National E-News Bulletin ~ 6th April 2015


Editor: Lizz Vernon

From The President

Ron Johanson OAM ACS ~ "I knew I should have worn a different hat!"

As you are all aware we were inundated with bookings for our ACS National Awards at MONA.

For all of those who have booked and secured a place to attend the National Awards, could you please let us know if circumstances may prevent you from attending, as there are a number of members on our Awards Stand By List, who are hoping things may change.

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Our National Awards are 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 in Hobart on the 2nd of May.

Don't miss a special 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 »

It's been a delight to support Tasmanian President Peter Curtis ACS & his hard working committee, so now I'm resting up in prepration for the big night!

Until next time

Ron Johanson OAM ACS
National President

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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 in the Grand Chancellor Hotel.

ARRI Australia Friday 1/5 @ 1.00pm

During this year’s presentation at the ACS EXPO, ARRI Australia will present a workshop / Q&A about digital imaging sensor technology, terminology (resolution, quantisation, sampling and compression) and signal workflow.

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 treatments 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.

Email Bruce Leonard here: »

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"In Remembrance" - Mouquet Farm, France ~ Ron Johanson OAM ACS

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

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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

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