Where can I find the dates of public holidays in the UK?
Information on bank and public holidays in the UK is available at the website of the Direct Gov website.
Where can I find information on the weather in the UK?
Information on current weather conditions and future forecasts is available at the website of the Met Office.
Where can I find information on the Sunrise / Sunset times in the UK?
Information on sunrise and sunset times is compiled by HM Nautical Almanac Office. For more information visit www.hmnao.com.
Information on sunrise and sunset times in London is reproduced on the Knowledge website at www.theknowledgeonline.com in the Know How section.
How can I find out about distances and traveling times between cities in the UK?
Information on distances, routes and traveling times is available at the websites of The AA and the RAC at www.theaa.com and www.rac.co.uk.
UK Film Crews
UK Line Producers / Production Accountants
The Production Guild of Great Britain is the leading industry association, representing and serving the interests of the UK’s top level physical production and production accounting talent for major feature film and high-end television drama production.
They can assist you to source the key UK talent who will ensure that your production runs smoothly, on time and on budget. If you are looking to source a Line Producer/Accountant to put together a UK budget/schedule for your next project please contact the guild.
The Production Managers Association (PMA) is a professional body of Film, Television, Corporate and Multi-Media Production Managers. An online availability list provides a service for Producers and Production Companies looking to employ highly-skilled Production Managers for entire productions, short contracts or one-off production budgeting.
All 180 members have a minimum of three years experience as a Production Manager and at least six broadcast credits (or equivalent).
For UK directors you should contact the The Directors Guild of Great Britain. You can search for directors by credits and view contact details.
The British Society of Cinematographers
Formed in 1949, The British Society of Cinematographers is an educational, social and professional organisation; its objective is to promote and encourage the highest standards both technical and artistic in the craft of cinematography. See the BSC website for more information at http://www.bscine.com.
Contact details for UK crew can be found in the UK production directories Kay’s, Kemps and The Knowledge. All are free to search.
Film London can provide information on the availability of location managers and location assistants.
Other national and regional screen agencies around the UK can provide contacts for crew based in their regions. Contacts for the agencies can be found at http://www.ukfilmcouncil.org.uk/filminginuk.
Crews in the UK are not unionised unlike some other countries.
Unions in the UK do not generally set rates of pay for feature film production, however individuals may be a member of a union such as BECTU or Equity.
The Broadcasting, Entertainment, Cinematography and Theatre Union (BECTU) is the union for workers in film, broadcasting and the arts. More information at http://www.bectu.org.uk/.
Equity represents actors, performers, choreographers, stunt personnel and other individuals working in the entertainment industry. For more information visit http://www.equity.org.uk/.