National E-News Bulletin 7 April 2014


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2014 National Awards Tickets are available now!

Our 2014 ACS National Awards for Cinematography happen on Saturday, May 24 in Brisbane at The Tivoli when the Golden Tripods and, of course, the prestigious Milli Award for our Australian Cinematographer of the Year will be announced and presented. Please put the date in your diary, phone, iPad, calendar, smart phone, etched into fresh concrete, carved on a tree - whatever it may be!

Our hosts this year are the thoroughly dedicated committee members of the Queensland Branch led by Jason Hargreaves ACS and Tony O'Loughlan, so it promises to be an absolute cracker of a night - as is the Queensland tradition! GO QUEENSLANDERS!

TICKETS ARE AVAILABLE NOW, so please support your fellow cinematographers by going online and purchasing a ticket or two, or three, by clicking HERE.


There will be other events associated with the 2014 National Awards to be announced soon.

SPECIAL REMINDER TO ALL 2013 GOLD WINNERS - Attend ACS National Awards, Saturday May 24th in Brisbane!!

All those who attend the National Awards will not only share in the excitement of the evening by simply supporting the winners but will also enjoy some fabulous food and wine along with experiencing Queensland hospitality and some fantastic “door prizes” offered by our generous National Sponsors.


NOAH screening - hosted by AFI/AACTA

An Invitation for joint ACS AFI/AACTA Members!

AFI/AACTA are hosting a special screening of NOAH
Date - Wednesday 9th at 6.30
Venue - Event Cinemas Bondi Junction

The ACS have been given tickets for the event on a "first in best dressed basis".

If you would like to attend please contact president Ron Johanson ACS
by MONDAY April 7th 5PM - RSVP [email protected]

ARRI AMIRA Begins Shipping in April

(NAB 2014, Las Vegas) - ARRI is pleased to announce the highly anticipated AMIRA documentary-style camera, available in a range of upgradeable packages, will begin shipping in April.

AMIRA is the versatile documentary-style camera that combines exceptional image quality and affordable CFast 2.0 workflows with an ergonomic design optimized for single-operator use and extended shoulder-mounted operation. Ready to pick up and shoot straight out of the camera bag, AMIRA is hardy enough to take anywhere and features in-camera grading with preloaded 3D LUTs, as well as 200 fps slow motion. It is suitable for a variety of production types, from reportage and corporate films to TV drama and low-budget movies.

In today’s environment of lower budgets and shortened schedules, TV productions often do not have the luxury of spending significant time finessing a ‘look’ in post. AMIRA is unique in that it comes with a number of 3D LUT-based Looks that can be applied on set during the shoot. Alternatively, productions can custom build their own 3D LUTs in external grading systems, load them into the camera during prep, and even modify them in-camera while filming. Adobe Premiere Pro CC is the first non-linear editing system supporting the color management of AMIRA QuickTime ProRes files. Premiere can apply look files (including 3D LUTs) that are included in AMIRA files and convert automatically from Log C to REC 709 within an easy, fail-safe system. Similar announcements for other major post production tools are expected to follow soon.

There are three camera configurations to choose from, differentiated by their feature sets. Customers then complete their package by selecting whatever combination of lens mount, battery mount and bottom plate meets their needs. Whichever AMIRA camera set is initially chosen, it can be upgraded with additional functionality by purchasing a license at the ARRI website.

The Economical - AMIRA CAMERA SET
Features include: HD 1080i and 1080p; 0.75-100 fps; ProRes 422 and 422 (LT) recording in Rec 709; three looks; adjustable in-camera image parameters for knee, gamma and saturation; peaking for focus control; zebra and false color for exposure control.

The All-Rounder - AMIRA ADVANCED
Features additional to the economical AMIRA set: 100-200 fps; ProRes 422 (HQ) recording; Log C; unlimited Look functions; import Looks; ASC CDL in-camera grading; dynamic auto-tracking white balance^; WiFi remote control^; Bluetooth audio monitoring^; pre-record function^.

The All-Inclusive - AMIRA PREMIUM
Features additional to the AMIRA Advanced: 2K (2048 x 1152) and ProRes 4444 recording; import custom 3D LUTs.
Same 35 mm sensor as ALEXA
Dynamic range of 14+ stops
Natural colors and skin tones
HD 1080/2K; Log C/Rec 709
ProRes up to 4444 on CFast 2.0 cards
Up to 200 fps – full image size

Quick start-up – ready to shoot
Optimized for the single operator
Sliding dovetails – perfect shoulder balance
Internal ND filters (0.6/1.2/2.1)
OLED eyepiece and fold-away LCD monitor
Multi-channel audio – easy-access controls

Preloaded/custom-built 3D LUTs and Looks
Adjustable Looks – total color control on set
High creativity, low postproduction costs

Rugged and reliable ARRI build quality
Upgradeable hardware and software
Solid lens mounts (PL/B4 2/3”/EF)
Sealed electronics and efficient cooling

Sony boosts XDCAM range with new additions to its Professional Disc product line

Sony’s PDW-850 XDCAM HD 422 Camcorder (available in October 2014)

LAS VEGAS, April 06, 2014 [NAB Show – Booth #C11001] – Sony today announced two new additions to its XDCAM Professional Disc lineup, the PDW-850 XDCAM HD 422 camcorder and the PDW-HD1550 recorder. The new products are equipped with a host of features for greater operational performance. The PDW-850 incorporates newly-developed 2/3-inch CCD image sensors, and the PDW-HD1550 recorder supports both 3-layer (100 GB) and 4-layer (128 GB) high-capacity Professional Discs.

The multi-use PDW-850 shoulder-mount camcorder combines high performance and low power consumption in a lightweight form factor1. High-quality imaging (with a signal-to-noise ratio of 62 dB) and excellent mobility make it ideal for use across a wide range of news reporting, documentary and general production environments.

Sony’s PDW-HD1550 XDCAM HD Recorder (available in October 2014)

The PDW-HD1550 multi-codec recorder is also well-suited for a wide variety of production environments and setups. In addition to handling XDCAM formats (such as 50 Mbps MPEG2 HD422), it also supports the XAVC HD 100 Mbps video format2 by an optional software key (XDBK-106). The USB 3.0 port on the front-panel of the PDW-HD1550 enables easy copying from SxS cards utilising the SBAC-US203, HDDs and SSDs. The recorder was designed to be used for Professional Discs with high reliability, but can also be integrated into a workflow incorporating external media. The PDW-HD1550 is an excellent candidate for use in the field due to its compact half-rack size and the ability to run on three different types of power supply – AC, DC and battery power.

The PDW-850 camcorder and the PDW-HD1550 recorder will be available from October 2014. Sony is exhibiting at NAB 2014 at the Las Vegas Convention Centre, booth #C11001.

An example of a workflow incorporating external media


At the recent KidzFlicks Awards in Sydney, NSW Branch President and National Vice President, David Lewis ACS was presented with the KidzFlicks Hero Award for 2014 in recognition of the work he does and the support he gives to KidzFlicks.

ACS junior member York Swan announced the Award and explained: "This is the only Award "grown ups" are eligible for at the Festival and they have to be pretty cool to get it". He added: "That Mr. Lewis had supported KidzFlicks from the very beginning and that David's personal support has been instrumental in growing the Festival at the rate it has".

The Festival for 2014 screened concurrently at Event Cinema Bondi Junction, Parramatta & Macquarie and Waverley, Chatswood and Cabramatta Public Libraries from 24 - 28th March, providing over 14,000 seats for children in Sydney to experience films made by their peers in Australian and from 12 other countries. The Award also recognises that David's contribution has been a key element in providing Sydney children with that opportunity.

The Society congratulates you David on this thoroughly deserved recognition.

ACS NATIONAL HQ drop-in night Thursday, 17 April at 6.00pm.

Shooting with Sony’s F55 – Tales from the Field

Award-winning documentary filmmaker Tim Noonan has just recently returned from many months shooting overseas with Sony’s F55 in a variety of extreme environments.

Tim will speak about his experiences working with the camera and show some examples of his unique work. Sony Australia’s Nick Buchner will also present a brief update on the latest enhancements for the F55 and F5, announced at this month’s NAB show in the US.

Cinematographer Tim Noonan on location with the F55

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