National eNews NATIONAL Bulletin 8th August 2015


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Editor: Lizz Vernon

In This Issue

- The Drew Llewelyn ACS CAMERIMAGE Scholarship
- The NT Awards - on again this year. Start planning your accommodation
- ACS HQ Office Space available
- Mission Impossible - Not for ARRI ALEXA 65
- NFAS online exhibition
- XM2 Drones In Film Workshop ~ 26t August ACS HQ
- Trauma Survey for News Cameramen
- George Gittoes used Sony PMW-200 to shoot documentary Snow Monkey in Afghanistan
- What's up with LILY?
- ACS Online Shop
- 15 Complimentary Tickets available for ACS Members to The Kids Stakes ~ Monday Night August 10th
- AFTRS ~ Courses & Links
- ACS Sponsors

(Drum Roll Please) The Drew Llewelyn ACS CAMERIMAGE Scholarship

From the eleven applicants received for The Drew Llewellyn ACS CAMERIMAGE Scholarship the Llewelyn Family along with the National ACS Executive and the Queensland ACS Branch have pleasure in announcing the Inaugural Drew Llewellyn ACS CAMERIMAGE Scholarship has been granted to

NSW Active member Drew English

However, Drew and his wife are expecting the birth of their first child at the time of Camerimage, and we feel it only fair that we defer Drew's Camerimage scholarship to 2016, and have offered this years to the competition runner up;

NSW Active member, Lizz Vernon

who will represent the Society and our members with great distinction.

Our sincere thanks to the Llewelyn Family, the ACS National Executive and the ACS Queensland Branch for supporting this exciting initiative and keeping the memory and the legacy of our dear friend, Drew Llewelyn ACS in our heats and minds.

Ron Johanson OAM ACS »

Are you heading to Darwin for the NT Awards?

Northern Territory
Awards for Cinematography

7pm September 18th
Darwin Entertainment Centre
Studio Theatre

ACS NT Awards Tickets will go on sale on August 17th

The 2015 Northern Territory Awards for Cinematography will be a celebration of the history and the modern diversity of cinematography in the Northern Territory. featuring iconic cinematographers Don McAlpine ACS ASC as Guest of Honour and Geoff Burton ACS, with the annual Geoff Burton ACS Address, which this year features a tribute to the 50th anniversary of Charles Chauvel's legendary film Jedda.

NT Awards Accommodation Specials:

Doubletree by Hilton Esplanade Darwin:

Set next to Darwin Entertainment Centre and overlooking the Esplanade, the welcoming DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Esplanade Darwin is only a 15 minute drive from Darwin International Airport and offers easy access to Stuart Highway. The hotel is within walking distance of the city center, offering beautiful ocean views. We will even greet you with our delicious fresh-baked cookie upon arrival.

Cool down with a dip in the impressive outdoor swimming pool – the largest in Darwin. Dine al fresco on the sun-soaked terrace of our poolside restaurant and bar, Aqua, where you can enjoy dishes prepared with Mediterranean and Territory influences.

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Esplanade Darwin 116 The Esplanade, Darwin »

Overlooking the famous Darwin Esplanade and offering stunning ocean views, within walking distance of the city, the Darwin Convention Centre, Bicentennial Park and bustling downtown Darwin and Smith Street Mall.

All of the spacious guest rooms boast floor-to-ceiling windows, Juliette balconies and WiFi. Swim in the sparkling waters of the outdoor pool, surrounded by lush tropical gardens or simply relax in the sunshine with a glass of wine on the outdoor deck. Savor innovative Australian cuisine in the relaxed Poolside Restaurant, open daily for a full buffet breakfast, lunch and dinner.

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Darwin - 122 The Esplanade, Darwin »


The ACS does not condone any form of piracy that affects the lives and the jobs of our members, their families and the potential loss of investors. Come on, stand up go see an Aussie film, be happy to pay to see it and don't pirate any form of creative output. DO THE RIGHT THING!

ACS HQ ~ Office space available...

The unique space below is still available for immediate rental. It would suit a small production or editing company – contact David Lewis for more info. [email protected]

For details contact
David Lewis ACS

[email protected] » - David Lewis ACS


SYDNEY, 4 August 2015 – The first production to use ARRI’s ALEXA 65 large format digital camera system has hit theatres: Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation. Primarily shot with 35 mm film cameras by Academy Award® winner Robert Elswit, ASC, the fifth installment of the successful blockbuster spy series features a major underwater sequence, which was captured with prototype ALEXA 65 cameras in special HydroFlex housings by Pete Romano, ASC.

Elswit, Romano and their crew spent a month shooting the scenes in the underwater tank at Warner Bros. Studios Leavesden earlier this year. “The sequence was done almost entirely with a virtual background, so it was important to get the best resolution for the best look,” explains Romano, who advocated for the ALEXA 65 to maximise image quality for the heavy visual effects.

DP Pete Romano ASC ~ Shot major underwater sequences for Mission Impossible - Rogue Nation

Rogue Nation’s visual effects supervisor David Vickery notes, "We felt very privileged and excited to use the ALEXA 65 on Rogue Nation. It's a real testament to ARRI's confidence in their product that the 65's first job was a very intensive and complex underwater sequence, which really put the cameras through their paces, yet we never had a single problem with either camera throughout the entire shoot. In postproduction the large format images we captured on the 28 mm and 35 mm Prime 65 wide angle lenses gave Double Negative [visual effects facility] the flexibility to push in up to 280% on the frame and still extract a sharp 2K plate, which we then treated to look like the anamorphic film stock that the rest of Rogue Nation had been shot on.”

“ARRI has hit it out of the park,” says Romano, “and what I’ve really appreciated from working with the first two cameras is how dedicated ARRI and its technicians have been to making sure that the transition from R&D lab to the craziness of a real movie set was as seamless as possible. The attention to detail was amazing; we had ARRI Rental representatives with us almost every day.”

Read Mission Accomplished article by Underwater DP Pete Romano ASC »
Read the full ARRI Media Release »

NFSA's online exhibition for Picnic at Hanging Rock

2015 marks the 40th anniversary of one of Australia’s best-loved films, Picnic at Hanging Rock, directed by Peter Weir.

The NFSA is celebrating this milestone by sharing rare videos, costumes, props, oral history interviews, posters, photographs and documents from our collection – items that help us preserve and interpret this important film of Australian new wave cinema.

Based on the classic novel by Joan Lindsay, Picnic at Hanging Rock combines stunning cinematography and direction with an ethereal score. When asked to name five Australian films, from any time, many people would include Picnic at Hanging Rock in their list.

Take time to check out the NFSA's comprehensive collection of material associated with the film and includes a short excerpt from an interview with Russell Boyd recorded by Martha in 1978.

NFSA ~ 40 YEARS OF MYSTERY online exhibition »

XM2 ACS Workshop Drones In Film »
Download additional info HERE »
email: Ron Johanson OAM ACS: [email protected] »

Trauma Survey for News Cameramen

The survey 'Focus on Exposure' is being carried out by a Phd Student at Charles Sturt University, Jasmin MacDonald

~ The principal aim of the research project is to explore the kinds of traumatic events camera-operators and reporters are exposed to as a result of their work and to consider potential psychological implications.
~ The results of the study will be used to inform the industry of the experiences of news camera-operators and reporters and may help to identify resources and support needed, or ways to support the needs of specific news crew.
~ Participants remain anonymous and it doesn't ask which organisation you work for or anything that would identify people individually.

[email protected] » - Jasmine MacDonald (02) 6933 4295 » - Focus on Exposure Survey


George Gittoes, filmmaker, photojournalist & Sydney Peace Prize winner shot his latest documentary Snow Monkey with two Sony PMW-200 cameras over a one year period in Jalalabad, Afghanistan.

Gittoes is enthusiastic in his choice of and love for the cameras that have made so many of his projects look and feel so special as he explained,

“I have been using Sony cameras since I switched to tape from 16mm film in 2003 with my film Soundtrack to War. The first of these cameras was shot by a US sniper when I was attempting to film suspicious activity for Michael Moore's Fahrenheit 9/11. It was a huge revelation to me when Michael's people took the digital footage from my small cameras and converted it to 35mm film for the big screen. I was amazed sitting in the Academy Cinema in LA and seeing how my Sony footage blended with the other footage, much of which was shot on film.

Goitres adds "Snow Monkey is the last in a trilogy of three films starting with Miscreants of Taliwood and it is fantastic to know viewers will be getting the full detail of the amazing medieval world of Jalalabad with its many characters in their exotic cloths and environments thanks to the Sony PMW-200.”

George Gittoes and his Sony PMW-200s shooting Snow Monkey in Jalalabad Afghanistan.

Working on the trilogy of the three movies required Gittoes to train Afghan-Pashtuns to use all his equipment.

Snow Monkey will premiere on the big screen at Hoyts in Melbourne for the Melbourne International Film Festival this month and Gittoes is certain it will look like any major feature adding, “It is clear from watching it on the big screen at Trackdown during the mix as we have been doing over the last week that it will look that good. I can honestly say the PMW-200 cameras used on Snow Monkey have delivered the best picture quality in any of my movies so far.” »
CLICK HERE to see the latest model pxw-x200 »

Introducing Lily - What's next?

Lily is the world's first throw-and-shoot camera. It lets anyone create cinematic footage previously reserved for professional filmmakers.

Lily is waterproof, ultra-portable, and shoots stunning HD pictures and videos. » »
youtube link »

ACS online shop open

Visit our online ACS shop so you can buy all the ACS merchandise you could ever want. Check it out at

You can order back issues of AC mag, copies of Shadowcatchers, replacement plaques (as long as you've won them!), ACS branded Hoodies, Spray Jackets, Ladies & Mens Tees - cool new design or the original, Caps & Beanies, Mugs, Pens or Notebooks.

New Line Coming Soon - ACS Puffer Vest

Ladies Tees with the new design are available in:
Size 10 - 92cm,
Size 12 - 96 cm,
Size 14 - 104cm,
Size 16 - 110cm

Mens sizes in new design are:
Small - 106cm,
Medium - 112cms,
Large - 116cms,
XL - 122cms,
XXL - 128cms

ACS Members have been offered 15 Complimentary Tickets to The Kids Stakes

Thanks to an exciting new partnership between AFI | AACTA and the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia (NFSA), we are delighted to present to members one of the last silent films to be made in Australia, THE KID STAKES (1927), with live musical accompaniment.

The evening is hosted by multi AFI award-winning producer Anthony Buckley.

Following the screening there will be a panel discussion featuring the former Lord Mayor of Sydney Lucy Turnbull, cinematographer John Seale ACS ASC, Sydney Film Festival co-founder David Donaldson, NFSA curator Gayle Lake, and composer Jan Preston.

THE KID STAKES is a silent black and white comedy, adapted from Syd Nicholls’ Fatty Finn comic strip and directed by Tal Ordell. Film critic Paul Byrnes calls it "one of the greatest comedies of the silent era, although it was largely dismissed at the time as simply a children’s film".

Shot almost entirely in Potts Point and Woolloomooloo, the film offers unique insight into life in these harbourside suburbs during the depression era years of the 1920s. The film has been digitally remastered for this screening, and is the first of many treasures from the NFSA that we hope to present to members over the coming years.

Award-winning pianist and composer Jan Preston will be performing her own score for the film as a live accompaniment.

"I'm greatly looking forward to performing my original score for this iconic Australian film, for the first time ever in Sydney, particularly with the new digital print" – Jan Preston

Preston will be joined by percussionist Mike Pullman on a range of traditional instruments, including kazoo, tin drum, snare and plastic bags.

We hope you will join us in celebrating this charming film. Join AFI | AACTA and secure your seat today!

To RSVP Please email Sam Buckland directly to apply for your complimentary ticket »
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Upcoming highlights include Data Wrangling on Set: File Based Cameras plus Shooting HD on your DSLR and Six Things Every Cinematographer Must Know with Steve Arnold ACS, all in April.

Modern Cinematography ~ Ellery Ryan ACS
This two day course, led by two time AFI Award winner Ellery Ryan ACS (Is This The Real World, I Love You Too, Van Diemen’s Land, The Rage In Placid Lake) investigates the theory of visual storytelling. It features a lively mix of classroom theory and practical studio demonstrations.

15 - 16 August Modern Cinematography ~ Ellery Ryan ACS

Shooting HD on your DSLR ~ Gareth Tilson
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.

29-30 August Shooting HD on your DSLR ~ Gareth Tilson

Camera & Sound Basics ~ Paul Warren

Led by experienced cinematographer Paul Warren (The Cup, Wrath), this course is suited to those who have limited camera and sound recording experience. It will introduce you to techniques and practical skills that will enable you to produce high quality images and sound for documentary and drama - with an eye to great storytelling, the goal of all good filmmaking.

12 - 13 September Camera & Sound Basics ~ Paul Warren

Content Creation on your iPhone/iPad - Online ~ Gareth Tilson

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 24 September, online, 5 weeks Content Creation on your iPhone/iPad~ Gareth Tilson

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