In this two sessions online course, Kate Antoniou, will give an introduction on how to work with and train Trainees during productions.
This course is aimed towards 1st and 2nd ACs, Focus Pullers and other members of camera departments who deal, directly manage and supervise Trainees on film, TV and commercial production sets. The program is split into two sessions over the course of one day.
Maximum participants: 10
Zoom account details will be sent after successful registration directly to the email address provided by the person who wishes to attend.
Date: Saturday, October 10th, 2020
Time: First session 10 am – midday, second session 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Email firstname.lastname@example.org to register. It is first come, first served and you will be sent a zoom link to participate.
This is an open meeting on the 12th of October at 6.30pm. We will discuss the LGBTQ+ community’s situation in Poland and Camerimage’s response to it. We will also have a talk from the LGBT+ Network at BECTU on ways to make camera more welcoming for LGBTQ+ people. Please register for the meeting with the link below.
The Camera Branch Equality and Diversity Working Group was concerned with Camerimage’s silence on the Polish Government’s actions against the LGBTQ+ community. We wanted to know the festival’s position, and if it would take any action of support or steps to ensure the safety of LGBTQ+ camera people attending the festival. We will discuss the festival’s response in the meeting.
The situation in Poland is becoming increasingly dangerous for LGBTQ+ people, with a third of the country declaring itself “LGBTQ+ free” creating LGBTQ+ free zones through local government votes. It is state sanctioned discrimination and scapegoating designed to limit LGBTQ+ people’s human rights as much as possible.
President Duda has called LGBTQ+ rights an “ideology more destructive than communism” And stated that “LGBTQ+ is not people it’s ideology” .
He has signed declarations whose stated purpose is to ban “propagating LGBTQ+ ideology in public institutions.”
He is also the Honorary Patron of Camerimage.
From the Branch Climate and Sustainability Officer:
The Climate and Ecological Crises (CEC) threatens wellbeing and prosperity worldwide. With the effects of the crises becoming more and more clear with each passing day, how do we keep pace with the change ahead? As an industry with high levels of CO2 emissions and poor waste management, change is both necessary and daunting.
So how does BECTU as a Union address this challenge and lead in the fight against the CEC?
- The CEC will have a huge impact on the global economy
- Large loss of jobs on current path
- Creation of jobs through a “just transition” if action is taken
- Changing attitudes
- Social Justice
- Human Rights
Film and TV
- Huge amounts of waste
- High CO2 emissions
- Lack of oversight
- Sustainability viewed as a hindrance to creativity
- Branch level:
- Environmental audit
- Climate and Sustainability branch and Union Committee
- Moving Image Industry level:
- Mindset change. Sustainability considered at all stages
- Discuss with production
- Work with other unions and organisations eg PACT, APA, Albert etc
- Green TV and Film Agreement
- Mandatory recording and sharing of environmental data
- Industry Service and Supplies Providers:
- Target studios for sustainable policies
- Sustainable practices at Rental houses
- Sustainable products from providers
- Demand Environmental standards from large scale employers e.g. Netflix, HBO, Amazon etc
- Target programmers to highlight climate crises on screen
- Society and Politics:
- Ensure sustainability is high on agenda at Prospect
- Lobby government for clear leadership on transition to low carbon future.
Looking forward to hearing your thoughts!
Camera Branch Working Sustainably Document
The rate card meeting will still take place on the first of April, but it will be online using the Zoom system. We have pulled it forward – 1:45pm to join, starting at 2pm.
We will discuss new drafts of the rates cards. There will also be a Q&A with BECTU’s research officer on options for support during the lock down.
This one is members only and registration is required as the system only allows 100 attendees. Please submit your questions in advance and we will endeavour to get the answers for you, and then follow up with more discussion.
COVID-19 SAFETY GUIDELINES
- Camera Branch condensed safety info: 10+10 – what to ASK & what to DO
- Camera Branch anonymous COVID-19 Safety Reporting Form
Open to both members & non-members to report concerns about health & safety with regard to Covid-19. The branch will be monitoring this closely – however any member who has immediate concerns or needs to talk to an official should contact BECTU directly on email@example.com or call 020 7346 0900 during office hours.
- BECTU Need to know page on returning to work.
- BECTU Guidelines for Features & TV Drama
- BECTU Guidelines for Factual, Entertainment and Outside Broadcast
- BECTU OB Network COVID guidance
- British Film Commission Film and High-end TV Drama guidance
- APA Guidelines for Commercials
- Government guidance for reporting of coronavirus incidents in the workplace. Under RIDDOR (The Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 2013), your employer is obliged to report a ‘dangerous occurrence’ if an unintended incident at work has led to someone’s possible or actual exposure to coronavirus, and must also report any actual cases or deaths that happen as a result.
- Joint Statement from Camera Branch, the BSC, the ACO, & the GBCT, 12th May 2020.
- Letter from Spencer MacDonald, the National Secretary of BECTU, outlining the union’s approach to Covid-19 safety, 4th May 2020.
CONTRACTS & RATES
● Bectu Unfair Contractual Terms Reporting Tool – use this to let Bectu know about unreasonable contract changes with regard to Covid-19.
● Bectu Covid-19 Return-to-Work Rates Monitoring Tool – let Bectu know if employers are asking for lower rates as you go back to work.
● Screenskills Coronavirus Basic Awareness training – free on-line learning module, takes approximately 1 hour to complete.
● Screenskills Safe Return to Set seminars:
GOVERNMENT FINANCIAL SUPPORT:
LINKS FROM ELSEWHERE:
Bectu officials will be available to speak with you throughout this difficult period, so if you have any questions get in touch – phone 020 7346 0900 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Our next Meeting and Social is in Old Street on the 15th of February. It’s a new member special, but there will be information of interest to all.
We’ll put out a buffet at 1pm and members get a free drink also. Non-members can attend. There will be a discount for those joining on the day.
The venue is The Angel Pub, which is located at 73 City Road, EC1Y 1BD (Old Street tube).
You can download an agenda in advance, though printed copies will be available.
See you there!
The BSC Expo takes place on the 31st of January & 1st of February in Battersea Park. The Camera Branch diversity representative has set up an event to improve the poor representation in the camera department. We hope a networking event will bring talented women and ethnic minority camera professionals to the attention of those with hiring power in the industry.
The initiative is in partnership with Primetime, a visibility platform aiming to address the gender imbalance in the film and television industry, with thanks to Digital Orchard for hosting the event in their New Talent Bar at the BSC Expo. It is also supported by Imago, Illuminatrix, the British Blacklist and Women Behind the Camera.
Camera branch’s new equality and diversity officer Catherine Goldschmidt commented: “We recognise that, like much of film and television production, there is substantial under-representation of BAME and female talent in the camera department. Because so many breaks are down to who you know, we wanted to introduce women and minority ethnic people working in camera and related grades to those who hire crew members.”
BECTU diversity officer Janice Turner added: “We are delighted at the positive and enthusiastic response from top cinematographers and the British Society of CInematographers to our initiative – we hope the contacts made at the meetings during BSC Expo result in useful information and more opportunities for women and BAME technicians in camera.”
Tim Bertani, secretary of BECTU’s camera branch, said: “This initiative is a great opportunity for talented professionals to widen their networks”.
To apply, you need to download the flyer, select who you’d like to meet and send your C.V. with contact details to the organisers by the 27th of January. Registration for the BSCexpo is free.
The Camera Branch General Meeting and Social is on Saturday the 16th of November from 2pm. It’s in The Apollo Room, The Crown Tavern, 43 Clerkenwell Green, Clerkenwell, London, Greater London, EC1R 0EG. The nearest tube is Farringdon which is about 5mins away (map here).
As usual, members get their first drink free (bring your member number or register) and there will be a buffet supplied to kick off the social part of the meeting.
We’ll be starting with some presentations on getting the most out of the union: how it is organised, deals for members and most importantly, how to get things done.
Then we will have updates on branch projects like the low budget initiative, a survey of camera people in the factual sector and a proposal for helping you improve your rates.
After industry updates, there will be time for general chat, socialising & networking.
If you could use this eventbrite link to register, that will help us estimate the numbers and provide accordingly, but it is not required. We can confirm that we will be running a reduced sign up fee on the day for any non-members who would like to join: £7.50 per month for the first year.
The Camera Branch General Meeting and Spring Social is on Saturday the 2nd of March from 2pm. It’s in The Orchard Room, The Green Man, 36 Riding House Street, Fitzrovia, London. W1W 7EP.
A month before the new financial year, we’ll be starting with some presentations on matters important to your bank account. BECTU Research officer Tony Lennon will update on the ‘Making Tax Digital’ changes that are coming up. Branch Official Sean Kelly shall introduce the auto-enrollment pension scheme that will soon be extending to the self-employed. Our Chair will then focus on rates, including our key tool, the branch Rate Card.
Also, we will have short introductions to some branch projects. We’ll be presenting our Low-budget action plan, our new Script Supervisors Association, a Factual sector survey and a guide to the the TV Drama agreement.
After general updates on the industry, it will be time for general chat, socialising, networking etc. Members get their first drink free (bring your card / number). There will be buffet food on the side. If you could use this eventbrite link to register, that will help us estimate the numbers and provide accordingly.
We can confirm that we will be running a reduced sign up fee on the day for any non-members who would like to join. £7.50 per month for the first year.
You can download a copy of the agenda here. We look forward to seeing you!
The Peter Skarratt Seminar
At short notice a seminar was arranged with renowned 1st Assistant Editor Peter Skarratt who was on a fleeting visit to London. Places were limited due to the intense nature of the Seminar and first priority was given to Peter Skarratt template users & Script Supervisors wishing to trial his templates.
The branch Script Supervisors hope to conduct similar smaller courses for beginners next year. Peter Skarratt has flagged up the possibility of another seminar during the summer next year.
Peter Skarratt is known for his work as 1st Assistant Editor on The Matrix, Chappie and The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King. We were privileged to have him conduct a one day seminar/ workshop, demonstrating the formats of his 4 x template system.
Peter devised his digital system when dealing with rushes from 10 different locations in New Zealand on The Lord of the Rings. Since then, Peter’s system has evolved and Script Supervisors in the US, Australia, UK and other countries use his system.
Peter is very supportive of Script Supervisors and explained very clearly how his 4 templates work. We also got an introduction to the new breakdown system he is developing.
After a Q&A session, we rounded off the day chatting over drinks & snacks.
If you’d like to try the system, there is a 90 day free trial. Find out more at http://peterskarratt.com/