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GTC Workshop: TV Centre Studio Tour

GTC Workshop: TV Centre Studio Tour
26 Feb 18 @ BBC TV Centre, Wood Lane, Shepherds Bush, London W12 7FA

BVE 2018

BVE 2018
27/02–01/03/2018 @ ExCeL London, Royal Victoria Dock, 1 Western Gateway, London E16 1XL

Webinar: The art and science of optics with Cooke Chairman Les Zellan

Webinar: The art and science of optics with Cooke Chairman Les Zellan
2 Mar 18 @ Webinar: online; 15.00–15.45

The International Short Film Show Awards

The International Short Film Show Awards
10 Mar 18 @ Mercury Nottingham City Centre Hotel, Nottingham NG1 3BP

Visual Impact workshop: How to stream live video

Visual Impact workshop: How to stream live video
14 Mar 18 @ Visual Impact, Teddington Business Park, Station Road, Teddington TW11 9BQ

KitPlus Show Glasgow

KitPlus Show Glasgow
31 May 18 @ Glasgow Science Centre, 50 Pacific Quay, Glasgow G51 1EA

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GTC members head for Orlando with Dreamflight

This Saturday, the GTC Chairman Graeme McAlpine and several other GTC members will depart for Orlando, Florida as volunteers on the annual Dreamflight charity trip to America.

The very first Dreamflight took off for Orlando in 1987. It was intended to be a 'one-off' trip, just to prove it could be done, but this year Dreamflight is celebrating its 25th Anniversary.

Every October, Dreamflight charters a 747 aircraft and takes 192 sick and disabled children on a 10-day holiday to the theme parks of Florida. They do not take any parents, but a large medical team of doctors, nurses, physiotherapists and volunteers to administer to the children.

It is not just the holiday of a lifetime for these children, but has become a life changing experience. In 2008, seven of the Paralympic medalists had been Dreamflight children. They all said that 'Dreamflight changed their lives and made them realise they could make something of their lives despite their disability or illness.'

Six of the volunteers on the trip will be 'self shooting' cameramen, making individual DVD diaries for the children. The charity has two distinct uses for video. Most important is the video diary, that captures a lasting memory of the holiday for each child, as well as relaying the experience to the parents and other loved ones who have stayed at home. The second function is fundraising and increasing awareness of the charity.

Dreamflight recently bought three Canon XF105 cameras to replace their Sony PD170s. These lightweight HD camcorders seem ideal for the rigours of filming in the theme parks.

Graeme McAlpine says: "We have been very lucky that Guild member Jon Boast has secured the free hire of an additional three cameras from Procam TV, Hammerhead and Hire a Camera.com. Many thanks to these excellent hire companies for supporting such a worthwhile charity as Dreamflight."

Read more about the work of Dreamflight and how GTC members have been involved over the years in the article (click on the image right) from Zerb Spring 2010.

Cameramen Ian Garvin, Jon Boast and Rhys Morgan in Orlando on the Dreamflight trip last year.

 

 

Coming Up

GTC Workshop: TV Centre Studio Tour

GTC Workshop: TV Centre Studio Tour
26 Feb 18 @ BBC TV Centre, Wood Lane, Shepherds Bush, London W12 7FA

BVE 2018

BVE 2018
27/02–01/03/2018 @ ExCeL London, Royal Victoria Dock, 1 Western Gateway, London E16 1XL

Webinar: The art and science of optics with Cooke Chairman Les Zellan

Webinar: The art and science of optics with Cooke Chairman Les Zellan
2 Mar 18 @ Webinar: online; 15.00–15.45

The International Short Film Show Awards

The International Short Film Show Awards
10 Mar 18 @ Mercury Nottingham City Centre Hotel, Nottingham NG1 3BP

Visual Impact workshop: How to stream live video

Visual Impact workshop: How to stream live video
14 Mar 18 @ Visual Impact, Teddington Business Park, Station Road, Teddington TW11 9BQ

KitPlus Show Glasgow

KitPlus Show Glasgow
31 May 18 @ Glasgow Science Centre, 50 Pacific Quay, Glasgow G51 1EA

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