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 click on these two links Entry Form and Call for Submissions Form
Formally launched on the GBCT stand at the BSC 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.
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.
GBCT Crew Directory 2016
Crew Directory 2016: If you would like a copy, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org and we will post a copy to you. If you would like to be the first to see a 'sneak preview' then come and visit Dee at the GBCT stand at the Media Production Show 9th and 10th June 2016 we would love to see you.
VIDEO ASSIST ASSISTANTS - WEDNESDAY 31 AUGUST to FRIDAY 2 SEPTEMBER 2016
Another opportunity to attend a course taught by Bob Bridges, GBCT - Click here for more info
WATCH THIS SPACE!
We will shortly be in a position to announce our next raft of training courses, seminars and workshops.
GBCT MEMBERS ONLY
TRAINING FOR TRAINERS WORKSHOP – PART ONE
NEGOTIATING RATES AND BEING SELF-EMPLOYED
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
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.
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 ...