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Camera Branch Climate and Sustainability Meeting 12th May

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?

Union Issue

  • 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

Possible Changes

    • Branch level:
      • Environmental audit
      • Climate and Sustainability branch and Union Committee
    • Moving Image Industry level:
      • Crew:
        • Mindset change. Sustainability considered at all stages
        • Discuss with production
      • 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
      • Employers:
        • 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

ONLINE Camera Branch General Meeting

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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.

CORONAVIRUS – SAFETY & SUPPORT

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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 covid19@bectu.org.uk or call 020 7346 0900 during office hours.

● 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.

 

TRAINING

● Screenskills Coronavirus Basic Awareness training – free on-line learning module, takes approximately 1 hour to complete.

● Screenskills Safe Return to Set seminars (the next one is ‘Legal Considerations For Film And HETV Post-Lockdown‘ on 6th August

 

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 covid19@bectu.org.uk.

Meeting & Social, Old Street.

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!

Camera Branch Diversity networking event at the BSCexpo

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.

Camera Branch Meeting & Social, Saturday, 16th November

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.

General Meeting & Social, Saturday 2nd March

Camera Branch General Meeting, 2nd of March

 

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!

Peter Skarratt Seminar (For Script Supervisors)

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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.

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Peter Skarratt

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/

Camera Branch Social and Annual General Meeting.

The Camera Branch is pleased to announce details of the Camera Branch Social and Annual General Meeting.

It will take place on the 9th of June. The location is The Orchard Room, The Green Man, 36 Riding House Street, Fitzrovia, London. W1W 7EP. Doors will open at 6pm.

The event will be open to all. Members will receive two free drinks and can vote for a new branch committee.*

Acclaimed Oscar nominated Cinematographer John Mathieson BSC (Gladiator, Logan, Hannibal, X-men first class) will be attending on the night and will give a brief talk.

There will be a presentation related to our long hours campaign, Eyes Half Shut.

The branch committee will give a quick round up of what the Camera Branch has been working on over the past 12 months.

Most of the evening will be your chance to chat with fellow camera department members.

Entry is free, but if you can register via our eventbrite page, this will help us anticipate numbers. It will be possible to join the branch on the night.

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*(Bring your membership card, number or some other ID so we can issue you with drinks tokens and a voting card.)

The democratic nature of the union means that our agenda and activities are driven by the membership via the committee, working groups and also by advice, information and ideas from individual members. If you would like to join the committee, let us know (even if you can’t make the meeting). Committee roles are listed below. We are eager to fill the empty places, but you can run for any role. Our Get Involved page has further details.

Committee Roles:
Chair
Secretary
Vice Secretary
Branch Treasurer (currently unfilled)
Vice Chair (currently unfilled)
Membership & Recruitment Officer (currently unfilled)
Publications & Communications Officer
Learning Rep
Film Rep (currently unfilled)
TV Drama Rep
London Production Division Rep
Health & Safety Rep (currently unfilled)
Commercials Rep
Factual Rep (currently unfilled)
Entertainment Rep (currently unfilled)
Low-Budget Rep
Cinematographer Rep
Camera Operators Rep
Focus Rep (currently unfilled)
Loaders Rep
DIT Rep (currently unfilled)
Script Supervisors Rep
Playback Rep
Stills Rep
Stills Rep
Trainees Rep
Trainees Rep

Camera Branch Committee Meeting 12/05/2018

A Branch Committee Meeting took place on the 12th of May at BECTU HQ in Clapham. The minutes have been posted to the BECTU website. Minutes of the Camera Branch CM of 12/05/2018 (member login required).

Please use the contact form on the Get Involved page if you would like to raise an issue for the branch to address at the next meeting, which will be the AGM & social on the 9th of June 2018.