The GTC has put together this repository of links to information sources, helplines and also some ideas for how to use the lockdown period positively and keep motivated. Of course, this is a very fast-changing and highly unusual situation, so keeping this page up to date will be difficult and making it comprehensive impossible – but we urge GTC members to help by submitting any further resources, updates and ideas you feel it would be helpful to share with other members. Send a useful COVID-19 information resource or idea.


Safe return to work

TV Production Guidance: Managing the risk of Coronavirus (COVID-19) in production making

https://downloads.bbc.co.uk/mediacentre/tv-production-guidance-managing-the-risk-of-coronavirus-in-production-making-v1.pdf

 

Back to work information

How to shoot news safely during the COVID-19 pandemic: guidelines from Andy Portch, experienced SKY News cameraman:
www.gtc.org.uk/news-and-features/how-to-shoot-news-safely-in-a-covid19-world.aspx

For the best up-to-date guidance see the BECTU 'returning to work' section: https://bectu.org.uk/topic/health-and-safety-covid-19

 


Financial assistance and information

The Film & TV Charity

For anyone seeking urgent financial assistance the Film and TV Charity 24/7 helpline is on 0800 054 0000 – free support given day and night.
Financial Support: www.filmtvcharity.org.uk/we-can-help/financial-support


Backup

Backup is a Technical Entertainment Charity – providing financial support to industry technical professionals working in live events, theatre, TV and film. The charity offers support when an industry professional or family member is seriously ill or suffering after an accident. Grants are tailored to the individual’s needs and can include essential living costs, medical related expenses, advice, retraining and travel. Backup is able to offer support in some cases where industry workers have been hospitalised with coronavirus.
www.backuptech.uk/about
 

COVID-19 Film+TV Charity

Set up by BFI and The Film+TV Charity with a £1 million donation from Netflix.
Applications close Wednesday 22 April. How to apply:

www.gtc.org.uk/news-and-features/applications-are-open-for-the-film-and-tv-charity-covid19-emergency-relief-fund.aspx

The Film+TV Charity is also offering repayable grants for freelancers who are eligible for Government support but struggling until it comes through in June: https://filmtvcharity.org.uk/news-event/repayable-grants-scheme-announced/
Application also close Wednesday 22 April.

 

Arts Council funding

Probably not relevant for most GTC members but some involved in art projects must just be eligible: www.artscouncil.org.uk/covid19

 

UK Government

HMRC’s dedicated helpline on 0800 0159 559
Universal Credit: www.understandinguniversalcredit.gov.uk/coronavirus
Furloughing staff: www.gov.uk/guidance/claim-for-wages-through-the-coronavirus-job-retention-scheme
Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS): www.gov.uk/guidance/claim-a-grant-through-the-coronavirus-covid-19-self-employment-income-support-scheme
Employees: www.gov.uk/guidance/guidance-and-support-for-employees-during-coronavirus-covid-19
Tax: HMRC guidance for if you can't pay your tax (VAT or self-assessment) bill on time: www.gov.uk/difficulties-paying-hmrc

Small businesses: www.gov.uk/government/collections/financial-support-for-businesses-during-coronavirus-covid-19


IPSE

The Association of Independent Professionals and the Self Employed (IPSE) site with information for the freelance and self-employed is at: www.ipse.co.uk/ipse-news/news-listing/coronavirus-ipse-activity-and-advice-freelancers.html


Crunch

Crunch is a generally good site with lots of very useful information for small businesses including tax for freelancers, the IR35 minefield and other areas that all self-employed people have to consider in the normal run of things. They have put together a specific section dealing with all the recent coronavirus-driven announcements from the UK Government: www.crunch.co.uk/knowledge/running-a-business/coronavirus-support-for-self-employed


Pay It Forward Academy

This brilliant site pointed out to us by a GTC member could really be included in any of the categories on this page as it is an incredible collection of resources covering not only financial advice but health and wellbeing, learning resources and much more. Its aim basically is to share positivity and make the world a more connected, humane and generally better place. Founder Ben Brophy's enthusiasm is infectious and we encourage you to listen to his introduction to recover some hope for the future if you are feeling down in the current situation. For the mean time though, it also has a very useful and constantly updated collection of Coronavirus related information:
https://www.thepayitforwardacademy.com/blog/Coronavirus%20Quarantine%20Resource%20&%20Survival%20Guide


GTC

If you will experience difficulty paying your GTC subs in the next few months, please contact the Administration Officer. Please bear in mind that cancelling your GTC subscription will also nullify your PLI insurance if you are part of the group GTC scheme, so we would much rather find a way to help you stay a member during this difficult time when networking and community have never been more important.

If you weren't able to join the GTC e-Workshop 'Government Support for Freelancers' with media finance trainer David Thomas (or any other GTC eWorkshop), you can link to the recording here: www.gtc.org.uk/members-area/recent-gtc-workshops/gtc-eworkshop-recordings.aspx

 

Money Saving Expert

On a more general domestic front, Martin Lewis, the Money Saving Expert, has information on his site relating to 'Coronavirus Financial Help & Rights':
www.moneysavingexpert.com/news/2020/03/uk-coronavirus-help-and-your-rights

 


Film and TV sector information

 

BECTU

 

BECTU has put together a more comprehensive list of COVID-19 related information sources than we can hope to keep up to date here – so this might be a good place to start if you need industry-specific financial, legal or employment advice: www.bectu.org.uk/topic/covid-19-coronavirus

There is further information on forthcoming events and action BECTU is taking on its  @Camera Branch Instagram site.

BFI

For the latest information and guidance on COVID-19 and screen sector Q&A on impact on the sector at large: www.bfi.org.uk/supporting-uk-film/covid-19-update

 

Prolific North

The excellent Prolific North news, events and jobs hub for the creative industries in the North has a regularly updated coronavirus section with latest news from the region: www.prolificnorth.co.uk/news/coronavirus

 

Rory Peck Trust

The Rory Peck Trust has put together a very good set of COVID-19 resources for journalists/news crews offering links to: Safety and Reporting guides; Mental Health Support; Sources of funding; and Online Training and Videos:

https://rorypecktrust.org/freelance-resources/covid-19/


Health advice (coronavirus)

BECTU – Safe working practices during COVID-19

BECTU Camera Branch has created a form to complete if you have been asked to work in a way that you believe to be unsafe in relation to Covid-19. You do not have to be a BECTU member to complete the form: 
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfeG7OhEfukJgbyi-m_BmyWRQoXNhjno_v8GeuBl17CeHnhag/viewform

 

NHS coronvirus advice

Latest and updatrd NHS advice on what to do if you think you or a family member may have sypmtoms of the virus:

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

 

Stay-at-home guidance from the Government

Latest guidance on how to comply with the lockdown guidance and guidance for households with possible cases of coronavirus

www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance

 

World Health Organization

Latest WHO COVID-19 related public health advice and research:

www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019


Mental Health support

The Film & TV Charity

The Film & TV Charity offers mental health support 24/7 on its helpline:
0800 054 0000 – free support given day and night.
24 Hour Support: filmtvcharity.org.uk/we-can-help/support-line
They also have a live chat here: filmtvcharity.org.uk/about-us
 

GTC Welfare Officer and Psychotherapy support

The GTC's Welfare Officer is Chris Yacoubian and he is there to help and suggest avenues of support. Contact the GTC Welfare Officer.

The GTC is also very fortunate to have the support of psychotherapist Alex Iga Golabek. See her website: Ego Therapy
 

GTC Mental Health supplement

Two years ago we published our well-received Mental Health Supplement which can be found, along with a list of mental health charity contacts, at:
www.gtc.org.uk/about-the-gtc/mental-health-and-other-helplines.aspx

 

NHS Mental Health and Wellbeing

This NHS page includes a comprehensive list of mental health helplines, including various specific conditions, e.g. anxiety, bipolar, abuse, addictions and bereavement
www.nhs.uk/conditions/stress-anxiety-depression/mental-health-helplines

 

BBC News Mental Health app and support

The BBC has a mental health app and list of mental health support resources: www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/articles/1NGvFrTqWChr03LrYlw2Hkk/information-and-support-mental-health

 

Rory Peck Trust

In its Safety and Reporting Guides section, the Rory Peck Trust has included a section on Mental Health Resources – aimed particularly at supporting journalists reporting on COVID-19.
https://rorypecktrust.org/freelance-resources/covid-19/guides/

 


Achieving something positive

Keeping busy and trying not to focus exclusively on COVID-19 news and its likely effects can be helpful. The enforced time at home could be a good time to get on with the kind of jobs listed below that so often get put off. At least once this is all over you will be able to feel pleased that you have tackled and achieved some of those tasks that tend to hang around on the bottom of the 'to do' list.

  • Do a kit audit: make a spreadsheet and list everything you own and put in details about value, where and when purchased.
  • Clean and maintain your kit (some advice on cleaning lenses and filters here) – or maybe contact a GTC sponsor who still has their service department running at some level for as long as they can, either by working from home or with strict protocols in place (e.g. Top-Teks and True Lens Services).
  • Get all your expenses and mileage up to date so you can put your business to bed for a while.
  • If you’re not already part of one, make a WhatsApp group or set up regular Zoom, Skype or other platform calls with colleagues, friends, neighbours, anywhere you might create a network and feel more part of a community.
  • TIidy up your hard drives and computer desktop.
  • We know that many GTC members are getting involved with local community groups and offering their services – share your stories of how you are supporting your community.
  • ... or you could write that article for Zerb or GTC In Focus you've always wanted to do but never got around to 😉! Seriously, if this is something you would like to do, contact the Zerb Managing Editor or the GTC In Focus editor.

 


Online learning

The enforced time at home might be a good time to learn some new skills or improve your knowledge of a particular piece of equipment or shooting technique. Many GTC sponsors have some great online resources that it woud be well worth exploring. To mention but a very few (and please do help us add to this list), we know about collections of informative blogs from: ARRI, Procam, Top-Teks, VMI.

 

Broadcast Network

There are so many live events on every day at the moment, it can be hard keeping track of them all and remembering which one you want to join when. The Broadcast Network is a free community site which places all these events in one easy to navigate calendar – simply choose the view you wish and see what is happening on any day that is green, then click through for more info.

www.broadcastnetwork.co.uk

 

Cine Live Guide

Cine Live Guide is a global directory of cinematography-based live stream content aimed at educating cinematographers around the world. It was put together by cinematographers Edgar Dubrovskiy, Nicolas C Geissler BVK, Christina Ienna Assoc CSC, Eric Oh CSC MYSC and Laurie Rose BSC and is supported by member societies & leading organisations internationally. View all the live stream content scheduled for the coming days and weeks now:
https://live.cineguide.org/?timezone=Europe/London

 

GTC eWorkshops

GTC members can access recordings of all the recent GTC eWorkshops, including those by David Thomas (on financial support) and Neil Thompson on HDR and Large Sensors from here: www.gtc.org.uk/members-area/recent-gtc-workshops/gtc-eworkshop-recordings.aspx

 

BSC 'Cinematographers on Call' series

Listen in on some fascinating conversations with top cinematographers on the BSC YouTube Live Channel – including, for example, a Fireside Chat with Seamus McGarvey ASC, BSC – Nocturnal Animals, Bad Times at the El Royale; a Masterclass on the filming of Killing Eve with cinematographers Julian Court, BSC and Tim Palmer, BSC, and many more coming online each week.


Watch some ARRI masterclasses

www.mzed.com/courses/high-dynamic-range-with-karl-walter-lindenlaub-asc; www.mzed.com/courses/large-format-cinematography-with-james-laxton-asc


CVP have virtual events coming up

cvp.com/events


The Camera Channel podcast

If you haven't already discovered it, catch up on GTC member Michael J Sanders' excellent podcast, which features lively chat, usually based around an equipment topic and very much from the user's point of view (so far, Canon C500MkII, Sony FX9 and LED lights have been discussed). Often the guests are other GTC members.
www.mjsanders.co.uk/podcasts

 

The CallSheet.co.uk

The CallSheet.co.uk has put together a list of more than 100 links to resources to keep TV adn film people connected, productive and entertained during isolation:
www.thecallsheet.co.uk/news/100-resources-isolation-productivity


Learn about colour grading

www.blackmagicdesign.com/uk/products/davinciresolve/training


Myth busting about COVID-19

Science Rules! with Bill Nye:
https://www.stitcher.com/podcast/stitcher/science-rules-with-bill-nye


ScreenSkills

ScreenSkills is offering a range of online training sessions ranging from camera, screenwriting and production skills, to Pilates and yoga sessions, and even drop-in 'Daily Cuppa Session' with a mental health first aid trainer: www.screenskills.com/insight/news/supporting-our-workforce-during-the-covid-19-crisis

 

SMPTE learning resources

The industry standards body SMPTE has made many of its learning resources free during the COVID-19 crisis, including recorded webinars, industry standards and journal articles, and discounted virtual courses.
www.smpte.org


Keeping yourself and your family entertained

Catch up on some documentaries

https://cineuropa.org/en/newsdetail/387058/?fbclid=IwAR0kLgMsII9_P9xjr2WXBa4VwztG7hdxyKs2gNXGUYSrJZIejx2dPc7JrhM


Take a virtual trip round a museum or art gallery

www.bridgemanimages.co.uk/en/15713/museums-you-can-visit-from-your-sofa

 

Have fun with virtual backgrounds for Zoom calls

Most of us are conducting our lives via Zoom these days - so have some fun and replace that boring blank wall or ceiling that your iPad insists on angling towards with a Star Wars backdrop or place yourself in a familiar BBC set:
Star Wars: https://www.starwars.com/news/star-wars-backgrounds
BBC setshttps://www.bbc.co.uk/archive/empty_sets_collection/zfvy382


Keeping fit

The excellent MindBody app is a great source of a huge range of yoga, Pilates, meditation and other online fitness classes to help you keep fit and connected.
mindbody.io/fitness/search/classes?virtual=only

 

First Aid training

The fantastic team at In Safe Hands Training, who many GTC members will now know through having done one of our free Emergency First Aid training days, are running online First Aid training sessions during the COVID-19 lockdown, including some aimed at children. See what's coming up here:
www.facebook.com/insafehandstraining

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