National eNews NATIONAL Bulletin 1st September 2015


AC Magazines

Editor: Lizz Vernon

In This Issue

- The NT Awards - on again this year. Start planning your accommodation
- ACS HQ Office Space available
- 3 ARRI AMIRA for the 23rd series of Power Ranges: Dino Charge
- ACS Canon Initiative Update ~ Blue Lucine
- Trauma Survey for News Cameramen
- Super Stage in QLD
- ACS Online Shop
- Fujinon 4K on display
- AFTRS ~ Courses & Links
- ACS Sponsors

Message from the President

Last Friday and Saturday saw 10 respected Accredited members assemble for the 2015 round of Accreditation screenings at the ACS HQ. There were 14 applicants, representing 6 ACS Branches who presented a catalogue of diverse and really brilliant material for the Accreditation panel comprising; Ernie Clark ACS (Chair), Peter Curtis ACS, Alan Cole ACS, Simon Akkerman ACS, David Wakeley ACS, Velinda Wardell ACS, Ron Johanson ACS, Louis Irving ACS, Simon Chapman ACS and Roger Lanser ACS to view and assess.

After 2 days the results confirmed 10 members who will be presented with their ACS Accreditation pins and certificates at their upcoming State and Territory Awards presentations.

362 Stephen Cavenagh (NT)
363 Robb Shaw-Velzen (ACT)
364 Viv Scanu (NSW)
365 Michael Dillon AM (VIC)
366 Borce Damcevski (NSW)
367 Ross Giardina (NSW)
368 Jason Wotherspoon (NSW)
369 Warwick Field (VIC)
370 Frank Flick (NSW)
371 Leigh Hubner (QLD)

This is a very intense process and the percentage of those Accredited this year is higher than in previous years and indicates the standard of all the applicants and the material.

My congratulations to you all, and my thanks to the judges, the NSW Branch and Lizz Vernon, Alexis Castagna and David Lewis ACS for their valuable assistance.

Ron Johanson OAM ACS
National President

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 now available

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 Tickets »

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 »

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

Update from ACS Canon Initiative Recipient Blue Lucine

Since being awarded the Canon Initiative in partnership with the ACS, my filmmaking has evolved significantly. For the first time, I've been able to readily access high quality equipment, and have learnt how to properly use the c100 and c300.

This opportunity has assisted me to be more experimental in my work and take my filmmaking to a more professional level. The best way to learn is by doing, and the partnership with Canon and the ACS gave me a chance to do just that. Nothing compares to hands on real life experience. I have been allowed to explore the more technical aspects of cinematography, a necessary luxury that any young filmmaker would be grateful to receive.

Being able to access a range of Canon lenses provided me with a unique and invaluable learning experience. Using high quality glass taught me so much more about composition and encouraged me to think in more creative ways about the way I chose to shoot. Being a documentary filmmaker calls for flexibility, ingenuity, and thinking on your feet. Having options of different lenses taught me the importance of using the appropriate lenses in different situations.

Long form independent social justice documentaries such as my project Forced Out need a lot of determination and perseverance, both to stick it out to the end and to continue even though there is no monetary support. As I have no current funding to support my filmmaking process, this initiative has been the only thing that's allowed me to continue filming.

Blue Lucine
Director of Forced Out

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


The Queensland Government has reached an in-principle agreement to build a 4000sq metre super stage at Village Roadshow's Oxenford Studios in a partnership that will simultaneously deliver the latest venue for the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games and provide a major drawcard for international blockbuster films.

Village Roadshow Studio ~ Gold Coast, Australia »
Full Article: Blockbuster Super Stage Potential Legacy for Queensland Screen Industry »


Power Rangers – Dino Charge shot in New Zealand

The iconic TV show about a group of ordinary teens who morph into superheroes and save the world from evil recently wrapped production in Auckland. Power Rangers – Dino Charge, the 23rd series of the show, exclusively used ARRI AMIRA cameras for the entire shoot. Here the two DOPs on Power Rangers – Dino Charge, DJ Stipsen and Kevin Riley, explain the shoot, its challenges and why they chose AMIRA cameras.

Read the full article HERE »

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.

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 »


It was standing room only at the recent FUJIFILM 4K Day held at the Digital Motion Picture Centre (DMPC) earlier this month, with attendees eager to discover what makes a 4K lens truly 4K. The crowd - a cross section of DPs, engineers, company executives, TV and film rental house personnel – got to see the much buzzed about 4K PL-mount Cine-Style and Ultra HD lenses for 2/3-inch broadcast cameras operating side by side and participate in a Q&A following detailed presentations by FUJIFILM executives about the nature of 4K optics.


What's in your kit?

Velinda Wardel ACS answers one of those age old questions:

What's in your kit?

"An essential piece of my kit is my trusty blanket; it always comes in handy. I actually have two I keep one in the van and one in my kit.

Sometimes it’s underneath the camera, or on the talent or even keeping me cozy on a sunrise shoot in Mt Isa."

Velinda Wardell ACS ~ On location for a chilly sunrise in Mt Isa shooting a Bertie Blackman Music Video.

Photo Credit: Phil Erbacher

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Short course highlights include: the CAMERA ASSISTANT’S WORKSHOP with expert DOP and AFTRS Cinematography lecturer Erika Addis in October. This has limited places and only runs once a year so don’t miss out! In September there’s CAMERA & SOUND BASICS plus in November there’s LIGHTING FUNDAMENTALS with Louis Irving ACS.

Camera Assistant’s Workshop - Annual course

This popular intensely practical course with AFTRS Cinematography lecturer and expert DOP Erika Addis, introduces you to the duties and professional requirements of the Camera Assistant in drama, documentary and commercials. Unique in Australia this course uses the latest equipment in AFTRS’ state-of-the-art studios.

This course is only held once a year so don’t miss out!

12 - 16 October
Camera Assistant’s Workshop - Annual course

Camera & Sound Basics

Led by experienced cinematographer Paul Warren (The Cup (1999), 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

Content Creation on your iPhone/iPad - Online

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 - Online

Lighting Fundamentals with Louis Irving ACS

Learn basic lighting skills and how they apply to the visualisation of a story or concept with Louis Irving ACS. You’ll learn about natural and artificial light, colour temperature, soft/hard light, the use of anti-fill, cutters & diffusion gels, dealing with reflections and much more! The course will be taught in AFTRS state-of-the-art studios examining artificial light sources, and on a location shoot studying the changeability of natural light in both exterior and interior locations.

9 - 13 November
Lighting Fundamentals with Louis Irving

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