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Early Bird Prize
45th Annual Awards for Cinematography
Check out all the events planned for you to enjoy in Adelaide

Apply for:
John Leake OAM ACS Emerging Cinematographer Award
Bob Miller ACS Technical & Innovation Achievement

ACS SHOP - Merchandise and so much more

Message from the President

Congratulations to Cinematographer Emmanuel "Chivo" Lubezki ASC, AMC on receiving an Oscar for his work on The Revenant, setting a new Oscar record in the process. This is the third year in a row Lubezki has taken home the award for Best Cinematography, having won the last two years for 2013's Gravity and 2014's Birdman. He's the only filmmaker to have won the award three times in a row, and is only one win away from matching the all-time record in the category altogether.

It'd be hard for anyone to argue Lubezki's work in The Revenant wasn't deserving. He and director Alejandro Iñárritu shot the film usually only natural light, giving The Revenant a haunting, ethereal glow even as the film depicted some truly savage imagery and environments. He also won out over some of the very best cinematographers working today, including Ed Lachman's subtle, classical work in Carol, John Seale's audacious collaboration with director George Miller on Mad Max: Fury Road, Sicario's formidable D.P. Roger Deakins, who still hasn't taken home an Oscar after 13 nominations, and Robert Richardson for The Hateful Eight. Basically, all of the nominated films this year were stunning, so if The Revenant — or any of the other nominees — are still playing in theatres in your area, they're worth watching on as big a screen as possible.

Emmanuel Lubezki ASC AMC


It is with great sadness that I advise the membership of the passing of an industry giant; Douglas Slocombe BSC at 103 years of age.

A truly inspirational cinematographer and a man of great warmth and humility.

Born in London, he was raised in France, returning to the UK in 1933. In 1939, he filmed some of the earliest fighting of the second world war in Poland and Amsterdam, which was featured in documentaries by Herbert Kline, Alberto Cavalcanti and Ealing Studios.

Douglas Slocombe’s first feature film was The Big Blockade (1942).

The Oscar-nominated British director of photography is best known for shooting the first three Indiana Jones films in the 1980s, and nearly all the classic comedies produced by London-based Ealing Studios, including Kind Hearts and Coronets (1949) and The Lavender Hill Mob (1951). In total, he shot 80 films.

All of which left a mark on us…

Over the course of his career, Solocombe received Oscar nominations for his work on Travels With My Aunt (1973), Julia (1978) and Raiders of the Lost Ark (1982). Other high-profile credits include Jesus Christ Superstar (1973), The Great Gatsby (1974) and Rollerball (1975).

Our deepest condolences to his family and his myriad of friends and colleagues around the world.

He will be missed…no doubt about that.

Ron Johanson OAM ACS
National President

It's getting closer, 2 Months to go... 2016 ACS NATIONAL AWARDS IN ADELAIDE

Sponsors book your complimentary tickets now! We'd hate you to miss out!


Book your AWARDS TICKETS before FRIDAY, 18 MARCH 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...

Also 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 McLaren Vale winery & lunch

Lunch and winery tour on Sunday May 1 1000-1600. Bus pick up from Hotel Grand Chancellor on Hindley, meet in foyer at 09:45.

McLaren Vale is situated in the Southern Fleurieu, 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: Hugh Hamilton, 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

John Leake OAM ACS Emerging Cinematographer Award

The ACS continues to reward up and coming cinematography

The Society invites young cinematographers to apply for the 2016 ACS John Leake OAM ACS Emerging Cinematographer Award.

The Award was first presented in 2010 and provides a cash prize of $2,500 to an emerging cinematographer who is either currently studying cinematography at a tertiary institution, or working in the film industry, and is a current member of the ACS. The prize can be used for any educational, training, or professional work, which will further their skills and career.

According to ACS National President Ron Johanson OAM ACS, “This incentive has been a total success, fostering young cinematographers in the pursuit of their career goals. The ACS is proud to be part of this valuable program for the sixth consecutive year."

Dale Alexander Bremner, recipient of the NFSA-ACS John Leake OAM ACS Award in 2013, said: “Winning has given me authentic confidence, the foundation that drives all aspects of your life. Swimming in this Olympic-sized pool of talented Australian cinematographers, one needs all the drive they can find.”

The recipient will be announced at the ACS National Awards for Cinematography in Adelaide on Saturday, 30 April 2016.

Application forms can be obtained by emailing
Ron Johanson OAM ACS

[email protected] »

Applications close on 30 March, 2016


The Award is named in honour of the Australian Cinematographers Society co- founder and industry icon, John Leake OAM ACS (1927-2009). John began his cinematographic career as a 15-year-old with Movietone News in 1944 before moving on to Supreme Sound Studios. He served as both NSW President and Federal President of the ACS and was the Society’s Official Historian until his passing.

The previous recipients have been:

2010 Kirsty Stark SA

2011 Edward Goldner VIC

2012 Jimmy Ennett ACT

2013 Dale Bremner NSW

2014 Thom Neal NT

2015 Josh Farmelo VIC


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

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!

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

Sony’s latest CineAlta products add speed to its 4K production workflow

THE new AXS-R7 with 120 fps 4K RAW recording and cache recording, memory cards and firmware version 8 for PMW-F55/F5 is designed to improve workflow functionality.

The new products comprise an upcoming RAW recorder, AXS-R7, for Sony’s PMW-F55/F5 and higher-speed AXS memory cards, complemented by the latest firmware (version 8) for the F55 and F5. Actively listening to users’ feedback, these products continue to drive Sony’s development and support for the CineAlta platform by adding new features and capabilities.

“These new technologies answer the question - ‘why shoot in 4K 16-bit RAW?’” said Mr. Anthony Kable, Senior Product Manager, Sony Australia. “Contrary to what you might think, the Sony 4K 16-bit RAW and High Dynamic Range workflow is just as easy as high-end HD – with absolutely no sacrifice or compromise in image quality.”

New RAW Recorder
Compared to previous 4K recorders by Sony, the new recorder doubles the speed of 4K RAW recording from 60fps up to 120 fps with the F55 camera. In addition, the new recorder allows F55 and F5 users to benefit from the use of a recording cache of up to approximately 30 seconds. For shooting at higher frame rates, the recorder captures 2K RAW up to 240 fps with the F55 and F5, allowing playback with 10x super slow motion.

With the recorder, 4K shooters can take advantage of RAW cache recording for up to approximately 30 seconds (@23.98p) while in standby mode. This is an important feature in documentary or wildlife production where capturing spontaneous action is required.

Designed for rugged field performance, a metal filter separates and seals the new recorder’s ventilation shaft to prevent the entry of dust and water. Attachment to camera is also more secure with a large top bracket that accepts four widely spaced ¼-inch screws.

The additions also include new high-performance versions of Sony’s AXS memory cards (1TB and 512 GB capacities) with continuous read and write speeds of 4.8 Gbps, and 44 minutes at 59.94p or 22 minutes at 120 fps. The dual-slot recorder also accepts the current A-series of AXS media. However, the new cards are designed to support the write speeds required for 4K RAW 120 fps recording for those who require such level of performance.

PMW-F55/F5 Firmware Version 8
The latest firmware update (version 8) for the F55 and F5, with the optional CBKZ-55FX upgrade license installed, enables support for XAVC 4K Class 480 recording at 23.98p, 24.0p, 25.0p and 29.97p. In addition, leading third-party vendors are supporting XAVC 4K Class 480 for those creative professionals requiring a higher data rate version of XAVC. XAVC 4K Class 480 is a higher quality codec than Class 300 (existing XAVC 4K codec).

“These latest additions and updates to our CineAlta platform are the direct result of users’ feedback,” Mr. Kable added. “It is no longer about simply delivering a product. It is about delivering the right products that can grow with our customers and fit within a workflow that is constantly evolving as production requirements change.”

The latest additions will be available in Australia and New Zealand from August 2016.

Stay tuned for more details that will be announced at the 2016 NAB show happening at the Las Vegas Convention Centre, NV, USA from 16 to 21 April

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19 - 20 March

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2 April
19 - 20 March

What is great cinematography, and how is it achieved? This weekend course, led by two time AFI Award winner Ellery Ryan, ACS (I Love You Too, Van Diemen’s Land, The Rage In Placid Lake) will show you how to convert text into an engaging visual story.
2-3 April
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