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Greetings fellow ACS members and colleagues,

I think it goes without saying the impact Andrew Lesnie's passing has had on all of us. He will be sorely missed.

The Society is planning an event on Sunday, 12 July in Sydney, but I have to inform you, because of limited space at the only suitable venue, it will need to be an invitation only event. The Society trusts that you will all understand.

Ron Johanson OAM ACS
National ACS President

Special Invitation from the Screen Editors Guild

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Dear ACS members,

As a valued supporter of the SMPTE Conference and Exhibition, the SMPTE Board would like to invite ACS members to take advantage of the association discount when booking their conference tickets.

Once again we have a world class educational program on offer and flexible conference packages. Seating is limited so don't miss out.

Click here to register »
For the full Conference Program click here »

Don't forget registration for entry to the exhibition is FREE and included in all conference packages.

SMPTE 2015 Workshops

The Society will also have a small booth within the SMPTE Hall, which has proven very successful and popular in the past, and the presentations we provide are also well attended.


SMPTE can only be successful for the Society because of the enormous input from the NSW Branch, who look after the ACS Booth and the handling of merchandise sales, membership applications and general enquiries, on each and every day of SMPTE. My thanks to them for this generous support.

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SMPTE Wednesday 15 July

09:30 ACS Workshop: Underwater Optics & 3D
Pawel Achtel (Achtel Pty Ltd, Australia) Australian Cinematographers Society, Australia

There is more to filming underwater than keeping the camera dry. Traditionally, we placed perfectly good terrestrial lenses behind flat and dome ports hoping for good results underwater. However, how does it affect image quality? We are going to explore and compare various options when it comes to underwater ports and optics exploring some of the challenges we face when trying to match the quality of underwater images with those we can achieve on land. Expect the unexpected...

Pawel Achtel

14:00 ACS Workshop: The very latest Drone applications
Australian Cinematographers Society, Australia.

Tasmanian based Ignite Digi – Co owners Tom Waugh (Operator) and Chris Fox (Pilot) will present a look at the changes in drone technology, specifically for cinematography.

How the stabilisers have advanced and are now capable of carrying Red Epics and Alexa Mini kits. Flying from 8mm to 85mm lenses for full creative freedom. What sort of story telling and shot possibilities has this technology opened up, that were previously very difficult or expensive to achieve?

The crossover of technologies, MoVI and similar stabilisers originally designed for drones now used handheld, on a jib, on a car mount, anywhere you want a remote head. We will also discuss the teamwork involved for the two person operation (Pilot and camera operator) and how best to work with the Director and Cinematographer on a film set to achieve the shots efficiently.

After the Q&A session Ignite Digi will fly their Alexa Mini setup in the Drone zone outside the SMPTE pavilion.

Jules O'Loughlin ACS

15:45 ACS Panel Session: Television Drama
Australian Cinematographers Society, Australia.

An expert panel led by Moderator, Renee Brack and including cinematographers, Jules O’Loughlin ACS (Black Sails, Redfern Now, Sanctum, Kokoda: 39th Battalion), Martin McGrath ACS (Rake, Jack Irish, The Fatal Shore), Lou Irving ACS (Tangle, Packed to the Rafters, Dr Blake Mysteries) and Directors, Adrian Wills (Redfern Now) and another to be announced, will explore and discuss the collaborative spirit, development, popularity and technical achievements that continue to drive Television Drama here at home and internationally.

The Drew Llewelyn ACS Camerimage Scholarship

Applications open Monday, June 15 and close Friday, July 17

Established with the support of the Llewelyn family, the Queensland Branch and the National Executive, in honour of the legacy left by our dear friend and colleague Drew Llewelyn ACS.

The Drew Llewelyn ACS Camerimage Scholarship, will enable one lucky ACS member to attend Camerimage in Poland this year, with an amount of $4000.00 towards flights and accommodation.

The Scholarship will be administered by the National Board and will be in place for a 5-year period, commencing this year.

It will be open to FULL and ACTIVE ACS members ONLY and the final decision will be decided by the Board upon consultation with the Llewelyn Family, and Queensland President, Tony O'Loughlan.

Please email and request an application form to Ron Johanson OAM ACS on the link below

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Drew Llewelyn ACS Camerimage Scholarship »

CAMERIMAGE 2015 - 14 November - 21 November

The International Film Festival of the Art of Cinematography - Camerimage is the biggest festival dedicated to cinematography and cinematographers, and should not be missed.

The first seven events (1993–1999) were held in Toruń, Poland. The next ten events (2000–2009) were held in Łódź. Since 2010, the festival has taken place in Bydgoszcz. At the end of November every year, Camerimage brings together professional cinematographers, students and other people associated with the film industry. »

The main awards are:

  • Golden, Silver and Bronze Frog for best cinematography (main competition)
  • Golden, Silver and Bronze Tadpole for best student work (Student Etudes/Films Competition)
  • an award for best music video
  • an award for best cinematography in a music video
  • Golden Frog Award for best short documentary film
  • Golden Frog Award for best documentary feature film
  • Golden Frog Award for best Polish film

The festival also includes:

  • Camerimage Lifetime Achievement Award
  • Other competitions and awards
  • Student Panorama: screenings of student films which did not make it into the main competition
  • Camerimage Forum: Seminars devoted to authorship rights and working conditions of cinematographers
  • Special screenings and premieres, reviews, retrospectives, meetings, seminars, and workshops led by well known filmmakers
  • Equipment showcases
  • Various exhibitions and live music performances

The Camerimage festival spans over a course of one week, with multiple events at one time.


Camerimage 2015, we already encourage anyone interested in coming to Bydgoszcz to book their accommodation for November. Due to other events that coincide with this year's Camerimage dates, finding accommodation will be a bit more difficult than usual this year. Take care of your logistics now, so that come winter you can relax and enjoy the great cinematic festivities scheduled for 14 - 21 November this year.

Below you will find a list of hotels offering special deals for Camerimage visitors.

For a full list of hotels and hostels please visit our website »
Go to Accommodation HERE »
~ Zawisza Hotel** »
~ Maraton Hotel** »
~ Brda Hotel*** » - (students check out the very pocket-friendly “Economy room” offer)
~ Kuźnia Hotel*** »
~ Przystań Bydgoszcz »
~ Park Hotel Bydgoszcz »
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Grab the final spots in AFTRS Open’s ADVANCED LIGHTING SKILLS with hugely experienced Cinematographer Louis Irving ACS (Love My Way, The Falls, Packed to the Rafters, Newsfront & much more).

Over 3 days, you’ll light a set to various scripted scenarios in this practical, hands-on course. You will work with a gaffer, best boy, camera operator, grip and two actors in AFTRS' state of the art studios.

Days: 24 - 26 June, AFTRS Sydney

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