National E-News SHORT ENDS ~ 1st April 2015


AC Magazines

AC Mag Issues 53 ~ 64 Editor, Dick Marks OAM.

Issue 53

~ The Land of Blood and Honey, with Dean Semler AM ACS ASC
~ Review of Shadowcatchers, Jonathon Dawson
~ Crawl, Brian Breheny ACS
~ Attachments on The Great Gatsby, Simon Duggan ACS
~ The Burning Man, Garry Phillips ACS

Issue 54

~ Snow White And The Huntsman, Greig Faser
~ Mark Toia, by Dick Marks
~ The Centenary of the Mawson Expedition, Peter Curtis ACS
~ Miss Fishers Murder Mysteries, Roger Lanser ACS
~ Beaconsfield, Toby Oliver ACS

Issue 55

~ Stormsurfers, Rob Morton
~ Joanne Donohue-Beckwith, David Eggby ACS
~ The Windon Boys (Part 1), Ron Windon ACS
~ Siggy Ferstl, David Burr ACS & David Gribble ACS
~ The Raven - Danny Ruhlmann ACS
~ The Zen of Bennet, Dion Beebe ACS ASC
~ Emil Novak HSC
~ The Final Move, Chris McHardy

Issue 56

~ The Morals of Shooting Wars, Famines & Disasters, David Brill
~ Ender's Game, Don McAlpine ACS ASC
~ I Am A Girl, Nicola Daley
~ 2013 Accreditiations
~ The Windon Boys, (Part 2), Ron Windon ACS
~ Postcard from the Hood, Phillip M Cross ACS

Issue 57

~ Sweetwater, Brad Shield ACS
~ Love Patrol, Daniel Maddock
~ Breeding in Captivity, Aron Leong ACS
~ Blood Money, Dan MacCarthur
~ A MAsterclass in Budapest, Laszlo Barayai ACS HSC
~ The Pitch, Nicola Daley
~ Miller Sharp-Shooter, Rupert Dalton

Issue 58

~ DOP Iain MacKenzie
~ Everything You Wanted To Know About UAV's, Glen McGarry
~ Goddess, Damien Wyvill ACS
~ 2013 Cinematographer of the Year - Jo Rossiter ACS
~ THe Last Lab, Dominic Case
~ Mark Bliss

Issue 59

~ Rossy Emery ACS
~ Shooting While Beign Shot At, Rob Brown
~ From Great Heights, Michael Dillon AM
~ Cheating Time, Miles Rowland
~ Funding With Pocket Change, Kirsty Stark
~ Rapid TV, Peter Morris & Trent Miller
~ Sony F55, Pieter de Vries ACS

Issue 60

~ Our Greatest Documentary Turns Sixty, Geoff Burton ACS
~ Filming The Country of Lost Children, Geoff Burton ACS
~ Surviving The Desert on Walkabout, Geoff Burton ACS
~ One Night The Moon, Kim Batterham ACS, by Geoff Burton ACS
~ Making Tracks, Mandy Walker ACS ASC, by Geoff Burton ACS
~ Satelitte Boy, Geoffrey Simpson ACS, by Geoff Burton ACS
~ Journey Along Myster Road, Iven Sen, by Geoff Burton ACS & Brian Hannant
~ Love City Jalalabad, George Gittoes, by Aron Burton
~ Encounter, Mike Molley ACS BSC & Stanley Kubrick, by Geoff Burton

Issue 61

~ Wolf Creek 2, Toby Oliver ACS
~ A Life Exposed, Bonnie Elliot
~ Cave Spiders, Joe Shemesh
~ Jeff Darling
~ Hidden Universe 3D, Malcolm Ludgate ACS
~ The Railway Man, Garry Phillips ACS
~ The Encouncer, Michael Edols ACS & Martin Sharp

Issue 62

~ Mr Pip, John Toon NZCS ACS (Australian Cinematographer of the Year)
~ Blood Pulls A Gun, Jeremy Rouse
~ DOP Pawel Achtel
~ IMAGO Vienna - Theme Director/Cinematographer Collaboration
~ Lost and Found, Joey Bania
~ Duong Dua, Kieran Fowler, by JoAnne Bouzianis Sellick
~ Bronze to Gold
~ The Art of Fous Pulling, David Elmes 1st AC
~ Kingswood Ohio, Anton Syzonov
~ DOP Profile - Matthew Chuang
~ Preserving The Craft, Tim Wood

Issue 63

~ Predestination, Ben Nott ACS
~ Chasing The Light, Geoff Young
~ The Lego Movie, Pablo Plaisted
~ A Monk In A Floating World, Director Chen Kaige, DOP Geoffrey Simpson ACS
~ Felony, Mark Wareham ACS
~The Art of Focus Puling, Matthew Toll
~ Galore, Stefan Duscio

Issue 64

~ Allan Collins ACS
~ NT Awards for Cinematography
~ The Water Diviner, Andrew Lesnie ACS ASC
~ Soul Mates, Dan Freene ACS
~ Ed Goldner
~ Symphony Of The Earth, Dr Jim Frazier OAM ACS
~ Ukraine Is Not A Brothel, Director Kitty Green, DOP Michael Latham
~ Ignite Digi, DOP - Tom Waugh, Pilot - Chris Fox
~ What's Wrong With Australian Films?, Jason Kent

Editor: Lizz Vernon

In This Issue

- President's Report
- 2015 ACS National Award Nominees
- Awards Update
- ACS National Awards "SOUTHERN LIGHT" Expo
- Special Awards Prize Draw
- Letter from LA LA Land
- Mirror mirror on the wall WHO is the sexiest of all?
- Miller has a Winner!
- Film Review: Paper Planes ~ by James Cunningham
- ACS Merchandise
- The Production Book
- ARRI - Master Anamorphic Flare Set
- AFTRS ~ April & May Courses & Links
- Where's your favority Quirky Shot - We need it in our newest Gallery
- Miller gives us a preview on their 2015 NAB Booth
- Out & About on Location - Let us know!
- ACS Sponsors

From The President

Ron Johanson circa 1970's ~ Camera Operator 'Shannon's Mob'.

Greetings ACS colleagues,

Our 2015 ACS National Awards for Cinematography, being held at MONA in Hobart are ONE MONTH AWAY.

The demand for tickets to the Awards presentation has far exceeded our expectations, and we are sold out. However there does exist a stand by list, and if you would like your name added please contact me at president@austcine,org,au. This will not necessarily guarantee you a ticket, but it is a start.

I am delighted to confirm that our Guests of Honour; Peter Weir AM and Russell Boyd ACS ASC will both be in attendance and hosting a special Screening/Q&A of GALLIPOLI on Friday 1 May at 8.30 pm after the Government House reception. Both these events are not to be missed so go online and reserve your place, if you haven't done so already.

Our National Awards are also an opportunity to support your fellow cinematographers, catch up with friends, and acknowledge the importance of our Awards,

I look forward to seeing you all there…

Tasmania and the hospitality of all Tasmanian’s is the stuff of legend

But there are many other reasons to make the journey….

Enjoy a Ray Martin AM Retrospective

Ray Martin AM, with a selection of his beautiful photos.

  • Enjoy a reception at Tasmania’s historic Government House
  • A special Q&A screening of Peter Weir's GALLIPOLI at the State Cinema supported by SCREEN TASMANIA
  • Attend the FUJINON - FUJIFILM 2015 ACS Awards for Cinematography at the celebrated Museum of Old and New Art - MONA
  • Visit the Screen Tasmania - ACS Sponsors Expo at The Grand Chancellor Hotel
  • Learn from a legendary Pieter De Vries ACS "Hands On" Workshop
  • Indulge in a Great Expeditions full day trip to Bruny Island which will include the Bruny Island Cheese Co, Get Shucked Oyster Farm, The Neck Lookout, Island Produce Fudge and the Bruny Smoke House where you will enjoy a fantastic lunch
  • Take High Tea at Hadley’s Orient Hotel, where you can choose from fine loose-leaf teas accompanied by freshly baked scones, finger sandwiches, pastries and indulgent sweet treats. Oh boy, I’ll be there!!

There is so much to see and do over the Awards period and beyond, so if you think it's time for a well deserved slightly early mid year break - Tassie is the perfect place!! Need to know more? Then here’s the all important link that will allow you to book tickets and check out other ACS specials like Hadley's Orient Hotel, cruise to the Awards on The Spirit of Tasmania, stay at the Islington Hotel, and enjoy many other benefits of attending the Awards:

About the 2015 National ACS Awards »

Last month it was weights, I'm running out of time so it will be a marathon and a triathalon to ensure I'm prepared for the Hadley’s High tea.

Until next time…

Ron Johanson OAM ACS National President


Thirteen ACS National sponsors will be part of the first ACS AWARDS EXPO which will be held at the Grand Chancellor Hotel, Hobart on Friday, 1 May and Saturday 2 May. Entry is free and all are welcome to experience a display of new equipment, ideas, technology, practical demonstrations and to enjoy a "hands on" experience.

Entry to the ACS EXPO and associated SPECIAL PRESENTATIONS is free

...but to attend the Pieter De Vries ACS Workshop you must register, check out more info at:

2015 National Awards Page

email link to PIETER de VRIES ACS WORKSHOP ~ Register HERE » - Please mention "WORKSHOP" in the subject line of your email.

Participating Sponsors will include:


Fujifilm will be demonstrating their Fujinon Cabrio range used by many ACS members and consisting of the PL 19-90mm, 85-300mm and 14-35mm lenses.

The Fujinon PL 19-90 and 85-300 Cabrio lenses feature an exclusive detachable servo drive unit, making them suitable for use as a standard PL lens. The Cabrios also feature flange focal distance adjustment, macro function and are LDS (Lens Data System) and /i metadata compatible.

The 14-35mm wide angle Cabrio zoom lens was designed using the latest optical simulation technology and offers exceptional optical performance in the centre of the image as well as in the corners of the frame.

Fujifilm will also be demonstrating its range of X-Series consumer and prosumer stills cameras and lenses including the X-T1, X-T1 Graphite Silver, X-Pro1, X-E2, X100T and X30 cameras and XF50-140mm F2.8, XF56mm F1.2 APD, XF55-200mm, XF23mm, XF10-24mm and XF16-55mm F2.8 lenses.

ARRI Australia

During this year’s presentation at the ACS EXPO ARRI Australia will present an overview of current and future digital camera models, accessories and applications.

If possible, we will show an early release model from the factory of the new ALEXA Mini and also Wireless Remote Systems will be available for testing.


Lemac celebrates 40 years of great images!

To celebrate Lemac will bring to the ACS Nationals Expo a swag of production goodies to show and sell.

From the brand new Steadicam M1 system to the Panasonic 4K Varicam. Cooke's beautiful new Anamorphic lens set to the Epic Dragon. Along with a pimped up Sony FS7 and Canon C100 Mk II and Fujinon optics.

Loads of the latest production add ons. The back saving Easyrig, Dedolight DLED focusing and panel lights, Magliner trolleys, Orca bags, Zacuto & Tilta rigs, Swit batteries and a stack more.


Panasonic will showcase a selection of their Pro Broadcast range including the Game Changing new 4K Varicam35 featuring its revolutionary Dual Native ISO and simple Workflow solution. And, also in the 4K space, the GH4 and X1000 with their 31” 4K Reference monitor.

And to prove it’s not just all about 4K, Panasonic will feature their new Handheld HPX270 and ENG HPX5000 Camcorders.


VA Digital Hire will be presenting their latest camera aquisitions: the Arri Amira and Sony PXW-FS7. Both cameras have been kitted out to be as versatile as possible. Also, we will be showcasing lightweight Vocas handheld kits as well as showing the simplicity in which both cameras can be rigged for a large, studio-based set up.

Additionally, VA will be presenting a reel featuring the work of our clients and staff, and will have a few surprises straight from NAB to share with our ACS friends.


Sony Australia will be showing the latest addition to their digital cinematography range – the PXW-FS7 camcorder - a lightweight design with a Super35 4K sensor, aimed at single operator use in “run-&-gun” style shooting. Finding wide use across motion picture, TV drama, commercial, documentary and major event production, Sony’s F Series has continued to evolve through regular software updates and new accessories. On show will be the popular PMW-F55 CineAlta camera fitted with the new CBK-55BK build-up kit for shoulder-mount shooting. This allows the F5 or F55 to be converted in minutes from a full production-style camera to a shoulder-mount type for ENG/EFP-style shooting.


Canon Australia will exhibit an extensive range of professional motion imaging products on stand 11 at the ACS "SOUTHERN LIGHT” EXPO. Making its Australian debut at the show is the newly announced CINE-SERVO 50-1000mm T5.0-8.9, ultra-telephoto 4K cinema lens. Don’t miss the opportunity to see the full range of Cinema EOS digital cinematography cameras including the recently released C100 Mark II. See our world leading line up of Cinema EOS lenses and the DP-V3010 4K reference display.


Will be demonstrating the Phantom Flex 4K camera, Zeiss Master Macro, Head and legs and an onboard monitor. Along with providing expertise, and technical support.


Panavision will be displaying the Primo 70 series lenses, as used recently by Peter Menzies ACS on Gods of Egypt, the highest performance motion picture lenses ever developed. Primo 70 lenses on digital cameras represent a new creative choice to the cinematographer, building on the Primo heritage and extending it into the future. Intrinsic characteristics of these new lenses include flat field, natural sharpness, minimal chromatic aberration, minimal breathing, excellent field illumination, and close focus performance.


Tasmanian based Ignite Digital will showcase cinema level UAVs/Drones as well as use of the Freefly MoVi gimbals on the ground.

Come along to see and experience the leading edge technology that is available right here in Tassie for your next production!


Miller will be introducing the Cineline 70 Tripod System at the 2015 ACS Awards Expo. Miller designed the Cineline 70 Tripod System to meet the demanding needs of on-the-go cinematographers who consider speed, reliability and consistency to be paramount.

The complete tripod system includes a heavy duty HD Mitchell Base 1-Stage Alloy Tripod boasts a fast and easy setup, with features that include a high-capacity leg-lock system, deploying turn-lock levers with rapid lock/release action, as well as a heavy duty Mitchell Base with a built-in bubble level.


Underwater cinematographer and designer, Pawel Achtel will have on display the world’s first 6K 3D Underwater Camera System.

A revolutionary housing for RED EPIC cameras using Nikon Nikonos submersible lenses.


Rosco's Academy Award® winning backdrops are now available on a woven cotton fabric. Offered in all of our Frontlight, Backlight or Day/Night Backdrop technologies, SoftDrops can be produced as large as 12m h x 52m w - seamless!

Choosing a Rosco SoftDrop makes installing a backdrop onto your set easy, so no matter where your production is shooting, Rosco's SoftDrop backdrops are the perfect background choice to bring any location into the sound stage.


There will be a number of "SPECIAL PRESENTATIONS" in Room 4# adjacent to the main Expo area.

ARRI Australia Friday 1/5 @ 1.00pm

PANASONIC Friday 1/5 @ 1.30pm

Panasonic will reveal all you ever wanted to know about their new 4K Varicam35 and the High Speed VaricamHS together with details on their Game Changing Dual Native ISO and revolutionary Workflow solutions.


Nick Buchner from Sony Australia will present an overview of the company’s latest in digital cinematography cameras – the PXW-FS7 – designed for single operator shooting in run-&-gun situations. The session will also cover recent updates and options for Sony’s popular F Series CineAlta cameras.

LEMAC Saturday 2/5 @ 10.00 – 10.45am

Each year after attending the world famous NAB in Las Vegas, LEMAC present to the ACS and it's members their incredibly informative and popular
NAB REVIEW. Which gives all those attending this presentation the chance to see first hand what is coming in new technologies and equipment. NOT TO BE MISSED!!


Saturday 2/5 @ 11.00am – 12.30pm
Australian media icon, Ray Martin AM will host a retrospective screening of images he's taken through his long and illustrious career as a journalist. He will, via anecdotal stories enable the audience to travel with him on these fascinating journeys around the globe.


email link to PIETER de VRIES ACS WORKSHOP ~ Register HERE » - Please mention "WORKSHOP" in the subject line of your email.


have made a very special prize available for our ACS Awards.

~ One nights accommodation in a luxury suite
~ including breakfast, lunch and dinner,
~ selected beverages for two,
~ along with a $100 credit towards spa treatements at SPA SAFFIRE,

valued at around $2500.00.

Tickets will be available at the Awards presentation.

All in all, a very special escape for 2 special people.

Letter from LA LA Land ~ Tristan Milani ACS

I am sure you have been reading with interest the sentences handed down to the director and 1st AD following the tragic death of camera assistant Sarah Jones on the set of the film MIDNIGHT RIDER.
This month I am writing not to make a moral statement about the American judicial system and the sentences handed down but more I write to talk about what might happen next and reflect on some issues not considered by the media as to the reasons behind this tragic loss of life.

The death of Sarah Jones has hit the industry hard here in LA. There was a protest march in LA organized through the union last year. Every professional is gravely concerned about safety for crew and cast on these films. So how are these tragedies still happening given the occupational health and safety systems that are in place through the western economies.

I see in the very near future that HODs will have to have their own insurance to cover their crew members. I believe that the Work Cover and Public Liability insurances are too broad and vague. Given as well the bigger films are shot all around the world I see a big change in the way films are insured and the way people working on them are covered for accident and possible death.

One very interesting point that is rarely mentioned by anyone was brought up in a very interesting article in British Cinematographer magazine. The article was quite compelling to read, as is the whole publication, it is very well put together. We have to realize that there is so much new technology "invented" nearly every week. We all get spam emails from technology companies introducing updates, developments, new models, cutting edge lenses, cameras, data inflows, outflows etc. I get three a day over here. What this is doing is creating the need for more people who might be "knowledgeable" about the new technologies. There is no way you can keep up with it all, but there is usually someone that does and they are more often than not young and "tech savvy". The new generations of production crew are coming with little knowledge of practical on set experience. This places more responsibility on producers and HODs not less, to help guarantee their safety

The speeds with which independent films are being made now is scary. Technology is getting cheaper and therefore way more small movies are being made and independently funded coupled with generous tax breaks. An Australian film going back say six years had an average 40 day production schedule. Now it is more like 25 to make the same size film, sometimes 20 days! Television is booming as well, think about how much product has to be made to keep up with the demands of the new streaming companies.

We have to look at the past to try to understand the future I suppose. No one can bring this young professional back but what we have to do is make sure it never happens again on any shoot anywhere in the world!

Stay cool

Tristan Milani

BSC Magazine »


Support the National Headquarters and the ACS at upcoming events and watch it grow.
Remember the HQ is there for all members to use.

For details contact: » - David Lewis ACS » - Richard Wilmot


WE HAVE A WINNER. The inaugural recipient will be announced at the National Awards for Cinematography on 2 May. The Bob Miller – ACS Technical & Innovation Achievement Award will come with $1,000 cash and a $2,000 Miller product prize along with a framed certificate. The winner will also have their name engraved onto one of Miller’s LP ’54 Classic tripods, which will reside permanently on display at the ACS National Headquarters.

Thanks to Mark Clementson, Charles Montesin and all the dedicated staff at MILLER CAMERA SUPPORT for their generosity and support.

Email Bruce Leonard here: »

The 16 Sexiest Roles on a Film Set

Cinematographers take out the TOP Position when it comes to who's got the sexiest role on set.

1. Cinematographer

Was there ever any doubt? If the Director is the singer of a rock band, the Cinematographer is the lead guitar. It’s where the real music comes from, and where fans know to focus their attention. As the architect of light and movement, the Cinematographer (or Director of Photography) has enough help to side step most of the drama that plagues other department heads. And even so, you’re often the hardest working person on set. Most Directors are disproportionately indebted to their Cinematographer, so they can’t begrudge the praise you get. But don’t think they aren’t jealous when an A-list movie star lovingly uses your nick-name to announce your Oscar win to the world.

Click the link below to read the full list.

16 sexiest roles on a film set... »

Complimentary Seats to the PREMIER Screening of REDFERN NOW for 6 Lucky ACS Members ~ Please contact Sam Buckland Directly

Join us for the exclusive big-screen premiere of REDFERN NOW THE TELEMOVIE.

The critically acclaimed ABC series, and multi-AACTA and Logie Award winning drama returns with the powerful telemovie screened to AFI | AACTA members in Sydney before airing on ABC on Thursday 9 April.

Exploring the aftermath of a violent crime on two women, REDFERN NOW THE TELEMOVIE tells a story of facing your fears and fighting for justice. Anthony Hayes, Genevieve Lemon and Daniella Farinacci join original cast members Deborah Mailman, Wayne Blair, Lisa Flanagan, Rarriwuy Hick, Kelton Pell and Kirk Page as they reprise the roles of their much-loved characters.

REDFERN NOW was developed and produced in association with The Indigenous Department of Screen Australia.

Be sure to stay for a special Q&A with Deborah Mailman, Wayne Blair, and producers Darren Dale and Miranda Dear following the screening.

Enjoy a complimentary beverage on arrival. This event is exclusive to AFI and AACTA members - and extended to include 6 seats for ACS Members » - Sam Buckland ~ AFI

Film Review: PAPER PLANES (2015) – review by James Cunningham

Paper Planes tells the story of a 12-year-old boy with a passion for aviation, who with sheer determination and perseverance ends up competing in the ‘World Paper Plane Championships’ in Japan. Dealing with several relevant issues to young people in a positive light, writer/director/producer Robert Connelly (Underground: The Julian Assange Story) has done an outstanding job producing an entertaining, family-friendly story that really soars.

Paper Planes ~ Photo Credit: Jane Bennett

The rough West Australian shooting locations are lovingly shot in elegant widescreen by cinematographer Tristan Milani ACS (The Boys, The Book of Revelation, Balibo) and make for an interesting choice for the films NSW setting. As well as Milani’s delicate Cinematography, Paper Plane’s CGI-laden shots are first-rate and each was created by Melbourne-based John Francis and Surreal World. We watch as a paper plane takes it’s first journey, gliding haphazardly through a school; with this gentle breeze comes a quirk of modernity that becomes a welcome balance to such a simple and traditional narrative.

Unfortunately, at times, over-written dialogue results in somewhat forced interactions between most of the characters. Ed Oxenbould is excellent as young Dylan, Sam Worthington & Deborah Mailman are both solid, and David Wenham’s cameo is as a pro-golfer is flawless. One for the kids, sure, but with an international market awash with sub-standard children’s entertainment Paper Planes will really take flight with audiences of all ages… three stars.

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The new ARRI Master Anamorphic Flare Sets are highly versatile and economical accessories for the ARRI/ZEISS Master Anamorphic lens series. Each of the seven Master Anamorphic focal lengths has its own specific flare set, comprising easily replaceable front and rear glass elements that can be used individually or in combination to provide the lens with three additional looks for enriched on-set creativity.

Since their introduction in 2013, the Master Anamorphic lenses have established themselves as the most advanced anamorphic optics ever designed for the film and television industry. Offering a perfect combination of compact form factor, minimal weight, distortion-free optical performance and an unparalleled high speed of T1.9 across the entire focal length range, they are as fast and easy to use as spherical cine lenses and represent a major step forward in anamorphic cinematography.

For most shooting situations, cinematographers and also VFX supervisors appreciate how effectively the Master Anamorphic optical design and coating technology suppress flares and reflections. Under certain circumstances, however, flares might be exactly what a cinematographer wants in order to heighten the emotional impact of a shot, sequence or project by introducing a level of technical ‘imperfection.’ It is for these situations that the Master Anamorphic Flare Sets have been designed.

The front and rear glass elements that come with each flare set have a special lens coating that encourages flaring, ghosting and veiling glare. These image effects create a visual style that is consistent across all of the flare sets and can be controlled or tweaked via the iris setting, as well as the positioning of lighting fixtures. The front element can be used on its own, as can the rear, or they can be used in combination; each permutation provides a distinct look without sacrificing the resolution, lack of distortion or corner-to-corner optical performance for which the Master Anamorphics are famous.

By using the new ARRI Master Anamorphic Toolkit (purchased separately but compatible with all seven flare sets), the front and rear glass elements can be exchanged with the regular Master Anamorphic elements in a matter of minutes, since each flare element is pre-aligned in a metal frame. Whether for a feature film, TV show, music video or commercial, the Master Anamorphic Flare Sets give rental facilities a quick and cost-effective way of offering anamorphic productions greater on-set creativity. A set of Master Anamorphics effectively becomes four different sets, each suitable for different flaring requirements while maintaining the huge advantage of being freer from distortions such as curved horizons, focus breathing and ‘mumps’ and ‘pincushion’ effects than any other anamorphic lenses on the market. »

ACS SNAPS ~ A Quirky New Gallery ...Here's one to kick off the collection!

This is the very first in our ACS Album, of:

"Favourite Photographs with a touch of quirkiness" shot by ACS members.

Send yours to telling us why it's a favourite.

"The Boot" ~ Photo: Dick Marks OAM »
ACS Galleries »

Miller's gives us a sneak peak at their 2001 NAB Booth C9520

Call out to our ACS members and others attending NAB

Please to let us know, so we can link you up with our participating sponsors at NAB

Contact »


The ACS welcomes FILM HELICOPTERS as a new National Silver sponsor.
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Category 1 ~ Cine Kids

Gold ~ Tori Aston
Drop The Game ~ Cat Warren
Lego Adventure 3: Attack of the Giant Pig! ~ Maxim Hussey

Category 2 ~ Student Cinematography

Fell ~ Francis Thompson
Twenty Forty Three ~ John Farmelo
The Crane Wife ~ Jordan Agutter
Child's Play ~ Nathaniel Kelly
Sailboats ~ Benjamine Cotgrove

Category 3 ~ Experimental & Specialised

Dreamworld Corroboree - Yugambeh Museum ~ Ron Johanson ACS
Coral Sea ~ Pawel Achtel
Drift Dive ~ Malcolm Ludgate ACS

Category 4 ~ John Bowring ACS TV Station Breaks/Promos

Paddock to Plate ~ Tony Luu ACS
Channel News Asia - Clarity ~ David Franjic
Mnemonic ~ Daniel Christie

Category 5 ~ Music Clips

Russel Morris - Van Diemans Land ~ Brad Francis
The Jungle Giants - Pair of Lovers ~ Daniel Graetz
Violent Soho - Saramona Said ~ Daniel Graetz
Beyoncé - Mine ~ Stefan Duscio
Guy Pearce - Storm ~ Edward Goldner
Jessica Mauboy - To the End of the Earth ~ James Brown
Willow Beats - Merewif ~ Scott Summers
Milan - Promises ~ Nima Nabilirad
Domino - Caravan ~ Nima Nabilirad
Ted Egan - Song for Grace ~ Chris Tangey
Missy Higgins - Shark Fin Blues ~ Ross Giardina
George Michael - Let Her Down Easy ~ Callan Green ACS
We Are The Brave - Your Ghost ~ Kieran Fowler

Category 6 ~ Syd Wood ACS Local / Regional News

Ski Test 2014 ~ Mark Steven
Chia Boom ~ Mitchell Woolnough

Category 7 ~ Neil Davis International News

Myanmar Refugees ~ Bradley McLennan
Nagasawa Bike Builder ~ Joel Lawrence
Tsunami Anniversary ~ Joel Lawrence
Aid Relief ~ Mark Dobbin ACS
Fiji Sugar ~ Daniel Soekov ACS
Phillipines Typhoon ~ Simon Manzie
Gaza Conflict ~ Luke Wilson

Category 8 ~ Current Affairs

Ukraine Uprising ~ Cameron Bauer
The Edge of the Mountain ~ Ron Ekkel
101 East - Stray Bullets ~ Lee Ali
101 East - Nepal Slave Girls ~ Lee Ali
Brazil-Showtime! ~ Robert Hill
Buffalo Export ~ Ian James Redfearn
The Last Straw ~ David Childs
Killer Crocs ~ Benjamin Foley
The Assassination Capital ~ Benjamin Foley

Category 9 ~ TV Magazine, Lifestyle & Reality

Sunday Night - Ghost Island ~ Leigh Hubner
Sunday Night - Prayer Book ~ Leigh Hubner
Landline Irrigation ~ Peter Curtis ACS
Dreambuild (Series 2 - Inner House) ~ Greg Ashman
Dreambuild (Series 2 - Angorophora Home) ~ Greg Ashman
Power to the People ~ Louie Eroglu ACS

Category 10 ~ Corporate & Educational

Continue to Drive ~ Lincoln Williams
STEALTH - The Shape of Things to Come ~ Greg Parish ACS
Norwood ~ Hugh Turral
Study Adelaide ~ Aaron Gully
Adelaide Oval ~ Aaron Gully
Egan ~ Timothy Wood
PCYC NSW Traffic Offenders Intervention Program ~ Gavin Banks
Intelligent Sounds, Featuring Flume ~ Timothy Tregoning

Category 11 ~ Web & New Media

Edworth Moustache Magazine ~ Mitch Kennedy
HAN Woolmark Prize ~ Danny Camara
House of Arras ~ Tony Luu ACS
Huawei Presents Mary Day ~ Aaron Farrugia
Seafolly ~ Stefan Duscio
South Australian Tourism ~ Adam Howden
The Currant Shed ~ David Parkinson
Parla and Alskare ~ David Parkinson
Wastelander Panda (Episode 1 - Exile) ~ Viv Madigan
Mataranka Virtual Journey ~ Cody Riedel
Cattle Scars - The Pastoralist ~ Andrew Hyde
David Jones We Are ~ Josh Flavel
Jewels of the Arctic ~ Abraham Joffe
Hidden Graphics, Mountain Dew ~ Timothy Tregoning

Category 12 ~ Documentaries, Cinema & TV

Survive the Tribe - Eagle Assasins ~ Brad Dillon ACS
Ukraine is not a Brothel ~ Michael Latham
Ngurra Wangaggu ~ Torstein Dyrting ACS
Who's Been Sleeping in My House? (Ep - Palmerston) ~ David Le May
Who We Are: Brave New Clan ~ Dylan McDonald
Talking Language with Ernie Dingo (Ep 6) ~ Dylan McDonald
Buckskin ~ Murray Lui
The Colony ~ Ben Emery

Category 13 ~ Nature & Wildlife

Mountian Air - Valley Mist ~ Joe Shemesh
Sixteen Legs ~ Joe Shemesh
Iconic East Africa ~ Abraham Joffe

Category 14 ~ Virtual Cinematography

Little Darling ~ Damian Smith

Category 15 ~ Commercials Local / Regional

QLD Ballet 2015 ~ Brad Francis
TAFE ~ Tony Luu ACS
Townsville Curiosity ~ Sam Scoufos
Lynx - Red Cross ~ Adam Howden
Portland The One For You ~ Peter Corbett
Territory Day ~ Miles Rowland
Gagudju Dreaming ~ Simon Manzie

Category 16 ~ Commercials National / International

Ladbrokes ~ Jason Hargreaves ACS
MS - Trapped ~ Simon Ozolins ACS
Origin - Fresh ~ Jeremy Rouse
SBS ~ James Brown
Your Story Matters ~ Timothy Wood
Energy Australia - Power to Move ~ Peter Eastgate
Airforce - Anything Anywhere ~ Peter Eastgate
Natural Gas ~ Daniel Ardilley

Category 17 ~ Dramatised Documentaries

Charlie Rowan Walking Dead ~ Matthew Peterson ACS
Breaker Morant - The Retrial ~ Jaems Grant ACS
The War That Changed Us (Ep 1) ~ Jim Frater ACS
Desert War Alamein ~ Jim Frater ACS

Category 18 ~ Fictional Drama Shorts

I Am Emmanuel ~ Nicola Daley ACS
May ~ Peter Eastgate
Grey Bull ~ Callan Green ACS
The Fan ~ David Le May
Injury Time ~ Ernie Clark ACS
Doors ~ Dylan McDonald
Can You See Them? ~ Jody Muston
Rhododendron ~ Ryan Alexander Lloyd
Stuffed ~ Jeremy Rouse
A Peaceful Man ~ Tony O'Loughlan

Category 19 ~ Telefeatures, Mini Series, TV Drama or Comedy

Devil's Playground ~ Andrew Commis ACS
Power Games ~ Bruce Young
Redfern Now (Series 2, Ep: Dogs of War) ~ Jules O'Loughlin ACS
ANZAC Girls (Ep 4 - 'Love') ~ Geoffrey Hall ACS
True Detective (Ep 4) ~ Adam Arkapaw ACS
A Place to Call Home (Ep 8) ~ John Stokes ACS

Category 20 ~ Features ~ Cinema

The Railway Man ~ Garry Phillips ACS
Tracks ~ Mandy Walker ACS
Wolf Creek 2 ~ Toby Oliver ACS
Touch ~ Aaron Gully
Riddick ~ David Eggby ACS
Patrick ~ Garry Richards
Fell ~ Marden Dean
The Philosophers (After the Dark) ~ John Radel ACS
Predestination ~ Ben Nott ACS



Upcoming April courses include:

REFRAME: No such thing as a lock off a one-day seminar how digital technologies are rapidly changing the future of the industry, Data Wrangling on Set: File Based Cameras, Ellery Ryan ACS’s popular Modern Cinematography, the practical Shooting HD on your DSLR and Six Things Every Cinematographer Must Know with Steve Arnold ACS.

You can view all AFTRS Open cinematography courses on the
AFTRS Open website:

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REFRAME: No Such Thing as a Lockoff

Hear about the creative possibilities (and challenges) of digital technologies and how the future of filmmaking is being shaped right now! Leading Australian film industry practitioners, including producer Andrew Mason (The Matrix Trilogy, The Water Diviner) and editor Matt Villa (Daybreakers, Australia, The Great Gatsby) will share their insights and personal experiences through case studies on recent projects with a focus on post-production. If you want to stay current don’t miss this unique opportunity to hear from six of the Australian screen industry's top practitioners! Admission price includes lunch, an opportunity to network with the panel and other guests.

11 April
No such thing as a lockoff

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. Working in the AFTRS Studio, you will get an overview of all types of data and metadata from file-based cameras from manufacturers including Sony, Canon, Blackmagic, Arri & Red and you will learn how to prepare for and manage this data confidently and responsibly in a high pressure on-set environment.
12 April
Data Wrangling on Set: File Based Cameras

Modern Cinematography with Ellery Ryan ACS

What is great cinematography, and how is it achieved? This 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) explores the techniques of effective visual storytelling.

18 - 19 April
Modern Cinematography

Shooting HD on your DSLR
Want to shoot High Definition (HD) video on your DSLR camera? Industry expert cinematographer Gareth Tillson will show you how to make the most of your DSLR and open up the world of the moving image. This is an introductory course for new filmmakers, photography enthusiasts & existing filmmakers.
18 - 19 April
Shooting HD on your DSLR

Six Scenes Every Cinematographer Must Know

Over five intensive days, join industry Cinematography expert Steve Arnold ACS (Man-Thing, Disgrace, McLeod's Daughters, JFK: The Smoking Gun, Last Cab To Darwin) for the tips and tricks you need to know to successfully plan, light and shoot six commonly found scenarios.
20 - 24 April Online Six Scenes Every Cinematographer Must Know

Content Creation from your iPhone /iPad

From the comfort of your keyboard, learn how to shoot quality videos with your iPhone or iPad and create stories on the go, in this five week online course. Filmmaker and cinematographer Gareth Tillson will lead this course featuring video tutorials, weekly assignments and a weekly online chat session, where you will get real time feedback from the tutor.

Starts 28 May, 5 weeks, online
Content Creations from your iPhone/iPad

Have you heard of the Motion Picture Industry Benevolent Society?


MPIBS has been providing financial and emotional support to members of the cinema industry for more than eighty years!

Founded in the years of the Great Depression by people in exhibition and distribution, to help colleagues who had fallen on hard times. MPIBS more recently, has extended its support to the production and post-production sectors.

Beneficiaries are young and old, working and retired. The MPIBS is a safety net, which enables our friends and colleagues to be cared for when they need it most.

But the MPIBS needs your help to continue its work.

For information about how to donate please visit the MPIBS web page on the below link. You could be helping one of your friends or colleagues.

Click here to find out more about: MPIBS »

The ACS Proudly supports the MPIBS and we encourage members of the ACS to contribute to this fantastic cause…

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Might need one in Tassie....

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THE CRATER: A Vietnam war story

A very personal story of one man’s tour of duty in Vietnam and his obsessive search to locate 42 former enemy soldiers he saw Killed in Action so that their bodies can be returned to their families and their spirits put to rest.

David Berry (Young Brian Cleaver crouches terrified in shellscape during Battle of Balmoral ~ Photo by Joe Murphy

Brian Cleaver was conscripted to fight in Vietnam “for his country”.

He lived through the biggest battle the Australians fought in Vietnam which left him numb and shell shocked for the next 46 years. His way of seeking atonement was to make ten trips to Vietnam, obsessively searching for the unmarked mass grave – a giant B52 bomb crater – that held the unknown soldiers of that battle.

Vet Paul Donnelly instructs Jesse Taylor & Callan Black on firing a machine gun. ~ Photo by Joe Murphy

Directed by veteran filmmaker David Bradbury (Oscar nominated for his film Frontline about legendary Vietnam war cameraman Neil Davis), THE CRATER includes in-depth interviews with those men who were prepared to put their heads above ground and engage with the huge number of advancing communist soldiers who were hell bent on wiping out the Australians.

Bradbury has also captured interviews with North Vietnamese veterans who fought in the battle and the families of the martyrs whose souls are still wandering.

Brian Cleaver in Crater at Bau Hang ~ Photo Joe Murphy

THE CRATER uses a mixture of contemporary interviews with both Australian and Vietnamese war veterans, verite material, archival footage and re-enactments to connect viewers with the reality of battle and the historical narrative of the men behind it. It will track the psychological effects the Vietnam war had on veterans right up until the present day.

Brian Cleaver gets down & dirty in crater at Bau Hang ~ Photo Joe Murphy


This event is open to the public.
RSVP not required, but be early to ensure your seat.

Thursday April 9, 6pm for 6.30.

Entertainment Quarter,
130 Bent Street,
Moore Park

Entry: Donation $7

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