The Guild of Television Cameramen held its Annual Awards event at the start of October at BFI Southbank (formally the National Film Theatre) in London.
The awards are unique in that they are nominated by television cameramen, recognising their peers work for excellence in television camera skills. Each Award for Excellence was given in recognition of a cameraman or team working in a particular genre of broadcast television.
Former BBC Scientist Alan Roberts won the Television Cameraman’s Award. In the citation, GTC Chairman, Brian Rose, said: “The Guild of Television Cameramen’s Award is awarded to an individual who, in the opinion of the Council, has furthered the cause of the Guild by fostering and improving the art and craft of the professional television cameraman over many years. It is our major Award and this year, goes to a scientist.
“Just as the work of the television cameraman is often not fully appreciated, eclipsed as it is by the talent in front of the camera, or by the director, so the work of the back-room-boys who help as to create those images, all too often goes unrecognised.
“Alan’s advice and recommended set-ups have become the de facto settings throughout the world and he is constantly adding to this knowledge. He is equally at home with handling the intricacies of colour science with pages and pages of algebraic notations as he is with explaining how it all works to those of us whose minds go blank at the very sight of more than two numbers.”
Meanwhile, founder GTC member Dick Hibbert thought that he was attending the Awards purely to present the trophies to the winners. He was therefore somewhat shocked when, after being interviewed about the early days of the Guild by vice-chairman, John Henshall, he was presented with an illuminated manuscript electing him as the first Life President of the GTC. The citation was made in recognition of Dick’s inspired work in founding the Guild and his continuing leadership in the promotion of the craft and creativity of the Television Cameraman.
Hibbert (member no. 001) was responsible for holding the first meeting at ATV Studios in Birmingham of what was to become the GTC in 1972.
The rest of the Awards went to:
- Documentary, Will Edwards, ‘Cruickshank on Kew’
- Drama, Dominic Clemence, ‘Kingdom III – Crop Circles’
- Entertainment, Karsten Jacobsen, ‘Eurovision Song Contest 2009’
- Extreme, Bali Strickland, ‘South Pacific – Islands’
- Extreme, Jonathan Young & Mark McCauley, ‘Ross Kemp – Return to Afghanistan’
- Factual, Yann Arthus-Bertrand & Camera Crew, ‘Home’
- Multi-camera, Barrie Dodd and Crew, ‘Jeff Beck at Ronnie Scott’s’
Seal of Approval (awarded to a manufacturer for a piece of equipment that has significantly aided cameramen in the advancement of their craft), Cammotion, ‘Vortex’ – Matthew Gladstone as the inventor.
Fellowships: The Council awarded Fellowships to Les Ager and Dudley Darby in recognition of their long service to the Guild.