National eNews NATIONAL BULLETIN 10th October 2015


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Editor: Lizz Vernon

In This Issue

- Message from the President
- Round One Voting Now Open - AACTA AWARDS
- IAGA - The Annual General Assembly
- AFTRS Post Graduate Information Session
- Secret City ~ A changing of the guard
- Something to Consider...
- 2016 Production Book ~ NOW ON SALE
- WIN the new PXW-FS5 with SONY's Short Film Competition
- SA/WA add a bonus event to their Awards Calendar - Don't miss out!!!
- Camera Stabilisation - A Fresh Approach
- Focus on Exposure Survey
- 20% Discount Extended to ACS Members for AFTRS Summer School
- ACS Online Shop
- AFTRS ~ Courses & Links
- ACS Sponsors

Message from the President

Greetings colleagues and friends,

On last Wednesday evening I was fortunate enough to attend a screening at the renowned State cinema in Hobart, of David Bradbury’s award winning film


which, in interviews and some truly remarkable film footage tells the story of Tasmanian born news cameraman, and ACS Hall of Fame member, the legendary Neil Davis.

FRONTLINE is a graphic account of the Vietnam war as seen through the camera of Neil Davis. His footage of the conflict was seen nightly by millions around the world.

Vietnam was a television war, a war said to have been lost in the lounge rooms of middle America. and not on the battlefield.

A multi-award winner (including an Academy Award nomination for Best Documentary) the film examines the ethical issues facing a man in the frontline who is not an active combatant, but always reflecting on the fact that more than eighty newsmen were killed covering the war.

Neil Davis discusses his experiences in the film, and this combined with extensive footage shot by him and others, makes for a compelling account of an Australian war correspondent.

The film was completed before Neil’s death in a coup in Thailand in September 1985, and reveals a man of great purpose with a mind like a steel trap and the eye of a master.

Neil Davis, like Damian Parer before him re invented the documenting of conflict, at times literally only an arms length away from the action taking place in front of his camera.

Neil Davis possessed that often talked about“sixth sense”; he knew when to roll and when to cut, when to become involved and when not to, which wasn’t often!

This film of David Bradbury’s is a film to be seen again and again, for the importance of the subject matter, and for the eloquence of both Neil Davis the man and his always present camera.

After the screening there was a very compelling and informative Q&A hosted by Walkley award winning journalist, Mark Davis

David Brill ACS - Centre of frame

and featuring panel members, the author of “One Crowded Hour"; David Bowden, Cinematographer, ACS Hall of Famer and friend of Neil Davis; David Brill ACS, legendary photographer, Tim Page and filmmaker David Bradbury.

Much was discussed even speculation that Neil’s death could well have been a targeted one, given his influence relating to the lives of people most effected by the various conflicts, and his political savvy of things happening in the region.

Our very own David Brill ACS also believes that Neil should be considered more favourably for his humanitarian work in Indo-China, and I’m pleased to say the ACS will be sitting down with David to discuss and document this and other things relating to Neil Davis, and indeed David’s own remarkable career, which was revealed in John Little's book "The Man Who Saw Too Much"

Frontline »
Neil Davis combat Cameraman Frontline (1979) View video HERE »
The Power of one man's camera ~ Article by Richard Jinman »

Attending the screening was the perfect opportunity to present to the family of Peter Donnelly ACS a memento of him receiving his induction into the Hall of Fame. Peter was a stalwart of the Society, in particular his beloved Tasmanian Branch and will always be remembered for his ready smile, keen sense of humour and the contribution he made to the success of the Society over many years.

VALE ~ Charles Pierre (Peter) Donnelly ACS (1935-2015) »

Until next time

Ron Johanson OAM ACS
National President

Round One Voting Now Open | 5th AACTA Awards presented by Presto

Now is your chance as a member of the Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (AACTA) to have your say in awarding Australian screen excellence at the 5th AACTA Awards presented by Presto.

Your vote counts towards determining which of your peers become nominated for Australia's highest screen accolade, an AACTA Award.


1. Click on the ‘Cast Your Vote’ button below.
2. Enter your AACTA member number.
3. Enter your password (your surname in capital letters).
4. Voting closes at 11:59pm Thursday 15 October 2015


ROUND ONE VOTING INFORMATION ~ During round one voting, AACTA members vote to determine the following:

  • Best Film Nominees: All AACTA members vote to determine up to five nominees for the AACTA Award for Best Film.
  • Feature Film Nominees: Members of each of AACTA's 16 chapters vote to determine the feature film nominees in the categories specific to their craft specialisation. For example, the Cinematographers Chapter votes to determine the nominees for the AACTA Award for Best Cinematography.
  • Non Feature Film Winners: All AACTA members vote to determine the winner in the Best Feature Length Documentary, Best Short Animation and Best Short Fiction Film categories. Nominees in these categories were determined by AACTA Award Juries.

A reminder that you do not have to have seen all the Feature Films in Competition to vote. Your vote will be weighted according to the number of films you have seen.

Please note that online voting is not applicable for the Television and additional Documentary Awards as the nominees and winners in these categories are determined by AACTA Award Juries.

For more information on voting, including the AACTA Awards voting model, see the

AFI / AACTA Website »

IAGA - The Imago Annual General Assembly

ACS National President Ron Johanson OAM ACS will be representing the ACS at this years IMAGO conference in Israel.

The ACT, the Israeli Society of Cinematographers is hosting this year's annual General Assembly. The meeting will be taking place on the 16th, 17th and 18th of October in the city of Jerusalem. As usual the IAGA gathers more than 50 delegates representing some of the 48 societies represented in the Federation. This year elections for a new Board will take place, with the new Board taking over IMAGO affairs for the next 3 years. Nigel Walters from the BSC has been the President since 2008, after he was elected at the IAGA which took place in Amsterdam.

The ACS is proud to be a Full member of IMAGO and honoured to be part of the ongoing advancement of Cinematography globally

The ACS wish Ron a safe productive trip to Israel while he represents the Australian Cinematography Society and all our members at IMAGO this year.

October 28th AFTRS will be holding a Postgraduate Information Evening

~ giving prospective students the opportunity to talk with AFTRS Masters Program lecturers and find out more about the New Graduate Certificates in the area's of Directing, Screenwriting, Documentary and Editing.

2016 AFTRS Master of Screen Arts and Graduate Certificates

Australia's national screen and broadcast school is offering the following postgraduate courses for 2016:
Graduate Certificates in Directing, Editing Drama, Documentary and Screenwriting (Open for applications now until November 1)
Master of Screen Arts (Opening Soon)
AFTRS will be holding a postgraduate information evening on Wednesday, October 28 at 6pm and will be streaming the session on periscope and on the AFTRS website.

Full details on how to watch the streams are available on the AFTRS website as are times and all other relevant details. »


Directed by Emma Freeman, SECRET CITY is a 6 part political thriller for Foxtel, revealing that beneath the placid facade of Canberra, amidst rising tension between China and America, senior political journalist Harriet Dunkley uncovers a secret city of interlocked conspiracies, putting innocent lives in danger including her own.

Secret City stars Jackie Weaver, Anna Torv, Dan Wylie, Alex Dimitriades, Damon Herriman and is based on the novels, The Marmalade Files and The Mandarin Code by Chris Uhlmann and Steve Lewis.

Milli award winning cinematographer, Garry Phillips ACS (Railway Man, House of Hancock, Burning Man) takes over from Mark Wareham ACS for the last part fresh back from Malaysia shooting “Indian Summers - Season 2" as Mark leaves to start "Jasper Jones" in WA with the amazing Rachel Perkins


If you’ve been the recipient of Accreditation, it’s important to remember that those letters ACS, come with a certain degree of responsibility and commitment. The Society expects your involvement in things like Awards judging, Accreditation assessments, participating as a member of your Branch committee or being involved Nationally on the Executive or on an ACS sub committee.

The Society is only as good as it's members, and by gaining your letters which is indeed a privilege and the highest honour the Society can bestow on you, does in turn mean the Society anticipates that you will be an ACTIVE contributor in order to continue the growth of the Society.

We ask you always consider this before you apply for Accreditation.


Only Full financial, Accredited members of the Society may use the letters ACS after their surname. The letters will be one space after the surname, in capitals, without full stops or spaces between the letters, e.g. David Lewis ACS

Should the Accredited member hold an OAM or similar, then this would precede the ACS letters, e.g. Ron Johanson OAM ACS

Or, if the Accredited member be also Accredited in another country then the first Accreditation received should appear first, e.g. Dean Semler ACS ASC

Just being an ACS member does not mean you can use the letters "ACS" after your name, but the ACS does allow financial members to acknowledge they are members of the Society in their CV's, etc. For example: Julie Citizen - I am an Active (or Full, or Student, etc.) member of the Victorian Branch of the ACS.

The 2016 Production Book is now on sale ~ CELEBRATING 25 YEARS!

PRE-Order your copy and go into the draw to WIN a 50” 4k Ultra HD LED Viera Panasonic TV.

The Production Book is the most comprehensive and reliable resource directory for the film, television, advertising and multimedia industries in Australia.
In our 25th Anniversary edition we bring you some great behind the scenes shots celebrating the people of the industry, plus we have also included listings for New Zealand to bring you an even more comprehensive resource to help with all your production needs.

The 2016 Production Book will be released during the first week of December and posted to you by mid-December 2015

Click to book for Wastelander Screening & Q&A »

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November course highlights include LIGHTING FUNDAMENTALS with Louis Irving ACS in November plus an additional CAMERA ASSISTANT’S WORKSHOP has been scheduled with expert DOP and AFTRS Cinematography lecturer Erika Addis ACS in November as the October course sold out fast!

A reminder ACS members receive a 10% discount on all AFTRS Open short courses, plus a special 20% Discount on SUMMER SCHOOL courses booked before 19 October.

To view all AFTRS Open Cinematography courses visit the AFTRS Open website


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

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 12 November, online, 5 weeks
Content Creation on your iPhone/iPad - Online

Camera Assistant’s Workshop - Second Course Scheduled

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 usually held once a year! 12 - 16 October - SOLD OUT!

23 - 27 November, AFTRS Sydney
Camera Assistant’s Workshop - Annual course


SUMMER SCHOOL: Videomaking 101: Shoot, Edit, Publish
Do you - or your staff - want to shoot, edit and upload your own short videos for your corporate website, social media marketing or just for your own interest? Then this course is for you.

23 - 27 November 2015
Videomaking 101: Shoot, Edit, Publish

SUMMER SCHOOL: TV Shooter Producer
Anyone entering the TV industry now needs to be able to “do it all”. It’s essential to be able to use a camera competently and this five-day course will give you the confidence and skills to say “I can do that”. This is a five-day version of our popular TV Shooter/Producer course, and includes lighting tuition and more location practical.

30 November - 4 December 2015
TV Shooter Producer

SUMMER SCHOOL: The Three Week Film School
looking to fast track your filmmaking skills and get an opportunity to use professional equipment and studios? This is your chance to immerse yourself in all areas of film studies and filmmaking.

23 November - 11 December 2015
The Three Week Film School

SUMMER SCHOOL: The Six Week Film School
Thirty days of our biggest and most intensive filmmaking course, including documentary and short film screenwriting! Led by AFI and ADG Award nominee Lucy Gaffy, this course has been designed for new & emerging filmmakers who are looking to take the next step. Places are limited!

11 January - 19 February 2016
The Six Week Film School

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