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  • 06 November 2023 09:40 | GBCT Info (Administrator)

    LORRAINE LUKE – CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER OF THE GBCT

    The GBCT Board are very pleased to announce that Lorraine Luke has agreed to join us to continue and expand on Dee’s wonderful legacy.

    Lorraine started her career in the film industry in 1989 as a Job fit Trainee on How to Get Ahead in Advertising. She continued to get ahead and by 1991 she was regularly employed as a Clapper Loader and progressed to Focus Puller from 2000. She was highly thought of and sought after, but decided, after much thought, to leave the industry in 2007. She re-trained in complementary healthcare, with a particular interest in mental health. Her knowledge and experience from being in the Camera Department, combined with the caring and compassionate qualities that led her to re-train make her perfect for the job of steering us all into a productive and fulfilling 2024. Lorraine will start in January and have the full support of the Board, as we re-structure and concentrate on building on and improving our diversity and inclusivity, as well as encouraging members in their career development and progression.


    A message from Lorraine:

    I feel extremely privileged to be taking up the mantle of running the Guild of Camera Technicians. (GBCT). I met Dee a few times when I worked in the industry and was fully in awe of her and the work she did. She’s left big shoes to fill. Fortunately, the Board consists of an amazing group of people, who I believe will support me, as I will support them and all the GBCT family. I look forward to working with you.



  • 05 November 2023 09:40 | GBCT Info (Administrator)

    ‘TIS THE SEASON TO BE JOLLY!

    THE GBCT CHRISTMAS PARTY!
    Please come join us to celebrate Christmas and the New Year, with friends and colleagues.

    • Free Raffle

    • Drink upon arrival


    3rd of December ‘23

    The New Inn, Ealing

    W5 5EX

    5PM - Close

  • 05 November 2023 09:38 | GBCT Info (Administrator)


    THE JELLY BABY JOG

    Get fit for Christmas and remember our much-loved and missed Dee.

    Walk/jog or run any distance any day of the month of December 2023.

    Wear your GBCT T-Shirts and send your photos to: info@gbct.org

  • 05 November 2023 09:37 | GBCT Info (Administrator)

    MARK MILSOME FOUNDATION SURVEY

    Mark Milsome Foundation launched a survey on crew perceptions of health and safety on UK sets.


    As the 6th anniversary of Mark’s death approaches and the industry readies itself for a full return to work after the strikes, our goal is to ensure that all crew are returning to a safe work environment and that employers are committed to improving on-set safety.

    We have joined forces with Bectu to conduct an all important new survey regarding the safety of all cast and crew working in the UK film and TV industry. The survey, entitled "A Few Minutes for Mark,” is of great significance, as its findings will help us evaluate whether conditions have changed for the better or worse since our last survey, thus informing our future advocacy efforts.

    We invite all UK crew who work on set within the UK film and TV industry to dedicate a few minutes in honour of Mark and share their insights on the safety measures in place on productions that they have worked on.

    Please share the link to the survey with all of your colleagues in the film and TV industry. bit.ly/fewminsformark.


    This survey launched on Friday 27th October and closes at 9am on Monday 13th November 2023 and the survey results are being published ahead of Mark’s 6th anniversary on 18th November.


    We sincerely appreciate all of your support and interest in the Foundation’s work.

    All the best

    Sam Wainstein
    (Chair, Mark Milsome Foundation)

  • 05 November 2023 09:37 | GBCT Info (Administrator)

    FILM+TV CHARITY - FINANCIAL SURVEY

    The Film and TV Charity have launched a new financial survey, and they urgently need YOUR input


    How are you coping financially? With people working behind the scenes in film, TV and cinema facing a sustained period of financial insecurity, it’s never been more important that you have your say. By taking part you can help the Charity to build a longer-term picture of the financial circumstances of people working in our industry and advocate on your behalf.The insights will also be used as the Charity continues to develop the support it offers the industry, from financial resources to its mental health support.


    To ensure everyone’s circumstances are represented they especially want to hear from those who are based outside of London and those from under-represented groups.


    It takes less than 10 mins to complete, and the survey is open until November 14th, with all responses remaining completely confidential.


    Click HERE [https://bit.ly/3SeMTNk] to take part now!


  • 05 November 2023 09:36 | GBCT Info (Administrator)

    BRITISH CINEMA &TELEVISION VETERANS HAVE ANNOUNCED A LOWERING OF THE QUALIFYING PERIOD MEMBERSHIP SUPPORTED BY LORD PUTTNAM

    It is now possible to join the BCTV if you have worked in the cinema, film, or television industries for 25 years or more instead of 30 years as previously.  The Veterans is a UK wide association of men and women that was formed 100 years ago to ensure that long-serving members of our industries are recognised for their invaluable contribution.

    The majority of our members are entitled to receive a cinema pass which will admit them and a guest - free of charge - to certain film performances (providing they satisfy additional criteria) and a much-valued full colour quarterly magazine which is bursting with news and information covering a wide range of topics.  They may also attend our brilliant events at subsidised prices.


    President Council member LordPuttnam said:

    “The UK has a world-class Film and TV industry and for this reason, I am a proud supporter of the BCTV an association of industry veterans. The lowering of the membership criteria from30 years to 25 years recognises the precarious nature of the sector, and I encourage anyone eligible to join”.


    President Spencer MacDonald said:

    “The change in membership criteria acknowledges the growing transformation of the industry and how working lives are becoming ever more insecure and unstable. Therefore, if you are or have worked in the industry for 25 years or more, we would be pleased to invite you to join”.

    Please visit our website at www.britishcinemaandtelevisionveterans.org.uk for more information regarding the association, the eligibility criteria and an application form.

    If you need help, please call our office on 020 7287 2976 or email bctv.veterans@btinternet.com.

    The office is normally open on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.

  • 15 October 2023 17:26 | GBCT Info (Administrator)

    CAMERA REVOLUTION

    OPEN DAY - 18th & 19th October

    Camera Revolution are opening their doors to host a two-day event of everything stabilised !

    Along with The Wire Rig Company who will have their *NEW* battery powered traction winch and a 4 point Wire Rig, Flying Cameras will have both their ShotOver M1 and F1 and Motion Impossible with the launch of their *NEW* Agito CINE which Camera Revolution are the UK supplier for !!  Camera Revolution will have x15 stabilised heads rigged along with some of our industry friends.

    On site we also have the wonderful Location Medical Services ensuring we are all safe, Ronford Baker with some of the very latest in grip equipment and Rob from Rexy Wheels with his Cinematic Training Wheels.

    Location: Shepperton Studios

    • Full Parking on Site
    • Free shuttle bus service from Stains Station leaving at 15:15 & 16:15


    Day / Time

    Wed 18th Oct – 10am to 8pm

    Thurs 19th Oct – 10am to 6pm

  • 15 October 2023 17:24 | GBCT Info (Administrator)

    JOB OPPORTUNITY - SCREEN CRAFT RIGHTS

    CHIEF EXECUTIVE

    Screen Craft Rights is a Collective Management Organisation (CMO), also known as a Collecting Society, representing the copyright interests of film and television craft authors: Cinematographers, Costume Designers, Editors and Production Designers.


    Screen Craft Rights is seeking to appoint a suitably qualified Chief Executive.

    Screen Craft Rights is a small company, and the Chief Executive is our sole permanent employee.

    As the successful candidate, you will have a broad range of skills. You will be highly organised, able to meet the strict deadlines inherent in the cycles of claims and distributions. You will be happy to work primarily on your own. Furthermore, you will be able to embrace the existing systems and structures for managing Screen Craft Rights’ activity, but have the vision to spot and implement possible refinements.


    You will report directly to the Board of Directors on a regular basis, and to the membership at the Annual General Meeting.

    When necessary the Chief Executive can call on the company’s accountant, legal adviser and IT support for specialist help and advice.

    We actively encourage applications from individuals from diverse and under-represented backgrounds. To make sure we are inclusive and accessible to all, please let us know if you require any reasonable adjustments or assistance, either to help you with your application or whilst working with us.

    For more information, please follow the link below for an Application Pack:

    https://screencraftrights.org/job-opportunity/

    Closing date for completed applications is:

    5.00pm on Monday 30th October 2023


    For further information on Screen Craft Rights or the position, please visit our website at https://screencraftrights.org or contact the Suzan Dormer, Chief Executive on info@screencraftrights.org



  • 15 October 2023 17:23 | GBCT Info (Administrator)

    HEALTH AND SAFETY IN THE FILM & TV INDUSTRY

    Sophie Van Bruges is a BBC journalist, currently working on a documentary and looking for participants. The investigation is about health and safety on film and TV sets and how there are calls for universal guidelines to be used on all productions when they start, no matter what area of the production you’re working in or on. The programme is looking for lots of examples of accidents and near misses happening on set as things get rushed through, lack of time and money pressures from studios resulting in issues on all sides of the camera.

    - Ideally it would be someone who says something along the lines of:

    ‘We were filming and “X” happened, and we were told not to report it’. (HSE report that accidents in this sector are widely underreported because it often means productions can be shut down and delayed and adds to costs).


    Anyone who wants to discuss further (in confidence) can contact Sophie on:

    07786 071927 or email: sophie.van.brugen@bbc.co.uk

  • 15 October 2023 17:23 | GBCT Info (Administrator)

    The BCTV has recently reduced the service requirement for membership. From now on applicant swill only have to show that they have accumulated 25 years of service in the film and television industry (in any capacity other than in front of the camera, i.e. everyone from cinema usherettes to Directors of Photography). Applicants will still have to show that, cumulatively, two of those years were in the feature film side of the industry if they are to get the cinema pass that allows the member free entry for themselves and one other into most of the main cinema chains to see films at off-peak times (Mon-Thurs before 6pm.).


    Go to this linkfor full details:


    British Cinema and Television Veterans, BCTV - Becoming a member

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