ACS Short Ends E News - January 2012

From the President

Greetings ACS colleagues,

A very warm Happy New Year to you all and may it be a successful, peaceful and prosperous one.

I'm looking forward to getting back to work, as no doubt many of you are. I'm also looking forward to the next phase of growth for the Society. I know I'm repeating myself, but we've come so far in such a short time and we must collectively continue to seek out ideas and other ways to increase the growth and profile of the Society. If you have any suggestions please don't hesitate to contact me.

I thought it was very fitting that at the finish line of this years Sydney - Hobart yacht race the crew of Wild Oats 11, scattered the ashes of Gary Ticehurst. Gary will always be remembered with great affection by the ACS and particularly all those who had the privilege to not only fly with him, but spend time in his company.

The Shadowcatchers is proving to be a very popular book, with sales of the Limited Edition copy moving along nicely. You can secure your copy of either the Limited Edition or the Standard Edition by going to the website and placing your order.

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I want to pass on our collective positive thoughts to all those ACS members who are doing it a bit tough at this time. Be assured, we're all there with you and send you nothing but best wishes.

I look forward to catching up with as many members as I can during the year and hope to see as many as possible attend the National Awards in Sydney on May 5.

Until next timeĀ…
Ron Johanson ACS
National President

Happenings at ACS HQ

Since the official opening back in March 2011, the HQ has gone from strength to strength.

Separate photo exhibitions by both Raeburn Trindall ACS and Peter James ACS ASC attracted a lot of interest from members and others.

For the first time the National ACS Annual general meeting was held at the HQ in its very comfortable surroundings.

The theatre area was used for the 2011 Accreditation screenings, as well as the judging of the NSW/ACT State & Territory awards. Everyone was very impressed with the new audio visual set up, installed in the HQ with the help of our good friends at Videocraft.

Pieter De Vries ACS regularly uses the HQ for his teaching classes and Phil Baldson has held a Steadicam course as well as the Channel 9 program, 60 minutes recording segments of their programs here.

Panavision, ARRI Australia, Sony, Adept Turnkey have all held very successful nights and events to promote some of their new cameras and associated technologies, as well as Apple computers holding a FCP teaching night for ACS members.

Adam Eden from Eden Creative Media showcased his Red Epic and was also responsible for the DVD excerpts for the John Seale retrospective, along with the tape transfers for the NSW/ACT awards.

The simultaneous "world launch" in Sydney of the new Canon EOS camera was another successful use of the HQ, and we are grateful to all these companies for their support.

Our members were regularly treated to Q & A's on the 3rd Thursday of the month "drop in nights" from Anna Howard ACS, Tony Gardiner, Paul Nichola ACS, Garry Phillips ACS, Steve Windon ACS and David Burr ACS.

2012 is again shaping up as a busy one.

First off we have the signing of the ACS book "The Shadowcatchers" by our Academy Award winning cinematographers in early January.

European-based cinematographer and NSW member, Mark Bliss will present a screening of his very special film "KOOKY" to all members at the ACS HQ on Tuesday, January 10 at 6.30pm. There are more details below about this screening, which is not to be missed, so reserve your seat now.

In coming months there will be two photographic exhibitions held at the HQ; one highlighting the superb work of ACS member John Ogden ACS, and the other an exhibition entitled "Directors of Photography - Personal Works."

This exhibition had it's beginnings in Queensland and features work by 15 cinematographers, including Don McAlpine ACS ASC, Ron Johanson ACS, Ben Nott ACS, Joanne Bouzianis-Sellick, John Stokes ACS, Nino Martinetti ACS, Jeff Mygatt (US Guest), Jon Cassar (US Guest), Mike Molloy BSC ACS, Philip M Cross ACS, Matt Stewart ACS, Nicola Daley, Allan Collins ACS, John Ogden ACS, Andrew Condor ACS and Simon Christidis ACS.

The ACS Robert Feeney Archive continues to grow, receiving many donations of cameras and other assorted equipment, and continues to be a focal point for our members, bringing back memories and reminding us of that familiar camera room smell.

The Bruce Hillyard Room library also continues to grow, and many members find themselves spending quiet time reading through the wealth of history that is now on its shelves. We have just received the Camerimage book dedicated to the career of our very own John Seale AM ACS ASC and a revised copy of the Vilmos Szigmond ASC book. Truly wonderful publications, they are there for the members to enjoy.

The ACS HQ looks forward again to a very successful year and I would like to take this opportunity to thank all those who have played a part in the success of the ACS HQ, particularly to our Archivist, Ted Rayment ACS. Hope to see more of you at the ACS HQ in the coming months.

David Lewis ACS
ACS HQ Manager

"Kooky" Screening and Q&A with Mark Bliss

Mark Bliss is an ACS member and an award winning cinematographer with a long list of credits including five feature films, countless music videos, commercials, short films and documentaries.

With a strong technical and artistic background, Mark creates haunting images with strong composition and lighting. He has won several ACS awards along with many other Festival awards for cinematography.

Mark will host a screening, followed by a Q&A of his latest film 'KOOKY" at the ACS National HQ on Tuesday, January 10 commencing at 6.30pm. Refreshments will be available.

Click here to read the event details and RSVP on the ACS website »

Congratulations to NSW Member and Patron, Angarag Davaasuren.

The ACS received the following fantastic news from Bodibaatar Jigjidsuren, the officer in charge of Visual Arts and Motion Picture Implementing Agency of the Government of Mongolia Culture and Arts Committee:

"On December 2, 2011 the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science and Implementing Agency of the Government of Mongolia Culture and Arts Committee jointly organised a Mongolian film industry forum in Ulaanbaatar.

In recent years the film industry in Mongolia has grown rapidly. Therefore the main purpose of the forum was to discuss the current state and future of the film industry in Mongolia.

During the forum, both organisers gave prestigious governmental medals to some of Mongolia's talented young filmmakers, cinematographers, actors and actresses. Mr Angarag was one of them.

The "Mongolian Cultural Top Artist" medal is a prestigious Governmental award which aims to encourage emerging young artists of Mongolia. The committee considered that Mr Angarag is one of our leading professional artists and totally deserving of the award."

- Bodibaatar Jigjidsuren

The ACS congratulates Angarag Davaasuren on this prestigious award and looks forward to him visiting Australia in the near future.

Sponsor Spotlight: Gear Head

New Gear at Gear Head

Gear Head is excited to be taking delivery of some of the first available Sony F65 cameras in January. This groundbreaking camera promises amazing image quality, resolution, exposure latitude and colour gamut. The Zig-Zag sampling structure of the sensor has twice as many RGB pixels as a 4K Bayer pattern sensor. 20 million photosites are captured as 4K 16-bit Linear RAW format on robust Sony SRMemory Solid State cards. Gear Head's F65 cameras will be fitted with the rotating shutter option. The physical shutter eliminates electronic rolling shutter defects and flash banding artifacts.

Gear Head has taken delivery of CODEX On-Board Recorders. The CODEX system allows 3K uncompressed recording on the Alexa camera in ARRIRAW format up to 60 fps. The system can also be used to record uncompressed or Wavelet compressed 1080p video from many other digital cameras such as the Sony F35 or PMW-F3 cameras.

Sound Devices PIX 240 Recorders are here at Gear Head. The PIX 240 records full HD in ProRes or Avid DNxHD format. With its built-in monitor and HDSDI input, it makes the perfect high resolution video assist recorder or On-Board camera recorder to extract a bit more image quality and workflow convenience from cameras such as the Sony PMW-F3.

We have taken delivery of Alexa High Speed licenses and 64 Gb SxS cards at Gear Head. The 64 Gb SxS media has twice the data rate of the 32 Gb media. This allows the Alexa to shoot up to 60 fps in 4:4:4 HQ format in Standard Mode and 120 fps in 4:2:2 HQ format in High Speed Mode. Mark Wareham ACS is among the first to shoot with the Alexa High Speed on the feature film Save Your Legs.

Also new at Gear Head is RED Epic. Whether you are after the compact size, the high frame rate or simply a high quality camera to fit a tight budget, the Epic is now available for rental at GEAR HEAD.

Gear Head is expanding its operations in Melbourne. Ben Doudney has joined our team and we have relocated to bigger and better premises at 3 Tates Place, South Melbourne.

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A Postcard from Dan Macarthur in India

ACS Queensland Branch member Dan Macarthur sent a postcard from Goa, India, where he has been shooting a Bollywood comedy zombie film.

Click here to read Dan's postcard on the ACS website »

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