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Film and TV Charity Appeal

Film and TV Charity winter appeal is now live. - In the last 18 months during the pandemic, social change and economic challenges, The Film and TV Charity has been... [READ MORE]

What would you do with just 250 days?

A team of film industry technicians are creating a 'Go Fund Me' page for a long-time friend and colleague, electrical engineer Lucien Nunes, who has recently been diagnosed with stage 4... [READ MORE]

Mark Milsome Foundation launches an online health & safety course

  UK charity, the Mark Milsome Foundation, which was formed after the tragic death of British camera operator Mark Milsome on the set of BBC/Netflix show Black Earth Rising in... [READ MORE]

2021 Rory Peck Trust winners announced

Congratulations to all the winners and finalists of The Rory Peck Awards 2021, all nominated for their dedication, talent and contribution to news and current affairs globally. This year's winners... [READ MORE]

Bill Vinten GTC University Award winners shoot feature-length version of their winning film

In 2017 Adam Pickford received the Bill Vinten GTC University Award for his cinematography on The Fence. The film, directed by Will Stone, has been viewed an incredible 4.3 million times... [READ MORE]

Albert collaboration with UK broadcasters at COP26

The 26th UN Climate Change Conference (COP26) starts on Sunday 31 October and in conjunction with this the BAFTA Albert initative is running various free online events. These are partnered with... [READ MORE]

Film and TV Charity launches wellbeing hub for freelancers

The Film + TV Charity has launched a new digital hub to help freelancers proactively look after their most important business asset – themselves. This is part of its Let’s Reset campaign... [READ MORE]

Rory Peck Trust announces 2021 Awards finalists

- Congratulations to all the 2021 finalists of the Rory Peck Awards! - The Rory Peck Trust is proud to announce the finalists across the four Awards categories, from... [READ MORE]

Catch up on the KitPlus Show

GTC Exhibitions Officer, Kate Harvest, and Council Member Kirsty Bradbury were pleased to be able to get back to representing the GTC in person at an event when the KitPlus Show... [READ MORE]

Rory Peck Trust launches new programme to support freelance journalists

In response to the growing psychological risks that journalists are facing, Rory Peck Trust has launched a new programme in partnership with Facebook, which will support freelance journalists globally with fully funded Trauma... [READ MORE]

Long-awaited UK Camera Tech Apprenticeship standard is rolled out

Camera Technician Apprenticeship scheme reports job offers - More than 200 young hopefuls who initially lodged their interest in the new Camera Tech Apprenticeship programme were reduced in number... [READ MORE]

Rory Peck Awards 2021: Call for entries

Calling all freelancers: Enter the Rory Peck Awards!: The Rory Peck Awards, now in its 26th year, is one of the industry's most coveted prizes for freelance journalists worldwide.... [READ MORE]

Investment in HETV training defies COVID

The ScreenSkills High-end TV Skills Fund received £3.3 million in industry contributions in 2020/21 despite the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic compared with the record £3.9 million of a year earlier... [READ MORE]

ScreenSkills: New research on skills post-Covid

Doctor Who @BBC Studios Research shows belief in opportunities post-Covid - The screen industries believe there are opportunities created by the coronavirus pandemic to make lasting positive change that should not... [READ MORE]

GTC AGM 2021

The 49th Annual General Meeting of the GTC will be held on Tuesday 13 July at 11.00.:   The meeting will be on Zoom. More details... [READ MORE]

Euro Cine Expo confirms dates for 2022


Film and TV Charity relaunches the Looking Glass Survey

The Looking Glass Survey 2021: The Film and TV Charity has relaunched the Looking Glass Survey, two years after the original research project uncovered a mental health emergency... [READ MORE]

The GTC is delighted to announce Mo-Sys as our latest new sponsor

The GTC is very pleased to announce that camera tracking and robotics expert Mo-Sys is the latest company to add our list of sponsor companies. We look forward to working with... [READ MORE]

Registration open for UK's first apprenticeship scheme for camera technicians

Jack Cherrington, who started with VMI as an intern, 2015, was promoted to Senior Technician in 2018 Back in 2019, VMI Managing Director, Barry Bassett, first contacted the TV industry body ScreenSkills... [READ MORE]

Top Tips for Looking after your Mental Health from Rory Peck Trust

In common with the GTC, Rory Peck Trust along with its many other initiatives is working hard to provide mental health support for industry colleagues, in particular freelancers. Recently the Trust... [READ MORE]

New anti-bullying support for everyone in film and TV from Film + TV Charity

Film + TV Charity research revealed that 84% people working in UK film and television have experienced or witnessed bullying or harassment. In response to this, they’ve developed new, confidential services... [READ MORE]

Exciting new discounts for GTC members

We are always on the lookout for ways to help members save money and get the maximum benefit from their GTC subscription. To that end we have our Member Discounts section and this... [READ MORE]

CODEX and Dynamic Rentals form strategic partnership to provide flexible, sustainable storage options

  CODEX, part of the X2X Media Group, is delighted to announce it has signed a new strategic partnership deal with Dynamic Rentals to provide its Emmy Award-winning workflow solutions... [READ MORE]

Screenskills rolls out new unconscious bias training module

It’s up to all of us to challenge unconscious bias to promote greater diversity and inclusion in the screen industries. You can now take free online training with ScreenSkills to learn... [READ MORE]

Broadcast Engineering Conservation Group added to our TV history page

Phil Nott of the BECG with a restored Thames TV EMI 2001 TV history preserved: We've recently become aware of the Broadcast Engineering Conservation Group (BECG), an association of experienced... [READ MORE]

GTC member Adam Docker wins BJP award

Congratulations to long-standing GTC member Adam Docker, who has recently won a 'Portrait of Humanity' award for his still photo of a farmer from Lesotho. 1854 Media and British Journal of Photography... [READ MORE]

GTC Member Survey 2021

GTC members have been taking part our biggest membership survey ever. Thank you to all those members who took the time to complete it. The purpose and aim of the... [READ MORE]

University of Gloucestershire students benefit from GTC's first online Academy

With universities looking to enhance their students' experience during lockdown, University of Gloucestershire hosted the GTC’s first online Academy, an adaptation of our successful in-person TV Academy days that have... [READ MORE]

Media Production and Technology Show postponed until May 2022

Media Production & Technology Show postponed until May 2022  After carefully monitoring the progress of the vaccine rollout in the UK and abroad, and taking the government’s recent statement about... [READ MORE]

Rory Peck Trust launches Legal Fund for freelance journalists

Rory Peck Trust's new Legal Fund for freelance journalists is now open for applications! - Rory Peck Trust is excited to announce the launch of a new Legal Fund, providing... [READ MORE]

SVG Europe launch Wellbeing Fund

  SVG Europe has launched the Wellbeing Fund, a new initiative that will provide financial aid for people working in European sports broadcasting and production who require mental health support... [READ MORE]

ScreenSkills launches new in-depth Covid-19 training for HoDs and Covid supervisors

Two new levels of in-depth COVID-19 training have been launched by ScreenSkills , building on the huge success of the basic awareness online learning passed by and impressive 44,000 people to... [READ MORE]

Zerb Guest Editor Elisa Iannacone speaks about her work in an interview for Canon

The guest editor of the current issue of Zerb, GTC member Elisa Iannacone, has given a fascinating interview for GTC sponsor Canon Europe about her work that has included everything from... [READ MORE]

Rory Peck Trust Christmas Appeal aims to raise £25,000 to help freelance journalists

  Independent journalism during the pandemic - This year has proved just how much the world needs independent journalism. When the pandemic hit, we all turned to our... [READ MORE]

Rory Peck Awards 2020 finalists announced

Congratulations to all the finalists of the 2020 Rory Peck Awards! - The Rory Peck Trust is proud to announce the finalists across the four Awards categories, selected from... [READ MORE]

GTC member John Barrow has made it: Land's End to John o'Groats on foot!

: GTC member John Barrow has achieved a remarkable feat in walking from Land’s End to John O’Groats in aid of The Film and Television Charity, MIND and Macmillan Cancer Support.... [READ MORE]

Pinewood Group launch plans for Screen Hub UK

Screen Hub UK: Pinewood Group has launched plans to create a ‘Screen Industries Global Growth Hub’ called Screen Hub UK adjacent to the world-renowned Pinewood Studios in Iver Heath... [READ MORE]

Anton/Bauer expanded compact battery range

New range introduces dedicated mobile power solutions to run cameras, monitors, lights and more. GTC sponsor Anton/Bauer, a leading manufacturer of mobile power solutions for broadcast and cinematic equipment, today announced the... [READ MORE]

ScreenSkills free coronavirus awareness training

Free online training designed to support screen industry workers stay safe on productions in the context of COVID-19 from ScreenSkills, the UK’s screen skills body. This online learning module and assessment test... [READ MORE]

Opportunity for 16–19 year-olds at Pinewood and Shepperton Studios

Applications are now open to 16–19 year-olds for the next BFI (British Film Institute) Film Academy. Are you passionate about film and filmmaking? Are you an aspiring Director, Camera... [READ MORE]

PLASA 'Red Alert' Day raises awareness of the plight of live events

On Tuesday 11 August, our colleagues at PLASA mounted a highly effective 'Red Alert' protest to highlight in a spectacular way the plight of the live events industry as a result... [READ MORE]

Film and TV Charity introduces BAME Community Grants

BAME Community Grants - The Film + TV Charity is currently awarding grants of between £300 up to a maximum of £3500 for projects that focus on bringing people... [READ MORE]

GTC members offer creative PPE solutions

Two GTC members have seized the moment in coming up with some creation solutions to the need for effective PPE as camera professionals begin to get back to work. Anti-fog... [READ MORE]

GBCT Camera Trainee Programme - 2021 Intake

Our colleagues in the GBCT have just announced their Camera Trainee Programme for 2021. Read on to find out how to apply. There are no hard and fast rules to... [READ MORE]

BECTU releases 'Safe return to work' guidance

Bectu guidance on safe return to work Bectu has now made available its detailed guidance on COVID-19 safe-working practices. Scripted film and TV guidance - For scripted... [READ MORE]

Racism in Film and TV

The GTC was pleased once again to work with The Film and TV Charity in putting together the second issue of our GTC Mental Health Supplement. As with so many important issues at... [READ MORE]

Managing the risk of Coronavirus (COVID-19) in production making

Health and Safety Expert (and former GTC Council Member) Guy Littlemore is lined up to lead a GTC eWorkshop on Thursday 23 July on safe return to work in... [READ MORE]

Rory Peck Awards 2020 – Call for entries

For 25 years, the Rory Peck Awards has celebrated the work of freelance journalists working in news and current affairs worldwide. These are the freelance reporters, filmmakers, photojournalists and camera... [READ MORE]

GTC Chair's Annual Report 2020

Back in the day when we could have a physical AGM! Chair Graham Maunder (l) and Vice Chair Simon Edwards (r) Ahead of tomorrow's online GTC AGM, Chair Graham Maunder has issued... [READ MORE]

COVID-19 protection unit ‘ready to roll’ on UK film and TV shoots

Ben Joel has already applied the CCPU’s COVID-protection methodology to film and music video shoots  Experts in film making, virus control, health and safety, VIP close protection and event... [READ MORE]

Meet the new GTC Council

As a result of the recent online vote, which closed at midnight yesterday, below is the list of 20 nominees polling the most votes and therefore elected to serve on the... [READ MORE]

New mentoring scheme to support cinematographers and camera operators

Former ScreenSkills Trainee Finder camera trainee working on set © ScreenSkills / Erroll Jones The British Society of Cinematographers, Association of Camera Operators and ScreenSkills have joined forces to form a new... [READ MORE]

The recording of the HDR in Live Production eWorkshop is now available

The recording of the GTC eWorkshop: HDR in Live Production is now available to GTC members and non-members who attended on Thursday 4 June. Led by Sony expert, Neil Thompson... [READ MORE]

GTC Awards 2020 – update

This year’s GTC Awards ceremony was originally scheduled to be held along with our AGM on Sunday 7 June at Wood Norton. Due to COVID-19, this in-person event has sadly had... [READ MORE]

GTC 'Beauty on the Inside' Showcase winners

  After much deliberation amongst the panel of judges from the GTC Council, the results for the GTC 'Beauty on the Inside' Showcase are in. We were delighted with the... [READ MORE]

This year's GTC AGM will be held online

  Following the essential cancellation of the in-person 2020 AGM planned to be held at Wood Norton, the GTC will instead hold this year's AGM online (on Zoom) on Monday... [READ MORE]

Mark Milsome Foundation – 2020 Heath & Safety Survey and other news

This weekend would have been Mark Milsome’s 57th birthday and to observe the anniversary, the Foundationb started in his memory is launching a far-reaching survey to assess the current state of... [READ MORE]

Safe return to work

Photo from ScreenSkills site As the first tentative steps are taken towards lifting the COVID-19 lockdown, industry organisations are urgently working to devise safe work practice guidance that will enable at least... [READ MORE]

How to shoot news safely in a COVID-19 world

We are grateful to Andy Portch of SKY News for these insights into the rules by which he and other SKY crews are shooting in order to ensure that they and... [READ MORE]

Film and TV Charity launches community platform to support people during COVID-19

The Film+TV Charity has launched an online community for workers in film, TV and cinema who are seeking mental health support amid the impact of the COVID-19 crisis. Launched at the start of... [READ MORE]

Beauty on the Inside: a Creative Showcase

Entries now closed: #gtcshowcase: As most of our members and those in our industry are ‘on hold’ at the moment, we thought it would be great to... [READ MORE]

Performance Short Film Competition 2020 - now with a drama category

Since first announcing this year's Performance Short Film Competition another category has been added – your Short Drama entries are now welcomed too. Performance launched its Short Film Competition back... [READ MORE]

A gift to GTC members from the STLD

  In line with the wonderful community spirit that the COVID-19 crisis has unlocked across so many areas of life – one of the few positives to come out of... [READ MORE]

Rory Peck Trust COVID-19 Hardship Fund reopens

  After having to close for a while having been completely overwhelmed with applications for support, the Rory Peck COVID-19 Hardship Fund has been able to open again. About... [READ MORE]

Easyrig announces EasyTilt and Stabil G2

Swedish camera rig innovators Easyrig had planned to announce an exciting new product and a major upgrade for the STABIL rig at this year's NAB. However, as the show (along with... [READ MORE]

GTC Chair Graham Maunder explains the plight of small businesses in the FT

For GTC members, just as for the entire camera department and most of the creative industries in general, there is much confusion around what financial support is available to those who... [READ MORE]

MPTS Content Zone Round-Up

Along with all other physical events for the foreseeable future, sadly the Media Production and Technology Show (MPTS) has had to be postponed. To fill the void a little the... [READ MORE]

Sandstorm Films: living at the workplace during lockdown

Friends to the GTC, Sandstorm Films near Swindon, have found innovative ways to keep the studio ticking over while strictly observing all the social distancing rules and a very strict COVID-19 protocol... [READ MORE]

Film and TV Charity enhances mental health services and works to re-open COVID-19 fund

The Film and TV Charity is urgently appealing for donations to re-open the COVID-19 Film and TV Emergency Relief Fund, revealing that nearly 3000 people have applied for over £5m, exceeding the limits of the fund. The fund will provide one-off grants from £500 to £2500 to... [READ MORE]

SMPTE offer learning resources for free during the COVID-19 lockdown

The industry standards body SMPTE has, in response to the Coronavirus lockdown crisis, generously made various of its learning resources free or discounted, stating: The current circumstance in which... [READ MORE]

Store your batteries safely during lockdown!

GTC sponsor IDX has reminded us of the importance of looking after your batteries during lockdown, as extended periods of inactivity can damage Li-ion cells. For best care of all... [READ MORE]

Film and TV Charity launches COVI-19 Repayable Grants Scheme

The Film+TV Charity's COVID-19 Repayable Grants Scheme offers financial support to UK film, TV and cinema freelancers waiting for payments under the Government’s Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS). Grants of up... [READ MORE]

Review a product and earn some cash!

Income is uncertain and money tight for all of us right now – but time not necessarily so much. A couple of GTC supporters (regular advertisers Hardsoft and GTC sponsor KitPlus... [READ MORE]

BBC Director-General responds to GTC Ambassador's letter on COVID-19 support for freelancers

At the end of March 2020, the GTC’s Ambassador, Keith Massey, wrote to the Director General of the BBC, Lord Hall, requesting that he use his position to make the Chancellor... [READ MORE]

Applications are open for the Film and TV Charity COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund

The Film + TV COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund has been created in partnership with the BFI. The fund is able to provide one-off grants from £500 to £2500 to active... [READ MORE]

Screen Yorkshire and the NFTS launch UK craft certificated courses

Just before lockdown, this good news was reported on the excellent Prolific North site: The country’s first Centre of Screen Excellence has officially launched in Leeds, marking a “major milestone” in... [READ MORE]

VW contact during the COVID-19 lockdown

In recent years, many GTC members have taken advantage of the excellent discount scheme on VW vehicles offered by Cordwallis Group. In line with government guidance, the VW Financial Services... [READ MORE]

COVID-19 Film and TV Emergency Relief Fund

Creative England with the Creative Industries Federation have put together a useful guide to COVID-19 sources of support and advice. -    : COVID-19... [READ MORE]

A message from IMAGO (about COVID-19)

Sadly, as with so many events, the planned IMAGO Expo and Awards presentation had to be cancelled. As previously reported, GTC sponsor and Dick Hibberd winner Johan Hellsten of Easyrig had... [READ MORE]

The Photography Show and The Video Show rescheduled

As you may have heard, the show team has taken the extremely difficult decision to postpone The Photography Show & The Video Show until later in the year, when... [READ MORE]

New 2021 exhibition for Europe announced

Something to look forward to for when Coronavirus, fingers crossed, is hopefully under control. The organisers of the very successul BSC Expo have just announced Euro Cine Expo for June 2021... [READ MORE]

The Rory Peck Trust celebrates 25 years

The Rory Peck Trust (RPT) has been proudly supporting freelancers around the world for 25 years. From grants to training bursaries, it has assisted freelance journalists in every part of the... [READ MORE]

Zerb 91 rolls off the press!

Rob Emmanuel with the print proof of Zerb 91 shown to him by Holywell Press MD Ben Burrows and print manager Paul Bethell. New Zerb Managing Editor Rob Emmanuel paid his first... [READ MORE]

GTC member Michael Sanders launches podcast

GTC member Michael Sanders has launched a new podcast for camera professionals (and in fact anyone interested in camerawork). The first episode, which launched last week, features a conversation between DoPs... [READ MORE]

GTC sponsor Procam has job openings

Career Opportunities at Procam: Looking for a new challenge? GTC sponsor Procam is hiring for multiple positions across its UK branches: Bookings Coordinator – London     Technical... [READ MORE]

Best Pre-School Programme: shot by GTC member Stephen J Brand

Children's programme Andy's Safari Adventures, an ambitious NHU production, which is lit and shot both creatively and to a tight schedule by GTC member DoP Stephen J Brand, has been recognised... [READ MORE]

GTC sponsor Electra is hiring – Kit Room Asssistant/Camera Trainee

GTC sponsor Electra has a vacancy for a Kit Room Assistant / Camera Trainee to join their busy team based in Brentford TW8.   The post will involve maintenance... [READ MORE]

Alan Wells extends partnership agreement with Spidercam

Alan Wells (left) and Spidercam CEO Jan Peters (right) during a recent visit to Spidercam’s offices in Hamburg GTC member Alan Wells of Alan Wells Camera Systems (AWCS) and Spidercam GmbH have... [READ MORE]

Practical solutions from CVP at BSC Expo

CVP Sales Director Jon Fry It’s not just about the kit: Practical solutions for creative people from CVP at BSC Expo 2020 - CVP, who recently sponsored the GTC... [READ MORE]

Help shape new National Occupational Standards for the screen industries

Industry training body, ScreenSkills has been developing some National Occupational Standards (NOS) for screen industries. An online consultation seeking comment on draft standards went live in mid December and closes... [READ MORE]

Easyrig's Johan Hellsten wins IMAGO Special Achievement Award

IMAGO, the International Federation of Cinematographers, has announced its 2020 Special Awards that it will present in Brussels on 14 March 2020 – and we are delighted to see that one... [READ MORE]

GTC member Kevin Augello crowdfunds adventure documentary

GTC member Kevin Augello, who has over the years contributed several Zerb articles about previous shoots, including an incredible Everest ascent, and also led a popular GTC workshop on extreme filming... [READ MORE]

Rory Peck Winners 2019

The winners of the 2019 Rory Peck Awards were revealed in a ceremony at London's BFI, hosted by CNN's Nima Elbagir and Alex Thomson of Channel 4 on Thursday 7 November.... [READ MORE]

Rory Peck Finalists 2019 announced

Established in 1995, the Rory Peck Awards demonstrate why freelancers deserve support and recognition. This year they received over 100 entries shot in 55 different countries – an amazing quantity of... [READ MORE]

RaceTech chooses IDT for super-slow-motion across-the-line images for Sky Sports Racing

RaceTech, a leading technical facilities company providing innovative solutions to the UK horse racing industry, has chosen Integrated Design Tools, Inc (IDT) as a technology partner to capture super-slow-motion across-the-line images... [READ MORE]

Remembering Martin Hammond

Like many others I suspect, my day started with a poignant Facebook notification that today would have been Martin Hammond's 71st birthday. Moving on to check my emails, I then found... [READ MORE]

IBC targets reduced waste with a Donation Room

With the shocking amounts of waste often generated by festivals and events in the news recently, it's great to see IBC taking positive action to recycle whatever possible from the current... [READ MORE]

Meet Aspectra at IBC2019

It's IBC Show Time!: For many years now, Aspectra has taken part in this spectacular and trendsetting event and this year has some great new specialty products from its... [READ MORE]

Media Production and Technology show acquires BVE assets

Media Business Insight (publisher of Broadcast magazine) has announced that the fastest growing media show in London, the Media Production and Technology Show has acquired assets related to Broadcast Video Expo (BVE) from... [READ MORE]

Aspectra expands UK operations

Aspectra, the Rotterdam based broadcast manufacturer and distributor, has broadened its operations in the UK and Ireland since taking on the role of distributor for TVLogic in those territories in April. TVLogic... [READ MORE]

Rory Peck Trust to take part in first-ever Global Conference for Media Freedom

The UK and Canadian governments are working together to defend media freedom and improve the safety of journalists who report across the world. As a result of this collaboration, the very... [READ MORE]

The GTC is delighted that Take 2 has recently become a GTC sponsor

The GTC is very pleased to announce that Take 2 Film Services has recently joined the list of GTC sponsor companies. Since 1999, Take 2 has been providing top-tier digital... [READ MORE]

Camera jobs available at 1080 Media and Timeline TV

A sharp-eyed GTC member has spotted the following camera vacancies that might be of interest to GTC members at various stages of their career, and particularly if you are into sailing... [READ MORE]

Take the Film and TV Looking Glass Survey

The Film & Television Charity has launched the largest ever wellbeing and mental health survey of UK Film, TV and cinema industry professionals, accompanied by a powerful short film 'Smashed?'... [READ MORE]

The Media Production Show – reviewed by Duncan Payne of Adamantean

A while back, my daughter showed me some history homework that had been marked by her teacher. There were none of the ticks and V.Goods I was expecting, but instead, two... [READ MORE]

Media Production Show announces record attendance and new May dates for 2020

The Media Production Show (MPS) ended on a high this week with its biggest ever visitor attendance of 6,500 – up 25% on 2018. The 2019 show was sold out on... [READ MORE]

See the cmotion Cinefade VariND at Cine Gear

The cmotion Cinefade VariND is the first easy-to-use professional variable ND filter for cinematographers and enables a novel form of cinematic expression. cmotion Cinefade VariND is available for sale... [READ MORE]

Film and TV Charity help line celebrates 1 year

The Film & Television Charity helpline is a year old – and, as it celebrates this milestone, it has issued some thought-provoking figures from its first year. The... [READ MORE]

See TVLogic at NAB

Let the sun shine on the newest TVLogic field monitors! - TVLogic, designer and manufacturer of LCD and OLED High Definition displays and support systems, continues the tradition of... [READ MORE]

The GTC is pleased to announce Helicopter Film Services as a new sponsor

  The GTC is delighted that aerial specialists Helicopter Film Services (HFS) have recently joined the growing list of GTC sponsor companies. Our sponsor contact there will be Jeremy Braben... [READ MORE]

The GTC was very sad to hear of the passing of Ted Galione

Many at the GTC at been saddened to hear of the passing of Ted Galione, former Chief Desgner of Broadcast Equipment at Vinten. With the company’s then director Bill Vinten, he... [READ MORE]

The GTC is delighted that Dan Greenway has become a GTC sponsor

The GTC is delighted that minicam and remote head specialist Dan Greenway recently joined our list of GTC Sponsor Companies. Dan Greenway has been working with minicams and remote head... [READ MORE]

Latest news from the Rory Peck Trust

Rory Peck Trust joins Council of Europe partners on Media Freedom Report - This week the Rory Peck Trust joined 11 partner organisations to launch the Council of Europe... [READ MORE]

All the latest news from albert

albert, BAFTA's environmental sustainability initiative has a lot to look forward to in 2019 – so keep an eye on its website and newsletter for all the latest updates. In the... [READ MORE]

New online Lens Coverage and Camera Comparison tool launched

Filmmakers will welcome the addition of a new online tool, designed to give them a first indication whether camera equipment may – or may not – suit their project. CVP has... [READ MORE]

The GTC welcomes Solidmate as a new sponsor company

The GTC is delighted to announce that solid memory hire company Solidmate has recently joined our growing list of sponsor companies. By way of introduction, Solidstate has provided this short... [READ MORE]

BSC Expo speakers

BSC Expo 2019 announces seminar schedule To complement the 150+ exhibiting companies at BSC Expo 2019, we are happy to announce the final seminar schedule for its 2019 event which... [READ MORE]

Credit where it's due!

The Strictly crew (left to right): Alex Dodd, Tom Hackett, John Wright, Sophie Penwill, Lincoln Abraham, Rob Leaky, Chris Miller, Dom Jackson, Alpha Barrie, Ashley Williams, Eric Metcalfe, Henry Ashley Johnson... [READ MORE]

Christmas TV productions achieve albert sustainability certification

In a recent issue of Zerb, we introduced the important work BAFTA is doing through its albert initiative, which encourages and rewards productions that improve their carbon footprint through using sustainable... [READ MORE]

Latest news from the Rory Peck Trust

The Rory Peck Trust, which the GTC is delighted to support, has published its latest newsletter. Read on to hear about their latest initiatives. "I think the camera has the... [READ MORE]

Under-representation of BAME filmmakers challenged at Birmingham City University event

Birmingham City University has played host to an event for Black, Asian and Minority (BAME) filmmakers in the West Midlands with the aim of improving diversity within the region’s creative industries.... [READ MORE]

Daphne Caruana Galizia to be honoured at Rory Peck Awards 2018

The Maltese freelance journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia will be the first posthumous recipient of the Martin Adler Prize at the Rory Peck Awards 2018. This Prize honours a local freelancer who has made... [READ MORE]

Cinefade win cinec Award for Camera Technology

cinec Award 2018 - Cinefade Founder, Oliver Janesh Christiansen (above left), and cmotion Founder, Christian Tschida (above right), were delighted to accept this year's cinec Award for Camera Technology. The... [READ MORE]

Mark Milsome Foundation announces Black – T – Week, 18–24 November 2018

Following the tragic death of GBCT member Mark Milsome on set in Ghana on 18 November 2017, a charitable foundation has been set up in his name by industry professionals, friends and... [READ MORE]

Four Corners offer free training - Zoom: Futures in Creative Media

A unique, free training scheme in film and TV production exclusive to Tower Hamlets residents.   Applications are now open for ZOOM: Futures in Creative Media – offering an... [READ MORE]

GTC member Joseph Ferreira Campos tells the story of the exploited women and girls of Brazil

GTC member Joseph Ferreira Campos has just set off for Brazil to shoot a documentary he first conceived of six years ago. The film aims to raise awareness of the shocking... [READ MORE]

How to improve waste management on set

One huge challenge of managing waste and recycling on set is reversing deeply ingrained habits of crew. Even when the majority of the crew are educated and making their best efforts... [READ MORE]

Cooke Optics welcomes acquisition by Caledonia Investments plc

Cooke Optics has recently announced the acquisition of a majority stake in the company by Caledonia Investments plc, a self-managed investment trust. The current Cooke Optics management team, including Les Zellan (Chairman... [READ MORE]

CTV's revamped OB9 is in action at the Open Golf

CTV has recently announced that after a comprehensive makeover and full technology update, OB9 now returns to the fleet.  Walls, floors and the ceiling have been stripped bare to make... [READ MORE]

Rory Peck Trust's new guide to digital security

Images copyright Nader Elgadi & Sophie Baggott It has never been more important for freelance journalists to practise good digital security – to protect themselves, their material and their sources. But it... [READ MORE]

New green screen studio opens in Hampshire

A young creative arts entrepreneur is bidding to put rural Hampshire on the map for cinema and TV special effects production. Ben Joel, 21, has built a ‘green screen’ facility... [READ MORE]

Cine Gear Expo 2018 roundup – including new Atlanta show announced

  Attendance at Cine Gear Expo 2018 rose this year when filmmakers, technical gurus, crafts-persons and content creators gathered to soak up the latest industry technology and techniques at the... [READ MORE]

Version 2 Lights develop new Egg Crate system for Litepanels Gemini fixtures

Version 2 Lights have developed a new multi-stacking Egg Crate System, which will come as standard with all their rental Litepanels Gemini fixtures. The units themselves have been... [READ MORE]

New Zipcar discount scheme for GTC members

: The GTC is delighted to announce a new partnership with Zipcar, London’s biggest car club. GTC members can now enjoy one year’s free membership and business rates; up to 29%... [READ MORE]

Clothilde Redfern announced as new Director of the Rory Peck Trust

The Trustees of the Rory Peck Trust have appointed Clothilde Redfern as its new Director. Clothilde, currently Director of One World Media, will join the Trust on 10 September. She succeeds... [READ MORE]

Just a few more days for entries to this year's Rory Peck Awards


The Film and Television Charity's new 24/7 support line goes live

The Film & Television Charity, the charity for everyone working in UK film, cinema and television, has announced that its new Film & TV Support Line, providing confidential and independent support... [READ MORE]

CTV on the theft of camera gear at the Boat Race

OB company CTV has revealed more about the shocking theft of camera gear worth £150,000 in the run-up to this year's Boat Race in an interview for SVG Europe. The robbery... [READ MORE]

The GTC Council needs you!

  Can you help the GTC Council? Nominations are now being accepted for GTC members to serve on Council for a period of two years, starting from the AGM on... [READ MORE]

The Film & Television Charity announces new mission at RE:FOCUS 2018

The Cinema and Television Benevolent Fund (CTBF), which the GTC has supported for many years, has relaunched as the Film & Television Charity. The charity revealed its new name at an... [READ MORE]

The GTC wishes Tina Carr well as she moves on from the Rory Peck Trust

Tina Carr, Director of the Rory Peck Trust, has announced her decision to leave the organisation in the summer after 21 years. The GTC has enjoyed working with Tina to support... [READ MORE]

The GTC is going to miss Martin J Hammond in so many ways

One of the last pictures of Martin - at a premier screening of Requiem with GTC member DoP Stephen J Brand. Martin John Hammond: 1948–2018 -... [READ MORE]

Facebook supports the Rory Peck Trust with three-year funding partnership

A new funding partnership between the Rory Peck Trust and Facebook will boost the organisation’s work supporting freelance journalists and their families around the world. The three-year sponsorship worth £100,000... [READ MORE]

American Society of Cinematographers announces this year's winners

Roger Deakins, ASC, BSC claimed the coveted Theatrical Award for best cinematography in a motion picture for his work on Blade Runner 2049 at the 32nd Annual American Society of Cinematographers (ASC... [READ MORE]

GTC sponsors Cinematogaphy award in the new Short Film Show Awards

The GTC is to sponsor the Cinematography Award at the new International Short Film Show Awards, which will be presented at the Mercure Nottingham City Centre Hotel on Saturday 10 March.... [READ MORE]

New cable system from CRS Ltd

Having worked in the industry for many years as a cameraman, and then latterly as part of the team at GTC sponsor Broadcast Services, Mike Reece has always felt sorry for... [READ MORE]

Rory Peck Trust: free, one-to-one safety surgeries for freelancers

Following the success of their safety surgeries in July 2017, Rory Peck Trust, Frontline Freelance Register and leading security experts will again be holding one-to-one safety and digital security consultations free of... [READ MORE]

Hamish Greig named CEO of CTV Outside Broadcasts

The start of 2018 has already seen some exciting changes at CTV Outside Broadcasts.  Hamish Greig has been promoted from his previous role as the company’s Deputy Managing Director and CTO... [READ MORE]

The GTC is delighted to welcome Dolan Accountancy as GTC sponsors

The GTC is very pleased to announce that Dolan Accountancy has recently joined the list of GTC sponsor companies. The team at Dolan Accountancy say: Dolan Accountancy is... [READ MORE]

Kodak and Prasad launch film digitization and archiving initiative in the UK

Kodak and Prasad Corp, owners of DFT (Digital Film Technology), have announced a joint strategic initiative to provide digitization and archiving services for the UK market. The new facility at KODAK Digital Services... [READ MORE]

Gender and diversity behind the camera celebrated at Camerimage Film Festival

Camerimage Film Festival, Bydgoszcz, Poland: 11–18 November - After the success of last year's events at the Camerimage Film Festival, this year IMAGO, the European Federation of Cinematographers, and... [READ MORE]

The GTC has a new Members' Forum!

A new forum exclusively for GTC members will launch on Wednesday 1 November. This will replace the old Yahoo groups forum and offer members a new platform for discussion... [READ MORE]

Rory Peck Awards 2017: all the winners

The Rory Peck Awards 2017 celebrated the work of freelancers working behind the camera in news and current affairs last night in a ceremony hosted by BBC’s Lyse Doucet and NBC’s Katy Tur... [READ MORE]

Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival 2017 Winners

Congratulations to the 2017 Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival Finalists and Winners! The GTC was represented at the recent Jackson Hole Film Festival by Martin Hammond. With over 900... [READ MORE]

Evolving tripod technology: flowtech 75

Revolutionise the way you work with the world’s fastest tripod legs - Sachtler and Vinten, both Vitec Group brands and global industry leaders in camera supports for over 100 years, have... [READ MORE]

BB&S Lighting introduces 1ft 4-Bank at IBC 2017

BB&S Lighting of Denmark is introducing a new LED Remote phosphor fixture, the Pipeline 1’ 4-Bank. This conveniently sized panel light utilises four, 1-foot Remote Phosphor Pipes mounted in individual intensifiers to produce... [READ MORE]

GTC members vote to become the Guild of Television Camera Professionals

- At the EGM today, 18 July 2017, the proposal to change the full name of the GTC to the Guild of Television Camera Professionals was passed with just 2... [READ MORE]

Plymouth College of Art partners with BFI to deliver course for young filmmakers

Budding filmmakers across Plymouth and the South West will have the chance to learn from industry-leading figures in a new intensive short course designed to provide young artists with practical skills... [READ MORE]

The GTC was sad to hear of the passing of Michael Bond, creator of Paddington Bear

The sad passing of the creator of Paddington, the much-loved little brown bear from Martin darkest Peru, Michael Bond... [READ MORE]

VMI team cycling to raise £10k for victims of landmines

A team of hardy cyclists from GTC Sponsors VMI are hoping to raise 10k for Victims of Landmines for MAG (Mines Advisory Group) – because every day18 people are maimed/killed by landmines. It's... [READ MORE]

Australian Cinematographer of the Year films big cats using Atomos Shogun Inferno 4K

Filming big cats in Kenya isn’t easy. Unlike actors, these magnificent animals don’t follow cues or take direction. Catching, focusing and framing your shots is paramount. You really need to see... [READ MORE]

The GTC welcomes S+O Media as new sponsor members

The GTC is pleased to announce that S+O Media is the latest to join our list of GTC sponsor companies. S+O Media is a West London based facilities and crewing company supplying... [READ MORE]

GTC Day in the Country 2017

GTC members, sponsors and guests enjoyed a fun Day in the Country near Aynho, Banbury on Sunday 14 May, which included a range of exhiliarating outdoor activities, demos and hands-on with... [READ MORE]

New Marshall CV-RCP-100 Control Unit

With the new Marshall CV-RCP-100 you can remotely control, adjust and match leading broadcast cameras, one at a time or up to seven at once, without leaving the production room or... [READ MORE]

Glidecam announces Glidecam Tru-Horizon

The Future is now!: Take your moving shots to the next level with the Glidecam Tru-Horizon Now you can move from low mode to high mode, and back... [READ MORE]

Public Liability Insurance Scheme for GTC members now live

The eagerly awaited new Public Liability Insurance scheme for GTC members, provided by GTC sponsor Performance Film & Media Insurance, is now available for online applications on the GTC website.... [READ MORE]

GTC members win tickets to the Battle Proms

The organisers of the Battle Proms Picnic Concerts that take place at various historic sites (including Blenheim Palace, Hatfield House and Highclere House) kindly provided three pairs of tickets for this... [READ MORE]

New portable lens checker from P+S Technik

Designed to fit in a trolley case for easy transportation the P+S Technik LensChecker is a small, compact and mobile tool for evaluating lenses by projection. Despite its small size it... [READ MORE]

LEMO introduces ingenious right-angled connectors

LEMO (UK) Ltd launched its Anglissimo range of rotatable right-angled connectors at BVE 2017. The name is derived from the Italian for “best angle”. This versatile new range of push–pull connectors... [READ MORE]

Rory Peck Trust: freelance risk assessments

A new, interactive risk assessment for freelancers: Are you a freelance journalist planning an assignment? Not sure how to do a risk assessment? A new interactive course from Rory... [READ MORE]

Top engineering prize for creators of digital imaging sensors

Four engineers responsible for the creation of digital imaging sensors have been honoured with the world’s most prestigious engineering prize. The Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering is a £1 million prize that celebrates... [READ MORE]

Congratulations to CP Cases' Brian Allen on completing his charity bike ride

Brian Allen, Director of Design and Product Development at GTC sponsors CP Cases has completed a gruelling bike challenge in aid of  Marie Curie. The 25 fundraisers covered 275km over very... [READ MORE]

Shouting out for press freedom - the work of RPT has never been more important

Shouting out for press freedom – and the Rory Peck Trust  by Tina Carr, Director, RPT - A photographer is taking pictures of a crowd. For no reason, he’s... [READ MORE]

The GTC is pleased to announce ProAV as a GTC sponsor company

The GTC is delighted that ProAV has joined the list of GTC sponsor companies. ProAV is one of the fastest growing dealers in the UK, supplying equipment since 1998 to... [READ MORE]

The GTC welcomes Sandstorm as new sponsors

The GTC is delighted to announce that production company and facility Sandstorm has recently joined the list of GTC sponsor companies. As their first act of sponsorship they generously hosted a... [READ MORE]

Garrett Brown talks about inventing Steadicam

It hardly seems possible but it's now an incredible 40 years since US cinematographer Garrett Brown first invented Steadicam. On a recent episode of the Leonard Lopate Show (a WNYC... [READ MORE]

GTC attend Flight of the Swans celebration

Zerb Managing Editor Alison Chapman, the GTC Sponsorship and Advertising team James French and Martin Hammond, plus GTC / IAWF member John Samuels yesterday attended the celebratory event to mark the... [READ MORE]

Diyarbakir journalist to be honoured at Rory Peck Awards 2016

Angel İstek Alcu, a fixer from the Kurdish southeast region of Turkey, has been announced as the recipient of this year's Martin Adler Prize. The Martin Adler Prize is sponsored... [READ MORE]

Photon Beard making light work of the weather

New lamps from Photon Beard are going down a storm in weather broadcasting! In the USA the first customer for the GTC sponsor's Highlight LED fixtures is WLTX in South Carolina, which... [READ MORE]

GTC appoints Keith Massey as GTC Ambassador

The GTC Council is delighted to have secured the services of recent past GTC Chair Keith Massey as our very first 'GTC Ambassador'. During his time as Chair, Keith put... [READ MORE]

Farewell to Guido Cartoni, Founder of Cartoni

The GTC is sad to hear of the passing of Guido Cartoni, Founder of Carton SpA and designer of multiple award-winning fluid heads and camera support systems. In 1991 Tom... [READ MORE]

Free and subsidised training at Four Corners

Four Corners is offering free/subsidised training to camera personnel, working at either new entrant level, or those wanting to upskill from camera to DIT. Courses coming up: DIT Skills... [READ MORE]

The GTC welcomes CP Cases as sponsors

The GTC is delighted to welcome back camera cover manufacturer CP Cases as a GTC sponsor company. About CP Cases - CP Cases (based in Isleworth, Middlesex) designs and manufactures... [READ MORE]

Have you discovered yet?

Lens manufacturer Cooke has launched a nicely put together online resource of videos that will be of interest to camera crew, both experienced and the less experienced, called Featuring... [READ MORE]

NFTS to build 4K studio

The National Film and Television School (NFTS), which has kindly provided the venue for several recent GTC workshops, has secured £1.5m from Buckinghamshire Thames Valley Local Enterprise Partnership (BTVLEP) to fund... [READ MORE]

Plans for major new studios in East London

London Mayor Sadiq Khan has backed a plan to build what could be the capital’s largest film studios, based in East London. The studios would be called East Brook Studios and... [READ MORE]

GTC Administrator's company Off The Ground wins Digital Business of the Year

North Wales based fledgling company was recently awarded the prestigious Digital Business of the Year trophy at the North Wales Young Business Awards 2016 in Llandudno. The company, which... [READ MORE]

New connectors from Lemo

This week at Northern Manufacturing & Electronics 2016, LEMO (UK) Ltd (this year celebrating an impressive 70 years in business) launched an array of innovative new interconnect products and technologies to... [READ MORE]

Cinefade: variable depth of field in one shot

London-based filmmaker Oliver Janesh Christiansen has developed Cinefade, a unique system that enables cinematographers to gradually vary the sharpness of the background in a motion-picture shot at constant exposure, while keeping... [READ MORE]

GTC Awards for Excellence presented at Wimbledon

Two GTC Awards for Excellence were presented this week on the roof of the Broadcast Centre at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships. They were presented by GTC Chairman, Graham Maunder, and... [READ MORE]

GTC Administrator Roger Richards is 'Wales Volunteer of the Year'

Massive congratulations to Roger Richards, the GTC's administrator and GTC In Focus editor, who has just received the accolade of 'Wales Volunteer of the Year'. As if we don't keep... [READ MORE]

New UHD OB trucks for NEP UK

  Pacific, Aurora, Caspian and Sargasso all to make debut before end of 2016   NEP UK has announced  that it is strengthening its outside broadcast fleet with four brand new UHD... [READ MORE]

Support VMI members as they cycle for the British Heart Foundation

A team of 'VMI Superstars' (Ali Wilson, Kyle Brackenfield and Caleb Boydon) will cycle from London to Brighton on 19 June in a charity bike ride in aid of the British Heart Foundation... [READ MORE]

At the Drama Lighting workshop

Close to 100 GTC members have travelled to Duke Island Studios in West London for the Drama Lighting with Nick Dance BSC workshop. The studio, catering and lights were kindly... [READ MORE]

All the 2016 GTC winners

The GTC’s 2016 Awards were presented on Sunday 22 May at The Great Barn, A Day in the Country in Upper Aynho, Oxfordshire. The evening started with an introduction by... [READ MORE]

The GTC's annual Day in the Country

GTC members enjoyed a great Day in the Country on Sunday 22 May. The weather held up allowing them to enjoy to the full this year's activities: Clay pigeon... [READ MORE]

BBS Lighting LED remote phosphor light banks

After pioneering highly efficient and colour-accurate Remote Phosphor LED lighting, BBS Lighting marries this technology to a new form factor, creating the first Bank LED Remote Phosphor lights. Pipeline 4-Banks -... [READ MORE]

Worried about headphone-induced hearing loss?

: The answer may be HearAngel - Cameramen/women, along with others in many varied professions, are particularly prone to hearing loss due to persistent wearing of headphones. Some GTC... [READ MORE]

Inspiring film from new GTC Council Member

As announced on Sunday 8 May, following the recent election, the GTC has a brand new Council, a mixture of some well-known established Council members and other first-timers (pending formal ratification... [READ MORE]

See the results of the GTC Council Election

With 226 ballots cast out of 1079 eligible voters (turnout: 21%) the election for the GTC Council to serve for the next two years is now closed. We can hereby declare the following... [READ MORE]

GTC member's labour of love to help restore an English Lightning jet

In 2012 we reported in Zerb on a very long project that GTC member Nic Holman had been involved in - filming and assisting with the restoration of one of the... [READ MORE]

Rory Peck Trust launches resource for Libya freelance journalists

Rory Peck Trust has launched a new online resource for Libyan freelance journalists as part of a two-­year project funded by the UN Democracy Fund (UNDEF). Freelancing In Libya contains... [READ MORE]

New Blueshape Granite batteries

Blueshape Batteries, supplied in the UK by GTC sponsors MTF, will be showing their new range of wifi enabled Granite batteries at NAB. [READ MORE]

The new Kerri Kart has been in action on America's Got Talent

GTC member DoP Bill Kerrigan recently partnered with Matthews Studio Equipment to develop the Kerri Kart – a unique cart/slider option (read the full story of Kerri Kart in Zerb). While it was in... [READ MORE]

MTVG 4K truck to cover Masters Golf

When the world's best golfers tee it up at the Augusta National course on 7 April, US viewers will be able to experience for the first time the nuance and detail... [READ MORE]

Zerb printed at Holywell Press, Oxford

In the next few days the latest issue of Zerb, guest edited by Peter Newman and featuring the 2015 Rugby... [READ MORE]

Bill Vinten GTC University Award win leads to job

Lawrence Fish was a runner-up in last year’s Bill Vinten GTC University Awards for his camera work on Automated Teller Man. For Lawrence, the prize of work experience with the BBC... [READ MORE]

The GTC welcomes the IAWF

The GTC is pleased to announce that, since 1 January 2016, the International Association of Wildlife Film-makers (IAWF) has been affiliated to us. The IAWF’s 80 plus members will become part... [READ MORE]

R.I.P. David Bowie

I'm sure very many GTC members will join me in being hugely saddened by this morning's news of the loss of the extraordinary artist that was David Bowie. As the... [READ MORE]

Andrei Austin nominated for SOC award

Congratulations to GTC member Andrei Austin (associate BSC, ACO) who has been shortlisted for Camera Operator of the Year in the prestigious Society of Camera Operators (SOC) Awards. The SOC Awards will... [READ MORE]

John Henshall appointed GTC President

At the most recent meeting of the GTC Council, John Henshall was elected its new Honorary President following the sad passing of Dick HIbberd in September. A founder member of the GTC... [READ MORE]

The GTC welcomes ProVision as sponsors

The GTC is delighted to announce that ProVision have joined our list of sponsor companies. The GTC contact there will be Sales and Operation Manager Danny Howarth (see right). ProVision... [READ MORE]

Rory Peck Awards Winners 2015 announced

The Rory Peck Awards 2015 honoured the work of freelance cameramen and camerawomen in news and current affairs at their twentieth anniversary event hosted by Sky News Special Correspondent, Alex Crawford. The night’s... [READ MORE]

Charitea towels from Raise the Roof Kenya

In another great initiative to raise funds for the Raise the Roof charity (RTRK), GTC member TV camera operator Holly Bantleman has worked with fashion designer, Joanna Mathieson, and artist liason manager and... [READ MORE]

GTC sponsors head to Poland for Camerimage

Many GTC sponsors including ARRI, Canon, Lee Filters, Panasonic, Rosco, Sony and Tiffen will be in Bydgoszcz, Poland for Camerimage this week. Camerimage is the largest annual festival dedicated to the art of... [READ MORE]

The GTC is very sad to hear of the passing of its long-term friend and supporter Bill Vinten OBE

It is with deep sadness that the GTC heard of the death, at the age of 95, of Bill Vinten last Sunday. He was a wonderful supporter of our Guild since its inception... [READ MORE]

Polecam Rig no. 600 at the RCS

Best known to GTC members as a useful, lightweight jib in TV work, Polecam has other diverse uses as well. Graeme Chapman, MD of GTC sponsors Polecam Systems recently announced the sale... [READ MORE]

Thank you from Jean Hibberd and family

Since the Memorial service for our Founder and President Dick Hibberd last Thursday, the GTC has received the lovely message of thanks below from Dick's widow Jean and her family. They... [READ MORE]

GTC President Dick Hibberd fondly remembered by more than 200 mourners

A poignant but joyful memorial service to celebrate the life of President and Founder of the Guild of Television Cameramen, Dick Hibberd, took place on Thursday 24 September at St Thomas on... [READ MORE]

Congratulations to GTC chairman Keith Massey on his Honorary Doctorate

The GTC is proud to announce that its Chairman Keith Massey has been awarded an Honorary Doctorate from York St John University. The presentation ceremony will take place at York Minster... [READ MORE]

Raise a glass to 60 years of ITV

A celebration of 60 years of Independent Television is being held at the London Studios on the South Bank of the Thames on Tuesday 22nd September 2015 to mark the beginning... [READ MORE]

GTC sponsors Pyser-SGi acquired by Privet Capital

Privet Capital LLP (Privet), an investment company specialising in helping businesses reach their full potential, has acquired Pyser-SGI. Probably best known to GTC members as distributors of Fujinon, TV Logic and... [READ MORE]

The GTC is very sad to announce the passing of its President and Founder Dick Hibberd

It is with the very deepest sadness that we report the passing of Richard 'Dick' Hibberd, The Guild of Television Cameramen's founder, Honorary President and member 0001. After an extended... [READ MORE]

Happy News from GTC sponsors Videosys

The GTC would like to wish many congratulations to Colin Tomlin (Managing Director) and  Sarah MacIntyre (Office Manager) of long-time GTC sponsors Videosys, who were recently married. The GTC extends very best wishes... [READ MORE]

GTC sponsors Rotolight collaborate with Sekonic on LED colour accuracy

Sekonic Corporation's Light Meter International Sales Department has announced a unique collaboration with GTC sponsors Rotolight. A world leader in studio and on-location LED lighting solutions, Rotolight set out earlier this... [READ MORE]

Steadicam Workshops Live Seminar announced for new Total Focus Expo

GTC sponsor Tiffen International has announced that it will stage a series of Steadicam Workshop Live Seminars at a new event in London for the broadcast and cinematography industries, Total Focus, 30 June to... [READ MORE]

GTC sponsor Ikegami maintains focus on broadcast innovation at IBC2015

GTC sponsor Ikegami will show its wide range of systems and technologies at IBC2015 in Amsterdam, 11–15 September. Broadcast innovation will be a major theme of the exhibit, including demonstrations of new 4K... [READ MORE]

Rory Peck Trust and Committee to Protect Journalists release Syria Media Safety Resource

A new safety resource for Syrian journalists, which seeks to help those working in or near the country to better protect themselves amid unprecedented threats and a lack of security information... [READ MORE]

GTC sponsors LCA announce the next generation Cineo HS2 lights

The GTC is delighted that LCA (Lights Camera Action) recently joined the list of GTC sponsor companies.  Set up in 1996 by Nick Shapley and Graham Kerr, LCA is a one-stop shop for all... [READ MORE]

Worldwide action camera market up nearly 50%

According to the latest report from Futuresource Consulting, the worldwide action camera market grew by 44% year on year in 2014, reaching 7.6 million units, with a retail value of $3.2 billion. The report... [READ MORE]

GTC sponsors ACJ rebrand as Integro

Long-term GTC sponsors insurance brokers Allan Chapman & James (ACJ), specialists in media insurance who will be well known to many GTC members, have recently rebranded as Integro Insurance Brokers Ltd.  Drawing on... [READ MORE]

The GTC is sad to hear of the passing of Julie Fegan

We were recently saddened to hear that Julie Fegan, co-founder of GTC sponsors Film & TV Services, passed away on 4 May after a long illness. Lighting and generator supplier Film & TV... [READ MORE]

DSLR sales for pro video work decline

According to Futuresource Consulting's 'Convergence in Pro Video' report, European shipments of DSLRs for professional video applications dropped by 41% in 2014. The report, spanning Europe and the USA, focuses on the growth of... [READ MORE]

Sony announce new budget HD member of the NX camera family

At a press launch held at Pinewood on Monday, GTC sponsors Sony launched a new handheld NXCAM camcorder, priced at less than 2000 euros but bringing a host of professional-level features. Sony announced the... [READ MORE]

Polecam adds Ronin gimbal for extra stability at the Red Bull Cliff Diving

Polecam Systems recently enhanced the stability of DOP John Gillan's rig by adding and interfacing a Ronin-M gimbal to capture great images at the Red Bull Cliff Diving. Until then shooting was proving... [READ MORE]

The GTC is delighted to welcome Fujinon as sponsors

The GTC is very pleased to announce that Fujinon Europe has joined our growing list of sponsor companies. The Fujinon brand of TV and Cine lenses provide cutting-edge technology, outstanding optical performance... [READ MORE]

The GTC is delighted to welcome Panny Hire as new sponsors

The GTC is pleased to announce that Midlands-based broadcast equipment hire company Panny Hire has recently joined our list of GTC sponsors. Panny Hire is a kit rental company based out of Birmingham (HQ), London... [READ MORE]

GTC members enjoying a great Day in the Country

                GTC members have been enjoying a great Day in the Country. The weather was... [READ MORE]

Ikegami sees growing Interest in 4K UHD and 8K SHV at NAB 2015

GTC sponsors Ikegami have reported rapidly growing interest in ultra-high-definition technology at the recent 2015 NAB Show in Las Vegas.  "Increasing affordability of 4K UHD consumer television displays is encouraging broadcasters in practically... [READ MORE]

Olympic fame for Polecam

Polecam takes its place at ‘Olympic Games: Behind the Screen’ exhibition in Lausanne, Switzerland A Polecam rig, fitted with the FishFace underwater system, has gone on display at an exhibiton entitled ‘Olympic Games: Behind the... [READ MORE]

Miller Cineline 70 wins NAB Best of Show award

The Cineline 70 Tripod System, manufactured by GTC sponsors Miller Camera Support was the recipient of NewBay Media’s Best of Show Award, presented by Digital Video magazine at the recent NAB 2015. NewBay Media’s Best of Show... [READ MORE]

Dedolight Award-winning LED kits now available for rent

GTC sponsors Cirro Lite are pleased to announce – after a delay of almost a year due to demand in sales – the first new DLED rental kits. These will now be available... [READ MORE]

Ikegami announces hand-held 8K camera system

GTC sponsors Ikegami have collaborated with Japan Broadcasting Corporation (NHK) to develop an 8K Ultra high-definition television (UHDTV) camera. Designed for live studio and field production, the SHK-810 camera head is... [READ MORE]

Still Raising the Roof in Kenya - latest news

Raise the Roof Kenya (RTRK), the great charity started by GTC member Holly Bantleman continues to go from strength to strength. The Barut Development Youth Sports Centre, established by RTRK to give young... [READ MORE]

GTC sponsors Bradley to reveal new 4K remote camera at NAB

GTC sponsors Bradley are to reveal the finished version of a small, remote-controlled 4K camera for high-end broadcast applications at NAB. This development is the outcome of a collaboration between Bradley, JVCKENWOOD and... [READ MORE]

Thales Angénieux lenses aboard NASA Dawn mission

Thales Angénieux (a former GTC sponsor company) has been a key partner in NASA’s programmes since the successful Ranger 7 and Apollo 11 missions of the early 1960s. Today, it continues to be... [READ MORE]

Video Europe acquires kit hire company Cruet

GTC sponsors Video Europe have agreed a deal to acquire broadcast kit hire and crewing firm Cruet. The deal is expected to close by the end of April and will mean that... [READ MORE]

MSE introduce GTC member Bill Kerrigan's 'KerriKart'

Matthews Studio Equipment is to reveal the KerriKart at NAB 2015. This unique cart, designed by Montreal-based GTC member, Director of Photography Bill Kerrigan, incorporates a traditional cart support with the capacity to... [READ MORE]

GTC sponsors Procam acquire NY-based HotCam

GTC sponsors Procam have acquired US-based camera rental company HotCam New York. The move enables Procam to provide its expanding US client base with the same levels of service and expertise it is... [READ MORE]

GTC sponsors to show 4K/8K cameras at NAB

GTC sponsors Ikegami, a leader in HD cameras and production equipment for TV broadcasters, networks and other HD content creators, will display a wide range of advanced systems and technologies at the 2015... [READ MORE]

Cobham SOLO7 HD Nano TX transmits eagle's view

Cobham Broadcast, the RF specialist company, has announced that its SOLO7 HD Nano TX was used to transmit live video from the highest recorded release of a bird from a man-made structure... [READ MORE]

The GTC is supporting the NaSTA 2015 Awards

The GTC's Social Media Officer and Forum Administrator James Milligan will be representing the GTC at this weekend's National Student Television Association (NaSTA) Conference and Awards.  The 2015 NaSTA annual conference... [READ MORE]

Major changes at Vitec Videocom

Vitec Videocom’s new organization charts the course for the future Vitec Videocom, the umbrella company for several GTC sponsor companies, is evolving its structure with the goal of putting the tools and technologies... [READ MORE]

GTC sponsors Miller join RØDE in short film competition

Miller camera support equipment and Røde announce ‘MyRØDE Reel 2015’ – the world’s largest short film competition with more than $200,000 in prizes.: GTC sponsor Miller Camera Support Equipment is excited to announce that it is a... [READ MORE]

London Filter Company host ARRI Open House at Tiffen HQ at Pinewood

The London Filter Company (a division of Tiffen International Ltd) recently collaborated with GTC sponsors ARRI to host a successful Open House event behind closed doors at Pinewood Studios. This was the... [READ MORE]

RED Digital Cinema teams up with Met Film School to offer REDucation

GTC sponsors RED are offering training workshops  at the Met Film School in Ealing, London WHAT: Met Film School has teamed up with RED Digital Cinema to offer REDucation, an exclusive two-day camera... [READ MORE]

New affordable 4KCAM camcorders from JVC

New JVC GY-LS300CHE and GW-SP100E Super 35mm 4K camcorders When JVC launched its ProHD product line a few years ago, it made professional HD production affordable. The new 4KCAM product... [READ MORE]

Meet the new baby in the ALEXA family at BVE

GTC sponsors ARRI have announced the arrival of the new ALEXA Mini, a versatile little addition to the ARRI ALEXA range that combines a compact and lightweight form factor with the image quality... [READ MORE]

Schneider launch Xenon Full Frame Primes in the UK

Schneider Kreuznach has announced the launch of the Xenon Full Frame Prime lenses in the UK and they will be available to view at next week's BVE at the Excel London. The GTC... [READ MORE]

Alexandra Palace 'BBC time capsule' to become a visitor attraction?

Almost 80 years ago the world's first television service was launched by the BBC from Alexandra Palace in north London – known as Ally Pally. The original studios have lain empty since the last... [READ MORE]

GTC Chair Keith Massey backs Yorkshire to regain 'TV powerhouse' status

GTC Chair Keith Massey is calling for more TV to be produced in Yorkshire – and for more opportunities and training for young programme-makers.Keith, based in Yorkshire, has written to all 51 Yorkshire... [READ MORE]

Gearhouse Broadcast's new OBPod to be used on F1

Gearhouse Broadcast has announced that Sky Sports will be the first broadcaster to use its new flexible and agile flyaway production solution, OBPod. Sky Sports has opted for the new lightweight and expandable... [READ MORE]

GTC sponsors RED announce REDIRECT Surf 2015

RED Digital Cinema and Surfer Magazine have come together to announce the official launch of REDirect Surf 2015. This is the second installment of the REDirect series – a competition and celebration of... [READ MORE]

GTC sponsors WTS Broadcast chosen to boost RED support in UK

GTC sponsor RED Digital Cinema has extended the reach of its global support through the addition of a new authorized rental house and dealer programme.  The authorized dealers were selected to create an... [READ MORE]

Panasonic announces firmware update for AJ-PX270

GTC sponsor Panasonic has announced a free firmware upgrade for its AJ-PX270 P2HD handheld that incorporates a new codec (AVC-Intra Class200), full HD streaming and automatic content transfer, and new recording formats, to... [READ MORE]

Procam acquires True Lens Services

GTC sponsors Procam have announced the acquisition of Leicester-based lens service and manufacturing facility True Lens Services (also a long-standing GTC sponsor company). With lenses at the heart of television, drama and... [READ MORE]

Video Europe have a smart new website

GTC sponsors Video Europe have been working on a brand new website. The lively new site not only features all the services and gear Video Europe offer, and case histories from recent productions... [READ MORE]

ARRI 65 launches in Los Angeles

ARRI Rental’s ALEXA 65 camera system was officially launched earlier this month in front of a packed audience at the Linwood Dunn Theater in Los Angeles. Attended by ASC members and key... [READ MORE]

GTC welcomes Cammotion as sponsors

The GTC is delighted to announce that Cammotion has joined the growing list of GTC sponsor companies. Cammotion specialises in the innovation, design, manufacture and supply of unique camera mount products for broadcast and... [READ MORE]

GTC Member Peter Braughan wins Miller LP54 tripod at KitPlus Tour

The GTC recently took part in the KitPlus Tour with Exhibitions Officer Ray Meier manning the GTC stand in both London and Manchester. Both events saw good turnouts and large audiences enjoyed many of... [READ MORE]

Polecam FishFace and PICO partner for new aquatic views

GTC sponsor Polecam has taken its partnership with the Antelope PICO Ultra Slow Motion minicam a further leap forward by putting the camera into a redesigned FishFace waterproof housing on the end of... [READ MORE]

Rory Peck Trust partners with The Printing Charity to fund safety training

The Rory Peck Trust today announced The Printing Charity as a new partner. Thanks to their support, the Trust will provide eight safety training bursaries to UK freelancers who work in print or online as journalists... [READ MORE]

Rory Peck Trust announces Martin Adler prize-winner

Palestinian journalist, fixer and translator Khaled Abu Ghali will receive the Martin Adler Prize at this year's Rory Peck Awards. Khaled Abu Ghali, who lives and works in Rafa, southern... [READ MORE]

Past GTC Chairman Brian Rose guest of honour at German Guild's 5th anniversary

In 2009, the Chairman of the GTC at that time, Brian Rose, was asked to travel to Germany to advise on the setting up of an equivalent guild to the GTC for German... [READ MORE]

Dedolight wins Cinec Award for lighting engineering

Dedo Weigert Film GmbH has won the 2014 Lighting Engineering Award at the biannual Cinec Exposition (International Trade Fair for Cine Equipment and Technology) held in Munich, Germany. The award was given... [READ MORE]

Polecam used for F1 pit stop analysis

Infiniti Red Bull Racing use Polecam and LMC PICO for F1 pit stop analysisQuadruple Formula One World Champions Infiniti Red Bull Racing has enlisted the help of GTC sponsors Polecam with Live Motion... [READ MORE]

Bill Vinten GTC University Award finalist Vince Knight picks up 'Best Student work' award in Georgia

Ahead of this week's presentation of the Second Bill Vinten GTC University Awards on Wednesday, there has been some good news for one of the finalists. Vince Knight, whose work as DoP... [READ MORE]

Producer/director Gerry Troyna to speak at the Bill Vinten GTC Awards

The GTC is delighted that producer/director Gerry Troyna will be guest speaker at the Bill Vinten GTC University Awards presentation to be held at the Heslington Studio, University of York (last year's winning... [READ MORE]

Barry Bassett celebrates 25 years with VMI

GTC sponsors VMI recently celebrated 25 years of current Managing Director, Barry Bassett, being part of the firm. At first Barry concentrated on developing the rental side of the business after leaving Keele... [READ MORE]

John Brabourne Awards 2014 announced

The Cinema and Television Benevolent Fund (CTBF), the leading charity for people working behind the scenes in the UK film, cinema and commercial television industries, is delighted to announce the recipients... [READ MORE]

Holly won! Thanks to all GTC members who voted

UPDATE: We have just heard the good news that GTC member Holly Bantleman has won the Nivea / Stylist competition we recently notified members about (see below) so that... [READ MORE]

GTC sponsor Bradley Engineering introduces 4K sensor for remote Camball

GTC sponsors Bradley Engineering are back from a busy IBC at which they demonstrated new 4K technology for their remote controlled Camballs. Bradley Engineering, designers of specialist and remote controlled cameras, have... [READ MORE]

More GTC sponsor news from IBC

Here is a further selection of news from GTC sponsor companies announced at IBC2014 where GTC Exhibition Manager Ray Meier manned the GTC stand , ably assisted by Dudley Darby and GTC Reviews... [READ MORE]

ARRI announces ProRes UHD output for AMIRA

The latest issue of Zerb carried GTC member Mark Langton's comprehensive look at the new AMIRA camera from ARRI, which can be downloaded in the Zerb section of this site. But almost as... [READ MORE]

GTC welcomes Holdan as a sponsor company

The GTC is delighted that camera equpment distributor Holdan has come on board as a sponsor company.  Allan Leonhardson of Holdan (see left) says:"We're delighted to join the prestigious list of GTC... [READ MORE]

Bill Vinten GTC University Awards attract more entries in the second year

  Judging has started for this year's Bill Vinten GTC University Awards. The Awards recognise excellent work from undergraduates studying film and television.   Eleven universities, an increase... [READ MORE]

GTC raises £2500 for the CTBF

At the GTC's recent Annual Awards day, this year the Guild decided to raise money for the Cinema and Television Benevolent Fund (CTBF). This was achieved through a raffle and was very... [READ MORE]

GTC sponsors AJA debut CION, their new 4K/UHD/2K/HD professional camera

GTC sponsor company AJA’s CION is a new ergonomic professional production camera, capable of shooting at 4K/UltraHD and 2K/HD resolutions. CION offers in-camera recording directly to the Apple ProRes family of codecs including ProRes... [READ MORE]

Engineer Perry Mitchell is presented with Honorary Membership of the GTC

  On Sunday 29 June, engineer Perry Mitchell was presented with Honorary Membership of the Guild of Television Cameramen by GTC President Dick Hibberd. Perry has been a very prolific and much... [READ MORE]

GTC sponsor Tiffen's Steadicam Open Day attracts a good turnout

GTC sponsors Tiffen would like to say a huge "Thank You” to all those who attended their Open Day at Pinewood on 16 June. GTC members and other attendees were treated to a... [READ MORE]

GTC sponsors Video Europe unveil OB3 and OB4 and prepare for move to new premises in July

  GTC sponsors Video Europe have announced the addition of a brand new, £1.25 millionstate-of-the-art, rigid OB truck and tender to its Outside Broadcast division. Both units have been built from... [READ MORE]

The GTC is delighted to welcome Media Dog Hire as a new sponsor company

The GTC is pleased to announce that Midlands-based broadcast equipment hire company Media Dog Hire has recently joined our list of GTC... [READ MORE]

GTC member Peter Heap wins Miller classic tripod

Australian GTC member Peter Heap (also a member of the Australian Cinematographers Society; ACS) was recently delighted to find out that he had won a Miller LP ’54 Classic Tripod. GTC sponsors Miller had offered... [READ MORE]

Rory Peck Trust launches online resource for freelancers

The Rory Peck Trust (RPT) has just launched some new sections to some of its most popular online resources: Insurance, Digital Security and Sources of Funding. These sections have been expanded with more... [READ MORE]

The GTC Awards 2014 winners

  The finale of the GTC's great Day in the Country on Sunday 18 May was the presentation of the GTC Awards 2014. The... [READ MORE]

Watch the video of the GTC's Day in the Country

Well over 100 GTC members, guests and colleagues enjoyed a fantastic Day in the Country yesterday at Aynho, Oxfordshire. As well as the important business of the day (the 2014 AGM) and the... [READ MORE]

Edge Hill University students are first in the country to pass new GTC assessment

In an exciting new initiative that reflects its remit to promote and support camera training of real value for aspiring young camera trainees, the GTC has developed a new accreditation test for... [READ MORE]

Excellent new Litepanels measurements added to the TLCI results from Alan Roberts

Alan Roberts has recently sent us some new TLCI results from his testing of the latest lamps from GTC sponsors Litepanels - and very well they came out too. Alan tested the... [READ MORE]

The GTC welcomes Shift 4 as new sponsors

The GTC is delighted to announce that camera equipment company Shift 4 has recently joined our growing list of sponsor companies. Shift 4 has been supplying and supporting broadcast, commercials and corporate... [READ MORE]

GTC Chairman Keith Massey featured in the press

The career of GTC Chairman Keith Massey was recently celebrated in the York Press.  The article covers a range of key points in Keith's progress ranging from watching the Queen's Coronation as a... [READ MORE]

The GTC is pleased to announce that Alan Wells is now a GTC sponsor

The GTC would like to welcome Alan Wells Camera Systems to our growing list of sponsor companies and is looking forward to working with him in the coming years. The first... [READ MORE]

GTC Awards sponsors Camera Corps announce Q3 advanced compact robotic camera

Camera Corps has chosen NAB 2014 to launch a major advance in robotic camera technology. Developed from the -award-winning Q-Ball, the new Q3 incorporates double the zoom power, a higher specification camera and... [READ MORE]

Congratulations Sony on the best April Fool we've seen today

GTC sponsors kicked off April Fool's Day with an excellent posting on their Facebook page. It announced a range of cuddly, fun new camera covers from Sony Professional Europe. Our personal is favourite... [READ MORE]

GTC sponsors Camera Corps acquire SIS Live specialist cameras

Vitec Videocom, a division of The Vitec Group plc,has expanded its Camera Corps business with the incorporation of assets from SIS Live Special Cameras (formerly BBC Special Cameras). The offering will bring... [READ MORE]

The GTC welcomes Electra and Off Trax as new sponsor companies

The GTC is delighted to announce that sister companies Electra (camera hire) andOff Trax (light grip specialists) have both recently agreed to join the list of GTC sponsor companies. About Electra Film & TV Originally specialising... [READ MORE]

Journalists protest against imprisonment of Al Jazeera crew in Egypt

In a well-supported solidarity day journalists around the world today united and protested in the strongest terms to the Egyptian Government and Military Authorities against the imprisonment of the Al Jazeera television news... [READ MORE]

The GTC is pleased to announce that Production Gear are now GTC sponsors

The GTC is delighted that camera equipment distributors and dealers Production Gear has recently agreed to join the list of GTC sponsor companies.  Production Gear is a well- known UK based distributor and... [READ MORE]

GTC member John Keedwell: Get the Message Now

GTC member John Keedwell will be on the GTC stand with signed copies of his recently published book Get the Message Now. Speaking about the book John explains: “I discuss... [READ MORE]

Camera training courses for freelancers discounted for GTC members

East London and Manchester based camera and lighting hire company Alias Hire is running a series of training courses for freelance camera crew.   Alias Hire has successfully secured Skillset funding for... [READ MORE]

Are Charles and Camilla about to become the latest new GTC members?

When Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall dropped into BBC Radio 1's Live Lounge yesterday as part of a tour of New Broadcasting House in a celebration of British radio... [READ MORE]

GTC sponsor Panasonic announces first 'Cloud' ready camera

GTC sponsor company Panasonic is set to launch its first handheld ENG camera with wireless connectivity, enabling recorded content to be shared almost instantly and accessed from anywhere. The AJ-PX270 removes the... [READ MORE]

GTC Council members take part in ITTP conference

According to government statistics, the UK creative industries are worth some £21 billion per annum and generate about 1.68 million jobs. No small part of this quite amazing business is our own television industry.... [READ MORE]

GTC welcomes RED Europe Ltd as sponsors

The GTC is delighted to announce that RED Europe Ltd has recently joined our list of sponsor companies. RED Europe Ltd was set up in late 2008 and was the first subsidiary of... [READ MORE]

GTC member Jim Cemlyn Jones entertains snooker audience

When the Dafabet Masters snooker at Alexandra Palace was plunged into darkness due to a power cut this week the organisers were left wondering how to entertain the audience while the technical problems... [READ MORE]

ARRI launches new Photometrics app

GTC sponsors ARRi have released a new Photometrics app.  The new ARRI Photometrics App for iPhone and iPad gives quick access to the properties and luminous outputs for ARRI’s renowned light fixtures. Created... [READ MORE]

GTC members vote to retain the name Guild of Television Cameramen

Following a motion voted at the 2013 Annual General Meeting of the Guild of Television Cameramen, a ballot of GTC members was held on the subject of whether to retain the current name... [READ MORE]

GTC Council Members play an active part in Cornwall Film Festival 2013

GTC Member Martin Hammond has forwarded the following information from Cornwall where the Cornwall Film Festival kicked off in Redruth on Saturday 26 October. The main festival will be staged in Newquay... [READ MORE]

First Bill Vinten GTC University Awards presented

At the ITV London Studios on Thursday 24 October 2013, the first winners and runners-up of the new Bill Vinten GTC University Award, set up by the GTC in association with Bill... [READ MORE]

Bill Vinten GTC University Award - first winners to be announced on 24 October

  The Bill Vinten GTC University Award has been created to encourage excellent teaching of camerawork skills within UK educational establishments. The Award is the result of a collaboration between the GTC... [READ MORE]

Congratulations to GTC member Richard Cook on outstanding cinematography (documentary) Emmy

below.GTC member Richard Cook has added another very well-deserved award to the impressive collection he has already amassed (including a GTC Award for Excellence in this year's Awards) for his wonderful work on... [READ MORE]

GTC sponsors Hammerhead TV acquired by Procam

GTC sponsors Hammerhead TV have recently been acquired by broadcast hire company PROCAM. Their sponsorship of the GTC will now come under the PROCAM name. The acquisition sees PROCAM expand into Scotland while also strengthening... [READ MORE]

Big changes amongst BBC Outside Broadcast contracts

Big changes in the outside broadcast contracts for many major sporting events for 2014 have been announced by the BBC, which will may impact on lots of GTC members who have recently worked... [READ MORE]

The GTC is saddened to hear of the passing of Phil Baxter of CVP

The GTC was shocked and saddened to hear the news that Phil Baxter, CEO of CVP (former sponsors of the GTC) had passed away suddenly on Wednesday 4 September. Phil leaves behind... [READ MORE]

SMPTE instigates a lecture in honour of Bill Lovell

SMPTE UK is establishing a lecture in honour of the late Bill Lovell (well-known to many GTC members through his work at GTC sponsors ARRI) to recognise and celebrate his dedication and... [READ MORE]

An Enlightening Look at the History and Science of Color Film

Brouught to our attention: A comprehensive tour of the evolution of colour film and photography comprising an nformative account of how we got from black-and-white to the rich naturalistic colours of today. Not surprisingly... [READ MORE]

GTC Chairman Keith Massey pays tribute to Sky cameraman Mick Deane

I'd just like to pay tribute to one of our own... Mick Deane, the Sky cameraman who was tragically killed in Cairo two weeks ago and whose funeral was held this week at... [READ MORE]

Sony to open Digital Motion Picture Centre in Europe at Pinewood Studios

GTC sponsors Sony are to open a new Digital Motion Picture Centre in Europe at the heart of the film production community located at Pinewood Studios in Buckinghamshire. Scheduled to open later this summer... [READ MORE]

The GTC welcomes Video Europe as new sponsors

The GTC is delighted that Video Europe has agreed to join our list of sponsor companies (for full list see: and we look forward to working with them in the coming years.... [READ MORE]

GTC Bill Vinten award attracts an encouraging 24 student films in its first year

With 24 films from 22 graduates, from eight universities, this first year of the Bill Vinten GTC University Award has well exceeded initial expectations. A jury reflectiing both great experience... [READ MORE]

The GTC is delighted to welcome DSM Broadcast Power as sponsors

The GTC is pleased to announce that DSM Broadcast Power has recently joined its list of sponsor companies. DSM has been manufacturing batteries for the TV and Film industry for... [READ MORE]

Catch 'Wild Cameramen at Work' on BBC iPlayer

If you've missed the BBC series 'Wildlife Cameramen at Work' including GTC member Doug Allen, which is screening only in Scotland, the episodes are on iPlayer now. The series documents the work of five great... [READ MORE]

GTC's John Henshall draws celebrity crowd at NFT1

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TCS Skquattro peds chosen for 3D broadcast of Swan Lake from St Petersburg

Five Skquattro pedestals and a wide range of additional support equipment have been supplied by GTC sponsors The Camera Store (TCS), a Vitec Group company, for a live stereoscopic broadcast of Tchaikovsky's Swan... [READ MORE]

Watch the video of the GTC's Day in the Country

If you weren't able to get along to the GTC's Day out in the Country you can watch a short video of the day's activities featuring some great shots captured on the specialist... [READ MORE]

Vitec Videocom announce multi-brand support for John Lennon Educational Tour Bus

Vitec Videocom has announced it is a multi-brand sponsor for the non-profit John Lennon Educational Tour Bus in Europe. The company has donated a range of media production technologies to support video and... [READ MORE]

Cooke Optics to receive Technical Lifetime Achievement Award at Cine Gear Expo 2013

Lifetime achievement award Cooke Optics will be the recipient of the Cine Gear Expo 2013 Technical Lifetime Achievement Award, in recognition of 'the significant contributions Cooke has made to advancing the art and... [READ MORE]

Freelancer Survival Guide Seminar hosted by GTC sponsors WTS a great success

A full house of eager cameramen attended GTC sponsor WTS's first seminar specifically for freelancers in their Soho demonstration room on 25 April. The purpose of the day was to educate and... [READ MORE]

GTC sponsor Blackmagic announces nine new products at NAB

There is no stopping GTC sponsors Blackmagic Design at the moment - the innovative company announced an amazing nine new products at the recent NAB show. There are two new models in... [READ MORE]

The GTC is pleased to announce specialist lens manufacturers Abakus as new sponsors

The GTC is delighted to announce that Abakus has recently decided to join our growing list of sponsor companies. The GTC is very grateful for the support of all its sponsors. Abakus... [READ MORE]

Ikegami and ARRI introduce the HDK-97ARRI - a broadcast camera with digital image quality

GTC sponsors Ikegami and ARRI have jointly announced a pioneering new camera system: the HDK-97ARRI. The HDK-97ARRI is a broadcast-style production camera with digital cinema characteristics making it possible to employ a... [READ MORE]

New products from Bradley Engineering

GTC sponsors Bradley Engineering have announced a new mini remote camera, the Eybe. The Eybe is a brand new integrated mini camera for commentary positions, POVs and discreet remote camera applications. In... [READ MORE]

Raise the Roof Kenya opens Barut Project

The amazing Raise the Roof Kenya (RTRK) charity, started by GTC member camerawoman and 3D stereographer Holly Bantleman, raises funds for projects to help young people in Kenya. The charity is supported by... [READ MORE]

GTC sponsors Vocas to show new products at NAB

At this year's NAB Show in Las Vegas, GTC sponsors Vocas will be there to show their latest products. The highlights will be products for Sony's new Cine Alta S35 cameras, the PMW-F5 and PMW-F55. Vocas... [READ MORE]

GTC sponsors Anton/Bauer win Academy Award

Congratulations to GTC sponsors Anton/Bauer who were recently honoured with an Academy Award for Scientific and Technical Achievement. At the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) Scientific and Technical Awards, which took... [READ MORE]

Aerial Camera Systems (ACS) debuts new tracking vehicle at Cheltenham Festival

GTC sponsors Aerial Camera Systems (ACS) have been in action this week at the Cheltenham Festival with their new tracking vehicle. The vehicle has had its debut providing coverage of the racing for Channel 4. Six... [READ MORE]

Spectacular Steadicam Shot for Let's Dance Red Nose Day 2013

Steadicam operator Dominic Jackson seems to be everywhere these days. In issue 77 of Zerb we saw him flying over the London 2012 Opening Ceremony (read articles from Zerb). Now... [READ MORE]

Catch up: BroadcastShow Live February

The February edition of BroadcastShow Live looked at virtual sets, lighting, a new film-making handbook and how a Premier League football club has upgraded its stadium TV station with fibre. If you... [READ MORE]

The new Bill Vinten/ GTC Award unveiled at BVE

The GTC Exhibitions team was delighted when Bill Vinten dropped by their stand this morning to view for the first time the trophy he has sponsored and designed as an incentive to encourage... [READ MORE]

Petro Vlahos, the inventor of blue and green screen dies at 96

Petro Vlahos – the pioneer of blue- and green-screen systems and founder of the company Ultimatte has died at the age of 96. The technique was developed for Ben Hur in 1959 and a... [READ MORE]

GTC sponsors Bradley Engineering launch new universal RCP

Ahead of NAB, Bradley are launching a new ‘Universal Remote Camera Panel' for up to 4 cameras per panel. It's a standard size unit which can currently control Sony, Ikegami, Panasonic and... [READ MORE]

The Ship2Ship walkers are braving freezing temperatures on their Bristol to London walk

The Ship2Ship crew including GTC member Barrie Dodd have set out from Bristol on their very cold tramp to London. So far in high spirits they send this message: Well it... [READ MORE]

Cooke Optics to be honoured at the Academy Awards

Cooke Optics will receive an Academy Award of Merit - an Oscar statuette - for its continuing innovation in the design, development and manufacture of motion picture camera lenses. The Academy of Motion... [READ MORE]

Ship2Ship Endurance Walk

A message from the Ship2Ship team:: Two years ago, 1 x Unit manager, 1 x Camera Supervisor, 11 Riggers, 2 x Police Officers and a Lawyer walked from Glasgow to the... [READ MORE]

Did you miss the Xmas BroadcastShow live?

The monthly live webcast from BroadcastShow saw its Christmas Special last week with a record 1962 viewers tuning in live for this eighth show in the series to see the big Xmas... [READ MORE]

Schneider Optics earns 2012 Technical Emmy Award for IRND technology

Schneider Optics is proud to announce it will receive a Technology and Engineering Emmy® Award, for its IRND (Infrared Neutral Density) filter technology, from The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS... [READ MORE]

Former GTC Forum administrator Andy Smith presented with Honorary Membership of the GTC

This week GTC Council Members Rex Palmer and Max Hodgetts were pleased to present Andy Smith, who recently stepped down from his role of GTC Forum Administrator, with a very well-deserved Honorary... [READ MORE]

GTC member John Samuels' feature film a finalist in the Newport International Film Festival

Long-standing GTC member and former GTC Council Member John Samuels' first full feature film as DOP is to premiere in Bristol at the Arnolfini on Tuesday 6 November. The 90-minute micro-budget... [READ MORE]

Sky launches broadcast production course with NFTS

Sky and the National Film and Television School (NFTS) have announced a new partnership, which will train a new generation of multi-camera studio craft specialists. A Broadcast Production course, run in collaboration with... [READ MORE]

Labour Party Political Broadcast: a question of style?

As the Chairman of The Guild of Television Cameramen (GTC) and a professional Director of Photography/ Lighting Cameraman for more than 40 years, I was appalled when watching – or trying to watch – the Labour... [READ MORE]

Funding available for the new BECTU Health and Safety Passport

The first BECTU Creative Industries Safety Passport (CRISP) health and safety training day has taken place, with a second day scheduled for 25 Ocober at the BECTU London HQ. The Passport has now... [READ MORE]

Did you miss the last Broadcast Show live?

If you missed the Broadcast Show Live show last Wednesday, which was packed with news from IBC, you can catch it at: The programme synopsis includes:   So you've decided on... [READ MORE]

GTC Welfare Officer visits ARRI Media and Pinewood Studios with Second Light

One of the charities supported and mentored by the GTC, Second Light, recently set upa visit to ARRI Media's HQ in Uxbridge and Pinewood Studios (both GTC sponsor companies) for members of their Tech Lab group ( [READ MORE]

A weather site for media professionals

Flight logistics and aerial camera expert Tim Desbois, who has written for Zerb and contributed to GTC workshops, has come up with a good idea - a one-stop shop weather forecast site, which... [READ MORE]

New Health and Safety Training: The Creative Industries Safety Passport

With health and safety qualifications increasingly a requirement of freelancers, the industry union BECTU has developed a one--day course, accredited by IOSH (the Institution of Occupational Safety & Health). The first... [READ MORE]

A gold medal for the camera Olympians from the President of the GTC

I am staggered by the beauty and exquisite execution of the television camerawork, from all the cameramen and women from all around the world, that we have been witnessing throughout the... [READ MORE]

Cameraman Dave Stanford presented with Honorary Membership of the GTC for his bravery

When they learned of SkyF1 cameraman Dave Stanford's selfless action in helping to rescue one of the Williams F1 mechanics from the pit garage fire after the Grand Prix in Barcelona a few weeks... [READ MORE]

The GTC has a new Chairman

The Guild of Television Cameraman has a new Chairman, Keith Massey, who takes over from Graeme McAlpine, who has done a great job leading the GTC during an active period of growth during which... [READ MORE]

The GTC welcomes new sponsors AJA Video Systems

The GTC is delighted that leading manufacturer of digital video interface products AJA Video Systems has joined the growing list of GTC sponsors. The Guild is very grateful to all of its sponsor... [READ MORE]

GTC Vice President to present valuable archive tapes at Kaleidoscope

GTC Vice President John Henshall will be at the Classic Television Organisation Kaleidoscope's summer event, entitled Lift Off at The Talbot!, this coming Saturday. The event will take place from 12:00 - 7:00 pm... [READ MORE]

GTC sponsors Top-Teks and Octica Professional work together to establish high-tech lens test centre

GTC sponsors Top-Teks have set up a new optical clean room lens test and service centre at their base in Harefield, Middlesex. Their new lens centre includes investment in the latest high-end test... [READ MORE]

Cameramen at work on the Jubilee celebrations

Many GTC members were out and about covering the multiple Jubilee events taking place the length of the country. See the pictures of their Jubilee activities below. Many thanks to them for taking... [READ MORE]

GTC sponsors Bradley Engineering provide cameras for the Torch Relay

Bradley Engineering is incredibly proud to have supplied the cameras and controllers for the BBC Torch Relay 2012. The cameras being used include a Camball ll, mounted on the roof of the Locog... [READ MORE]

GTC announces the Bill Vinten GTC University Award

Bill Vinten GTC University Award 2012 At the 2012 Vitec GTC Awards/AGM held in Birmingham on 11 May, The Guild of Television Cameramen was delighted to announce the Bill Vinten GTC University Award which will... [READ MORE]

See more pictures from the GTC Awards 2012

The very worthy recipient of the GTC's top award, the TCA (Television Cameraman's Award) this year was Jules Greenway. See the GTC Awards section to see who the winners of the Awards for... [READ MORE]

Monkeying around on Planet Earth Live

If you're enjoying the current series of Planet Earth Live with its usual high BBC NHU production values, you might be surprised to see that some of it if being shot by monkeys... [READ MORE]

ARRI launches pro camera accessories at NAB

With a wide range of modular matte boxes, follow focus units and support systems, ARRI is able to offer complete shooting kits for almost all types of digital cameras, from small, handheld units... [READ MORE]

GTC sponsors Black Magic launch new digital cinema camera

GTC sponsors Blackmagic Design revealed one of the most talked about new product developments at NAB this year - their brand new Cinema Camera. The camera, which is Blackmagic’s first camera... [READ MORE]

Pictures from the Life in the Firing Line workshop

Saturday 31 March: A good turnout of GTC members is gathered at the RAF Museum in Hendon for a powerful and fascinating exploration of the work of cameramen, photographers and journalists... [READ MORE]

The Great 'Blue Peter Garden Quiz' results

If you took note of the Great 'Blue Peter Garden Quiz' announced in a recent GTC email, you probably realised quite quickly that this was a brazen attempt to publicise the new GTC... [READ MORE]

GTC welcomes Blackmagic Design as sponsors

Blackmagic Design creates high quality video editing products for the feature film, post production and television broadcast industries. With a range of products including colour correctors, video converters, video monitoring, routers... [READ MORE]

The GTC welcomes new sponsors Easyrig from Sweden

The GTC is delighted that Easyrig has joined the growing list of GTC sponsors. The Guild is very grateful to all of its sponsor companies for their vital ongoing support. Easyrig is a... [READ MORE]

GTC sponsors ARRI celebrate the Oscars

GTC sponsors ARRI are celebreating their successful involvement with last night's Oscar ceremony's big winners, The Artist and Hugo. The films each took home five Oscars, including Best Picture and Best Cinematography, respectively. Both... [READ MORE]

GTC/Sony XDCAM roadshow draws to a close

The very successful GTC/Sony XDCAM roadshow drew to a close in Bristol yesterday. Sony expert Neil Thompson has been taking GTC members through the finer points of the XDCAM system... [READ MORE]

How to make a TV programme

Spotted on You Tube, this little gem of a training video made at Thames Television in the early 80s. They certainly don't make 'em like this any more!  Never broadcast, this tape... [READ MORE]

BVE: A good show for the GTC

There was a good turnout of GTC Council members, members and sponsors at BVE at Earls Court 2 last week. The GTC stand, organised by Exhibitions Manager, Dudley Darby saw a steady stream... [READ MORE]

GTC Children in Need certificate

Total raised: £680 Many thanks to all the GTC members who either pledged money or sent in pictures to the GTC Children in Need fundraising effort in November.  For... [READ MORE]

GTC member Doug Allan receives Polar honour at Buckingham Palace

GTC member, top wildlife cameraman Doug Allan returned from the latest of many filming trips in the Antarctic last Wednesday. Luckily the unpredictable Polar weather had been kind to him and his... [READ MORE]

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? It's Cameraman!

Spotted on You Tube, this brilliant cartoon uploaded by the multi-talented former BBC cameraman Roger Bunce. Not only does it quite correctly (in our totally unbiassed opinion) bestow the status of superman on... [READ MORE]

A warm welcome from the GTC to new sponsors Octica Professional

We are delighted that Octica Professional has just joined the growing list of GTC sponsor companies. OCTICA PROFESSIONAL is a premier broadcast, film and video equipment distributor. OCTICA exclusively represents and offers... [READ MORE]

The GTC welcomes Prime TV as sponsors

The GTC is delighted that Prime Television has agreed to join our growing list of sponsor companies. Prime Television has been supplying equipment and crews to broadcast and film production... [READ MORE]

How did they shoot that?

  GTC members have been wondering how the uplifting and technically brilliant Weightwatchers ad, aired in full on ITV and Channel 4 on New Year's Day, was shot. If you haven't seen... [READ MORE]

Oops! Segway cameraman takes a tumble

This Australian cameramen recently found the cameras turned on himself when he took a high-profile tumble while covering the Australia–India test match in Melbourne a few days ago. Luckily he was fine...... [READ MORE]

GTC Council members sought

Would you like to be on the GTC Council or do you know someone who would make a good Council member? 2012 is a GTC Election Year! Nominations are now being sought for... [READ MORE]

GTC Vice President reveals rare Bowie footage

  GTC Vice President John Henshall has been speaking of the moment he realised he owned 'lost' footage of David Bowie on Top of the Pops. John had retained a copy of Bowie performing... [READ MORE]

BBC approves Panasonic AG-HPX250EJ P2HD camera recorder for HD use

The BBC has approved the Panasonic AG-HPX250EJ P2HD camera recorder for HD use by both BBC and non-BBC production teams.  The AG-HPX250EJ Memory Card Camera Recorder is a new handheld model for Panasonic's... [READ MORE]

Who do the top wildlife film-makers really admire?

It's always interesting to hear who the experts in any field revere. In yesterday's Guardian, Emine Saner asked five top wildlife-filmakers to nominate their favourite living artist in their field. The answers... [READ MORE]

GTC member Martin Hawkins collects RTS Lifetime Achievement Award

Huge congratulations to GTC member DoP Martin Hawkins who has been awarded the top award at this year's Royal Television Society Craft and Design Awards – the Lifetime Achievement Award. Martin collected the award on... [READ MORE]

The GTC Children in Need Photo Challenge

TOTAL SO FAR: £469  The Guild of Television Cameramen is raising money for Children in Need. The idea is simple - the more images we receive of cameraman at work... [READ MORE]

GTC welcomes back Shooting Partners as sponsors

The GTC is delighted that the Shooting Partners Group has once again agreed to sponsor the Guild after a short break. The Shooting Partners Group was originally founded in 1989 providing broadcast equipment... [READ MORE]

Success for GTC member Michael Brennan at the GoldenEye Festival

Congratulations to GTC member Michael Brennan who was announced the winner of the best 'Risk Shot' category at the Golden Eye International Festival of the Cameraman, Batumi, Georgia, on Saturday 22 October. Mike's... [READ MORE]

GTC sponsors VMI launch new iPhone app

Guild sponsors VMI have launched an iPhone app which is now ready for download from the App Store. The app allows you to create, update, copy and archive shooting kits. Future releases planned... [READ MORE]

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... [READ MORE]

Is your programme a load of old hot air?

Introducing Albert Richard Smith, the BBC's Project Manager for Sustainable Productions introduces a new carbon calculator, Albert, an online tool that works out how much making a production will affect the environment. Albert calculates the total... [READ MORE]

GTC welcomes Finepoint as sponsors

The GTC is delighted to announce that hire company Finepoint Broadcast has joined the list of GTC sponsors. 0 false 18 pt 18 pt... [READ MORE]

GTC/Sony collaboration provides over 100 GTC members with free 3D training

On 18–20 July and 22–24 Aug the GTC ran the last of its series of 3D training sessions in conjunction with Sony Professional: Education and Training, at the Basingstoke HQ of GTC sponsors Sony. The sessions... [READ MORE]

UPDATE - Congratulations Angus on completing the Channel Swim!

TV cameramen, Angus MacFadyen completed his solo cross-Channel swim on Monday. With the tides against him some of the time, his marathon effort took an exhausting 18 hours 42 minutes to complete - what... [READ MORE]

GTC sponsors Vinten support Ravensbourne's graduation festival

GTC sponsor company, Vinten, is one of the headline sponsors at the Ravensbourne2011 event – a two-day creative festival taking place today and tomorrow at well-respected Ravensbourne College. The graduate degree event... [READ MORE]

Vislink acquires Gigawave UK

GTC sponsor company Vislink plc, a global technology business specialising in secure communications products and services for the news & entertainment as well as law enforcement & public safety markets, has announced that it has... [READ MORE]

Get ready for 4K developments at IBC 2011

If the big story of IBC 2010 was 3D, look out this year for 4K While stereo 3D continues to make headlines with new kit appearing on almost a daily basis, the research... [READ MORE]

GTC adopts a new Constitution

At the recent GTC AGM which formed part of the Big Day Out at Castle Combe, GTC members voted to accept a new Constitution for the Guild. Honorary President and... [READ MORE]

GTC welcomes back Ianiro as sponsors

The GTC is delighted that, after a short break, Ianiro UK are back as sponsors of the Guild of Television Cameramen. Redditch-based Ianiro UK is a partly owned subsidiary of the Rome Factory, and distributes... [READ MORE]

A great day out for the GTC

The sun shone on us, there was a great turnout, the AGM went well, the catering was delicious, the sponsors of the day, Canon, brought along some great new... [READ MORE]

BSC introduce Best Cinematography in a Television Drama Award

The British Society of Cinematographers are delighted to announce the introduction of the BSC Best Cinematography in a Television Drama Award Entries are open to all television dramas that have had their first... [READ MORE]

Vinten Vision blue Pan and Tilt Head wins two prestigious awards at NAB 2011

GTC Sponsors Vinten is proud to announce that its Vision blue pan and tilt head and tripod system has won a pair of coveted awards at NAB 2011 in Las Vegas. Vision Blue won both a TV... [READ MORE]

Still having fun: Garret Brown, inventor of Steadicam and winner of the GTC's TiCA in 2005

More than thirty years after inventing Steadicam – surely one of the most important camera kit concepts to have been introduced in recent decades, Garrett Brown is still just as enthusiastic as ever... [READ MORE]

NBC Today goes viral

Well done indeed to Steadicam Operator John Montalbano on the shooting of this amazing one-shot video of hundreds of NBC staff dancing to the Black Eyed Peas.  ... [READ MORE]

Would you jump for charity?

To book, please email: call: 0207 287 4261 No experience is necessary as all training will be given – and if you raise over £395 you will receive you... [READ MORE]

New Alexa models from ARRI announced at NAB

GTC sponsors ARRI showcase new cameras and lights at NAB 2011 Following a successful release for the ALEXA camera, ARRI welcomes two additions to the camera family with the ALEXA... [READ MORE]

Red card offence? Cameramen under attack on the football pitch

We're all aware of the risks cameramen take when they undertake certain assignments and contracts - working in war zones and covering riots, climatic disasters and so on - but time was that... [READ MORE]

Do you need a new camera car?

Would you like to test drive a new VW Caravelle? In the market for a new camera car? Or maybe you're looking for a people carrier for thefamily that you can... [READ MORE]

Did you know you can buy back issues of Zerb online?

Back copies of most recent issues of Zerb, the journal of the Guild of Television Cameramen are available for sale - visit the Zerb section under Publications to view sample articles, lists of... [READ MORE]

Discounts on PAT training for GTC members

GTC members can obtain discounts on PAT (Portable Appliance Testing) training for members via national company PASS (Portable Appliance Safety Services). Their one-day Pat Testing courses and examinations have been endorsed by... [READ MORE]

ARRI Alexas see in the New Year

The Alexa camera from GTC sponsors ARRI kicked off the New Year in spectactular fashion when 13 of the digital cameras were gathered together to record the famous New York Times Square New... [READ MORE]

GTC welcomes new sponsor PELI

    The GTC is delighted to kick off the New Year with the good news that the makers of the iconic camera cases, PELI, have joined our growing... [READ MORE]

National Stereoscopic 3D Training Programme

PLF in association with Talking Point present a 3 day series of intensive workshops and hands on seminars for industry professionals – by industry professionals. With special guests and 3D experts, the programme... [READ MORE]

The GTC is pleased to welcome three new sponsor companies

The GTC is delighted to welcome three new sponsor companies to the growing list of companies who have chosen to be associated with the GTC through sponsorship. The latest recruits are... [READ MORE]

Picture Canning North: introducing new GTC sponsor

With offices in both Newcastle and Manchester, Picture Canning North is a leading production supplier in the North providing professional, experienced crew and an extensive range of equipment to clients on... [READ MORE]

Congratulations from the GTC to Ikegami on winning Emmy

GTC sponsors Ikegami with Avid Technology have been awarded a well-deserved Emmy at the 62nd Annual Technology and  Engineering Emmy® Awards in the USA. The Award is presented for  their contribution to the 'Development... [READ MORE]

Sky Sports recognise the value of cameramen

Spotted on You Tube by member Laurie Gilbert. Could this be the shape of future GTC workshops? [READ MORE]

View footage from the brand new Sony F3

Just 24 hours after being launched in a secret location in London, Visual Impact are able to show exclusive footage of Sony's new 35mm camcorder the PMW-F3. The video package includes footage... [READ MORE]

GTC Vice Chair a judge in the Goldeneye Festival

GTC Vice Chair John Henshall is flying the flag for the Guild in Tbilisi, the capital of Georgia, where he has been invited to serve as a judge at the Golden Eye International... [READ MORE]

Full list of GTC Awards 2010 winners

The GTC Awards 2010 were presented at the BFI Southbank on Tuesday 28th September. [READ MORE]

Bill Vinten awarded TiCA at GTC Awards 2010

Bill Vinten, youngest son of the founder of camera support manufacturers Vinten, was last night presented with the TiCA, the Guild's highest honour, at the GTC Awards 2010. The Award was given to 90-year-old... [READ MORE]

GTC Awards 2010 Day is here

A busy day for the GTC and its sponsors has kicked off at the BFI on the Southbank in London. Manufacturers are unloading their latest products to demonstrate to GTC members and visitors... [READ MORE]

GTC Awards 2010 Day at the BFI

The GTC Awards day is in full swing – GTC members and visitors are networking with each other and viewing products at the manufacturers's trade show; Owen Roberts is out and about demonstrating... [READ MORE]

Presenter Nick Knowles to speak at GTC Awards 2010

The GTC Awards team is delighted that presenter Nick Knowles has agreed to speak at the GTC Awards 2010 event on 28 September. Nick will deliver a lighthearted and entertaining account of... [READ MORE]

The GTC elects a new Chairman

The GTC Council is pleased to announce the election of Graeme McAlpine as its new Chairman. Graeme recently rejoined Council after a gap of some 25 years and replaces the outgoing Chairman Brian... [READ MORE]

GTC sponsors Vinten presented with Queens Award for Enterprise 2010

At midday on Tuesday 13 July guests and members of Vinten Broadcast staff, past and present, gathered at the company's headquarters and factory in Bury St Edmunds for the presentation of the... [READ MORE]

Zerb Editor to judge Reelshow International film competition

The Zerb Managing Editor and administrator of this website, Alison Chapman, is delighted to have been asked to be the judge for Reelshow International's monthly film competition in July. Reelshow International is... [READ MORE]

Sun shines on the ‘Meet the Wildlife Filmmakers’ workshop

Home-going Glastonbury fans caused huge traffic queues in Somerset on Monday but that didn't deter nearly 40 GTC members travelling from as far afield as North Wales, Manchester, Milton Keynes and the London... [READ MORE]

Last chance to nominate for the GTC Awards

Today is the last day for making your GTC Awards 2010 nominations Nominating an award online is simple using the awards nomination forms so get your nomination in now before it's too late.   You can... [READ MORE]

GTC welcomes Prolink as sponsors

The GTC is delighted to welcome facilities company Prolink to its growing list of sponsor companies. Prolink Television Facilities has been providing multi and single camera facilities to broadcasters and production... [READ MORE]

GTC members honoured with RTS Awards

GTC member Keith Massey has been awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award in this year's RTS Yorkshire regional awards.  At the same ceremony GTC member Dave Rimmington was awarded the RTS Award for ‘Professional... [READ MORE]

GTC welcomes Litepanels as sponsors

The GTC is delighted that Litepanels have decided to join our growing list of sponsor companies. Litepanels' pioneering, energy-efficient, eco-friendly, LED lights are valued tools throughout the television, motion... [READ MORE]


The 38th AGM of the GTC took place at ARRI GB on Thursday 20 May. We had a virtually full house, thanks in part to the excellent presentation earlier by... [READ MORE]

New P2 centre launched at PInewood

GTC Chairman Brian Rose was pleased to attend the launch last week of Panasonic AVSE's brand new Pinewood Centre for Hands On Experience of the full range of Panasonic Broadcast Solutions. Brian writes... [READ MORE]

Kodak launches DOF app

Kodak have introduced a new depth of field calculator and contact application, downloadable free from the  iTunes App Store. The second Kodak Cinema Tool to be released by the company this year, the app... [READ MORE]

New Health and Safety Guidelines - have your say

The Guild is always delighted to be involved in the development of industry-wide guidelines for camera crews. Jon Ling, Safety Manager Vision BBC, has been discussing Health and Safety Guidelines for camera... [READ MORE]

GTC Council stages a virtual meeting

The GTC Council yesterday made a breakthrough in the way it conducts meetings. A Council meeting was called at short notice to discuss the GTC Awards event and, as usual, some Council members... [READ MORE]

Congratulations to Vinten on Queen's Award for Enterprise

As the Queen celebrates her 84th birthday today, one of the GTC's longest-standing sponsor companies, Vinten, has been honoured with the Queen's Award for Enterprise in the Innovation category. The company has been recognised... [READ MORE]

Video footage of the 'Hover Challenge'

See the 'Hover Challenge' at the Helicopter workshop!: As a final act in Saturday's helicopter workshop, GTC members Phil Nixon and Max Hodgetts won the chance to fly the Flying TV helicopter... [READ MORE]

Have you thought about joining the GTC Council?

Elections for the GTC Council come around every two years and this year it is time to re-elect the Council. There's so much going on in the GTC at the moment – ridiculously good... [READ MORE]

Fantastic GTC helicopter workshop

The GTC 'Shooting from Helicopters' workshop generously hosted by Mike Smith of Flying TV HD at Denham Aerodrome was a huge success. Apart from Mike and co-host Monica Wyer of Flying TV... [READ MORE]

Congratulations to Joe Dunton

It was nice to see the Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema award at the BAFTAs this year going to camera expert Joe Dunton MBE. He was presented with the Award on Sunday night by... [READ MORE]

Let's tell the world about the GTC!

In October 2009, your Guild Council chose to elect me as Life President of the Guild of Television Cameramen. I am, of course, deeply honoured by this election and to become the Guild's... [READ MORE]

GTC welcomes MTF as sponsors

The GTC is delighted to welcome MTF to its growing list of sponsor companies. MTF Services offers broadcast sales, servicing, design, engineering capability and consultancy. The team consists of engineers, designers and... [READ MORE]

The Man Who Shot the 60s

If you're snowed in yet again and wondering what to watch tonight, then maybe you'll enjoy this interesting documentary about the father of Carey Duffy, who many will know as filter expert and GTC... [READ MORE]

Chairman's December Message

This time of year is traditionally a time to take stock of the previous twelve months and (if we are brave or even foolhardy enough) to make decisions about the following year.   I say decisions, rather than resolutions... [READ MORE]

GTC business skills workshop

GTC members interested in improving their understanding of the issues around running their own business as a freelance cameramen enjoyed a very informative series of presentations from industry experts at ARRI GB... [READ MORE]

Chairman's November Message

Those happy few who came to the GTC Awards last month will know that they were an outstanding success. During the day we had a fascinating series of talks &ndash... [READ MORE]

Miller on the move

GTC sponsors Miller Fluid Heads (Europe) Ltd has moved to larger premises closer to central London. Located in Shepperton Business Park, a short drive from Heathrow International Airport, the expanded facility is... [READ MORE]

A big thank you from GTC Awards 2009 to our sponsors

The organisers of the GTC Awards which were sponsored by   would like to say a big thank you to the other sponsors of this year's successful Awards event at the BFI Southbank.... [READ MORE]

Live from NFT3 – GTC Awards seminars

The GTC Awards 2009 are underway! Sponsor companies were up at the crack of dawn setting up for the trade show and the seminar programme has kicked off with the first... [READ MORE]

More news from the GTC Awards

The programme of seminars at the GTC Awards continued with Nigel Arnott of GrassValley updating the audience on latest developments in the LDK range of cameras as announced at IBC 2009. Nigel looked at the evolution... [READ MORE]

Aerial DOP flies in from Germany for GTC Awards

The GTC is delighted to welcome aerial cameraman Peter Thompson, who recently worked on the multi-million dollar film Home, to the BFI as one of the speakers in theGTC Awards day programme of seminars. Peter... [READ MORE]

Rotolight becomes a GTC sponsor

The GTC is delighted to welcome Rotolight to its growing list of sponsor companies. The Award Winning Rotolight RL48 ‘Stealth’ has 48 Ultra-Bright LED’s and a special Filter holder with... [READ MORE]

Litepanels now available for hire from TCS

GTC sponsor company The Camera Store is now offering award-winning Litepanels LED lighting units for hire. Litepanels® Inc was recently awarded a Technology & Engineering Emmy for this innovative technology from the Academy... [READ MORE]

Vinten win World Cup contract

Good news for long-standing GTC sponsor company Vinten – the Vitec Group brand and global leader in camera supports, has won a large order for tripods, heads and other support equipment to be... [READ MORE]

Have you seen:

Have you discovered this fascinating site yet? is a site where the skills of the men and women responsible for some of the most memorable shots in television and cinema... [READ MORE]

Rosco iPhone app available

GTC sponsors Rosco have come up with an innovative way of accessing their catalogue of steel and glass gobos while on the road. The entire catalogue is now available as a downloadable app... [READ MORE]

Camera Corps Q-Ball robotic cameras live in Trafalgar Square

If you are passing through Trafalgar Square in the next 3 months and pause to look at the well publicised Anthony Gormley 'One and Other' people's plinth on which vounteers from the public... [READ MORE]

BSC Film and Digital Evaluation 2009

On 8 July I attended the BSC Film and Digital Image Evaluation 2009, premiered at the National Film Theatre in London. This event reported back on extensive camera/format tests conducted by the BSC... [READ MORE]

GTC Vice Chairman John Henshall honoured

The work and career of pioneering cameraman and photographer John Henshall, joint vice chairman of the GTC, has been recognised with an honorary degree from UCA (the University for the Creative Arts) awarded... [READ MORE]

GTC sponsors Gekko expand to new HQ

GTC sponsors, Gekko Technology, leading producers of LED-based lighting equipment for film and television, has expanded into new headquarters. Completed at the beginning of July, the move provides the company with nearly three times the... [READ MORE]

Polecam to demo 7th Heaven at !BC 2009

GTC sponsor company Polecam has chosen IBC 2009 for the worldwide introduction of the film and broadcast industry's longest-reach truly portable camera rig, Polecam 7th Heaven. This will receive its first fully... [READ MORE]

P2 or not P2: in Bristol

The first in the summer series of GTC regional P2 workshops, organised in conjunction with Panasonic, took place at the Bristol Conference Centre on 22 June. It proved to be a... [READ MORE]

BSC Film and Digital Evaluation 2009

Registration is now open for the premiere of the BSC Film and Digital Image Evaluation 2009, which will take place on 8 July 2009 at the National Film Theatre, BFI, Southbank in London. Visit to register.A special discounted rate of... [READ MORE]

The GTC is on Facebook

Did you know - the GTC is on Facebook? The link to this fairly new group is: Council member James Fulcher is now overseeing the GTC's page. If you are... [READ MORE]

Performance Insurance becomes GTC sponsor company

The GTC is pleased to welcome Performance Insurance to our growing list of sponsor companies. Performance Insurance has been offering insurance to the film, television and media industries for more than a... [READ MORE]

GTC AGM 2009 held at Arri GB

The Thirty-Seventh AGM of the GTC took place on Thursday 21 May 2009 at ARRI (GB)'s Uxbridge site. A good cross-section of GTC members (some long-established members including member number 001) and newer members enjoyed... [READ MORE]

GTC Chairman's April message

So what’s the most boring shoot you’ve ever worked on? For me, it was probably a one week, very arcane medical conference, for which I was required to frame head... [READ MORE]

German Television Cameramen's Guild launches

GTC Chairman, Brian Rose recently returned from Germany, where he was invited to help launch the BUNDESVERBAND DER FERNSEHKAMERALEUTE (BVFK)  – the German Television Camera Association. The Association’s Chairman, Hans-Joachim Esser-Mamat invited Rose after... [READ MORE]

GTC Incident Report Form launched

Have you been involved in or witnessed an accident or near miss while working? If so, the GTC would like to hear about it. In order to help understand the type and number... [READ MORE]

Are you being paid enough?

BECTU has just published its latest going rates of pay for freelance camera crew.  The tables below show recommended going rates by grade and type of production. They are based on information provided by... [READ MORE]

Performance Film Awards

Film and media insurance specialists Performance have been supporting the UK film industry by running a short film competition. After sifting through an impressive 430 entries, they have announced a shortlist of 12 finalists... [READ MORE]

Counter Terrorism Act 2008 – implications for cameramen?

As GTC members have expressed concern over the potential impact of the new Counter-Terrorism Act on cameramen going about their work, Dudley Darby asked PC Alan Cousins of the Metropolitan Police Film... [READ MORE]

House of Lords Inquiry into the British Film and Television Industry

The GTC would like to provide evidence to the House of Lords Communications Committee on its members’ behalf. If you have any comments, please let Brian Rose know as soon as possible. Unfortunately, we have very little time... [READ MORE]

Zerb for sale online

Missing a crucial issue of Zerb? Our online shopping facility is now live and a selection of back issues of Zerb is available for sale. Check out which issues are on sale now... [READ MORE]

Training place for GTC member to help charity Everest shoot

After sifting through a pile of very strong applications from GTC members for the great opportunity of a free place offered by The Film Workshops on the HD Digital Production training course at their brand... [READ MORE]

GTC Chairman's February message: is the GTC too filmic?

A member recently remarked that he felt that the GTC was becoming too ‘filmic’. It got me thinking. Personally, I am quite agnostic as to what media are used to originate television... [READ MORE]

Best Regional Documentary filmed by GTC Council Member

Somerset media company GRACE Productions has picked up a top award at the Royal Television Society’s West of England presentation night. Beeching’s Tracks with Simon Calder, shot by GTC member John Samuels, was named Best Regional Documentary, against... [READ MORE]

Did you work on Fawlty Towers?

Tiger Aspect are making a documentary about Fawlty Towers and are trying to track down members of the original crew. If you were involved in shooting this classic comedy, Emily Dollman, researcher for Tiger Aspect will... [READ MORE]

ARRIMAX lights receive 'Sci Tech Oscar'

GTC sponsor company ARRI is delighted to announce that the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) is to honour the three designers of the ARRIMAX 18/12 HMI, Erwin Melzner, Volker... [READ MORE]

The GTC welcomes VMI as sponsors

The GTC is delighted to welcome VMI to our growing list of sponsor companies. Digital and HD specialists, VMI run many events and workshops of interest to cameramen and you can see a... [READ MORE]

GTC Chairman's January message

I wake up in the morning to the news. Yet more recession. More banks going bottom up. Thousands more out of work. More wars ... whole nations starving ... a world heading... [READ MORE]

Health and Safety (Offences) Act 2008

The Health and Safety (Offences) Act 2008 came into force on the 16 January 2009, prompting a raft of warnings to employers, the self-employed and employees who may be tempted to cut corners... [READ MORE]

New GTC Council members

GTC Council expands: Following an appeal by GTC Chairman, Brian Rose, the GTC Council is delighted to have been joined by no less than six new members following the latest Council... [READ MORE]

Gekko Technology to sponsor GTC website

The GTC is delighted that Gekko Technology has decided to sponsor the 'About the GTC' section of Gekko Technology is a UK owned and operated company, based in the West Midlands. Started... [READ MORE]

ARRI lights win iF design award

ARRI's newest lighting products, the TRUE BLUE line of studio and tungsten fixtures have been awarded the International Forum (iF) Design Award, a very prestigious design honour. Introduced earlier this year, the TRUE BLUEs use advanced... [READ MORE]

Canon lens calculator

Find a usefull online lens calculator from Canon at: The calculator works out angle of view, depth of field, object dimension, object distance and focal length instantly. For instance, enter the focal length of... [READ MORE]

GTC certificate presented to Nick Dance DOP of Skins

Director of Photography Nick Dance and his camera team have been presented with a coveted GTC Awards nomination certificate on location in Bristol where they have been shooting the third series of Skins, the popular Channel... [READ MORE]

GTC Chairman's December message

December, we are told, is the Season of Goodwill. This has always struck me as somewhat nonsensical. Surely goodwill is something that we should be practising 365 days a year; not just... [READ MORE]

Camerimage: Image Forum launches

  As previously reported on this site, the new Image Forum was launched on Wednesday 3 December at the Plus Camerimage cinematography festival in Poland. Three GTC Council members were in attendance: Chairman... [READ MORE]

Sentinel become GTC sponsors

The GTC is delighted to welcome Sentinel Broadcast to our growing list of sponsor companies. Sentinel Broadcast is a UK based dealer in new and used broadcast equipment. They offer a wide... [READ MORE]

New sponsors: Camera Corps

The GTC welcomes specialist camera systems supply company Camera Corps as sponsors. Following many years working in the broadcasting equipment and services industry, Laurie Frost created Camera Corps to... [READ MORE]

Image Forum to launch tomorrow

The new Image Forum, on which GTC Council Member Martin Hammond is a committee member, is ready to launch on 3 December 2008 at the International Film Festival of the Art of Cinematography... [READ MORE]

CVP-Mitcorp equip Liverpool John Moores University

GTC Sponsors CVP-Mitcorp has supplied and installed a substantial number of Sony HVR Z1E cameras and Avid editing stations, plus peripheral equipment, to Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU). A UK leader for media education and... [READ MORE]

Could this be the ultimate multi-camera shoot?

Now screening on a TV near you, Toshiba’s £3million ad campaign manipulates ‘moving snapshots of time’ using some 200 Toshiba Gigashot camcorders. The campaign promotes Toshiba’s new range of upscaling products &ndash... [READ MORE]

Aimimage forms ICE

Aimimage Camera Company in Camden has recently acquired the assets of ICE Film. A newly formed hire company to be known simply as ICE will continue to operate from their Kings... [READ MORE]

GTC Chairman's November message

As you can see, the new GTC website is truly up-and-running and fast becoming a major source of information for everyone working in the television industry. These are very early days and as... [READ MORE]

Draft risk assessment form now available

The BBC risk assessment form for DOP/lighting directors/gaffers is now available as a download for GTC members in the technical resources area. This form provides an excellent starting point and checklist of the... [READ MORE]

GTC/Met Police Film Unit notes now available

The notes from the two very popular GTC 'Are You Shooting Legally?' workshops are now available in the Technical Resources section of the site.  [READ MORE]

Are you safe?

Are you a contractor, or an employee, and does it make any difference when it comes to Health and Safety? A freelance camera person providing just his or her skills to... [READ MORE]

RED Europe to open at Pinewood

RED Digital Cinema launches its first operation outside the US at Pinewood Studios, England, to serve its European customer base, from 1 November 2008. Challenging film in the realm of feature, independent... [READ MORE]

New P2 HD Varicams from Panasonic has been given exciting news of two new cameras to be unveiled by GTC sponsors Panasonic at the Wildscreen Film Festival on Tuesday October 21 at 11am in Theatre... [READ MORE]

Videosys – new GTC sponsors

The GTC is delighted to announce that Videosys Broadcast Ltd has joined our growing list of sponsor companies. The company offers a range of sales and services, including UK distribution of Domo digital... [READ MORE]

GTC welcomes new sponsor Vocas

The GTC is pleased to welcome Vocas Systems BV as new sponsors. The Netherlands-based company specialises in designing and developing camera accessories for video and film camera operators, in particular matte boxes, follow focus... [READ MORE]

Image Forum

Some GTC members may have heard already about the formation of The Image Forum, a new group of industry professionals who are keen to keep quality images at the top of programme... [READ MORE]

GTC Awards event reviewed

This year’s GTC Awards celebration was very different; a midweek event instead of the customary weekend (an attempt to accommodate members regularly working on OBs at weekends) and, for the first... [READ MORE]

GTC Trade Show starts

The first delegates started arriving at the BFI Southbank, Waterloo at 10.00 for what promises to be a packed day of seminars, networking, viewing new products from our sponsors at the special trade show, all... [READ MORE]

The Pyser–SGI/GTC Heads of Technology panel discussion

The GTC was pleased to host a fascinating HD panel discussion with Bill Garrett of the BBC, Bevan Gibson of BSB, Mark Chaplin of ITV and Andrew Pearson of Channel 4. The seminar's introduction... [READ MORE]

Seminars taking place at GTC Talkback event

At the BFI Southbank, the programme of seminars has resumed after lunch with a presentation by Sony during which they introduced their current range of products including the XD CAM HD, XD... [READ MORE]

New Website Launched!

Welcome to the brand new GTC website. We hope you will enjoy discovering its new features or – better still – can come along and see it being demonstrated during its launch at... [READ MORE]

GTC Chairman's October message

Brian Rose: As I write this, we are about to celebrate the 2008 GTC Awards. Both the name of the Guild and the citation on the Awards themselves use the word ‘television’.... [READ MORE]

BSC plans camera tests and road shows

Following the success of the British Society of Cinematographers’ independent camera tests and their subsequent road shows, the BSC have submitted a funding application to Skillset for a new set of tests... [READ MORE]

The ARRI Lighting Academy

The ARRI Lighting Academy organised by Bill Curtis Associates have a course for anyone interested in improving their lighting knowledge and techniques. Hosted by ARRI (GB) at their headquarters in Uxbridge... [READ MORE]