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    Mid Spring 2019 Edition  
A Message from the President

Greetings ACS members, friends and colleagues,
State and Territory Awards presentations are almost here, and judging is well under way. I was asked to be part of the SA/WA Judging panel and I have to say the overall standard was fantastic, with a great cross section of entries.
A reminder also that Accreditation submissions close at the end of September, so please if you believe you are eligible contact your Branch President for more information and an Application form. You can find out more details on the link below

ACS Accreditation
This coming Saturday I leave for Bitola in Macedonia to attend the IMAGO Board meeting, the Balkan countries Conference and attend the oldest Festival for Cinematography, the Manaki Brothers Festival, which is an historically significant Festival and affords everyone attending the opportunity to see some wonderful films and mix with the finest cinematographers on the planet. It gives me the chance to discuss many issues and come back and share this knowledge with you. 
Manaki Brothers Festival

I have also been invited to attend the ASC 100 year Anniversary at the ASC Clubhouse in Los Angeles which I will be doing straight after attending the Manaki Festival. Obviously I am looking forward very much to the celebration, to seeing our friends from the ASC and other Societies who may be attending and to catching up with our ACS members now living in LA. 

ASC 100th

I look forward to letting you all know about the Manaki Festival along with the ASC Anniversary and any outcomes from the IMAGO Board meeting.

Until then
Ron Johanson OAM ACS
National President

Applications Open:   September 1st  - 30th

Now is the time to start thinking about the work you are going to submit if you are eligible to apply for Accreditation this year.
Please use the link below to review all the conditions, and if you require further information along with any advice regarding your submission please contact me or your Branch President.

ACS Accreditation

ACS SPONSOR BRUNCH hosted by the NSW Branch.

Some years ago, David Wakeley ACS instigated an Annual Brunch for NSW sponsors which has developed into an annual event for both NSW Branch sponsors and our National sponsors.

Held this year on Friday, 23rd August at the Poolside Cafe which is part of the Andrew (Boy) Charlton pool complex overlooking an arm of the harbour, it affords us the opportunity to thank our sponsors in a relaxed and welcoming atmosphere.

We are incredibly grateful to our sponsors and this is a tangible way we can show our appreciation…long may it continue.

Albuquerque, New Mexico

It’s been an epic and amazing shoot across two countries, tropical and mountains to desert... not without challenges but such wonderful fun people.

Wondering who's seeing RED lately?

Check out the latest SHOT ON RED titles including Emmy-nominated shows Deadlist Catch, Russian doll, Homecoming and Our Planet.

Don't miss the 5th annual SmartFone Flick Fest! Come and experience the world’s best smartphone cinema at SF3, Australia’s international smartphone film festival. There's SF3 Kids, SF360, an iPhone Feature Film, Masterclasses, networking events and the big SF3 Gala Awards. SF3 2019 September 14-15 at Event Cinemas George St. Tickets on sale now at

2019 SF3
Tickets on sale for 2019 SF3

The Australian Cinematographers Society 



The ATOMOS team are busy at the IBC in Amsterdam

in the meantime, why not take a sneak peak at the latest Creator Shoot using the Ninja V

Atomos is proud of the latest Creator shoot featuring Lost Collective and one of our hero products (Ninja V); this was shot on location in an abandoned mental asylum.

You can watch the video HERE

Change in the Management Board of ARRI AG

After five years as a member of the ARRI AG Management Board, Dr. Joerg.  Pohlman has decided to accept a new professional challenge. Beginning. November 1, 2019, Dr. Pohlman will manage one of his family;s companies Lohmann GmbH & Co. KG in Neuwied, Germany, as managing partner. He will leave ARRI on October 31, 2019.

The previous responsibilities of Dr. Pohlman will be transferred to the remaining two members of the Management Board, Dr. Michael Neuhaeuser and Markus Zeiler. The focus of Dr. Neuhaeuser's responsibilities will be on technology and operations (demand fulfillment), while Mr. Zeiler’;s responsibilities will focus on sales and marketing (demand creation).

FUJIFILM launches the FUJINON Premista telephoto zoom series delivering the full benefits of a large format sensor

The Premista 80-250mmT2.9-3.5 is a telephoto zoom lens covering an 80-250mm focal length. Thanks to the adoption of a large-diameter aspherical lens and a new focus/zoom system, the Premista achieves stunning optical quality from the center to the corners, allowing the cinematographer to capture the feeling and texture of the subjects. The lens design contributes to wide dynamic range by suppressing unwanted flare and ghosts thanks to Fujifilm’s original optical calculation software.

The Premista 80-250mm can be combined with the Premista 28-100mm to form a kit that covers the most frequently-used focal length between 28mm and 250mm, accommodating a variety of scene changes.

Check out the FUJIFILM launches the FUJINON Premista telephoto zoom series

Canon is pleased to announce new additions to our Cinema EOS System line-up and a new portable 4K wide-angle broadcast lens.

Introducing the new C500 Mark II digital cinema camera with exceptional expandability, equipped with a 5.9K FULL FRAME sensor and newly developed image processing platform.
This camera offers cinematographers endless possibilities through the modular design offering outstanding flexibility for single-operator and multi-camera production, gimbal shooting and full-scale cinema camera operation.
Key Points:
FULL FRAME CMOS sensor (38.1mm x 20.1mm) / 5.9K In-Camera Cinema RAW Light Recording
5.9K Cinema RAW Light 12 / 10 bit 60p / XF-AVC 4K 4:2:2 10 bit / Dual Pixel AF / Optional Extension Units / Anamorphic Lens Support / User Interchangeable Mounts (EF / PL / EF Cinema Lock) / Weight: 1.730gms
31-inch professional 4K/HDR reference display / White luminance of up to 2,000 cd/m2 / Full-screen black luminance of 0.001 cd/m2 / High contrast of 2000000:1 / S4-screen/2-screen and HDR/SDR content in both 4K and 2K /12G-SDI terminals (four IN and four OUT)
UHDxs series high-end 4K portable zoom lens / Outstanding optical performance for 2/3” 4K cameras / Light and compact body for excellent mobility / High-Performance Digital Drive unit

CPC Productions is known in the industry as a company that has the ability to cover all broadcast requirements. They have the ability to offer multi-camera setups for image magnification through to broadcast and provide video, audio and communications via their state of the art OB truck. Recently they had a requirement for new lenses to be installed in the truck and for that they chose FUJINON.

After their evaluation of all available lenses on the market Forsyth and the CPC Productions team chose multiple FUJINON XA77x9.5BERD, HA23x7.6BERD & HA18x5.5BERM lenses for exclusive use with their Panasonic AK-UC3000 4K/UHD cameras.

ARRI introduces Orbiter, the ultra-bright LED point source with a variety of optics

Variety of optics including: open face, projection, dome, and light banks

 ARRI Spectra six-color, wide gamut light engine
 Extremely powerful output for maximal brightness & perfect colors
 Lighting Operating System (LiOS) with powerful software features
 Integrated color sensor for matching ambient light
 Weatherproof housing
 Removable, intuitive control panel
 Perfect smooth dimming to zero
 Full suite of connectors, and sensors
 Internal power supply, wireless DMX, and battery input

For more info or to see the ARRI Video CLICK HERE

Explore The Rosco Gel Colors That Only MIX® Can Create

MIX 2.0 upgrades include:

  • 50 new True Rosco Colours in Gel Mode
  • New XY Mode that includes CIE 1931, REC 709 and REC 2020 colour spaces
  • Brighter colours - output in Colour Mode has doubled for many of the saturated colours
  • Improved low-level dimming 
  • CCT base in Colour Mode now includes full colour temperature range of MIX (1700k to 10000k)
  • Better wireless connection via CRMX and Bluetooth
  • Improved DMX profiles
  • Create fixture groups in myMIX

IMPORTANT: It is necessary to upgrade the firmware of your existing MIX fixtures, and also update your myMIX app to avoid compatibility issues.

Visit the DMG Lumière website for instructions on how to upgrade to MIX 2.0 today!


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VIC/TAS       19th Oct 2019 ~ The Collingwood Town Hall.
SA/WA         26th Oct 2019 ~ The Adelaide Town Hall.
NSW              2nd Nov 2019 ~ Masonic Centre Sydney
QLD/NT         9th Nov 2019 ~  Moda Portside, Brisbane
ACT            16th Nov 2019 ~ National Portrait Gallery, Canberra.

International Film Festival Toruń, 9 - 16 Nov 2019


RED Adds HELIUM and GEMINI Sensor Options to RANGER Camera Line

Designed to meet the needs of high-end productions, the RED RANGER MONSTRO 8K VV has been well received by cinematographers since its launch earlier this year, and remains a rental house-only product. 

All three sensor variants of the RED RANGER camera system include the same benefits of the compact, standardized camera body, weighing around 7.5 pounds (depending on battery). The system can also handle heavy-duty power sources to satisfy power-hungry configurations, and boasts a large fan for quiet, more efficient temperature management.

more info on the RED Ranger series

The MILLER CiNX Series of Fluid heads has been designed to meet the needs of today’s cinematographer.

The transition from large to smaller camera rigs is now easier with Miller’s CiNX Series. The quick release

sideload platform enables users to seamlessly re-rig faster than ever before. 

A key feature of the CiNX Series is Miller’s interchangeable base - offering versatility in adapting the Fluid head

to a number of base configurations 100mm, 150mm claw ball and Mitchell mount (100mm standard).

Miller:  Proudly designed and manufactured in Australia 
MILLER CiNX Series ~ Designed For Filmmakers

Join Next Session in Expanded Cinematography®. Classes start November 30th!

Global Cinematography Institute is a film school that teaches new emerging technologies and concepts in the field of cinematography.

Our Unique Expanded Cinematography® Sessions aim to prepare filmmakers to take advantage of advances in traditional, digital, virtual and game cinematography through a comprehensive, hands-on, and one of a kind curriculum.



A world First:

The S1H will be the world’s first camera able to record 6K/24p (3:2 aspect ratio), 5.9K/30p (16:19 aspect ratio), and 10bit 60p 4K/C4K – bringing pro-level cine camera capabilities to a far more manageable package. The addition of 6K will provide plenty of latitude for editing and downsampling, which will enable maximum quality 4K output.

Like Panasonic VariCam cinema cameras, the S1H will benefit from the 14+ stop dynamic range and wide colour space of full V-Log/V-Gamut, promising lifelike rendition of every detail, from shadows to highlights, with smooth tonal gradations.

Read full article HERE

National Major Sponsor
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National Platinum Sponsors
Atomos logo        Black Magic Design logo        Canon logo        LaCie logo        Panasonic logo
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
Well Above logo

National ACS CineKids Sponsor
Videocraft logo

National Silver Sponsors
Miller Australia logo        Rosco logo        Rotor Head logo        VA 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
AACTA logo        Black Bishop logo        MPIBS logo        NFSA logo        Stage & Screen logo
The Production Book logo

Australian Cinematographers Society
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