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    November 2019 Edition  

A Message from the President

Greetings ACS Members, colleagues and friends,
The Awards “silly season” is upon us and in the last two weeks I have attended both the VIC/TAS Awards and the SA/WA Awards.  Both presentations highlight the amazing work carried out by the organising Committees of the Branches, who work so very hard for a positive end result, that is reflected in the number off Awards presented. Congratulations to you all and a huge thank you.

This coming week I am in NSW followed by Queensland and then to the ACT for their inaugural ACT Awards for Cinematography, all of which which promises to be an exciting time.  The SA/WA Awards were held in the regal surrounds of the Adelaide Town Hall with Guest of Honour, Russell Boyd ACS ASC and his wife Sandy in attendance.

Russ on the previous night had hosted a great Q&A session, moderated by Ernie Clark ACS ( What a fine moderator he is!) highlighting his body of work with Peter Weir. It was quite a night and gave one pause to reflect on Russell’s ground breaking cinematography that has, and continues to inspire so many.

The presentation again showed a truly diverse catalogue of work, all at the very top level. Denson Baker ACS NZCS was presented with Gold for his beautiful work on “Ophelia”, having taken out the big gong tge previous week in New Zealand. The Milty for Best Entry went to the dramatic work from Nick Remy Matthews ACS for “Hotel Mumbai”.

Again, as previously mentioned the standard of work across all those genres represented was fantastic, and my congratulations to all the entrants for making the Judging Panel think long and hard.

I must observe that the WA Branch under the leadership off Dave Le May ACS, who appeared to be never off stage, punched well above their weight and Dave was last seen with an arm full of Gold plaques trying to organise a Mayne Nickless van. Well done WA!!

Both fantastic presentations with the work across the board at an outstanding level. Victoria/ Tasmania held their presentation at the Collingwood Town Hall (Go Bombers!), where I am reminded that my mother attended dances there, many moons ago.

Sadly there was no dancing but plenty of celebrating at the announcement of the various very talented Award recipients. I also had the honour of presenting David Eggby ACS with a well deserved Life Membership,

and Accreditation to Kath Chambers ACS, Bob Nguyen ACS, Matt Wood ACS and also Brad Francis ACS who it happens was celebrating his wedding day, so his certificate and pin will be presented in Queensland.

The Guest of Honour was Director, Glendyn Ivin, who has nurtured and given opportunities to many emerging cinematographers.

Awards presentations are a time consuming gig, so my congratulations to the Committee and to Ellery Ryan ACS for his leadership and collaborative spirit.

Until December

Ron Johanson ACS
National President

Once again, congratulations to the ACT Branch who will be holding their own ACS Awards for Cinematography this year.

Below are the remaining Awards presentation dates and venues.
NSW - Saturday 2nd November ~  Masonic Centre Sydney
QLD/NT - Saturday 9th November a~Moda Portside, Brisbane
ACT - Saturday 16th November ~ National Portrait Gallery, Canberra.
NSW: Awards booking link
QLD - NT: Awards booking link
ACT: Awards booking link

Adelaide Mini LF Event 
Launch Event:  6pm, Monday 4th November 2019

We're happy to announce that the rescheduled ALEXA Mini LF Launch Event.

When:   Monday, 4th of November,
Where:  Picture Hire Australia, Rear entrance, 26 Clarke St, Norwood

Drop in for a refreshment and a get hands on with the latest in Large Format imaging. You're welcome to bring any lens you'd like to test with the camera.

Making It Possible Program

Women In Film & Television (WIFT) Australia will be taking Raising Films Australia’s latest initiative to Adelaide.
Making It Possible”
The program is a free one-day course with follow-up mentorship, for women in the screen industry whose careers have been impacted due to parenting and caring responsibilities.  
In partnership with Creative Plus Business 
with funding from the South Australian Film Corporation.
The one-day course will be held at the Iris Cinema 
with expressions of interest now open for this session.

2019 New Zealand Cinematography Awards

The fruits of a more inclusive NZCS Cinematography Awards began to show with more women featuring in the top awards, if not yet fully represented. Guest speaker, the respected producer Rob Tapert gave food for thought on the unspoken influence a cinematographer has onset, before picking up a well deserved Turtz award for contribution by a non-cinematographer.

Cinematographer of The Year
The superb cinematography in Brittish-American romantic drama Ophelia saw Denson Baker NZCS ACS win Cinematographer of The Year 2019. 

A re-imagined story of Shakespeare's Hamlet the win affirms that Baker belongs at the top level of drama cinematography. 

2019 New Zealand Cinematography winners

From web series to news and current affairs to 3D corporate and educational. You can find a full list of winners on our website

2019 NZCS Award Winners


The Ernst Leitz Wetzlar GmbH announces the appointment of the new management. The future leadership of the 
company will be filled internally and thus taken over by Mr. Raimund Bayer and Mr. Rainer Hercher.

Mr. Raimund Bayer will concentrate his management responsibilities on the business units purchasing, logistics and supply chain.
Mr.Rainer Hercher will put his leadership focus on the business devitions national and international business development, the worldwide distribution of the premium lenses and the consistent public presentation of the Leitz brand.
Check out the Leitz Website HERE

Miller are conducting a CompassX Promotion

$500 Off Trade In Promotion
28thOctober - 15 November.


Trade in any old tripod system and receive an additional $500 discount on all Miller CompassX Systems.

Miller Compass X - Check it out! @


Available for Associations, Charities & Not for Profit Organisations.

With three outstanding hotels in superb locations, experience the very best of Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane on your next visit. Beautifully detailed accommodation, creative dining options and attentive service defines View Hotels hospitality. The perfect choice for business or leisure travel.

*Conditions apply.   Offer subject to availability and special event block out dates. Rates are nett and available for a maximum of 10 rooms. Discounts applies to all fully flexible, rate of day offers only and is valid until 30 December 2019.

Group booking enquiries can be directed to

‘Associations’ to secure your discounted rate! 
1300 785 453 /

Group booking enquiries:

The Australian Cinematographers Society 
Katie Milwright ACS
as our current instagram host.


MAXI MIX® Will Be Shipping Soon!

We are thrilled to announce that the DMG Lumière MAXI MIX will be shipping this month.
MAXI MIX features include:
  • Full spectrum white light from 1700K-10,000K
  • 47 x 14 x 3.3‘’ (1200 x 360 x 85cm) at only 17.6 lbs (8 kg)
  • 7550 Lux (@1M @5500K)
  • A proprietary combination of 6 LEDs for a vast color spectrum and True Rosco ColorTM gel matches

All MAXI MIX fixtures will feature the new MIX 2.0 technology, and can be joined together using the new MAXI MIX LINK accessory. This innovative rigging solution connects to the light with strong, ¼-turn fasteners, enabling filmmakers to connect multiple MAXI MIX fixtures together to create a punchy key light, a large continuous strip light for car commercials, or an entire wall of colored light.
Contact DMG Lumière

A Blueprint For Successful UV Effects - What you need to know about working with UV paint

Are you new to using Rosco Invisible Blue Fluorescent Paint? Read the blog to learn some tips and tricks for using it – then think about how it might work into your next scenic design.

Explore this scenic painting technique in the Rosco Spectrum Blog

Silver Trak and MPS deliver new digital content distribution solution for ANZ cinemas

Silver Trak Digital and Motion Picture Solutions (MPS) have announced at the Australian International Movie Convention (AIMC) that they have agreed a strategic co-operation that will see Silver Trak and MPS collaborating in Australia and New Zealand on the provision of a market-changing content delivery solution for cinemas.

The Better Connected Together initiative, headed up by UK-based MPS, has seen a number of recent strategic agreements and partnerships put in place to establish a secure and reliable turn-key delivery service, one that offers distributors and exhibitors both physical and IP services powered by Gofilex technology.  The first two territories to go live are Australia and New Zealand, with Silver Trak as the local market specialists.

Dynamic content delivery backed by some of the most forward-thinking operators in our industry will transform feature and trailer distribution in our home territories, explained Silver Trak CEO Tim Creswell. We will be adding our experience of the distribution and post-production markets here to bring significant local knowledge to an internationally connected service. It’s a highly collaborative approach that is being adopted and we are confident that it will lead to the transparent, efficient network that distributors and exhibitors in Australia and New Zealand have been after.

Our goal behind the Better Connected Together initiative has always been to draw on the best partners worldwide, bringing to bear their own skillset and expertise in each market, noted Matt Aspray, CEO of MPS. So we’re delighted to be partnering closely with Silver Trak and particularly pleased that Australia and New Zealand will be the first territories where the impact of dynamic content delivery will be felt. We’re already rolling out our infrastructure here thanks to the support of a number of exhibitors and look forward to expanding our distribution network in the region.

You know your interests and you've set your goals. Chosen carefully, the right course will bridge the two and set you on your way. Whether it's a postgraduate degree, an introductory short course, or something in between, we will help you find your perfect match.



EMMY Winner for Outstanding Cinematography
on NETFLIX's Russian doll


Hi Ron

Greetings from Toronto where production continues on the brand new Netflix show ‘Jupiters Legacy’.

I’m working with DOP Danny Ruhlmann ACS the ‘Angel of Light’ with his square halo! John Holosko CSC to the right. 
Can you believe it’s already starting to get cold in October!


Richard Wilmot

American Society of Cinematographers Names Four Honoree Recipients for 34th ASC Awards

The American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) will celebrate the work of four trailblazing cinematographers at the 34th ASC Awards for Outstanding Achievement. Frederick Elmes, ASC will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award; Donald A. Morgan, ASC will be honored with the Career Achievement in Television Award; Bruno Delbonnel, ASC, AFC will be bestowed the International Award; and Don McCuaig, ASC is the recipient of the Presidents Awards. The accolades will be handed out at the annual ASC awards gala on January 25, 2020, at the Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland.

ASC President Kees van Oostrum notes, “These filmmakers have contributed greatly to the legacy of cinematography over the course of their ongoing careers. They’ve amazed audiences with their compelling visuals and inspired peers and emerging filmmakers. We’re thrilled to honor them with these special awards at our annual celebration.”


Panasonic at CAMERIMAGE

Camerimage 2019 Camerimage 2019

International Film Festival

Toruń, 9 - 16 November 2019

Panasonic Booth
We will show case 1x Varicam LT, 1x EVA1 and 2x Lumix S1H
Master class by Panasonic Lumix
IN HOPE OF NOTHING SHOT ON LUMIX S1H by Director Peter Hamblin
Date and Time: Wednesday, 13th Nov at 19:15
Venue: Cinema City (Screening room no. 6), Czerwona Droga 1/6, 87-100 Toruń, Poland
Master class by Panasonic Pro Cinema
Screening of the movie THE RED SEA DIVING RESORT.
Followed by Masterclass and Q&A by the DoP Roberto Schaefer, ASC, AIC (Moderated by Dejan Georgevich, ASC)
Date and Time: Thursday, 14th Nov. Screening of the movie at 17:30, Master class at 19:45
Venue: Cinema City (Screening room no. 10), Czerwona Droga 1/6, 87-100 Toruń, Poland

Camerimage 2019

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National Platinum Sponsors
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Panavision logo        Silver Track Digital logo        Sony logo

National Gold Sponsors
AFTRS logo        Arri Australia logo        C R Kennedy & Company PTY LTD logo        Gear Head logo        Kayell Australia logo
Leitz Cine Wetzlar logo        Lemac logo        Showreel Finder logo        Sun Studios logo        The Post Lounge logo
VA logo        Well Above logo

National ACS CineKids Sponsor
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National Silver Sponsors
Miller Australia logo        Rosco logo        Rotor Head logo

National Bronze Sponsors
Blonde Robot logo        Camerahire logo        Dragon Image logo        EE Group logo        Kino Flo logo
RED logo        Sura logo        Vimo Cine logo

National Supporters
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The Production Book logo

Australian Cinematographers Society
Level 2, 26 Ridge Street, NORTH SYDNEY, NSW 2060

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