The Camera Branch has updated rate cards available on the website. you can find them on the rates page: RATES.
Bectu is keeping it’s eyes on the current inflationary pressures in the UK economy. Members are, as always encouraged to contribute to the ongoing rates survey so we can effectively track what numbers are being achieved on the ground.
The Camera Branch Annual General Meeting will take place at 11am on Saturday 12th of June, on Zoom – an invitation link will go to members shortly. Agenda here.
This is the meeting where we elect the reps who help to run the Branch and make decisions on policy when it’s not possible to consult the entire membership. The branch is a democracy & it’s important that the committee genuinely represents the membership – so please turn up & vote!
Engagement from members has increased substantially since the lock-down, which is great to see – and we’d like to encourage people to get more involved with representing the interests of the camera department within the union, by standing for election to the committee.
You don’t need any special skills or experience – just the desire to make things better for everyone in the department, and an attitude that says, if there’s a job to be done, it might as well be done by me!
The committee posts that will be elected at the meeting are listed below. Most roles also have people in deputy positions, though there are vacancies. Deputising is a great first step. The committee are all busy working crew-members who volunteer their own time, so don’t let the idea that you’ll be too busy to come to all the meetings put you off – it’s rare for the whole committee to be able to attend every meeting. The deputy position allows for job sharing arrangements also. If you have any questions please contact email@example.com. The branch usually holds four committee meetings & four general meetings per year. We hope to soon resume live meetings, while retaining an online element for those unable to attend in person.
Posts labelled * are currently vacant, or expected to fall vacant at the AGM – but all posts are up for election, you’re not limited to standing for one that’s empty.
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
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.
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
Film and TV
Huge amounts of waste
High CO2 emissions
Lack of oversight
Sustainability viewed as a hindrance to creativity
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call 020 7346 0900 during office hours.
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 Statementfrom Camera Branch, the BSC, the ACO, & the GBCT, 12th May 2020.
The Chair of the Treasury Select Committee wrote to the Chancellor on 8th April, highlighting the way so many of us are falling through the gaps. This tell us that BECTU’s lobbying is working – their response is here.
TV Watercooler ‘Coronavirus Hall of Fame’ – a list of those TV production companies who have done the right thing and furloughed their PAYE freelancers. If you worked PAYE for one of these companies in Feb, get in touch with them now!
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.
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”.
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.