• 10 December 2021 17:40 | Anonymous

    And on 4th December, GBCT Trustee PHIL MEHEUX BSC, GBCT was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award by NIGEL WALTERS BSC, GBCT. The Awards were a celebration of young talent in film across the UK and were hosted by The National Youth Film Academy in partnership with Odeon Cinemas.  Congratulations, Phil!

  • 10 December 2021 17:37 | Anonymous

    Sir Sydney Samuelson presenting Ron Ford with his BAFTA Award
    (and guess who’s behind Sir Sydney!!!)

    Our beloved founding Trustee, SIR SYDNEY SAMUELSON, was 96 years old on 7th December.  Amazing.  I sent him a card from all of us.  I am hoping to go see him early next year arms full of smoked salmon and cream cheese bagels plus the odd salt beef on rye!  Hope you had a wonderful day, Sydney. 
    Love and hugs from us all.

    Sydney with his awards.

  • 10 December 2021 15:23 | Anonymous

    One thing rarely discussed is how the majority of production skills are hired in a freelance capacity. A project brings together a team that may have little experience of working together. Then over several months, a production that might be worth tens to hundreds of millions of dollars will be miraculously be complete. The financial risk involved in these is enough to make most other industries baulk. And yet the majority of these creations get completed as the team is so passionate and truly invested in delivering the best they can.

    Being involved in such an industry is a complete privilege. You often get to travel to remarkable places and see amazing things. You get to work with truly, incredibly, talented people that bring their unique vision to the script and bring it to the screen. When you then see these stories in completion, there is an immense sense of satisfaction, knowing your contribution played a part in bringing it together. 

    However, with this privilege comes a great cost. Technicians are often required to work incredibly long hours and often spend a great deal of time far away from home. Working in a freelance capacity gives you  little protection from when the industry is quiet or comes to a grinding halt as in the case of the recent pandemic.

    Then there is the aspect of danger. The nature of what we do, means we are constantly pushing the boundaries for the greatest stunts and explosions which always presents an element of risk. 

    As a freelancer, you often feel pressured to just say 'yes' mindful that this is what the industry expects and will keep you in a good stead for the next gig.

    We are incredibly saddened by the recent tragedy of Halyna Hutchins, who lost her life filming in New Mexico. It naturally brought home the pain of the loss of Mark Milsome, who was killed when filming a simple car stunt went wrong. A community has come together on both occasions to recognise the loss of these two individuals, that everyone has only positive words to describe.

    When describing Mark, you often hear people say 'I know everyone says he was a truly nice person, but he really was'. From all accounts we have heard the same said of Halyna across the US.

    Putting this calendar together is our little way of giving something back. We recognise this industry is full of hard work and pain, but for all the trouble it has caused we wanted to find a way to show you we still love you.

    Enveloped in this year's Prints for Mark Calendar are images we love, that show the magic of making movies. 

    So from us to you, we want to wish everyone a safe and productive 2022.

    Andra Milsome and Mark Purvis

  • 29 November 2021 15:21 | Anonymous

    Have a read through of the latest excellent BACKUP newsletter which includes the offer of Free Mental Health First Aider courses for freelancers. Click on the link below to see what’s on offer.

  • VMI

    29 November 2021 15:19 | Anonymous

    This is a great opportunity to find out more about the history of our patrons – who they are, what they do – and why they do it. Barry Bassett at VMI has prepared a brief history of VMI (with pics). It’s fascinating. Click on the links and have a read.

    Brief History of VMI:

    Brief History of VMI in pictures:

  • 29 November 2021 15:16 | Anonymous


    Lucien Nunes is an engineer that many Guild members have worked alongside for decades as a technician for both on-set and off-set rig building. Some sad, terrible news. Lucien has been diagnosed with stage 4 cancer of the oesophagus and has started chemotherapy with the hope of extending his life.
    A team of film industry technicians have started this fundraiser for Lucien, to help him fulfil a life-long goal of creating a unique Museum for Electricity and Electronic Technology - MEET. It will be for the next generation, to both inspire and teach.
    If you can, please help – support the fund raising by clicking on the link below and donating whatever you can. On the link below you can also see a short video which explains what has to be done next.

  • 29 November 2021 15:15 | Anonymous

    ** CAMERIMAGE 2021
    This year’s Camerimage finished on Saturday 20 November and was very successful – well done all the Camerimage team in Torun!
    The gala closing film was NO TIME TO DIE and was introduced by director Cary Joji Fukunaga with DoP Linus Sandgren
    The list of winners included:
    The Golden Frog - C’MON C’MON – DoP Robbie Ryan; Director Mike Mills
    The Silver Frog – THE TRAGEDY OF MACBETH – DoP Bruno Delbonnel; Director Joel Coen
    The Bronze Frog – DUNE – DoP Greig Fraser; Director Denis Villeneuve
    Audience Award – C’MON C’MON
    FIPRESCI Prize – ANIMALS – DoP Frank van den Eeden; Director Nabil Ben Yadir
    Polish Film – OPERATION HYACINTH – DoP Piotr Sobocinski Jt; Director Piotr Domalewski
    Director debut – TITANE – DoP Ruben Impens; Director Julia Ducournau
    Cinematographer debut – BIPOLAR – DoP Yuming Ke; Director Queena Li
    Music Video – ZDECHLAM – DoP Kacper Fertacz; Director Zuzanna Plisz
    TV Series – WELCOME TO UTMARK: EYE FOR AN EYE – DoP Andreas Johannessen; Director Dagur Kari
    Documentary feature – MY VOICE WILL BE WITH YOU – DoP Tristan Galand; Director Bruno Tracq
    Documentary short – SURVIVE – DoP Jacob Friedrich Maria Kohl; Directors Lara Milena Brose, Kilian Armando Friedrich
    Laszlo Kovacs Award – Golden Tadpole – THE HOWLING – DoP Max Bugajak; Director Bartosz Brzezinski, Warsaw Film School
    Silver Tadpole – TALA’VISION – DoP Philip Henze; Director Murad Abu Eisheh, Filmakademic Baden-Wurttemberg
    Bronze Tadpole – COLD BLOW LANE – DoP Christopher Behrman; Director Luca Homolka, Filmakademie Baden-Wurttemberg

  • 29 November 2021 15:09 | Anonymous


    AWARD – 22 NOVEMBER 2021

    Fantastic news and well done to GBCT Director of Photography MILOS MOORE for his recent Award which was announced at the London Hilton Park Lane. The judges said the “camera movement made the piece cinematic and gave great scale and intimacy”. Very many congratulations and thanks from Milos’ to his camera team as well - which included some ace Guild Members!

  • 11 November 2021 14:10 | GBCT Web Admin (Administrator)

    3 November 2021:

    Together For Our Planet campaign announces Bristol and London’s award-winning green small business.

    VMI.TV, Bristol and London-based camera rental company, crowned Hero of Net Zero at COP26 awards ceremony.

    Small business celebrated for original and creative actions taken to cut their own greenhouse gas emissions.

    The company urges other businesses to commit to net zero at UK Climate Hub.

    Camera rental company VMI.TV has been crowned winner of the Heroes of Net Zero competition yesterday at a special awards ceremony hosted by Intuit at the COP26 international climate change summit in Glasgow.

    More than 160 businesses entered the competition, making a commitment at the UK Business Climate Hub to achieve net zero by 2030, 20 years ahead of the Government’s own climate commitment.

    The rental firm, based in Acton, London and St George, Bristol won in the small business category by demonstrating a range of measures taken on their journey to net zero, including installing solar panels and insulation, purchasing electric vans and recycling and reusing, sending no waste to landfill in 15 months.

    They won an exclusive prize package worth over £4,500 from competition partners BT, NatWest and SSE.

    Barry Bassett, Managing Director, VMI.TV said:

    “We are incredibly flattered and really pleased that our efforts are being recognised, as this will spread the word more widely about the benefits of companies making decarbonising efforts.”

    Full details here:

  • 28 October 2021 16:20 | Anonymous

    Vimeo Link:

    Vimeo Synopsis:

    A documentary that highlights the deadly combination of sleep deprivation and long days of work. Focusing in particular in the film industry's. Unsettled by the preventable death of a coworker, filmmaker Haskell Wexler learns that sleep deprivation and long work hours are a deadly combination. Interweaving medical findings with personal accounts, his camera reveals how a 24/7 work culture affects all Americans.

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