National Bulletin ~ 13th February 2016 - AWARDS BOOKINGS NOW OPEN!


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Message from the President
Early Bird Prize
45th Annual Awards for Cinematography
Adelaide 2016
Dion Beebe ACS ASC - dedicates a memory to honour Paul Booth
Women in Camera
Bob Miller _ ACS Technical & Innovation Achievement Award 2016
Jeremy Rouse - Debut feature Jonathan
Lemac Presentation: UHD TV --> LOUNGE
OSCAR Nominations
AFTRS Survey
Sydney Film Festival ~ Entries now open
Tropfest Junior
AFTRS OPEN - Lastest Courses
ACS Shop Online

Message from the President

Ron Johanson ACS & Vilmos Zsigmond ASC …strolling down an LA Avenue

45th Annual Awards for Cinematography

The 2016 National Awards in Adelaide are almost upon us so get your skates on as bookings are on a first come, first serve basis.

Keeping in mind that on the weekend of the Awards there is an AFL game at Adelaide Oval, so get in early to book your Accommodation, Flights, Award Tickets and the numerous Awards Satellite Events, we'd hate you to miss out!

Bookings essential:


Then go to the ACS Shop to book the numerous Awards Satellite Events:



– Book your AWARDS TICKETS before the end of February and if eligible go into the draw with a chance to WIN two economy return flights to Adelaide.

Courtesy of our ACS preferred travel planners STAGE AND SCREEN TRAVEL. or [email protected]

(sorry, SA Branch members not eligible to enter)

Not only the 45th Awards

The black tie 45th Annual Awards for Cinematography on Saturday 30 April will truly be a celebration of the best Cinematography Australia has to offer and a taste of the wonderful things Adelaide has on offer.

Events to be held at the Hotel Grand Chancellor on Hindley include:

Southern Light 2 Expo, Exhibitor Presentations, Ray Martin AM stills Retrospective, Meet The Nominees, Dean Semler’s Road to Hollywood screening, 2016 AGM, and John Seale ACS ASC “Presents”……ably supported by David Burr ACS a look at How they got that shot with work spanning the last 40 years.

But that's not all folks...

we also have an ACS Tour of the iconic Adelaide Oval

On Friday 29 April @ 1100 be led on an unforgettable journey into the inner sanctum by expert volunteer guides.… Go behind closed doors where you’ll discover hidden secrets and re live celebrated moments. Access restricted areas and experience the roar of the crowd as you take to the ground through the interactive player’s race. Step into living history as you explore the iconic scoreboard, and see where some of the world’s greatest musos have entertained sold-out crowds.

This is a group tour especially for the ACS and will take approx 1.5 hours and you need to walk about 2.5k’s. Please read the FAQ’a as suitable footwear is required: Click for Oval FAQ's

Book via ACS SHOP $17 inc GST.

Note: If you wish to see the Bradman Collection it would have to be before or after Oval tour.

and a Chinese banquet

On Friday night, 29 April, 1900 to 2100 a delicious and generous Chinese banquet especially organized for the ACS includes Crab Meat Sweet Corn Soup, Dumplings (Prawn, Chive & Dim Sim) Steamed Barramundi, Salt & Pepper Moreton Bay Bug Tails, CitiZen Crispy Chicken, Cantonese Shredded Steak, Golden Scallops, Mixed Garden Vegies, Special Fried Rice, Mango Puddings plus Chinese Tea. (All other drinks extra).

CitiZen is on the corner of Gilbert & King William Streets 1.5k from the Hotel Grand Chancellor on Hindley. A 20 minute walk or you can catch the tram from King William St/Rundle Mall stop, 3 stops to Halifax St tram stop then an easy 200 meter stroll. The SA President reckons it’s the best Chinese in Adelaide!

Book via ACS SHOP $55 per person inc GST.

and a winery tour of the Southern Vales

Lunch and winery tour on Sunday May 1 1000-1600. Bus pick up from Hotel Grand Chancellor on Hindley.

McLaren Vale is situated an easy 45 minutes drive from Adelaide. It has seen a fair bit of filmmaking recently with The Water Diviner, Anzac Girls and Deadline Gallipoli shot in the area. Nearby Australia’s 1st legal Nudist Beach, Maslins Beach, stood in for Anzac Cove.

There’s a huge number of wineries and cellar doors, some favourites include: Paxtons, Oliver's Taranga, Coriole, Pertaringa, Samuel's Gorge, SC Pannell, Fox Creek, Primo Estate and Penny’s Hill.

Lunch will be at the stunning Penny’s Hill Winery & the Kitchen Door Restaurant where you will have a beautiful plated share lunch after a wine tasting of their fabulous range of award winning wines.

Book via ACS SHOP $110 per person inc GST.

Many thanks to Tony Parkinson of Penny's Hill for supplying their award winning wines for our ACS National Sponsor Packs.

Click to go to Penny's Hill website »

Saturday night there’s the 46th Annual Awards for Cinematography

Our Special Guest is Nigel Walters BSC and Ray Martin AM will MC. So get your black tie or best frock organised for the Awards which start at 6:30pm at the Adelaide Convention Centre.

Bookings essential:


ACS Adelaide Accommodation Deals

Grand Chancellor Hotel on Hindley offer a special ACS rate on 50 King/Twin Executive rooms (mix of both room types) at a rate of $155.00 including one full buffet breakfast, additional breakfast $15.00 per person. 08 8237 3821 or Book Hotel Grand Chancellor Adelaide on Hindley Quote Australian Cinematographers

Grand Chancellor Hotel on Currie - 15 King rooms @ $135.00 per room (room only) & 5 Suites @ $145.00 per room (room only) 08 8112 8868 or
Book Hotel Grand Chancellor on Currie

Adelaide Rockford for 10% off the best unrestricted rate, Full Buffet Breakfast: $22.50 (discounted from $30) Discounted Rates available: 28 April - May 2 2016 08 8211 8255 and quote ACS 2016 or [email protected] and quote ACS 2016.

The Playford (room rates only) Deluxe Guestroom $205, Studio Suites $235 & Loft Suite $255 contact Jessica 08 8213 8834 or [email protected] Quote ACS16

Other Hotels close by include: Stamford Plaza Adelaide, Inter Continental Adelaide, Mecure Grosvenor Hotel Adelaide and a short walk away are Ibis Adelaide, Crowne Plaza Adelaide, Hilton Adelaide, iStay on Morphett St and Peppers Waymouth.

Highlights during the Awards long weekend include:

Friday 29/4/16

  • Adelaide Oval tour $17 per person
  • Southern Light 2 Expo Hotel Grand Chancellor on Hindley
  • Exhibitor Presentations
  • ACS Chinese Red Fire Monkey Banquet @ CitiZen $55 a head (excludes drinks)

Saturday 30/4/16

  • Southern Light 2 Expo Hotel Grand Chancellor on Hindley
  • Exhibitor Presentations
  • Ray Martin Stills retrospective Hotel Grand Chancellor on Hindley
  • Meet the Nominee’s Screening/Q&A moderated by Kim Batterham ACS Hotel Grand Chancellor on Hindley
  • Dean Semler’s Road to Hollywood documentary presented by David Brill ACS Hotel Grand Chancellor on Hindley
  • 2016 National ACS Awards Adelaide Convention Centre, Riverview Rooms 6, 7 & 8 ~ Tickets $150 incl GST
  • After Party?... Make your own, try Bank, Peel or Leigh Streets or if you’re really brave give Hindley Street a go!

Sunday 1/5/16

  • National AGM: Hotel Grand Chancellor on Hindley
  • McLaren Vale Winery Tour (10am-4pm) includes delicious plated share lunch and wine tasting @ Penny’s Hill Winery $110 incl gst. per person (drinks extra)

Monday 2/5/16

John Seale AM ACS ASC & David Burr ACS

Bookings for 'How they shot that!' are essential via ACS SHOP

Dion Beebe ACS ASC remembers PAUL BOOTH

It is with great sadness that I heard of the passing of Sydney Gaffer, Paul Booth. Starting my career in the early 90’s I was lucky enough to come across Paul. The start to any career can be intimidating but as a cinematographer finding yourself on a film set with a difficult gaffer can be terrifying. Instead Paul was everything you would want from a gaffer.

He understood light and how to operate his gear, he was patient, had a great attitude and the best smile. A smile is not the first thing you look for in a gaffer, however I will always remember how, in those darkest moments on set, looking across and catching Paul’s reassuring grin… it meant “She’ll be right”, we would get through this.

From commercials, short films, music videos as well as our movies together – ‘Vacant Possession’, ‘Praise’, ‘Holy Smoke’, Paul was always a great collaborator, a great gaffer and a great friend. His family, his work, his many friendships and his smile will always remain his legacy.

Dion Beebe ACS ASC

AFTRS Indigenous Unit ~ BLACK TALK ~ 17th February 2016

The first Black Talk event for 2016, presented by the AFTRS Indigenous Unit, and headed up by Kyas Sherriff includes special international guest: Mexican filmmaker Guillermo Arriaga Babel, 21 Grams, Amores Perros
Wednesday, 17th Feb
AFTRS Theatre
The EQ, Moore Park

Hope you can join us and please feel free to bring a colleague or creative collaborator.

First In Best Dressed ~ No need to RSVP

Women in camera – things are looking up

Womens’ Series (1976) L-R Lorraine Engelbretson (sound recordist), Margaret Moth (camera), Julie Thomson (research) and Deidre McCartin (director). Deborah Shepard from Reframing Women: A History of New Zealand Film (Auckland: Harper Collins, 2000: 52)

.. as posted in the NZCS newsletter and also the IMAGO European Federation of Cinematographers newsletter.

Representing NZCS on the selection panel for the inaugural Cinefem scholarship caused cinematographer Mairi Gunn to reflect on her own career. It’s a story involving focus pulling, shooting while pregnant, balancing family life and winning awards, intertwined with the history of camerawomen in New Zealand.

In 1932 Hilda Hayward, Rudall Hayward’s first wife, picked up her camera and went to film the Auckland riots in Queen Street. It was a courageous move that made her New Zealand’s first known camerawoman and paved the way for women who have been working with movie cameras in New Zealand ever since. Hayward had previously collaborated with her husband as an editor but went on to shoot doco and drama footage with, and without him.

Later, Ramai Hayward, Rudall Hayward’s second wife, and Margaret Moth became icons for aspiring women cinematographers. Ramai is credited as the first Maori camerawoman. She was a stills photographer with her own photographic studio in Devonport before she met Rudall. Margaret left New Zealand after shooting The Women’s Series in 1976 and became a renowned CNN news and current affairs shooter. Both have since passed away.



NOMINATIONS ARE NOW OPEN FOR The Bob Miller Award, named after the inventor of the world’s first fluid action tripod head, Bob Eric Miller.

The award is presented at the ACS Annual National Awards for Cinematography and comprises $1,000 in cash and a $2,000 Miller voucher enabling the recipient to purchase any Miller product at 40% discount off list price directly from Miller, with a valued list price of $3,333.

In addition, Miller has donated an LP54 in a wooden case and a special Bob Miller Award plaque, which will reside in the ACS headquarters in North Sydney. The name of the award recipient will be engraved on the LP 54 Classic plaque, every year, in perpetuity. The recipient will also receive a framed, signed plaque to commemorate their win.

Nominees must be financial ACS members who have contributed in the 24 months prior to the 2016 Awards by way of technical and/or innovative practical ideas that have helped the industry to advance.

Send your nomination by no later than MARCH 10, with a detailed description of their technical or innovative achievement to ACS National President; Ron Johanson AM ACS for consideration.

[email protected] » - ACS National President; Ron Johanson ACS

Australian Cinematographer Jeremy Rouse’s Debut Feature "JONATHAN" Selected for Berlinale

Australian cinematographer Jeremy Rouse is off to a flying start as his first feature film has been selected for the Panorama section of The 66th Berlinale, 2016.

Jonathan, also a feature debut of director Piotr J. Lewandowski, is a German language film shot in rural Germany last year. The film is about a young farmer struggling with his duties along with the family politics and secrets that unfold in his father’s final days.

Photo by: Jeremy Rouse

Jeremy is well known for shooting international TVCs and Australian shorts including Mirrah Foulke’s AACTA Award winning short Florence Has Left the Building, Alexandra Schepisi’s shorts Lois and One Night and Ben Briand’s award winning Blood Pulls a Gun. He also shot Shaun Gladwell’s chapter of Australian feature film The Turning called Family. Jeremy is a multiple ACS award winner. Jonathan is his debut feature film as cinematographer.

LEMAC Presents: UHD TV Lens To Lounge Room

With demand for UHD/4K and HDR content on the rise, now is the time for industry professionals - from production to distribution - to consolidate their understanding of this emerging technology.
Designed to be accessible to people of all levels in media and entertainment, this presentation will begin with an interactive explanation of the basics of UHD and HDR, followed by a look at current technology and industry thinking surrounding the acquisition and delivery of UHD and HDR content.

Along the way we’ll discuss some potential pitfalls of planning, producing and distributing content and view a selection of material, encoded in HEVC - the future of content distribution! And we’ll have some fun with your eyeballs along the way!

AFTRS Theatre
Tuesday, 16 February 2016
6:30pm - 9:30pm

Wednesday, 24 February 2016
6:30pm - 9:30pm
RSVP - Victoria

Wednesday, 02 March 2016
6:30pm - 9:30pm
RSVP - Queensland


The ACS Technical Committee and FXPHD have done an "Introductory Video" looking at Red’s new Carbon Fiber Weapon camera. The video looks at new features and performance levels. Included are some specific tests to see how the upgraded signal processing in the Weapon improves dynamic range performance and how the dynamic range compares with the previous Red Epic Dragon and Arri's Alexa XT.

Red Weapon »

13 Australians have been nominated for Academy Awards this year!

The Revenant leads the nominations at the 88th Academy Awards this year with 12 nominations, closely followed by George Miller AO's Mad Max: Fury Road with 10.
And this year a record number of Australians will be in the running for an Oscar. Cate Blanchett has been nominated for best actress for Carol, and the Fury Road team has multiple nominees in the technical categories, as well as nominations for Best Picture (George Miller AO and Doug Mitchell), Best Directing (George Miller AO), Best Editing (Margaret Sixel) and Best Cinematography (John Seale AM ACS ASC).

Nominations are in....Read them all HERE »

Watch THR's Full, Uncensored Cinematographer Roundtable With Tarantino's Robert Richardson ASC and our very own Mandy Walker ACS ASC

Some of the past year's most notable cinematographers join for The Hollywood Reporter's Cinematographer Oscar Roundtable.

The cinematographer's include:

Alain Kuchler BSC (Steve Jobs),
Robert Richardson ASC (The Hateful Eight),
Danny Cohen BSC (The Danish Girl, Room),
Linus Sandgren FSF (Joy),
Masanobu Takayanagi ASC (Black Mass, Spotlight),
Mandy Walker ACS ASC (Truth).

Follow the link below to check out this terrific discussion.

Hollywood Round Table »

@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 Sydney Film Festival" 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!



Nutshell Camera Rentals is a boutique facility based in central Auckland. In a market where clients want everything, it is commonly expected that the smaller boutique houses are not capable of delivering the goods. Nutshell is different. Mixing four decades of experience with the latest technology, Nutshell was the first to market with the ARRI AMIRA in Australasia with its purchase of three cameras. Alongside the decision to buy the first of the range of ALURA Zooms, Nutshell has lead the way in the small New Zealand market with the latest ARRI products.

Raised on ARRI film cameras Nutshell owner, Paul Richards, has a deep understanding of the quality and intelligence behind the design of ARRI equipment as he explained, “Nutshell clients have a confidence in ARRI and its products, which is priceless. The name ARRI induces a level of satisfaction and calmness, which is kind of spiritual. The ARRI AMIRA camera is versatile, intelligent and robust. The menus are intuitive, the features support speed and simplicity and everyone enjoys working with the camera.”

According to Richards Nutshell’s clients typically require simple solutions and 200 fps @ ProRes 4:4:4:4 is a simple decision when shooting sport, drama or TVC work. 4K and interval record are an added bonus.

He added, “Interestingly, ARRI pitched the AMIRA camera as a doco-style camera, which doesn’t really tell the full story. The legacy cameras in the ARRI ALEXA range have convinced everyone of the image quality of the ARRI sensor. Most people understand the AMIRA can do 80% of what an ALEXA does, without the weight and heavy power consumption. This is a very clever camera.”

The AMIRA camera also offers Richards and his clients several lens mount options including EF, B4 and PL which he sees as a major bonus.

Richards concluded, “I have to say ARRI AMIRA cameras are great. I also have to say that ARRI Australia is superb to deal with. Germany is a long way away, but the direct line via Stefan and Melaney for parts and advice, is extraordinary.”

For more information on Nutshell Camera Rentals go to: »

DREW JOHN LLEWLYN ACS ~ 10.12.1960 - 5.2.2014

Drew Llewelyn joined Channel TEN News in 1978 as a Film Laboratory assistant.

He soon moved into film editing and showed real flare as an editor.

Drew was also a surfer and very keen to learn the technique of water photography. He brought his own housing with a 16mm Bolex camera and became a very good water cameraman, working on several surfing competitions over several years.

He was soon working with news crews in the mornings and then editing in the afternoons. Drew went through the whole process of transition in the industry from film to video. Drew worked on every Sony format including BVU, Beta, SP Beta, Panasonic mini cassette, P2 and then disc.

By the 1990's his talents were well established not only in Brisbane but Australia wide. He was sought out as a news and current affairs cameraman by both Nine and Seven networks. Drew covered four summer and four winter Olympics for the Seven Network.

His combined skill as a cameraman and quick and creative editor proved a truly magical combination, and his talent of shooting beautiful pictures and perfectly matching those shots to appropriate music was his trademark. earning him many awards over the years and plenty of respect from his peers.

Not often talked about was his bravery as a cinematographer…….
He was the first cameraman into a village in the West Sepik of PNG where 6,000 people were killed by a tidal wave in 1998. He faced armed gunmen in Malaysia, filmed from a chopper at zero feet, shooting giant waves being surfed at night in Hawaii, among numerous exploits.

Drew went freelance in 2002, forming Drew Llewelyn Productions and working successfully around the world. Drew was a gifted cameraman who shot several of the stories for “Scene by Scene” about the films and filmmakers of Asia Pacific.

Drew joined the Australian Cinematographers Society in 1993 and it is thought that when he was Accredited in 1995, it was the first for a video cameraman, leading the way for many of his contemporaries to follow.


Established with the support of the Llewelyn family, the Queensland Branch and the National Executive, the Drew Llewelyn ACS Camerimage Scholarship, will enable one lucky ACS member to attend Camerimage in Poland this year, with an amount of $4000.00 towards flights and accommodation, along with other introductions within the Camerimage festival itself

The Scholarship will be administered by the National ACS Board and will be in place for a 5-year period, which commenced in 2015. It will be open to financial FULL & ACTIVE members of the Society and will be decided by the Board after submitting a simple application explaining

“Why you want to travel to Camerimage and how you see it having long-term benefits for you”.

[email protected] »

Entries close on Thursday, 31st March.
The winner will be notified and presented with their certificate at the 2016 ACS National Awards for Cinematography in Adelaide.

Macquarie Commercial Finance & SURA Film and Entertainment ~ March 16th Presentation

Do you need advice on financing or insurance on your new or existing equipment?
If so then join Macquarie Commercial Finance and SURA Film and Entertainment Insurance for a presentation of what is available to our members.

This event will commence:

Thurs 16 March 2016
ACS Headquarters
Level 2
26 Ridge Street
North Sydney NSW 2060
Afterwards stay on for the monthly Thursday night Drop In.

RSVP is essential to:

Macquarie Commercial Finance Please call Andrew Barley today on 0412 521 031 or email via [email protected] or SURA Film And Entertainment Please call Joe Lo Surdo on 02 99309560 or email via [email protected]

[email protected] » - SURA Film And Entertainment
[email protected] » - Macquarie Commercial Finance
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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

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:
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