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January 2020

A Message from the President

Happy New Year members, friends and colleagues,
Much has been said about the bushfire situation and climate change, which is a global conversation that needs to continue.

I want to draw your attention to the risks taken not only by the RFS and others who are battling against enormous and unfathomable odds to bring these “monsters” under control, but also those men and women who bring the news into our living rooms each and every day, in an attempt to make us aware of the damage to life, property, animals, wildlife,the environment and so much more, The work of the news crews is amazing and my heart goes out to them all when they put themselves into the firing line so we know and understand more.

I do hope the year ahead brings the world closer together and perhaps the images created for all to see can help us understand more about our environment and the vast numbers of people and wildlife that we share this global community with.

In March next year I will be attending the IMAGO INTERNATIONAL AWARDS FOR CINEMATOGRAPHY which will be held in Brussels, where the ACS entries for those prestigious IMAGO Awards 2020 will be:

  • Feature Film - SONG LANG  - Bob Nguyen ACS (Victoria)
  • TV Drama -VICTORIA  -  Denson Baker ACS NZCS (WA)
  • Student Cinematography - LANGUAGE  - Jack Davies (SA)
  • Emerging Cinematographer – WEST OF SUNSHINE - Thom Neal

Let’s not forget our ACS National Awards to be held in Canberra at the National Gallery on Saturday, 16th May 2020, hosted by the ACT Branch hot on the heels of their inaugural Branch Awards. This will be a fantastic event and there will be other events at the same time, so put the dates in your diary, on your smart watch thingy, just anywhere so you don’t forget. Here is the current schedule at this time.

(as at 20th December 2019)

Thursday 14 May 2020

ACS Presidents and delegates arrive in Canberra

Friday 15 May

AGM for Presidents and delegates 9.00am - 5.00pm
Q&A Screening 6.30pm - 10pm

Saturday 16 May

10.30am - 1.00pm “Meet the Nominees” – LOCATION TBA 

Sunday 17 May

Post Awards Brunch/BBQ/ Networking opportunity for members, sponsors and guests. 11.00am - 2.00pm
PM - Delegates depart Canberra

On a very serious note, we are more than aware of the terrible time being had by our farmers and the drought, along with the torrid bushfires that have caused so much heartbreak and grief. While we sit in front of the news coverage and watch in disbelief, share a thought for the work of our various news gathering crews and journalists, many of whom are right there on the front line, so that we can understand and come to terms with the actions of the brave fire fighters and those affected.

Ron Johanson OAM ACS
National President

CR Kennedy Night @ The ACS HQ

Level 2, 26 Ridge Street, NORTH SYDNEY
21st January 2020
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A memorial soiree for Eugene Intas will take place in Sydney: 

DATE: Sunday 19 January, 2020

TIME: 1.30pm

LOCATION: Cruising Yacht Club of Australia, 1 New Beach Road, Darling Point, NSW

RSVP: Please email Michelle McGahey by Thursday January 16, if you wish to attend. 

PARKING: On street

IMPORTANT INFORMATION: Please note that all guests will need to bring a legal form of ID to sign in. Guests that live within the 5km radius of the CYCA will need to submit full names in advance.
I first met Eugene in 1992 when I was on an American TV series called “Time Trax” here at the Gold Coast studios, he was an Art Director and I was the Props Master.
Eugene and I instantly became friends and I am privileged to say we stayed that way for the next 27 years.

He was great to work for and work with. He carried a quiet confidence with him which put everyone in an Art Department at ease. He also carried great intelligence and humility which shone through once you got to know him. Eugene was always kind and was happy to help those that needed his assistance.
He mentored me and many others to improve our skills, subsequently there are a lot of us who owe him a great debt.  Eugene had all the bases covered. He was a very talented set designer, a most outstanding Art Director and a magnificent and prolific Production Designer. All these skills put Eugene in great demand and he was always a very welcomed member of any Art Department. He has left a large void in the film industry.
Eugene’s highest achievement was his son Alex. He loved and adored him and did everything possible to ensure he enjoyed life to the full.
We have lost a great friend, colleague and a gentleman.

- Bill Booth

Heartbeat: 100,000 Illuminated Balloons Suspended in Covent Garden by Charles Pétillion


Director & firefighter ~ Robynne Murphy

Patrons: Sally McManus - Secretary ACTU
Jennie George – Former federal parliamentarian/president ACTU
Ann Curthoys – Historian, Professor Emerita Australian National University


An invitation to contribute

Director Robynne Murphy and veteran filmmaker Martha Ansara invite you to help produce this important film by donating what you can towards its completion.

Wollongong, NSW Australia — 1980: Denied jobs at the steel mill — the city’s main employer — working class/migrant women refused to accept discrimination. They began a fourteen-year long campaign for the right to work. Their battle with BHP, Australia’s richest and most powerful company, took them from the factory gate to the highest court in the land and changed the rules for women throughout Australia. In Women of Steel they tell their own stories for the first time on film. The result is an exciting and often humorous tale of how a bunch of women did what no one else believed they could do and subdued a giant.

Directed by campaign activist, filmmaker and thirty-year career steelworker Robynne Murphy, Women of Steel is a story to inspire and encourage people everywhere.

With your support the film will be completed by March 2020

Supported by: Wollongong City Council’s Art & Culture, WIN 4 TV, “We are Union Women” Women’s Committees from Vic & NSW Trades Halls - Plus Unions including: Australian Education Union, Australian Services Union, Australian Workers Union, Vic CFMMEU, Maritime Union of Australia, Shop Distributive & Allied Employees Association, Australian Council of Trade Unions, Electrical Trades Union, Australian Manufacturing Workers Union, Independent Education Union of Australia, National Tertiary Education Union, Health & Community Services Union, UK Community (Union)

Further information: or

Tax Deductible donations via the link below:
View the trailer: 

The 2020 Screenrights Cultural Fund is open for applications today. This year's focus is NEW VOICES:

"Our 2020 focus on 'New Voices' is about advancing those who, for whatever reason, have found doors not readily open to them," said James Dickinson, Screenrights' Chief Executive. "That might be due to their living in a remote location, or because of a language barrier, a social, economic or accessibility disadvantage or a lack of confidence that anyone will back their project. We're excited to see how this year's applicants will address these obstacles in their initiatives."

The 2020 Screenrights Cultural Fund is now open for applications. This year's focus is 'New Voices' - if you have a project that supports new voices in the screen industry in Australia and New Zealand, you can apply for up to $50K funding. Applications close 29 April, see for further information. 


 Again in 2020 IMAGO holds its International Awards for Cinematography to recognise and to celebrate cinematography and its artists.

IMAGO member Societies, of which there are 53 countries have already submitted their films for 2020 and several categories will be in competition; Feature Films / Tv Drama series / Documentary / Student and Young Emerging cinematographer. The nominees for these categories will be announced mid-February and also at that time the winners for the categories of Student and Young Emerging Cinematographer will be announced.

But before that we are now proud to announce the recipients of the 2020 IMAGO Special Awards which will also be presented in Brussels on March 14th 2020.

Imago Awards

The IMAGO International Award
Lifetime Achievement in Cinematography


Chris Menges BSC ASC

Esteemed cinematographer, Chris Menges BSC ASC was born in Kington, Herefordshire, the son of the composer and conductor Herbert Menges.  He began his career in the 1960s as camera operator on documentaries for Adrian Cowell  and for films like  Poor Cow by Ken Loach and If...  by Lindsay Anderson, Kes, directed by Ken Loach,   was his first film as cinematographer. He was also behind the camera on Stephan Frears' first feature film Gumshoe in 1971.

Read full article

Exclusive Interview with Peter Levy, ACS ASC: Insights into Cinematography and Advice for Students

Shoot, shoot, shoot. Get experience. Push yourself. Don't be afraid of your own sense of taste and style. 
Put your thumb print on your work. But, understand you've got to find that balance between pushing the envelope and delivering the goods you’ve been paid to deliver.

The professional world is based on financial and commercial considerations and, for the most part, your cinematic aspirations are not on anyone else's radar. As cinematographers, we take other people’s pictures for a living - that, in essence, is our profession.
Read full Peter Levy ACS ASC article HERE

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Whether it's a postgraduate degree, an introductory short course, or something in between, we will help you find your perfect match.

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The Sentimental Bloke was adapted from C.J. Dennis’ 1915 verse novel. A huge box office hit with 1919 audiences, it is one of few silent-era Australian films to have survived in its entirety. 


The Sentimental Bloke, one of Australia's greatest silent films, is celebrating its 100th anniversary with a digital restoration and a new musical score composed by ARIA Award-winning artist Paul Mac!

The 30th film in our NFSA Restoresprogram, The Sentimental Bloke will premiere at Sydney’s Westpac OpenAir cinema on 15 February 2020, with Paul Mac performing his score live. 

and, if you're in Sydney this summer, don't miss this very special event by the harbour!
Check out the Restoration Process

Industry guilds decry government snub to arts and fear further funding cuts

Australia’s screen industry craft guilds have decried the Federal Government’s abrupt decision to fold the Department of Communications and the Arts into a new super ministry, omitting the Arts, as an insult to the industry.

They say the removal of ‘Arts’ from the Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications signals a fundamental disregard for the arts and arts education in Australia and a lack of respect for the vital role a federal Arts department plays in maintaining a national arts policy and supporting creative industries.

Article by Don Groves, READ FULL ARTICLE HERE

Inside the Look of 1917 by DP Roger Deakins 

by Jeff Loach

1917 is Sam Mendes’ latest feature film shot by famous DP Roger Deakins, which will be available worldwide next week. Hurlbut Academy has just released an impressive BTS/analysis video talking about the look and cinematography of this “one-shot” film. Let’s take a closer look at it!
Read full article by Jeff Loach : Inside the Look of 1917 by DP Roger Deakins CBE A.S.C


The BSC Expo is Europe’s premier dedicated film and TV production show and is now a recognised fixture in the industry calendar. The 2019 show was the biggest ever, with national and international manufacturers and suppliers. The BSC Expo is a great opportunity to test all of the latest equipment and technologies in a relaxed industry environment.

In addition to a huge line up of Exhibitors showcasing the latest kit available the Expo also hosts two full days of presentations and panel discussions including the highly popular BSC Panel discussions, all within the onsite seminar theatre.

ACS Technical Committee runs a series of tests of the new Sony FX9.


The American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) has nominated eight feature films in the Theatrical and Spotlight categories of the 34th ASC Outstanding Achievement Awards. Winners will be named at the organization’s annual awards on January 25 at the Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland.

This year’s nominees are:

Theatrical Release

  • Roger Deakins, ASC, BSC for “1917”
  • Phedon Papamichael, ASC, GSC for “Ford v Ferrari”
  • Rodrigo Prieto, ASC, AMC for “The Irishman”
  • Robert Richardson, ASC for “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”
  • Lawrence Sher, ASC for “Joker”

Spotlight Award

  • Jarin Blaschke for “The Lighthouse”
  • Natasha Braier, ASC, ADF for “Honey Boy”
  • Jasper Wolf, NSC for “Monos”

This is Deakins’ 16th nomination by the Society, which has sent him home a winner four times (“The Shawshank Redemption,” “The Man Who Wasn’t There,” “Skyfall,” “Blade Runner 2049”). Richardson earns his 11th nomination, while Papamichael and Prieto have each been recognized three times in the past by the organization. Sher, Blaschke, Braier and Wolf are first-time nominees.

Last year’s Theatrical winner was Łukasz Żal, PSC for “Cold War,” which was also Oscar® nominated for Best Cinematography.

The Spotlight Award, introduced in 2014, recognizes cinematography in features that may not receive wide theatrical release. The accolade went to Giorgi Shvelidze for “Namme” in 2019.

For information regarding the 34th ASC Awards for Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography, visit 

34th Annual ASC Awards for Outstanding Achievement

The American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) will bestow its Board of Governors Award to Oscar® and Emmy® Award nominee Werner Herzog. The tribute will be made at the 34th Annual ASC Awards for Outstanding Achievement on Jan. 25 at Hollywood & Highland’s Ray Dolby Ballroom. 

The ASC Board of Governors Award is given to industry stalwarts whose body of work has made significant and indelible contributions to cinema. It is the only ASC Award not given to a cinematographer and is reserved for filmmakers who have been champions for the visual art form. 

“Werner Herzog is truly a unique storyteller, and we are honored to recognize him for his prolific contributions to cinema,” said ASC President Kees van Oostrum.

Herzog has produced, written, and directed more than 70 feature and documentary films, earning multiple awards and nominations over the past seven decades. He received an Oscar nomination for Best Documentary Feature for his work on Encounters at the End of the World (2009), and Little Dieter Needs to Fly (1997) was Emmy nominated for Outstanding Non-Fiction Special (1997). His extensive list of accolades hail from film festivals (Venice, Sundance, Cannes, Berlinale, etc.) and industry organizations, including the DGA, International Documentary Association, Film Independent, and the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.

A native of Germany, Herzog is known for leading the influential post-war West German cinema movement with Rainer Werner Fassbinder and Volker Schlöndorff. The filmmaker’s career has focused equally on feature films and documentaries, accruing an indelible body of work, such as: Aguirre, the Wrath of GodAuch Zwerge haben klein angefangen (Even Dwarfs Started Small); Fata Morgana; Glocken aus der Tiefe (Bells from the Deep); Grizzly Man; Cave of Forgotten Dreams; Heart of GlassNosferatu Phantom of the NightFitzcarraldo; Lessons of Darkness; InvincibleThe Mystery of Kaspar Hauser and Stroszek; Into the Abyss; Family Romance; and Meeting Gorbachev, among many others. His U.S.-produced films include: Bad Lieutenant - Port of Call New OrleansMy Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done; and Queen of the Desert

Herzog’s films are characterized by a surreal and subtly exotic quality, and he is hailed as one of the most innovative contemporary directors. His volatile love-hate relationship with the brilliant but emotionally unstable actor Klaus Kinski resulted in some of the best work from both men, and both are known for the films on which they collaborated. Herzog celebrated their partnership with the well-received documentary film My Best Fiend. In addition, Herzog occasionally takes acting jobs himself, with notable roles as the stern father in the experimental drama Julien Donkey-Boy, the criminal mastermind in the big-budget action movie Jack Reacher, and most recently as The Client in the Disney+ hit The Mandalorian.

Previous recipients of the ASC Board of Governors Award include Jeff Bridges, Angelina Jolie, Denzel Washington, Ridley Scott, Barbra Streisand, Harrison Ford, Julia Roberts, Christopher Nolan, Morgan Freeman, Francis Ford Coppola, Sally Field, Ron Howard, Martin Scorsese and Steven Spielberg, among many others. 

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  • Signature Primes were used on high-profile productions, including “1917,” “Gunpowder Milkshake,” and “Outlander (Season 5)”

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2nd AC Course - Presented by the ACS Victorian Branch

The 2nd AC course is back again in 2020 with applications open now.

About: An intensive 9 Day practical and theoretical course designed for intermediate or beginner skill sets. Held in Melbourne’s leading rental houses, using all the equipment you will find on set today. The course covers industry standard best practice techniques and the latest workflow practices.

All course lecturers are leading, active industry professionals including DPs, 1st ACs, 2nd AC/Clapper Loaders, Data Wranglers and Camera Technicians. Some of the lecturers may even be your future employers!

(9 Course Days)
January 28, 29, 30, 31, then resumes...
February 3, 4, 5, 6, and 7 of 2020

For more info click the link below.

Course Info


Ride Like A Girl was developed through Gender Matters and became the highest earning Australian film of 2019

The Australian Cinematographers Society 
Current Host
Nicola Daley ACS



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