John Keedwell GBCT “Art reflects life”

ART REFLECTS LIFE John Keedwell GBCT examines how this year’s BAFTA results mirror the wider world. “Boom, Boom, Boom, Boom,” in the words of Baldrick from the Blackadder 4. The sounds of the 41-gun salute were still ringing in our ears in respect for His Royal Highness Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, on Friday. Then … Read more

Tim Potter GBCT “Be mindful of mental health”

BE MINDFUL OF MENTAL HEALTH Are you mad? Are you just as mad as you were before? Or are you just mad as hell? We have all become more aware of the toll that the last year has taken on our mental disposition. We all remember that the best way to get a shot of … Read more

John Keedwell GBCT “Awards with a difference”

AWARDS WITH A DIFFERENCE The industry awards ceremonies of BAFTA and the Academy Awards are now soon to be with us, yet this year they will be slightly later, and the main contenders will perhaps look somewhat different to years gone by. Much of the blame can be shown to be the pandemic, of course, … Read more

Tim Potter GBCT “Examining the Impact”

EXAMINING THE IMPACT Signs of life never truly went away. The first three months of lockdown 2020 did close production but not the planning for the future. Scripts could be written, and pre-production management could all be done by home working. When that lockdown lifted, productions tentatively started. Production continued into the second lockdown under … Read more

John Keedwell GBCT “2020 and all that”

2020 AND ALL THAT The bongs of the famous Westminster bell have now fallen silent after midnight, and the year 2020 has finally been put to rest. Perhaps one the strangest and most frustrating years the world has experienced outside of wartime, yet 2020 has left many casualties along the way. Most of us either … Read more

Tim Potter GBCT “Looking Ahead”

LOOKING AHEAD When the Brexit vote came to pass and the world did not fall off a cliff edge, the victors gloated over their vindication. Their hubris was the false assertion that the cliff edge would be an immediate plunge into oblivion. The descent was only ever going to start once the full effect of … Read more

John Keedwell GBCT “What has space travel ever done for us?”

What has space travel ever done for us? GBCT News / John Keedwell What has space travel ever done for us? GBCT News / John Keedwell Question: What do the following films have in common? Men In Black, Event Horizon, The Full Monty, LA Confidential, Seven Years In Tibet, Boogie Nights, Good Will Hunting, Titanic … Read more

John Keedwell GBCT
“Is vertical a new format?”

Is Vertical A New Format? GBCT News / John Keedwell Is Vertical A New Format? GBCT News / John Keedwell Cinema and television pictures have always been displayed in a horizontal (or landscape) format. Yes, there have been 4:3 aspect ratios that seem almost square to us now, and there have been various “flavours” of … Read more

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“Subjects matter”

Subjects matter GBCT News / Tim Potter Subjects matter GBCT News / Tim Potter Much has been said by many a pundit in recent months that the great success of our industry is skewing the market for film and television production in the UK. Success is definitely true. Feature film production crossed the £1bn mark … Read more

What politicians can learn from filmmakers

What politicians can learn from filmmakers GBCT News / John Keedwell What politicians can learn from filmmakers GBCT News / John Keedwell This is not a party political broadcast. It is an observation about how the film business can teach politicians, and other businesses, some essential lessons about making a success. On the June morning … Read more

Problems with modern day cinema & the rise of the drones

Problems with modern day cinema GBCT News / John Keedwell Problems with modern day cinema GBCT News / John Keedwell Mainstream cinema seems to be entering a strange phase of its creativity. Our multiplexes are now packed with sequels and remakes and it seems filmmakers are rapidly running out of ideas. The 2016 award-winning films … Read more

UAV Training, 3D Home Cinema & Plasma Lights

UAVs, 3D Cinema & Plasma Lights GBCT News / John Keedwell UAVs, 3D Cinema & Plasma Lights GBCT News / John Keedwell The BSC show was crammed full of great kit and inspirational ideas, in particular the use of aerial shots with helicopters, microlight aircraft and drones (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles/UAVs). Each has its place and … Read more

Embracing change

Embracing change GBCT News / John Keedwell Embracing change GBCT News / John Keedwell Looking back a year ago, who would have thought we would be where we are now? I don’t want to get overly political here, although it’s clearly very difficult to ignore the events over the course of 2016, and it would … Read more

I am A-camera

I am A-camera GBCT News / John Keedwell I am A-camera GBCT News / John Keedwell A first-time Q&A event collaboration between the ACO and the GBCT – proved a resounding success. Over 120 industry enthusiasts, from ACO and GBCT members through to film school students, filled the Tricycle Cinema in London recently for what … Read more

Tim Potter GBCT “Credit is due”

Credit is due GBCT News / Tim Potter Credit is due GBCT News / Tim Potter The media is awash with stories of the ‘gig economy’ (in which temporary positions are common), zero-hours contracts and the ‘precariat’ (those whose income is always precarious). Politicians are wringing their hands, ‘How could this have happened?’. The Office … Read more