National E-News Bulletin 5th July 2015


AC Magazines

Issue 64

Greetings fellow ACS members and colleagues,


We'd love to see you there!!

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There are limited places available and it promises to be a great day, so apply to [email protected]

Ron Johanson OAM ACS
National ACS President


Following on from the success of the inaugural 2014 ACS Northern Territory Awards for Cinematography last October, entries are now being called for the Northern Territory Awards, which will be held as part of the Darwin International Film Festival on September 18.

Entries open Monday July 6 and close Monday August 8.

NT Branch members don't miss this opportunity to submit your work for ACS NT Branch Awards judging.


ACS Accreditation is the highest honour that is bestowed on an Australian cinematographer. It was first granted in 1963 and to this day there have been 361 members honoured with Accreditation. It is based on the following simple criteria:

The National Executive may grant Accreditation, on the recommendation of the Accreditation Committee, to an ACS member whose overall standard is considered exceptional. The standard of cinematography needs to be of a consistently high standard, or is outstanding in a specialised field. Accreditation allows the cinematographer to use the letters ACS after their name

Accreditation applications open on 1 July and close on 31 July.

If you have been a Full member of the Society for a 3 year period you are eligible to apply for ACS Accreditation. For more information and an Accreditation application form contact your Branch President or National President, Ron Johanson OAM ACS

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SMPTE Wednesday 15 July

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

Pawel Achtel

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..

14:00 ACS Workshop: The very latest Drone applications

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.

15:45 ACS Panel Session: Television Drama

An expert panel led by Moderator, Renee Brack and including cinematographers, Simon Chapman ACS (Glitch, Nowhere Boys, The Little Death), Martin McGrath ACS (Rake, Jack Irish, The Fatal Shore), Louis Irving ACS (Tangle, Packed to the Rafters, Dr Blake Mysteries), and renowned Directors, Adrian Wills (Redfern Now) and Ian Watson (Anzac Girls, Janet King, Packed to the Rafters), will explore and discuss the collaborative spirit, development, popularity and technical achievements that continue to drive Television Drama here at home and internationally.

Application CLOSING Soon.....

The Drew Llewelyn ACS Camerimage Scholarship

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

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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The Cooke Look - An Evening with Les Zellan

Les Zellan from Cooke Optics joins the ACS for an evening discussing as to how their high-end, academy award winning cinema lenses are made.

It is relevant to how all lenses are made and applies to all lens makers, but is centred on Cooke and it’s rich history of support for the film industry.

With over 100 years of experience making the highest quality lenses, cinema history and Cooke history are very much connected.

Lemac and the ACS are proud to present this event in Melbourne and Sydney
on the following dates.

Les Zellan

Thursday July 16th
ACS HQ @ 6.00pm
26 Ridge Street
North Sydney NSW 2060

Tuesday July 21st
Lemac Theatrette @ 6.30pm
277 Highett Street
Richmond VIC 3121


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NSW ACS member Eirini Alligiannis, exhibits her work @ The Fifth Annual Exposure Award

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Australia, get out your pens and pencils and Share the Dream of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games™ (GC2018).

Today marks the start of the GC2018 mascot journey with the launch of theGC2018 Mascot Design Competition.

The GC2018 mascot will be a leading personality in the run up to and during the Games. It will promote the Games and its values and play an important role in key GC2018 programs and milestone events.

The Minister for Education and Minister for Tourism, Major Events, Small Business and the Commonwealth Games, the Honourable Kate Jones MP, launched the GC2018 Mascot Design Competition campaign this morning at Carrara Stadium, inviting the Australian community join in the unprecedented nationwide competition.

In addition to the history-making, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity of designing the GC2018 mascot, the ‘artist’ of the winning entry will receive:

~ four tickets to the GC2018 Opening Ceremony on 4 April 2018
~ three nights’ accommodation on the Gold Coast for four people
~ transport to the accommodation (which, if necessary, may include return airfares to/from your nearest airport and return transfer to your place of residence) for four people
~ a chance to provide creative inspiration for the design of the mascot
~ a chance to be part of the promotional story of the mascot creation. » - Register your details at to obtain an entry form or visit the frequently asked questions section to find out more.
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