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29 January 2011

Staff and freelances working in theatre, film and broadcast are invited to join an impressive line-up of industry representatives at BECTU’s Western Freelance Branch Fair on Friday 4 February from 12 noon at the Arnos Manor Hotel, Bath Road, Bristol.


This event is free to attend and is open to workers in the creative sector irrespective of union membership. The event’s lead sponsor is outside broadcast equipment specialist, Vinten whose representatives will be demonstrating their services on the day.

Find out more about the latest equipment

Seminars on the use of green lighting from Panalux (LED light panels and eco-friendly light sources) and workflow (Visual Impact) are included in the programme; Guy Littlemore will present on health and safety and risk assessment. Arri will demonstrate the Alexa Digital Motion Picture camera and S&S media card recording system. Films@59 will be on-hand to demonstrate the Red HD camera and the Hurricane 3D rig using 2 X Sony Cameras and an EX3 and EX 1 R.

Latest programme info, 29 January 2011:

Sadly Phil Hastie, cameraman, has had to pull out of the programme due to work commitments however three additional sessions have now been confirmed to meet demand:

  • 12.30 Films@59 host an interactive session on file based cameras
  • 14.00 Panalux on Workflow
  • 17.00 Visual Impact

 If you have a booking query contact Martin Roberts

Stage Electrics too

Stage Electrics will advise on their products and training services and Pinknoise will be showcase a range of equipment including a full DSLR rig based on the Canon 5D with full sound capability, new radio mics from Audio Ltd Lectrosonics and Sony Digital, Sound Devices recorders and mixers and new K-TEK Boom poles.

BECTU represents staff and freelances from new entrants to more established operators. Union officials will join a number of other exhibitors, including South West Screen and leading employment lawyers, Thompsons, to offer information and advice.

“We have a great afternoon in store with many opportunities for visitors to extend their knowledge in a number of areas and to get hands-on experience of some of the latest equipment.”

“The event will also provide industry staff, new and more experienced, with the opportunity to make new contacts and to share their experiences. We look forward to welcoming everyone,” said Andy Leonard, the lead event organiser.

Event sponsors and supporters, including Bath Ales, clothing company, Musto, and the Arnos Manor Hotel itself, will also be donating prizes to the event raffle.

The union’s office in Cardiff looks after the interests of members in the South West of England and Wales.


NB: An earlier version of this article, now amended to reflect additions to the programme, was posted on 21 January 2011.