ACS Short Ends E News - April 2012

In This Issue:

- From the President
- 2012 ACS National Awards
- ACS Awareness Campaign
- International Award for Cinematography
- ACS Accreditation
- ACS / NFSA John Leake OAM ACS Award
- National Sponsor Reminder
- Sponsor Spotlight - Digital Pictures
- On Location
- A Postcard from Jules O'Loughlin ACS on the Mermaid Sapphire
- The Shadowcatchers
- Sony Professional Media Back in Business
- Congratulations
- A Postcard from Dean Semler ACS ASC in London
- Village Roadshow Digital Film Lab Unite to Make it Easy to Shoot Film
- Upcoming Courses at AFTRS OPEN
- Weisscam Introduces the "Soha" Camera Platform and "T-Plug" Connector
- A Postcard from Roger Lanser ACS

From the President

Greetings ACS colleagues,

I hope you had the time and the opportunity to view the new version of the Lake Eyre documentary on the ABC. What a fitting testament to the memories of these three fine men; John Bean ACS, Gary Ticehurst and Paul Stanley.

This was a brilliant documentary, beautifully produced and an absolute joy to watch. There is a companion book to the program that was launched recently in Sydney, which was written by Paul Stanley.

I can tell you that the design for the proposed ACS Memorial dedicated to all those cinematographers and colleagues who have lost their lives pursuing their craft has been approved and will be implemented shortly. After the official unveiling, it will take pride of place in the ACS Library.

My thanks to the team at Anifex for their incredible work in bringing this ACS initiative to fruition.

I would like, on behalf of us all to pass our collective condolences and warmest wishes onto our National Treasurer, Mylene Ludgate who lost her father recently after a prolonged illness. Mylene, our thoughts are with you, Malcolm and your family.

I'm pleased to announce that FUJIFILM are once again the Major National Sponsor of the Society for the next twelve months. I thank Marc Van Agten and the FUJIFILM/FUJINON team for their ongoing support of the Society. Also thanks to Sony who have confirmed once again they will be a Platinum sponsor.

Gold sponsors who have confirmed so far include Lemac, Kodak, Panavision, AFTRS, Cameraquip, Showreelfinder, NFSA and The Movie Network. May I thank you all for your continued support and I look forward to all our other wonderful sponsors coming on board for another year. Please support them, as they support us.

Until next time…
Ron Johanson ACS
National President

2012 ACS National Awards

Judging has been completed for the 2012 ACS National Awards for Cinematography, to be hosted by the legend himself Ray Martin, with a very special guest from Canberra making an appearance.

The 2012 presentation, hosted this year by the New South Wales branch, is almost upon us…I'm certainly looking forward to it, I assure you. The announcement of all the Tripod winners along with the Special Contribution Awards, the International Award for Cinematography and culminating with the MILLI Award winner, is always something very special.

The National Awards will be in Sydney on Saturday, May 5 at the Manly Pacific Hotel, Manly and are guaranteed to be pretty special. Not only will we have a surprise guest from Canberra, as previously mentioned, but also a great Australian guest of honour and entertainment from our very own Pieter de Vries and his All Stars.

There will also be some fantastic door prizes courtesy of our ACS National Sponsors and a chance to win Limited Edition Book #1 of The Shadowcatchers: A History of Australian Cinematography.

Sponsors, members, friends and colleagues, please support the Society and our fellow ACS cinematographers by booking your tickets without delay. Simply click on the link below for all the information you need.

Click here to book your tickets for the 2012 ACS National Awards »

Once again this year the Awards highlights will be screened on the Movie Network Channel, STARPICS. Thanks to the CEO of the Movie Network, Tony Forrest, for his amazing support of the Society, and to host Renee Brack and the program Producer, our very own Robb Shaw Velzen. Thanks also to the team at Videocraft for their support.

ACS Awareness Campaign

In the next issues of Inside Film and AC Magazine, the Society will launch an ACS awareness campaign dealing with some of the issues that are confronting us as Cinematographers. There will be two initial press ads, with further follow ups in other industry based publications here and internationally. Our thanks to Inside Film for their support of this ACS initiative.

International Award Voting

Don't forget to have your say in the International Award for Cinematography. Voting closes soon, so don't miss out!

Who will it be awarded to this year?

Maybe Roger Deakins ASC BSC, Matthew Libatique ACS, Emmanuel Lubezki AMC ASC or one of the many other fine cinematographers from around the globe.

Click here to cast your vote for the ACS International Award »

ACS Accreditation Screenings

ACS Accreditation screenings will take place in Sydney in early September. If you've been a Full member for 3 years or longer and intend to apply for Accreditation, it's time to start putting your presentation in place, as entries close at the end of August.

Contact either your Branch President or myself for an application form and any other advice or information you may require.

ACS / NFSA John Leake OAM ACS Award for Cinematography

The National Film and Sound Archive (NFSA) and the Australian Cinematographers Society (ACS) will once again afford an emerging cinematographer the opportunity to win a generous cash incentive.

The NFSA ACS John Leake OAM ACS Award will provide a cash prize of $5000 to an emerging cinematographer who is either currently studying cinematography at a tertiary institution or is currently working in the film industry.

The Award is named in honour of Australian Cinematographers Society co-founder and industry icon, John Leake OAM ACS (1927-2009).

Application forms for this award can be downloaded from the ACS website or obtained by emailing Ron Johanson ACS.

ACS Website » - The Australian Cinematographers Society
email the ACS President, Ron Johanson ACS »

National Sponsor Reminder

The closing date for all National Sponsor program and video material for the National Awards is Friday April 13.

Simply place new material in the ACS Drop Box and let us know if you wish to use the same material from the State & Territory Awards 2011.

For all those who have already supplied material, many thanks.

Sponsor Spotlight: Digital Pictures


Digital Pictures' mobile on set Data Carts have recently been used on three high-profile productions, including Screentime's upcoming Brothers in Arms; season two of Channel Seven's Winners & Losers (both shot on the ARRI Alexa cameras); the epic 3D stereo documentary by James Cameron, Deep Sea Challenge; and is about to be used on the television version of the cult classic novel, Puberty Blues from Southern Star Entertainment.

Coined the RANGER Data Cart, it is designed to manage a production's digital rushes in a mobile or remote location in one efficient data management system.

Either on set, or based with editorial, the Data Cart does everything from card offload, secure back-ups to LTO data tape and data integrity check, through to transcoding, colour management and applying a LUT for editorial delivery.

With more and more productions using digital cameras, Digital Pictures has tailored the cart to work with multiple camera formats both on 2D and 3D projects, from the Alexa, Red Epic, and Canon D5.

Louisa Kors, Producer on Screentime's Brothers in Arms said "Brothers in Arms utilised the RANGER Data Cart for our recent shoot. It was a fast and reliable way to process our daily rushes for editorial. Having the data cart with us meant that we had more control over the process, yet still had the expertise and back up support of Digital Pictures. The mobility of the cart meant that we had the option to use the cart on site, making the whole process both speedy and efficient, relieving a lot of pressure on production."

Winners and Losers 'Post Production Supervisor, Sue Washington also found the carts beneficial, "In season two of Winners & Losers, the production shot on the Alexa so it was a perfect match to use the Digital Pictures' RANGER Data Cart. It allowed us to have a great tapeless pipeline with rushes and post working as one."

Contact us for a demonstration.

Email Sarah Cloutier, General Manager Melbourne »
Email Marcus Bolton, Head of Post Production Sydney »

On Location

ACS members are currently working on the following projects:

- Don McAlpine ACS ASC as DOP on "Enders Game" in New Orleans
- David Eggby ACS shooting "Riddick" in Montreal
- John Seale ACS ASC in pre production "Mad Max-Fury Road" in Namibia
- Stephen Windon ACS "Fast & Furious 6" in London
- Andrew Lesnie ACS ASC "The Hobbit" in New Zealand
- Peter Menzies Jnr. ACS ASC In Atlanta USA as DOP on "Killing Season"
- Ross Emery ACS ASC In Melbourne as DOP on "I Frankenstein"
- Adam Arkapaw In New Zealand as DOP on "Top of The Lake"
- Germain McMicking In Athens, Greece as DOP on "Dead Europe"
- Roger Lanser ACS as DOP on "Cliffy" in country Victoria
- Ben Nott ACS as DOP has shot TVC in Nepal, Stunt sequence for up coming Jackie Chan film in Vanuatu and about to commence "124 Degrees" in South Africa
- Greig Fraser in India & Jordan as DOP on "Zero Dark Thirty" with Director, Kathryn Bigelow
- Gary Phillips ACS as DOP on the "Railway Man" with Jonathan Terplitzky
- Jaems Grant ACS as DOP on "The Mystery of a Hansom Cab" in Melbourne
- Philip M. Cross ACS as DOP on "Neighbours" shooting in Melbourne
- Simon Chapman as DOP on "This Christmas" for ABC TV in Sydney
- Jules O'Loughlin ACS as DOP on the 3D IMAX and National Geographic films covering James Cameron's Deep Sea Challenge Expedition. (Read Jules' postcard below.)

A Postcard from Jules O'Loughlin ACS on the Mermaid Sapphire

Jules O'Loughlin ACS is currently on board the expedition ship Mermaid Sapphire, DPing the 3D IMAX and National Geographic films covering James Cameron's Deep Sea Challenge Expedition to dive the ocean's deepest point.

Click here to read Jules' postcard on the ACS website »

The Shadowcatchers

The countdown is really on, and the day approaches when we'll receive the copies of the ACS book, The Shadowcatchers: A History of Australian Cinematography.

There are still copies available, so please follow the link below and order yours. I've been lucky enough to see the proofs and they look fantastic, so much so I purchased another copy!

You've all been incredibly patient, but the wait is almost over.

Click here to watch the video of The Shadowcatchers book signing »
Click here to visit The Shadowcatchers website and order your copy »

Sony Professonal Media Back in Business

Sony Professional Media is pleased to announce it is once again able to offer customers a full range of media including Betacam SR, Digital Betacam, XDCAM Professional Disc, SXS & LTO.

"We apologise to our customers and thank them for their patience following the tsunami in Japan, which forced the closure of our factories. We can now provide customers with a complete range of product as our Australian and New Zealand operations return to full stock levels," said Luke Simpson, National Sales Manager for Sony, Broadcast and Production.

"To mark this event and say thanks to our customers for their support, we are launching a Order Rewarder incentive programme that offers a 7.5 percent reward on the value of their purchases," revealed Simpson.

Available from 15 March the initiative will run for six months. Customers will receive Sony Style vouchers that can be redeemed or put toward any Sony product. For details of the Sony Rewarder programme contact your authorised Sony Professional Media Dealer.


Congratulations to ACS member Stuart O'Rourke (DOP) and the rest of the team behind the 13min short film 'Julian,' which recently won the Crystal Bear in the Kplus section of Berlinale 2012.

'Julian' has also recently won the Jury prize at Flickerfest and the Audience award at the Australian Film Festival.

A Postcard from Dean Semler ACS ASC in London

Dean Semler ACS ASC recently attended a Panavision demo at Shepparton Studios, London. Read his postcard to find out more about this amazing crane.

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

Village Roadshow Digital Film Lab Unite to Make it Easy to Shoot Film

Village Roadshow Digital Film Lab are collaborating on a program to offer some very attractive rates on film origination packages. In today's rapidly changing production environment, film is still the gold standard in resolution, color gamut, workflow and achievability that all digital camera manufacturers aim for.

The lab has come together to enable producers to shoot on film, retain the film look and above all maintain high production values at very competitive rates as outlined in the following information.

Discount offers of up to 50% are available until the 31st of May for anyone processing through the film lab, purchasing film from Kodak Australia & renting film cameras from Cameraquip, Lemac or Panavision.

For more details on this offer, please click on the link below to download a PDF flyer.

Village Roadshow Digital Film Lab Unite to Make it Easy to Shoot Film »

Cinema 4D: An Introduction
Designed for those who have little or no experience in 3D, but would like to learn how to become skilled in this growing area of production.

30 Apr-1 May, 9.30am - 5.30pm

Click here to read more about the course or enrol on the AFTRS website »

Upcoming Courses at AFTRS OPEN

Data Wrangling on Set: File Based Cameras
This six hour course is an introduction on managing data from file-based cameras in an on-set environment.

14 April, 10am - 4pm

Click here to read more about the course or enrol on the AFTRS website »

Underwater Cinematography: Theory and Practice
Two days in the classroom and two days in the water! Expand your CV and begin your new career in underwater cinematography with this one-of-a-kind four day course led by industry veteran Jon Shaw.

3 - 6 May, 9am - 6pm

Click here to read more about the course or enrol on the AFTRS website. »

Cinema 4D: Advanced
Designed for those who would like to further their knowledge of 3D and gain more of an understanding about what CINEMA 4D is capable of.

19 - 20 May, 9.30am-5.30pm

Click here to read more about the course or enrol on the AFTRS website »

Multi-Camera Studio Director
Unique in Australia, this hands-on intensive, high end course offers up-to-the-minute skills and insights for aspiring multi-camera directors.

14 - 18 May, 9am - 6pm

Click here to read more about the course or enrol on the AFTRS website »

Shooting HD on the Canon 5D
Familiarise yourself with all elements of shooting HD on the Canon 5D Mark II.

14 - 15 May, 9am - 5pm

Click here to read more about the course or enrol on the AFTRS website »

Any questions? Contact AFTRS OPEN.

Phone: 1300 065 281

Click here to email AFTRS for more information. »

Weisscam Introduces the "Soha" Camera Platform and "T-Plug" Connector


After more than two years of in-house development, WEISSCAM and the "SOHA" platform are set to change the professional camera market. Going forward every "T-CAM" will be equipped with this exciting new "SOHA" hardware.

As Weisscam DoP and CEO, Stefan Weiss comments: "We always wanted to develop a platform that outlasts the short product cycles that are current within the industry. With our new "SOHA" platform we can build cameras that are long lasting, extendable, flexible and always easy to use."

To achieve this innovative objective, WEISSCAM created the "SOHA" platform with the following design concepts:

- Interchangeable sensor board (2/3"; Super16 and Super35 format).
- High performance interface (up to 1.200MByte/s) for industry standard recorders.
- Uncompressed RAW and HD output.
- Modular software architecture.


WEISSCAM's brand new T-PLUG connector extends the overall flexibility of the T-CAM digital film camera for total connectivity to external devices. The T-PLUG is an extremely slim and compact breakout connector which provides a high performance interface to the T-CAM for RAW and HD video formats, camera commands and power.

The high flexibility and ease of use of the T-CAM is provided by the SOHA platform core. WEISSCAM's design team invented the T-PLUG to empower users to extend this flexibility to the outside world.

To offer full connectivity to any other device, the T-PLUG provides:

- Multiple general purpose pins for sync signals and camera commands
- 6 x video out pins, switchable between HD-SDI and 3G-SDI, transferring HD 4:4:4 and 4:2:2 or RAW uncompressed. The number of outputs is selectable between one and six, depending on the recording devices inputs
- 2 x Power out pins for supplying accessories

For more information, visit the Weisscam website »

A Postcard from Roger Lanser ACS

Roger Lanser ACS wrote to us from Albury, where he was on a weekend recce for 'Cliffy,' the tele-movie about Clff Young, who won the Sydney to Melbourne Marathon at age 61.

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

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