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  • 13 February 2024 15:02 | GBCT Info (Administrator)

    Alec Mills: 1932 - 2024

    "This is the email that I have been dreading for some time now, but I thought you would like to know that Alec, who was the founder chairman of the GBCT back in 1978, died yesterday afternoon.


    Dad had been ill for some time, battling with dementia and living in a care home in Denham for the last eighteen months, but while it is incredibly difficult for the family at this time, there is some small consolation that at least his suffering is now ended. Suzy, his wife, was with him at the end. In truth we had been expecting this for a while, but it will still leave a big hole to be filled; as far as the camera department is concerned, it also feels like the end of an era…

     

    The attached picture was taken back in 1978, when Alec was working in Paris on Moonraker. At that time the GBCT was literally in the process of trying to find its feet, but they were interesting and undeniably more exciting days.


    Funeral details TBC, but is likely to be held in the Beaconsfield area"


    from Simon Mills

  • 09 February 2024 16:51 | GBCT Info (Administrator)

    Torquil Fleming-Boyd: 26th May 1966 - 26th January 2024

    TQ died suddenly in Aberdeenshire while up there caring for his mother. A testament to how he put others first, always. Herne Hill is quiet and different this week.


    As a friend of Torquil (TQ) for over 20 years, he was a fountain of knowledge with the most interesting of backgrounds and a gent to top it all off. TQ  would do anything for you. Give you his last 50 bucks, fly across the water to see you, turn up when needed and shoot the most amazing work. While many thought to themselves "who's directing this, me or you" he only ever wanted the best and boy did he deliver. I often hired him. I often recommended him. He always worked out. From the Witcher to Ripper Street he was one of the best. 


    While many knew TQ better than me and tributes pour in from all over the world, 'cause he travelled don't you know!, they will be much more sad in weeks and months to come. I'm sure when we all meet to celebrate his life soon,  we will have enough material for a mini series. He loved to chat - to challenge, to question ,even just for "shits and giggles".  Where would he be without a drink and cigarette. Bon voyage TQ.  He's lighting up the heavens.  I don't know anyone like him, nor do I think I'll meet his like again, at least 'til we meet again.


    Written by Adrian Devane (Line Producer Croyden and Galway) and friend of Torquil Fleming-Boyd


  • 06 February 2024 09:09 | GBCT Info (Administrator)






    Winner of the The Dee Edwards Award

    Matthew Cree(A Cam Operator) For his outstanding operating on 'Brother'


    After careful consideration, this year the Jury decided to bestow the award to Matthew Cree for his work as Camera Operator on the film “Brother” a low budget Canadian film. A critically acclaimed coming of age story, set in Scarborough Ontario, Matthew’s operating together with the cinematography of Guy Godfree, consistently support the narrative in a sympathetic and yet unsentimental manner, with confident composition and in depth, precise developing shots. The Awards Committee, offers their sincerest congratulations to Matthew.


  • 06 February 2024 09:04 | GBCT Info (Administrator)

    And the WINNER for the TV Drama Award 2023

    James Layton ACO
    with
    Justin Hawkins

    Silo S1E1


    We would like to give huge congratulations to all the nominees for their outstanding performance in camera operation.

    We would also like to thank everyone who voted and took part.

    This information is now on our website at www.operatorsaward.com

  • 30 January 2024 15:56 | GBCT Info (Administrator)

    We are sad to announce the passing of Gordon Hayman after a long illness.


    He slipped away peacefully on the 29th January and will be greatly missed by his family, as well as his friends and colleagues of many years .

  • 30 January 2024 15:36 | GBCT Info (Administrator)

    On 11 October 2023, the CMA launched an investigation under section 25 of the Competition Act 1998 (‘CA98’) into a suspected infringement or infringements of the Chapter I prohibition of the CA98 by a number of undertakings involved in the production, creation and/or broadcasting of television content.

    The investigation concerns the activities of these undertakings in relation to the purchase of services from freelance providers, and the employment of staff, who support the production, creation and/or broadcasting of television content in the UK, excluding sport content.

    The CMA is investigating suspected breaches of competition law by at least the following undertakings: the British Broadcasting Corporation, Hartswood Films Limited, Hat Trick Productions Limited, ITV PLC, Red Planet Pictures Limited, Sister Pictures Limited and Tiger Aspect Productions Limited.

    At this stage the CMA believes it has reasonable grounds to suspect one or more breaches of competition law. The CMA has not reached a view as to whether there is sufficient evidence of an infringement of competition law for it to issue a statement of objections to any party or parties. Not all cases result in the CMA issuing a statement of objections and no assumption should be made at this stage that the CA98 has been infringed.

    The CMA is separately investigating suspected breaches of competition law in relation to the purchase of freelance services and the employment of staff supporting the production and broadcasting of sports content in the UK. Please see the case page for further details.

    FULL ARTICLE HERE

  • 30 January 2024 15:30 | GBCT Info (Administrator)

    'DEADINE' EXCLUSIVE: In October 2023, the British TV drama community was as confused as it was surprised to be told that some of the most well-known production companies in the country were being investigated by the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) for “suspected anti-competitive behaviour.”

    FULL ARTICLE HERE

    Copyright https://deadline.com

  • 12 January 2024 23:18 | GBCT Info (Administrator)

    Focus On: Wild Shooting

    A call for contributors from British Cinematographer

     

    Do you work in wildlife filmmaking, or know someone who does?

    We’d love to hear from you! British Cinematographer’s next special guide, Focus On: Wild Shooting, will put the spotlight on the intrepid filmmakers whose work spans the African savannas to the Arctic plains, capturing nature’s big moments for the world to enjoy. If you’re familiar with this field and would like to share your insight, please get in touch with British Cinematographer’s Editor-in-Chief, Zoe Mutter

    (zoe@britishcinematographer.co.uk),

     by 19thJanuary 2024 to express your interest in being part of the publication:

    We look forward to hearing from you. Thank you, Zoe Mutter

  • 12 January 2024 23:16 | GBCT Info (Administrator)

    It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Wally Byatt, camera operator, in the early hours of 11th.January in hospital with two of his daughters present. He was 94 and had suffered from ill health for some time.

    His credits include “A Bridge Too Far”, Raiders of the Lost Ark”, “Never Say Never Again”, “Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom”, "Santa Claus - The Movie”, “Who Framed Roger Rabbit?”, “Indiana Jones ant the Last Crusade” and “August”.

    His funeral will be at Mortlake Crematorium - date and time yet to be announced.


    Wally with Sir Anthony Hopkins on “August”

  • 11 November 2023 09:27 | GBCT Info (Administrator)

    The Guardian – Logos Download

    Contract for Hollywood actors includes $40m yearly in streaming bonuses

    Union leaders on Friday shared details of three-year contract, on AI, wage increases and end to racist hair and makeup practices.

    Full article HERE



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