National eNews ~ AUGUST 2016


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National eNews ~ 1st August 2016


Lizz Vernon

What's in this Issue:

~ Message from the President
~ Is your membership on the level?
~ Please check out the ACS White Paper - The ACS Forum of Expectations
~ Like a Cuppa in London? asks Richard Hobbs from Molinare TV & Film Ltd
~ Anonymous survey: WHS in Broadcast Television and Film Production
~ Kayell Australia is your one stop shop
~ Flying Dragon on high
~ John AM ACS ASC International Film Festival Manami Brothers - Macedonia
~ REDucation course running in Brisbane
~ Postcard from Victorian ACS Member: Giovanni Lorusso
~ Fujifilm releases a new 4K Camera
~ Time to have a VESTED interest in the ACS ...SHOP NOW
~ Postcard from CUBA - Steve Windon ACS ASC
~ ACS Laurels & ACS Shields now available
~ Part-time Instructor Position Available: The New York Film Academy
~ Production Book Special
~ AFTRS - Short Courses and so much more

Message from the President

Greetings ACS friends and colleagues,

Welcome to the new financial year and the August National E news.

The Society is truly fortunate to have a group of supportive sponsors at Branch and at National level.

I’'m pleased to welcome Chris Lansell and the team at FLYING DRAGON as our latest National Gold sponsor, and I recommend you take a look at the article a little later in this e news.

There is absolutely no doubting the fact that we as a Society, are truly fortunate to have such a generous and supportive group of National sponsors, many of whom have been with us for decades. I encourage all members to reciprocate this support, when seeking products and services, and make your first point of call our ACS sponsors.

As you are no doubt aware Accreditation applications have now closed for this year, but I want to re-inforce that if it is your intention to apply next year or in the near future, before you think of applying for Accreditation you should check your membership status, as only Full Members of three years standing may apply.

I cannot emphasise strongly enough that Active members must monitor their own membership status yearly, and upgrade to Full when ready to do so in order to be eligible to apply for Accreditation.

(i.e. A Full Member is a person who is and has been active as a professional cinematographer in the motion picture or television industry for a period of at least five years and is over
the age of twenty-one.)

If you are ready to upgrade to Full Membership please contact your State or Territory Treasurer, or if you believe you should have upgraded to Full some time ago, again please contact your State or Territory Treasurer with the date your change should have occurred and then they can invoice you for the difference.


I want to also emphasise the great work of Peter James ACS ASC and Calvin Gardiner creating the first phase of the ACS White Paper - The ACS Forum of Expectations.

I ask all members to take a few minutes and review the presentation that I delivered at the International Cinematography Summit in Los Angeles. This is the future of our industry, and particularly the role we will play as cinematographers. You may be surprised by the findings.

Can I ask all Branches that they screen the presentation at one of your upcoming meetings, so as many members, along with our colleagues from all the other Guilds can become a part of this, and provide us with feedback in order to continue the progress of the concept itself.

email Peter HERE »
email Ron HERE »
ACS Forum of Expectations ~ extended version - Powerpoint »
ACS Forum of Expectations ~ extended version - PDF »

Until next time
Ron Johanson OAM ACS
National President

If you happen to be in London....

Open invitation to pop in for a cuppa:

Just to introduce myself,

I am the Commercial Director for Molinare TV & Film in London and head up a sales team who are the main points of contact for our clients – whether they been Post Production Supervisors, Directors, DOPs or production companies. In the last few years we’ve worked on Oscar and BAFTA nominated and winning productions like Ex Machina, Brooklyn, Doctor Who, Call the Midwife amongst many others.

I’m also an expat, having lived in London for the last 12 years after moving from NZ.

I'd like to extend an invitation to ACS members to feel free to pop into Molinare whenever they are in London. This could be to look at the facilities we have here in London, meet colourists or even just a cup of coffee to see how things are approached over here. I’m a firm believer of trying to forge international ties in the production and post production industries, and have been doing that with the States and it makes sense that I try to do that with the NZ & Oz too.

I'll be right over Richard, once I finish this lot...

There’s plenty of Kiwi and Aussies who come over here looking for opportunities and I’d like them to know there’s a friendly face who might be able to be of assistance.

With best wishes,

Richard Hobbs | Commercial Director
Molinare TV & Film Ltd.

34 Fouberts Place | London | W1F 7PX
T: +44 (0) 207 478 7000
D: +44 (0) 207 478 7534

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AFI | AACTA #SocialShorts Drama Category Now Live

After a successful first week of #SocialShorts, it is a pleasure to announce


as the #SocialShorts Comedy category winner!

The Drama category is now open for viewing, voting and sharing. It will close at 12am on Monday 8 August.

Help @AACTA discover Australia's next generation of top filmmakers by watching, voting and sharing your favourite short films at Plus, by voting, you have a chance to win tickets to the 6th AACTA Awards presented by Presto (including flights and accommodation)!

Jump on the website today, the #SocialShorts Drama category is now live. »

Call for Survey Participants from Lauren Horder

As part of my PhD studies at the University of Newcastle, you are invited to take part in an anonymous survey about your experiences with WHS in Broadcast Television and Film Production, and how it has affected your work practices. The survey should only take about 20 minutes to complete. More details on this research project are included in the survey.

Thank you in advance for your participation.

Lauren Horder
PhD Candidate and Sessional Academic
School of Design, Communication and IT
Faculty of Science and Information Technology
University of Newcastle

To access the survey please click the link below: »

ACS National Gold sponsor

Kayell Australia is your one stop shop for online and person-to-person professional imaging solutions. They cover all aspects of Cinematography, Digital Imaging, and Graphic Arts with their own imported brands and carefully selected Australian sourced products.

Kayell have staff in three states ( NSW, VIC and QLD ) who are highly experienced in their respective fields and are an invaluable source of advice for our customers. Kayell has been the professional’s choice for over 45 years and constantly evolve their product range to bring the latest and best technologies to our markets which include: Film Makers, Photographers, Educators, Designers, Prepress operators, Brand custodians, Advertising agencies, Publishers and Printers

Kayell Australia is the exclusive Australian Distributor/Dealer for SmallHD, Redrock Micro, Westcott, Switronix, Kinotehnik, Cinetics, Tether Tools, Lastolite, Datacolor and many more. Please visit the retail showroom location in Sydney (Artarmon), Collingwood (Melbourne) or through our online website

ACS MEMBERS - FREE FREIGHT Australia wide when an ACS member spends over $50 on the following brands from Kayell:

SmallHD, Westcott, Aputure, Kinotehnik, Redrock Micro
Switronix, Kinetics, Tether Tools, DJI & Lastolite.

Use coupon code: ACS16 when purchasing.

KAYELL online website: »

Flying Dragon Cinematography

A world recognized elite aerial drone and remote cinematography company, based in Melbourne with a second office in Sydney. Working worldwide on series productions, television commercials, music clips, documentaries, corporate work, short and feature films.

We have rapidly gained recognition in an emerging field of film having introduced new techniques and technology designed to achieve what was once the unachievable shot. We have a reputation in the industry for our precise close proximity flight paths and are considered the go to company for technically demanding automotive shoots.

Flying Dragon has solely been dedicated to moving image – so the equipment flown is designed and chosen for this purpose alone. Our background first and foremost is cinematography with an emphasis both on the aesthetics of the frames captured and of dynamic motion. 

Flying Dragon joined forces this year with the drone manufacture Freely (Designers of the Movi gimbal system). The Freefly drone systems include the Alta 6 and Alta 8 the most advanced cinematography drones as of today.

Freefly were intelligent in the way they designed these drones for cinematography including unique features such as aerial braking (allowing controlled smooth shots in descent) sky dollying (giving the pilot extreme height holding ability) and the ability to top mount (which allow cinematographers to film upwards). The drones we fly are much lighter than other “monster” drone systems allowing us to fly with such precise agility even with cinema grade payloads.

Flying Dragon also goes from aerial to ground filming in a matter of seconds, allowing cinematographers access to a range of very interesting filming applications. Our stabilized gimbal ground systems include the Freefly Tero remote car, a 120km/h cable cam, an ex champion rollerblader (although he doesn’t want people to know this) and our EasyRig/Flowcine hand held rig.

We have had great success working alongside world leading cinematographers –Maryse Alberti (The Wrestler), Greig Fraser (Lion, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story), Ross Emery (Wolverine), John Brawley (Hunters) plus many more. We have provided aerial drone filming for international media organizations such as IMAX, Disney, Netflix, Red Bull Media House, The Discovery Channel and BBC documentary.

Some of our clients include, Google, Tesla motors, Mercedes Benz, Land Rover, Holden, Mazda, Nissan, Red Bull, Coca Cola, ANZ bank, Expedia, Saachi & Saachi, Olgivey, Exit films, The Amazing Race, The feature film Lion and the TV drama series Hunters.

At Flying Dragon we know that there is an art to cinematography that requires extensive film knowledge and an innate creative eye. We believe that this is where we excel. We are passionate about what we do and would love to capture some light with you.

Flying Dragon Elite Aerial Drone Cinematography Contact: 1300 733 226 or email using the link below: » » - Please check showreel to see our work.
Take a look at the new Flying Dragon Showreel HERE »

John Seale AM ACS ASC will be honored at Manaki Brother International Film Festival - Macedonia

The International Cinematographers' Film Festival Manaki Brothers announced that the recipients of the Lifetime Achievement Award GOLDEN CAMERA 300 for 2016 will be given to the Australian, world-renowned cinematographer JOHN SEALE AM ACS ASC

John Seale AM ACS ASC is the visual creator of the exceptional film sensation Mad Max: Fury Road and the winner of the Academy Award for the psycho-moral war drama The English Patient. This year the English Patient marks the 20 anniversary since it won the Oscar for best cinematography. The list goes on with the great film hits that earned him Academy Award nominations: Witness, Cold Mountain, Rain Man, and the latest blockbuster Mad Max...

John Seale was born in 1942, in Warwick, Queensland, Australia. In 1963 he started working for the TV channel ABC as a production coordinator, while starting from 1965 he became camera assistant in a large number of TV films and series. In 1980 he signed his first independent project, the low-budget Fatty Finn.

Read Full Article HERE »

John Marchant will be in Brisbane for a 3 Day Red training event:

BOOK your place NOW

John Marchant

John's technical understanding and ability runs deep, and is married to an artistic eye. He plans, shoots and designs with flair. His experience and knowledge with RED cameras is unparalleled and he is currently a lead instructor for RED's own educational programme REDucation.

Please contact Vince Clark: 07 3219 3803 »


More Info re Cambodian Drama Segment:!beyond-the-bridge/d675t »
More Info re Timor Leste Feature Film:!ema-nudar-humanu/jj7hn »


FUJIFILM has launched its most advanced mirrorless digital camera, the X-T2, a camera that now offers cinematographers and videographers outstanding image quality and advanced AutoFocus functions and for the first time in the X-Series, 4K video recording.

In response to feedback from cinematographers and videographers, the X-T2 supports Clean HDMI output for 4K video recording, and also offers the “F-Log” log-gamma option, which takes advantage of the sensor’s wide dynamic range to record video in wide colour gamut, facilitating video production workflow.

The X-T2’s Film Simulation modes, popular for still images, can also be applied to video recording. For example, you can use “Classic Chrome” to add a documentary touch with subdued colours and rich tonality, or “ACROS” to produce stunning monochrome footage with smooth gradation of tones and deep blacks. Nine different modes are available for versatile photographic expressions. Footage in a Film Simulation mode can be further fine-tuned with “Highlight Tone,” “Shadow Tone,” “Colour” and “Sharpness” adjustments.

The X-T2 combines the sensor and image processing engine developed by Fujifilm, with an ultra-sharp range of FUJINON lenses for excellent image resolution. Fujifilm’s colour-reproduction technology, formulated over 80 years, delivers images of extremely high quality and realism, recording a subject’s textures, three-dimensional feel and even the atmosphere surrounding it.

The new Fujifilm X-T2 camera and XF18-55mm lens (NB: camera body & lens sold separately)

The X-T2’s compact and lightweight camera body is also dust-resistant, water-resistant and capable of operating at temperatures as low as -10°C. Its autofocus and electronic viewfinder performance have both been substantially improved, making it more adaptable than ever before at shooting a moving subject under difficult conditions, which had previously been considered difficult with mirrorless cameras.

The X-T2’s design is modeled after the “central viewfinder style” of the FUJIFILM X-T1, which has been popular since its launch in 2014. This proven stable form factor provides a camera that is perfectly sized with ergonomic dials laid out exactly where they are needed for excellent, intuitive operability. When you add the optional Vertical Power Booster Grip to the body it provides a more comfortable grip, as well as additional features for the entire system such as higher-speed AF and the faster continuous shooting of approximately of 900 still shots and 19 minutes of continuous movie recording at 4K resolution. »



Get yourself an ACS Vest

Ladies & Gents Styles available

Personally road tested for you in a couple of very chilly parts of Australia, plenty of pockets handy for keeping batteries and hands warm between filming.

Plenty of stock, plenty of sizes.

Get one now!!!


POSTCARD from CUBA ~ Steve Windon ACS ASC


Why not contact Ron Johanson ACS at to obtain an ACS Laurel to use on your web site etc.

They are available for both State and Territory Gold winners, along with National Awards Gold Tripod recipients. See examples, which can include the title of the entry should you wish.

ACS Shields

The Society has recently developed, thanks to Victorian President, Warwick Field ACS a group of ACS Shields for you to use on your web site, business cards, showreel etc to let everyone know you are part of the ACS. See examples above that are available for ACS Accredited members, ACS Members, ACS Sponsors and ACS Supporters. Contact Ron Johanson ACS to organise your ACS Shield.

The New York Film Academy

The New York Film Academy – Gold Coast is seeking a part-time instructor to teach Cinematography for long-term (Diploma/Advanced Diploma) Filmmaking students. This foundational course concentrates on camera and lighting basics with digital cameras, utilizing industry standard halogen, florescent and HMI lighting systems. Students start on handy-cams while developing simple framing and staging skills, then move quickly to Canon 5D’s, the RED Scarlet and RED Epic in the advanced classes.

Essential Job Functions:
~Prepare syllabus in accordance with accreditation requirements.
~Deliver course in an inspirational and disciplined method to creative student body.
~Conduct critiques of student work in a productive and effective manner.
~Communicate effectively with support and logistical staff.
~May serve on departmental committees.
~Perform other related duties as assigned, including student consultations.

The ideal candidate will have mastery in the following areas:
~Film and Fine Arts

~Extensive industry experience.
~Teaching experience.
~Certificate 4 in Training and Assessment

Please submit your resume along with a cover letter to:

Steve Pratt
Chair of Filmmaking - Australia
New York Film Academy

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~ 10 SEPT
A great opportunity to learn about AFTRS 2017 courses particularly the BA Screen - Production, Diplomas (including Camera Assisting) and Advanced Diplomas, take a tour of AFTRS state-of-the-art facilities, meet the tutors and more!
Saturday 10 SEPT, 10am-3pm

~ Wed 21 Sept
Find out about AFTRS new 2017 postgraduate courses: 8 Graduate Certificates (including Cinematography), the MA Screen: Business & Leadership plus the new MA Screen (in 11 disciplines including Cinematography) are designed to nurture the next generation of visionary screen storytellers who can work at the highest level of Australian screen culture.
Wednesday 21 Sept, 6-8pm


This weekend intensive with Paul Warren (The Cup) will teach you techniques and practical skills to produce high quality images and sound for documentary and drama.
~ 15-16 Oct

This intensely practical five-day course will introduce you to the duties and professional requirements of the Camera Assistant in drama, documentary, Reality and commercials. 2 Start dates available.
~ 24-28 Oct & 28 Nov - 4 Dec

Learn basic lighting skills in cinematography and how they apply to the visualization of a story or concept over 5 days with cinematographer Anna Howard.
~ 7- 11 Nov »

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