National Bulletin 21st January 2016


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Message from the President
Welome to new Silver Sponsor CW Sonderoptic
Dean Semler's Road to Hollywood - Premiere on Saturday 23 Jan @ 5:30pm SBS
New TOP TECH Video - Check it out!!!
Jason Wingrove chooses SONY FS7
OSCAR Nominations
AFTRS Survey
Sydney Film Festival ~ Entries now open
Tropfest Junior
AFTRS OPEN - Lastest Courses
ACS Shop Online

Message from the President

Welcome to CW SONDEROPTIC as a National ACS Silver sponsor.

CW Sonderoptic, sister company to Leica Camera, designs and manufactures premium cine lenses for the film and television production market.

They currently produce two lines of optics, the Leica Summilux-C (T1.4) primes and Leica Summicron-C (T2.0) primes.

Leica cine lenses are known for bringing beautiful images to both film and digital cameras through their natural color rendition as well as their “creamy sharpness”, which preserves fine details without sacrificing smooth, attractive skin tones.

Dean Semler’s Road To Hollywood

Directed & Photographed by DAVID BRILL ACS

An intimate look at the Academy Award-winning Australian cinematographer Dean Semler. After the glamour of Hollywood, he returns to his humble beginnings in country South Australia.

Dean Semler ACS ASC is an Oscar winning cinematographer whose credits include Mad Max 2, Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome, Cocktail, Young Guns, Dead Calm, Dances With Wolves, The Power of One, Waterworld, Apocalypto, and Maleficent to name a few.

Dean Semler ACS ASC - The Road To Hollywood

Dean Semler’s Road to Hollywood, follows Semler’s life and career from his humble beginnings in Renmark, South Australia, to his breakthrough role shooting Mad Max 2, to Holywood stardom and back again with a heart-warming return to his home town.

This is an intimate portrait tracing the career of one of Australia’s unsung Cinematic heroes featuring exclusive interviews with Hugh Jackman, Mel Gibson, George Miller and Randall Wallace.

Dean Semler’s Road To Hollywood screens on SBS on Saturday, January 23 at 5.30pm

Check out the Trailer »

Time to check out the latest Top Tech Video

CLICK HERE or on the IMAGE to view »

National Awards are on soon...

Early Bird Tickets go on sale in February, so start planning now!

About the National Awards.

The black tie gala is the premier event on the ACS calendar and is an opportunity to celebrate the art of cinematography in Australia.

Entries for the National Awards are automatically entered from the Gold winners from the individual State & Territory Awards, held in November the preceding year. Direct entry is not available into the National Awards. Only current financial members of the Society are eligible to enter into the State & Territory awards.

The Gold Tripod is the highest award in each category, a runners up in each category may receive an Award of Distinction. Only one Gold Tripod and a an Award of Distinction may be awarded in each category.

All of the Gold Tripod Winners are then reconsidered to determine the winner of the Milli Award for ACS Australian Cinematographer of the Year


Picture credits: The Sony PXW-FS7 camera on TVCs directed and shot by Jason Wingrove across Australia.

Jason Wingrove’s commercials and shorts have won many awards at festivals worldwide garnering Clio, Axis, MADC, ATV, AWARD, ACS, Worldwide Film Festival and Cannes advertising awards. Recently this talented Director DOP made the decision to use the Sony FS7 as his camera of choice.

“I’ve used the FS7 on dozens and dozens of high end commercials now from small clients and products to big ones. The reasons for this are many and varied. First and foremost for me is the full frame option. In my opinion it’s a huge boost to the beauty of the images. I’m addicted to the look of full frame since the 5D days but a professional camera that could capture a similar look has long been in my sights. Along with a sensible, accessible codec, low media cost, slow motion options and 4K acquisition are almost a prerequisite now. Most of my work is professionally colour graded too so a huge part of the decision was to use a camera with great dynamic range and files that give me all the flexibility in grading I’m used to. The FS7 delivers all of the above.”

On his recent TVCs with the FS7 Wingrove used all the flexibility the camera had to offer and welcomed its ease of use.

“The FS7 compares extremely well to other cameras in its class. It has the dynamic range very similar to anything out there, including the larger more expensive cameras, and I’m not even shooting in Cine EI mode with should give me even more. I have some unique custom-made lenses that really come into their own with the full frame field of view so regardless of all the other pluses, the final image is a combination of all I've mentioned - dynamic range, clean codec, full frame and slow mo results and my clients love it. As I’m directing first and shooting second I need a camera that gets out of my way and lets me get on with the main game. The FS7 is that camera.” »

The OSCARS NOMINATIONS ARE In.... The nominees for the 2016 Academy Awards are:

Best Cinematography

Ed Lachman ASC

The Hateful Eight,
Robert Richardson ASC

Mad Max: Fury Road,
John Seale ACS ASC

The Revenant,
Emmanuel Lubezki ASC AMC

Roger Deakins ASC BSC

Nominations are in... Read ALL »

AFTRS is undertaking a comprehensive industry survey

“AFTRS is asking the industry to tell us what skills and talent are needed both today, and in the future. This could range from a particular skills gap that needs addressing immediately, to a demand for talented creatives who understand emerging formats and platforms,” ~ Neil Peplow, AFTRS CEO.

AFTRS’ Skills Survey 2016: Industrial Strength »

@Sydney Film Festival is NOW OPEN FOR SUBMISSIONS

Entries are now open for the 63rd Sydney Film Festival for features, documentaries and short films (under 40 minutes). Submissions close on Friday February 26, 2016.

Go to for full eligibility criteria and submission details.

TROPFEST Junior ~ 14th February 2016

Tropfest, Trop Jr is a short filmmaking competition and a free, outdoor cinema festival held on Sunday, February 14 at Sydney's Centennial Parklands at 11AM.

This year, we'll be screening 15 finalist films made by talented kids and teens aged 15 and under. The event is complete with live music, entertainment, competitions, great food and drinks...and it’s free to attend! »


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ACS members receive a 10% discount on all AFTRS Open short courses.

Upskill in the New Year. AFTRS Open has a range of great courses including ADVANCED LIGHTING SKILLS and SIX WEEK FILM SCHOOL. Plus ACS members receive a 10% discount on all AFTRS Open short courses. To view courses visit the : AFTRS Open website

To view all AFTRS Open Cinematography courses visit the AFTRS Open website:
AFTRS OPEN Cinematography Courses

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.
2 - 6 February

This advanced lighting course with Roger Lanser, is for cinematographers wanting to expand their knowledge in lighting for film and television drama. This course gets outstanding feedback:
‘Not only the lecturer but the grip, gaffer, best boy & camera operator contributed enormously from their experience & knowledge. The other excellent feature was the two talented actors we worked with.’
3 - 6 February

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. Chat sessions will take place

Thursday evenings from 19:30 to 20:30 AEST.
Starts 3 March, 5 weeks

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.

19 - 20 March

To view all AFTRS Open courses visit the AFTRS Open website:
AFTRS Short Courses

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