National E-News 3 August 2014


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In This Issue

- President's Report
- About ACS Cine Kids
- Awards Entries
- ACS HQ Report
- Miller Anniversary Event
- Inaugural Northern Territory Awards for Cinematography
- Accreditation
- CHARLIE'S COUNTRY Review by James Cunningham
- The Image Makers Launch
- ACS Introduces Technical Achievement Award In Honour of Mille Tripods Founder
- Canon Cinema EOS Event - Shane Hurlbut
- Cinematography Courses @ AFTRS
- ACS Merchandise
- CineAlta Magazine Issue #3
The Art of Optics Exploration - Workshop
- ACS Laurels
- For Sale


Greetings ACS colleagues and friends,

With so much turmoil in the world at this time, we often refer to the ”tyranny of distance” when talking about where Australia is situated globally, but in these times it really hits home just how small the world has become.

I speak of course about the downing of Malaysian airlines in the Ukraine, along with the ongoing oppression in that region, the Israel – Palestinian conflict and dramatic, heart wrenching stories from other areas, and even here at home.

These events see not only our own ACS members working in news, but cinematographers globally who work in this field, putting their lives on the line on a daily basis to keep the world informed.

I’m sure you will agree that these committed and passionate men and women need to know that they are in our thoughts and prayers, now more than ever.

Entries for our 2014 ACS Awards for Cinematography, with this year seeing for the first time, the Northern Territory Branch hold their own Awards presentation will be opening very shortly.

I encourage you all to select your best work to submit for judging, in order to give yourself the best chance possible of going straight through to the Nationals in Hobart next year.

It’s always great to receive the very popular “Postcards from…” and to hear who’s shooting what and where. Please take a moment to let us all know what you’re up to, so we can post on the website and in the E News.

Last and by no means least, thanks to all our National Sponsors who continue their overwhelming support of the Society. I ask you all to support all our ACS sponsors, National and State & Territory in the manner in which they support us, with generosity and loyalty. Special welcome to new National Supporters; The very supportive Lester Bishop - BLACK BISHOP FILMS and EONE along with our new Bronze sponsor; CINESURE. Their logos and those of all our other National sponsors appear below, as a gesture of our thanks.

Until next time
Ron Johanson OAM ACS
National President

About ACS CineKids

An ACS CineKids member is a young person, 15 years or under, who has a passion for cameras and filmmaking. ACS CineKids will receive an ACS Welcome Pack with a membership certificate, membership card, note pad and pen, access to our E news both National & State, and various screenings and workshops, along with mentoring from our ACS cinematographers.

Commenting on the ACS CineKids initiative National President of the Australian Cinematographers Society Ron Johanson OAM ACS said, “The ACS firmly believes it is our responsibility to encourage the future generations of cinematographers in every possible way we can, as the future of cinematography, across all genres depends on it.”

You will notice we now have a new Awards category, which reflects our policy to encourage the “grass roots” level of our industry. Our ACS CineKids will be able to enter their work for the first time this year, with 2 levels of entries:
(a) Up to 9 YEARS
(b) 10 - 15 YEARS
There will be a Gold award certificate and an Encouragement award in both age groups. Entry will be free, but a maximum of 2 entries per CineKid will apply.

To find out more and how to join ACS CineKids click HERE


2014 State and Territory Awards entries will be open very soon, so start thinking about the entries you intend submitting now.

NSW – ACT Open August 1
QLD – Open August 8
SA – WA Open August 4
VIC – TAS Open August 25
NT – Open August 4

2014 Awards Presentation Dates:
The 2014 State & Territory Awards dates and venues are as follows, and this year for the first time the Northern Territory branch will be holding their own Awards presentation in Darwin on Friday, 24 October at the Darwin Entertainment Centre.

Northern Territory: Friday 24th October 2014 @ Darwin Entertainment Centre
SA & WA: Saturday 1st November 2014 @ The Grand Chancellor on Hindley, Adelaide
NSW & ACT: Saturday 8th November 2014 @ Masonic Centre Sydney City
VIC & TAS: Saturday 15th November 2014 RACV Club Collins St Melbourne
Queensland: Saturday 22nd November 2014 Southport Sharks function centre


Jon Shaw - NSW Member and principal of GinclearFilm who specialise in underwater filming and photography held a very successful one-day workshop at the HQ.

Pieter De Vries ACS - continues to hold his very successful PDV Digital Cinema Workshops at the National Headquarters.

The Australian Production Designers Guild holds their monthly meetings in the Boardroom on the last Monday of each month.

NSW Thurs Night Drop In – Ray Martin AM (Honorary ACS member & regular volunteer Host of our Awards Nights) who has won fame and fortune in front of the camera, told us some of his ‘war stories’ of his years on the road and gave all present a rare insight into Ray Martin; photographer.

“Sailabilty” - Ted Rayment ACS and David Lewis ACS met with the President of Northbridge Rotary, Noel Phelan and Derek Matz Director of International Service to screen the small film “Sailabilty” made by some of our ACS members. 9 to be exact, including 6 shooters to promote this truly worthwhile cause.

As a thank you to the ACS and particularly the NSW Branch, Northbridge Rotary have invited all those who took part to attend a thank you dinner at the Northbridge Golf Club on Tuesday, 19 August. As part of this, the NSW Branch will do a “show and tell” of the finished “Sailability” clip and also have a showing of the ACS showreel, followed by a brief discussion on what the ACS is all about.

The Rotary “Sailablity” initiative allows and encourages people with disabilities to enjoy a little time sailing on Sunday mornings on Middle Harbour. The ACS was privileged to have taken part.


Miller Camera Support Managing Director; Mark Clementson, along with Charles Montesin, Elaine Hu and a number of the Miller team welcomed 45 guests to the ACS HQ to celebrate the Miller 60th Anniversary. Special Guest speaker was renowned Oscar®-winning cinematographer Russell Boyd ACS ASC, a cinematographer who has had an exceptional career including winning the Oscar for Cinematography at the 2004 Academy Awards for the Peter Weir feature, “Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World”, among many other outstanding achievements. Russell spoke of his association with Miller tripods from the very start of his career and how they made life so much easier for cinematographers and operators alike, working across all genres. The evening was a resounding success and the ACS are thankful to Mark Clementson, Charles Montesin and all at Miller for their support and their encouragement.

Support the National Headquarters and the ACS at upcoming events and watch the Society continue to grow.

Remember the National ACS HQ is there for all members to use.

For details contact:
David Lewis ACS Richard Wilmot

Inaugural Northern Territory Awards for Cinematography

We are proud to confirm that the Northern Territory Branch of the Australian Cinematographers Society will hold their inaugural 2014 NT State & Territory Awards for Cinematography. They will be held as a cocktail event on Friday, October 24 at 6:30pm in the Studio Theatre at the Darwin Entertainment Centre.

“The announcement of the NT Awards for Cinematography is a landmark moment in the emergence of the broader professional screen industry in the NT and recognition of the remarkable diversity of work being produced behind the lens right across the Territory” said ACS NT President Andrew Hyde.

The Northern Territory has a proud and unique history of storytelling, and the moving image, through filmmaking, has played a significant role via the work of esteemed NT cinematographers including Warwick Thornton (Samson and Delilah) and Allan Collins ACS (Mad Bastards), along with scores of others, doing remarkable work in the fields of News & Current Affairs, Wildlife & Nature, Documentary, Corporate, Commercial and Educational filmmaking.

“The decision to conduct a wholly NT Awards is a positive, inspirational decision and reflects the nature of the Territory itself. Cinematographers in the NT are a special breed, often working remotely in extreme conditions in some of the most remarkable locations on the planet, and their work deserves independent recognition”- ACS National President Ron Johanson OAM ACS.

“We often hear the catch phrase ‘Share our Story’ about the Northern Territory and the NT Awards for Cinematography is a chance to recognise the storytellers, whose professional skill and craft help promote our special part of the world” - ACS NT President Andrew Hyde.

For more information please contact;
Andrew Hyde ACS NT President
0411 288005


Accreditation by the Society is deemed as the highest honour presented to a member and the Accredited cinematographer shall have the right to use the letters “ACS” after his or her name.

ACS ACCREDITATION screenings will take place at the ACS HQ on September 12 & 13.
Applications for Accreditation are now open, but will close on August 30. So if you have been a Full member for 3 years, you are eligible to apply for the highest accolade - ACS Accreditation. Should you require any information please contact National President, Ron Johanson or your Branch President.

CHARLIE’S COUNTRY (2014) - review by James Cunningham

After The Tracker (2002) and Ten Canoes (2006), this already award-winning film could be seen as absolutely the best collaboration yet from it’s Director and star and an important story for all Australians to see and hear.

Almost never out-of-frame in Rolf de Heer’s new offering Charlie’s Country, this is very much David Gulpilil’s film. It is after all his journey we are on, but it's simply his acting that dominates. Our federal government's contentious "intervention" is underway in the Northern Territory, and coming to terms with it’s questionable purpose is the impoverished Charlie (Gulpilil). This elegant and personal performance triumphed over many other actors across no more than nineteen films in the Un Certain Regard category at this year’s Cannes Film Festival. Not exactly biographical but tellingly close to the actor himself, Charlie’s Country comes across as very accurate. Gulpilil’s maturity and his portrait of Charlie strike almost a philosophical tone. The film’s script is co-credited to Gulpilil also.

Aussie cinematographer and regular de Heer collaborator, Ian Jones ACS, (Bad Boy Bubba, Alexandra's Project) takes up the position of DOP with ease. Jones keeps his camera generally static, very nearly evoking a feeling of stills photography. Plenty of time to grasp the natural beauty of the elements (the film was shot in and around Ramingining in Arnhem Land), while never distracting from and really complimenting both the characters and the story. The constant melodic tempo of de Heer's direction is then assembled on the foundations of Jones' really beautiful cinematography.

Featuring a wonderful supporting cast including Luke Ford, Gary Waddell and Dan Wyllie, Charlie’s Country is a visually rich and confronting experience that will assuredly join the growing list of ‘significant’ Australian films… four stars.

SONY Event - Getting the most out of your F55/F

The Image Makers Launch!

August will finally see the long awaited launch of our latest publication The Image Makers: A brief history of the Australian Cinematographers Society, written by Ron Windon ACS. This fantastic new 160 page A5 book will be available FREE to all members, upon membership renewal or will be sent directly to you. The publishing has been made possible with the generous support from Panavision and Sony, and our thanks to both Paul Jackson and Nick Buchner.


Miller Camera Support Equipment, Founded in 1954 designs, manufactures and delivers professional fluid heads and tripods to the film and television industry, providing support for the world’s leading camera operators. Celebrating sixty years in the industry, Miller is a longtime, global leader in the field of contemporary camera support and holds the first patent for fluid head design for film cameras, which it obtained in 1946. Today, Miller’s tripod and camera support systems are frequently used during electronic news -gathering (ENG), electronic field production (EFP), and digital video applications by the world’s leading networks, production houses, corporate, educational and government institutions in more than 65 countries.

Miller is pleased to announce that the Australian Cinematographers Society (ACS) have partnered with the company to create a new award for the ACS National Awards for Cinematography. The Bob Miller – ACS Technical & Innovation Achievement Award, developed in honour of, and to the memory of the fluid head inventor Bob Miller.

“The man who invented the fluid action head, Bob Miller prided himself on his abilities to develop ground-breaking solutions and to problem solve,” says Mark Clementson, Managing Director, Miller Camera Support Equipment. “Together with his father Eric, who patented the fluid head and provided necessary financial support, Bob revolutionised the film and television industry with his invention, allowing operators the freedom to shoot creatively and to achieve shots once deemed unobtainable. This prestigious, new award is a fitting tribute to the memory of Bob and a great reward for the recipient, who will have contributed to the advancement of technology in cinematography as Bob himself once did with his inventive camera support solutions.”

The Bob Miller – ACS Technical & Innovation Achievement Award will come with $1,000 cash and $2,000 Miller product prize and a framed certificate. The winner will also have his or her name engraved onto one of Miller’s LP ’54 Classic tripods, which will reside permanently on display at the ACS National Headquarters in Sydney.

“The ACS is honoured to have helped create this award with Miller, as we believe that it will carry enormous credibility within the greater community of esteemed cinematographers.” says Ron Johanson, OAM ACS National President. “Bob Miller was a man constantly on the cusp of technological innovation, much like our industry members. We look forward to awarding an ACS member with the Bob Miller – ACS Technical & Innovation Achievement Award as a testament to that member’s pursuit of excellence in cinematic development.”

The Bob Miller – ACS Technical & Innovation Achievement Award will be presented for the first time at the 2015 ACS National Awards for Cinematography in Hobart.

Miller has been supporting the ACS as a Gold Sponsor since the organisation’s inauguration in 1958.

For more information or to nominate for this Award contact Ron Johanson at

Canon Cinema EOS Event - Shane Hurlbut Presentation


AFTRS Open has a range of short Cinematography courses in the coming months. September highlights include Camera Assistants Workshop with Erika Addis (only held once a year), Modern Cinematography with Ellery Ryan ACS, plus in November there’s Lighting Fundamentals with Anna Howard.

Details of these and other courses below.

Camera & Sound Basics
An introduction to the techniques and practical skills that will enable them to produce high quality images and sound for documentary and drama.
9 - 10 August //

Data Wrangling on Set: File Based Cameras
This one day course is an introduction to managing data from file-based cameras in an on-set environment.
30 August //

Camera Assistant’s Workshop with Erika Addis
This intensely practical course is held just once a year. AFTRS Cinematography lecturer and expert DOP Erika Addis introduces participants to the duties and professional requirements of the Camera Assistant in drama, documentary and commercials.
15 - 19 September //

Modern Cinematography with Ellery Ryan ACS
What is great cinematography, and how is it achieved? A two day course, led by two time AFI Award winner Ellery Ryan (Is This The Real World, I Love You Too, Van Diemen’s Land, The Rage In Placid Lake) is designed to investigate the theory and practice of visual storytelling.
27 - 28 September //

Lighting Fundamentals
The aim of this course with Anna Howard ACS is to teach basic lighting skills in cinematography and how they apply to the visualization of a story or concept. You’ll learn about natural and artificial light, colour temperature, the use of anti-fill, cutters, diffusion gels, lighting continuity, on set communication and much more.
17 - 21 November //

To view all AFTRS Open Cinematography short courses visit the Website


Available from David LEWIS ACS

ACS CAP $20.00
ACS MUG $6.00
All include gst but not freight.

CineAlta Magazine Issue #3 Now Available

Issue number 3 of Sony’s CineAlta online magazine is now and there’s some great reading! Including Cinematographer Steve Gainer, ASC explaining how he shot his latest feature film EVERLY in anamorphic with F55s. This is the first feature film to shoot anamorphic with the F55!

The publication is focused on production stories told directly by the filmmakers. It is intended to be an educational resource on how Sony’s large sensor cameras are being used in the real world, incorporating all genres such as fashion, documentary, feature film, music video, commercials, episodic television and much more.

All CineAlta magazine issues can be accessed from the ISSUU home page

Issue 3 direct reading link can be accessed HERE

The Art of Optics Exploration - Workshop

ACS Laurels Now Available

If you've been successful at any of our ACS Awards from 2012 and you'd like a way to make people aware of it, we now have available our ACS Laurels. Contact Ron Johanson ACS with a formal request listing the Awards you've received and we'll send them to you for your use. See the examples above.

FOR SALE - Courtesy Bill & John Lambert

The Society has for sale 7 fantastic camera cases, donated by Bill & John Lambert, with all proceeds from the sale going to the Society.

We can sell each case separately or as a job lot.

Contact David Lewis ACS - for more information and to "do the deal".

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