ASPEC, the Association of Studio and Production Equipment Companies, consists of film, television and broadcasting companies serving as a collective voice within the industry.
ASPEC’s member companies have a combined turnover of over £100 million, providing services to almost all UK-based productions.
No one has a greater understanding of the film, television and broadcasting industries or is better placed to enhance, maintain and protect it.
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THE ASPECT MISSION IS TO:
— Maintain technical and health & safety standards
— Promote professional practices and support new technologies
— Champion the industry around the world
— Establish relationships with complimentary associations and unions
— Act as a forum for positive, creative discussion
— Fight the epidemic of fraud and theft
RENTAL GUARD fights fraud and theft by enabling companies around the world to share information about thefts and questionable customers, and list missing/stolen equipment. Find out more at www.missingequipment.org.
Health & safety
ASPEC is a member of the Joint Advisory Committee for Entertainment (JACE) and actively implements standards set by the Health & Safety Executive (HSE). Additionally, ASPEC co-chairs the Film, Broadcast Health & Safety Group (FBHS) with the Production Guild of Great Britain.
Camera crane guidance
ASPEC funded and created a formal guide for camera crane operation safety which is now recognised as the industry standard. It is currently being updated and will be available for download soon.
ASPEC preserved a formal labour agreement for the provision of gaffers and electricians to commercials in 2002 following failed negotiations between the Electricians’ Union (AMICUS) and production companies association (APA). This agreement remains in place today and helps to uphold professional standards within the commercials industry.
— ASPEC has worked closely with Creative Skillset since 1998, creating a variety of craft and technical training enabling new and existing technicians to gain NVQs.
— The Creative Skillset temporary electrical qualification is a two-day course focusing on BS 7671 and BS 7909. The course, which has been completed by over 500 electricians and technicians, is supported by the BBC, ITV, Sky, PACT, BECTU, 1st Option and PLASA.
— ASPEC has been influential in developing a recognised qualification for the grips department. This triple-level certification allows trainees to build a portfolio while building a career on set.
ASPEC members include production and broadcast companies from across the film, TV and commercial sectors. These include Aardman Features Ltd, ARRI Rental UK, Camera Revolution Ltd, Cirro Lite (Europe) Ltd, Elstree Light and Power, Island Studios, Panavision Europe Ltd, Pinewood MBS Lighting Ltd, PKE Lighting Ltd, and Version 2 Lights. See the full list of members.
“Although many of the members of ASPEC compete with each other, when we attend meetings it is always friendly and issues are discussed openly. ASPEC has helped many times, and the combined knowledge within the membership is second to none.”
John Buckley – Movietech
“ASPEC is a good conduit to help me steer through, and decipher, legislative issues. ASPEC is also a good forum for cross-industry information from colleagues in other sectors of the industry, both from a problem solving and networking aspect.”
Steve Giudici – Island Studios
“ASPEC provides an excellent opportunity for industry service providers to discuss and debate issues. Together, we are a stronger force behind issues as fraud and stolen equipment as well as proper training and safety.”
Russell Allen – ARRI Rental