Wednesday 10th October. PP&F General Meeting. On the agenda, two words that I can’t stop staring at: Gwillym Hewetson. I’m sure all of us around the table that evening, struggled to squeeze everything we knew about Gwill in those two words that are his name. But there it was, on the official agenda.
It has come to our attention that certain production companies are expecting editorial staff to work additional so-called ‘Prep / Wrap’ time. This effectively extends their working day by anything up to 1 ½ hours, without any additional payment.
Prep and wrap are not customary for any post-production department, therefore you should not be working any.
Are you working on a High End TV Drama? Could your cutting room use a trainee?
If so there's a chance your production could provide you with one at very little additional cost. If they are contributing to the Skillset high end levy they will have access to 48 weeks worth of trainees across their departments. Chances are that they may have used their quota already for make up and costume trainees.
If you are a BECTU member you will have been e-mailed this morning (30th October) by BECTU HQ inviting you to take part in the ballot to ratify (or not, as the case may be…) the agreement of a new set of terms and conditions negotiated between PACT and BECTU, covering feature films with a budget of £30m and over. This notice is just to make it clear to you that your Post-Production and Facilities Branch committee strongly recommend that you vote in favour.
Our branch AGM is coming up on Thursday 8th June. It’s been a year since the current committee were voted into position, and now we need to elect a new one. If you were interested in joining the committee, it’s a fully democratic process so just put yourself forward. Or if you just want to come along and give your opinion about what we’ve been up to, the AGM is your chance to do so.