TV Drama submissions open for The Operators Award 2021

From 1st October, productions with outstanding work by a camera operator or team can be submitted for consideration. Submissions process: In order to provide more exposure for operators we have changed the 2021 rules so that the nominations presented to the jury for final voting will have been selected by the wider membership. This is … Read more

Jaspreet Bal GBCT talks her career so far

Bal is known for: The Wife, Churchill, Under The Skin, Fast & Furious 6, Whisky Galore, World War Z and is a member of GBCT. Where are you based and how does this play into the work that you do? I am based in West London, within reach of Pinewood, Shepperton and Warner Brothers Studios. … 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

UK budget: industry reactions

Industry associations including the GBCT, BECTU, the BFI, Directors UK, and ScreenSkills react to the annual budget announcements which included an extension of the COVID insurance scheme from April to the end of December. The £500 million Film and TV Production Restart Scheme guarantees productions are financially supported in the event of losses caused by … Read more

VMI helps launch UK’s first apprenticeship standard for camera technicians

Back in 2019, VMI managing director, Barry Bassett, contacted the TV industry body ScreenSkills to investigate whether it might be possible to set up a formal apprenticeship standard for UK camera rental companies. The idea was that this programme would include a high level of training to enable school leavers to enter the industry and … Read more

DP Peter Berglund shares the production story of D.O.A. – The Movie

A few years ago, my dear friend Kurt St. Thomas invited me to his house in St. Augustine, Florida for a long weekend to look at possible locations and discuss his plans to shoot a remake of the noir classic movie D.O.A. He wanted to make it as historically accurate as possible – a period … Read more

BSC calls for drama submissions at new awards evening

Submissions for the British Society Of Cinematographers’ Award For ‘Best Cinematography In A TV Drama 2018’ are still open, but the deadline for submissions is Midnight, Sunday 6th January 2019. This year’s winner will follow in the footsteps of Mark Patten (above), who took the accolade last year for Series 1, Episode 4 of Taboo, … Read more

Screen Craft Rights has collected £4m: Is some of that yours?

Over £4million pounds has been collected from European sources by Screen Craft Rights for the benefit of cinematographers and HODs working on British film and TV productions since it was established as a collecting society in 2011. The total distribution for the year to April 2018 was just under £620,000, more than double the £350,000 … Read more

GBCT’s runs successful workshop on CRLS

The GBCT wrote in with details about their recent workshop run by Tania Freimuth, a GBCT member, on Cine Reflect Lighting System (CRLS), a system conceived by celebrated DoP Christian Berger. Conceived by celebrated DoP Christian Berger, the Cine Reflect Lighting System harnesses the value of reflective lighting through the use of reflective panels which … Read more

Remembering Martin Hammond – The Filmmaker’s Friend

It was with great sadness that we learnt of the passing of Martin Hammond, who was well-known around the industry, a true friend of filmmakers far and wide, and a most valued supporter of British Cinematographer Magazine. Tragically, Martin suffered a heart attack on Wednesday 7th February whilst driving to Bristol on the M4 motorway. … Read more

Howard Colin reports on GBCT Film Loading course

Camera loader Howard Colin recently completed the GBCT’s 16mm/35mm film loading course, and wrote in with details of his experience. “It was a frosty start to Monday the 4th of December, I prayed to the traffic gods for an easy journey. I was heading to London to attend the GBCT Film Loading course, hosted at … 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

Finalists Announced for the ACO/BSC/GBCT Operators Awards

The finalists have been announced for the ACO/BSC/GBCT Operators Awards in ‘Features’ and ‘TV Drama’, with the winners to be announced at the BSC Operators Night on December 1st.

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

Tim Potter GBCT
“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

The Production Guild to host Film Workflow Course

At a time when the use of film is becoming more common in the UK, The Production Guild are running a one day course this month in association with the GBCT, aimed at production crew who are experienced at working with digital capture but have little experience of working with film. They are looking to recruit 10 … 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

Long live film!

Whoever said the medium of film is dead? Pah! It has been said many times over recent years and, with the challenges Kodak had a year or so ago, it looked like the writing was on the wall for the much-loved medium. In the past few years there has been a lot of attention and … Read more

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