National E-News Bulletin ~ 5th March 2015


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We have been over run with ticket sales for the 2015 ACS National Awards for Cinematography at MONA on Saturday, 2 May and as we have limited places available the Society urges you to book now, particularly if you are a nominated cinematographer, or a Sponsor.

Take advantage of all the other events associated with the Awards presentation: BOOK NOW!

Pieter De Vries ACS ~ Workshop / Masterclass

SPECIAL WORKSHOP / MASTERCLASS in conjunction with The 44th National ACS Awards

From the far heights of the Space Shuttle to the depths of the North Atlantic Ocean where the Titanic lies, from ancient land turtles on the Galapagos Islands to sublime performances of the music of Vivaldi, travelling through more than ninety countries, internationally recognised cinematographer Pieter De Vries ACS had been there with his camera.

In this two hour masterclas, Pieter will be passing on some of the techniques that have made him one of the busiest documentary cinematographers.

1. Finding good angles in a bad location
2. In a world of large-sensor cameras
3. Pre-shoot preparation and avoiding common shooting mistakes
4. Following movement - handheld and on the tripod

RSVP: Pieter De Vries ACS Workshop » - To RSVP to Pieter De Vries ACS Workshop please email Peter Curtis with WORKSHOP in the subject line.


April 11 - 16, 2015 • Las Vegas, Nevada.

The NAB Show® is the world's largest event covering filmed entertainment and the development, management and delivery of content across all mediums. From creation to consumption, across multiple platforms and countless nationalities, the NAB Show is the home to the solutions that transcend traditional broadcasting and embrace content delivery to new screens in new ways.

Many of our ACS sponsors are attending and taking part in NAB, and would like to know if you're attending so they can make sure you're invited as a Special Guest to attend various functions that will take place. » - Please contact Ron Johanson ACS to let us know if you are attending this year



The National Film and Sound Archive Australia in conjunction with the Australian Cinematographers Society is presenting a $3000 cash prize and a certificate to an emerging Cinematographer. The award is to be used toward furthering the knowledge and experience of the applicant including, but not limited to, current study or international study, conference, workshop, master class, internship etc.

This award is named in honour of John Leake OAM ACS in recognition of his contribution to the Society and the Australian film industry.

Applicants must be a member of the ACS at the time of applying and be either currently enrolled at a recognised Australian film school or beginning their professional careers. In the case of the latter, the applicant may be nominated by an industry practitioner.

Applications are now open until April 3, 2015.

For an application form please contact Ron Johanson ACS »

Review of the Temporary Work (Entertainment) Visa (Subclass 420)

Dear Friends,

You may have noticed that IF magazine has been featuring the views of SPA and the large companies in their attempts to remove union vetting of applications for 420 visas through the the upcoming review. I am concerned that the arguments -- particularly including the assumptions within the discussion paper put forward by the Review itself -- consist largely of unsupported assertions (altho I have not see the MEAA submission, which may have been backed by evidence) -- and so I tried to research my own views -- didn't have enough time -- my paper had to be hasty --so I'm not 100% sure about what I've written as there may be another take on my (limited) evidence.

However, inadequate though it might be, I thought I would send around what I wrote (see below) as it's an attempt at least to present a different point of view and I think that if becomes open slather for imports, then features and documentaries will suffer (hopefully not tv drama). We have been seeing some strange imports recently.
There is much more I might have written if I had time and not wanted to limit the length of the paper....esp couldn't comment on commercials.

In part my submission was prompted by being asked to judge a competition for Australian documentaries in which an ABC program largely filmed overseas had an English-born producer working in the ABC but all other key creatives were from the UK. (It is a well-made doco but in what way might it be considered Australian?)

The quotes are from the text of the Review discussion paper.
I would welcome any corrections to my thinking or information.



Submission from Martha Ansara, Ballad Films February 20, 2015

Review of the Temporary Work (Entertainment) visa (Subclass 420)

This submission addresses the 420 Visa requirements for Nomination Types 1,2, and 7, specifically in relation to the production of film, television and other forms of screen material however disseminated. I include Type 4 – which I take to cover screenworkers other than actors in my comments on the other types.

The reasons for the options I nominate at the end of this submission are largely covered in my more general remarks which take up the bulk of it.

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