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  • 19 June 2022 16:34 | GBCT Info (Administrator)


    CAMERA STABILIZER AND

    STEADICAM OPERATORS WORKSHOP


    TUESDAY 6 to SATURDAY 10 SEPTEMBER 2022


    IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN ATTENDING,

    PLEASE NOTE THERE IS A SELECTION PROCESS.


    There are many reasons why working with Steadicam is one of the most fulfilling jobs in the Camera Department - and by attending this course you will begin to find out why! Steadicam is a complex technique and a great Operator is not created in five days. However, we guarantee you will leave this course with an understanding of the basic technical skills and knowledge of the essential current working industry practices required to become a good Steadicam Operator. Our intensive course timetable is designed around practical exercises to maximize time ‘in the harness’, with short lectures and demonstrations imparting the vital information an aspiring operator needs. Using state of the art equipment, you will receive practical tuition in the techniques for flying all current models of camera and accessories.


    The GBCT’s Steadicam courses are considered some of the best available and those attending will receive tuition of the highest standard, conducted by Guild tutors and assistant tutors.


    The course is specifically designed for technicians moving towards working in the Steadicam arena. It is essential that applicants are physically fit and comfortable with carrying heavy equipment for long periods of time. There is a selection process.


    BE AWARE, WE MAY HAVE TO CONDUCT COVID TESTS/CHECKS ON A DAILY BASIS THROUGHOUT.


    Numberofplaces: Up to 10 percourse Cost:£1,800 +VAT

    GBCT Members: £1,500 + VAT


    Thenextstep:

    Complete the training course application form (download) and send this together with your full CV by email to the GBCT – admin@gbct.org.


    Getting a Bursary to help cover expenses:

    You maybe eligible for a bursary from ScreenSkills which will help with course fees, travel and/or accommodation expenses. (www.screenskills.com).

  • 19 June 2022 16:26 | GBCT Info (Administrator)



    MONDAY 15 to FRIDAY 19 AUGUST 2022

    FILM LOADING WORKSHOP

    This 5-day course is available to all those interested in the film techniques necessary to safely manage film loading, handling, stock control, paperwork and note taking to create negative report sheets that must be sent with the exposed film to be delivered to the film laboratory for development. The course consists of film theory and a great many practical exercises when loading 16mm and 35mm most commonly used film cameras.

    The next step:

    Interested? If so, complete the training course application form (download) and send this together with your CV by post (address below) or email to: admin@gbct.org

    BE AWARE, WE MAY HAVE TO CONDUCT COVID TESTS/CHECKS ON A DAILY BASIS THROUGHOUT.



    Course Pre-requisites:

    There are likely to be different levels of professional experience of those wanting to attend this course. We will therefore be selecting candidates and then balancing and adjusting the course timetable to reflect this.

    Number of places per course: 6 per tutor Cost: £450 + VAT (Guild Members)

    Cost: £650 + VAT (Non-Members)

    Getting a Bursary to help cover expenses:

    You may be eligible for a bursary from ScreenSkills which will help with course fees, travel and/or accommodation expenses.www.screenskills.com

  • 05 June 2022 23:17 | Gabriel Hyman (Administrator)

    CAMERA TRAINEE PROGRAMME SCHEME FOR 2023 INTAKE

    Please take a look here for info and an application form.

  • 10 December 2021 17:44 | Deleted user


    **  ROSCO

    Rosco have produced some excellent videos that run through much of the Company’s story.  Here is the link to the first one.  Please take a look and enjoy!. Stan Miller, Owner of ROSCO, starts the journey for us. More will be revealed in due course. We will be loading this and other GBCT Patrons' histories on to our website as soon as possible. 
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eROdoW7dt5s




    **  COOKE ANAMORPHIC/I AND S4/I PRIMES BRING THE

    ADVENTURE OF MAGICAL REALISM TO THE SCREEN IN


    “THE WATER MAN”

     

    Please find attached and below cinematographer Matt Lloyd’s experience shooting The Water Man using Cooke Anamorphic/i lenses and S4/i primes.

    This David Oyelowo film lensed by Matt Lloyd finds its own style, ‘due to the choice of lensing and environment’ -


    Leicester, UK – 07 December 2021– Cinematographer Matt Lloyd, ASC, CSC, has used Cooke Optics S4/i prime lenses extensively since they first came out – including the pilot for the limited television series “Fargo.” But in discussions with director, producer and actor David Oyelowo, they both knew that the look of “The Water Man would need to be more majestic than a spherical lens could provide. Then, Lloyd met up with Michael Koerner of Koerner Camera of Portland, OR, who would provide the lenses and cameras for the project.

    “It was Michael who suggested that I really needed to see the Cooke Anamorphic/i lenses at his Pacific Northwest Lens Summit,” said Lloyd. “Honestly, I didn’t even know Cooke made an anamorphic lens. I was leaning towards another manufacturer’s anamorphics, but I trust Michael. There was a Cooke representative at the Summit and after a few minutes, I was sold on the Cookes. The anamorphics would perfectly match the S4/i lenses that I would be using for VFX shots. By the end of production, I was amazed. You would think that Cooke had been making anamorphics forever.

    READ MORE IN WEEKLY MEMBERS NEWLETTER.



  • 10 December 2021 17:42 | Deleted user

    Dear All,

    The Mark Milsome Foundation is approaching a significant launch of an ONLINE  Health and Safety Programme Passport for 15th December 2021 and we would be incredibly grateful if we could count on your support.
    The course is the result of 2 years research, an industry wide survey (5,000 responses and concerns) and includes subjects that we believe would have prevented Mark Milsome’s death in Ghana in 2017.

    As friends of the Foundation I would also like to send you an early link to access the programme and ask that you and those in your organisation take the course for free in advance of the 15th December. IF you feel your members would benefit, IF you feel it is an important course then we would be incredibly grateful if next week you would consider urging your members/ unions/ guilds to take the course over the Christmas and New Years break.
    Two years ago I asked Jake Edmonds at Media Safety Ltd how many crew from approx 70 on set should I expect to have taken a  Modern Health and Safety programme and the answer was “you would be lucky to find one”. After digging deeper it appeared to be cost and time that was an issue. Traditionally a H&s programme takes 2 days, face to face at a cost £400-500. In addition, no-one is  ever expected to have a H&S qualification.
    I have spent the last 2 years researching, writing, producing the Mark Milsome Foundation Film and TV Safety Course. It will be available online and take 90 minutes to complete. It will cost £20 plus VAT and If successful, Crew/Production/Students will receive a Screenskills Production Safety passport that lasts for 5 years.
    Please see early responses to those who have seen the course below. We hope that this course will attract enough attention and support over the Christmas and New Year period that we can justify a programme to make it Mandatory in the Film and TV industry but we cannot do that without you urging your members to take notice and take the short course. 
    I attach a link to our first x 4 trailers and will get you the full course soon as well as some background to the project and the reasons we believe it is needed.
    With thanks for your support.
    Kirk Jones
    Chairman - Mark Milsome Foundation 



    “The most engaging safety training I have ever seen, empowering the viewer to speak up, this will improve safety standards and save lives!”  Sunny Bains – NFTS

    “Totally and utterly game changing.” Jen Compton – Chalk – Media Safety Ltd

    “An essential step towards a safer environment for those working in our industry.” James Clarke – Media Safety Ltd

    “This unique training package should be written into the DNA of every film and television course in the UK – Whether you are an experienced professional or a student about to step foot on a set for the first time, it will inform you, empower you, and make everyone safer.” Professor Christopher Morris – former head of Newport and Falmouth Film and Television Schools.

    Click on the links below to watch the first four teasers.

    1. https://vimeo.com/manage/videos/654084740
    2. https://vimeo.com/manage/videos/654083628
    3. https://vimeo.com/manage/videos/654082150
    4. https://vimeo.com/manage/videos/65408418

    ( NOTE TO WATCH THE LINKS YOU NEED TO CREATE A VIMEO ACCOUNT)


    Click on the blue button below to see the
    Mark Milsome Foundation Health and Safety Online Course Proposal -
    7th Dec 2021

    The latest COVID variant is causing a degree of uncertainty and with the potential of some travel restrictions being put in place plus possible policy changes post-Christmas, the BSC Expo Team have taken the difficult decision to postpone the Expo until April. 
    FOR YOUR DIARY: The new confirmed dates are now THURSDAY 7 to SATURDAY 9 APRIL 2022 and the Expo will be held at Battersea Evolution.


  • 10 December 2021 17:40 | Deleted user


    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 | Deleted user


    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 | Deleted user

    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

    https://www.printsformark.com/shop

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