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    Spring 2019 Edition  

A Message from the President

Greetings Members, friends and colleagues,
Much to tell you this month, so let’s begin by confirming that Accreditation applications for 2019 are now closed, and the Accreditation panel will meet on the 11th and 12th of October to decide who will receive their ACS letters this year. We had 20 applications so the decision making process will be a long, but enjoyable one.
Some ACS State and Territory Awards presentations are now open for bookings. Please click on the relevant links to reserve your seats. I encourage all our sponsors to also reserve your complimentary seats the same way.
Vic Tas: Awards booking link
SA & WA: Awards booking link
NSW: Awards booking link
QLD - NT: Awards booking link
ACT: Awards booking link
Congratulations to the ACT Branch who will be holding their own ACS Awards for Cinematography this year. Here are all the Awards presentation dates and venues.
VIC/TAS - Saturday 19th October ~ Collingwood Town Hall.
SA/WA - Saturday 26th October ~ Adelaide Town Hall.
NSW - Saturday 2nd November ~  Masonic Centre Sydney
QLD/NT - Saturday 9th November a~Moda Portside, Brisbane
ACT - Saturday 16th November ~ National Portrait Gallery, Canberra.
SA/WA Awards Guest of Honour, Russell Boyd ACS ASC will host a Screening & Q&A on Friday night October 25 before the Awards
DO NOT MISS this opportunity to meet Russell and see his fantastic cinematography.
Russell Boyd ACS ASC, Screening & Q&A ~ October 25


I am pleased to let you all know that after a suggestion from the NSW Branch Executive and discussion with NSW President, Calvin Gardiner ACS it has been decided to send Velinda Wardell ACS to attend the “Power of Inclusion” Summit  this week in New Zealand.Calvin Gardiner said "This is an important initiative that I believe will help not only in regards to diversity but all aspects of inclusion in our industry.
I look forward to seeing Velinda’s report and how we can implement any recommendations arising."    I am in total agreement and welcome this initiative from NSW, with costs to be shared by the National treasury and NSW.
The Power of Inclusion is here!  


New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern will join keynote speakers, panels and in conversations that include writers and directors Niki Caro (Whale RiderMulan) and Haifaa Al-Mansour, Charles D. King, MACRO founder & CEO, The Black List founder Franklin Leonard, Academy Award winning writer and producer Philippa Boyens (The Lord of the Rings), leading expert on social change in media, Dr. Stacy L. Smith, breakthrough actor, film and theatre maker Ana Scotney (Ngāti Tāwhaki), along with the support of Geena Davis and the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media. 

WIFTI and The Power of Inclusion summit have announced more inspiring speakers to the line-up, including Osnat Shurer, Benjamin Law, Kirsten Schaffer, Magda Szubanski, Madeleine Sami, Tilane Jones, Kiel Naughton, Kerry Warkia and Alice Snedden. 
This global summit features over 60+ local and international speakers, and will shape the future standards of representation and inclusion in storytelling.
Join hundreds of aspiring and experienced creatives and don't miss out on this huge international event. For more information and to register, please go to


L-R:  The Bitola ‘Old Town",  Red Carpet wall of honour for Manaki Festival
I have just returned from attending several events In Europe and in Los Angeles.  
In Bitola, North Macedonia I attended the 2 day Imago Board meeting, the Balkan Societies Conference as an observer and the wonderful Manaki Brothers Festival, which was celebrating it 40th Anniversary. This Festival is a true testament to the creative force of cinematography and cinematographers, and the men and women who have made this their chosen field are showered with accolades and of course creative respect. I was asked to be part of a Press conference with British cinematographer, John Mathieson BSC and I spoke about the ACS and the role we play in nurturing cinematographers across all genres. They were particularly interested in our CineKids initiative and I spoke later to a member of the Greek Society. Argyris Theos GSC who was interested in potentially implementing it in Greece.
The recipient of the Golden Camera 300 for Lifetime Achievement award was presented to its laureate, the cinematographer Yorgos Arvanitis GSC. I had the great fortune to attend a Masterclass where Yorgos, an incredibly humble man spoke about his past and the fantastic images he has created. This same Award was received last year by Roger Deakins CBE BSC ASC and year before by our very own John Seale AM ACS ASC.

Also honoured with a Lifetime Achievement Award was the renowned Cinematographer, Ed Lachman ASC. I had the chance to attend his Masterclass and later sit with him at a dinner, where he spoke very fondly of visiting Australia and how he loved shooting here. Ed is a very sincere man and given he was not 100%, he carried out his duties as Chair of the Jury like a real trooper. I saw him many times at screenings, black hat ever present and always making time for many, many people, mostly students who would ask him numerous questions of which he answered all. He is a fine cinematographer and an impressive human being.Input caption text here. Use the block's Settings tab to change the caption position and set other styles.
Lifetime Achievement Award ~ Yorgos Arvanitis & Best Cinematography
Lifetime Achievement Award ~ Ed Lachman
The 2 day Imago meeting covered, as I am sure you can imagine many topics of global interest including the ever present subjects of Authorship Rights and Working Conditions. I cannot reveal much as it is still a work in progress, but I intend to speak to the ADG screen rights representative to gain a better insight as to the potential outcomes here at home. Authorship Rights is a complex area and as far as I am aware Cinematographers in Australia, UK and USA are not eligible at home, but if they shoot a film in an eligible European country, that is a different matter. As I said, complex but I hope to find our more and keep you posted. Working Conditions again, is a difficult area to police in some countries, but Imago is constantly reviewing the situation in countries that could well be disadvantaged. 

IMAGO is an august organisation that we remain proud to be a member of, and the Imago Board under the leadership of Paul Rene Roestad FNF is always striving to bring positive outcomes for the betterment of all countries. It is a herculean task but my below Board members always remain positive and continue doing the job that needs to be done.

It is always a joy to catch up with many friends I have made in Europe because of the ACS and the relationship we have with IMAGO member countries. None more than my old friend Nigel Walters BSC, whose love of cinematography and the advancement of our art is second to none. His love of rugby and his beloved Wales, who have made their mark in the World Cup beating the Wallabies is no doubt keeping him smiling. 

After many Greek salads I sadly left Bitola and headed to Los Angeles via Warsaw to attend the ASC 100 year Anniversary dinner.
Being in LA afforded me the chance to catch up with US resident and ex pat ACS NSW Branch member Tim Myers, who has been based in Los Angeles predominantly filming for flagship investigative BBC program Panorama, and more recently, the United Nations as a special advisor ‘camera journalist’ for the office of the president. The BBC and UN have also put Tim through their HEFAT training so that they can use him in higher risk areas such as West Africa, Jordan, Syria and parts of Latin America.

I also caught up with the very pro active DP, NSW Branch member Jamie Trent who has been in the US for around 30 years. Born in Australia, he spent the last several years working in both Los Angeles and New York City. Jamie is also an international award-winning Cinematographer, producer and an established member of the PGA (Producers Guild of America).  Most recently, Jamie picked up a 2018 ACS Gold Award for his dynamic cinematography on the short film "Fallen Angel”. Jamie is also known nationally and internationally for his highly regarded theatrical released film "The Algerian". Filmed on 2 continents, 3 countries and in 8 cities. "The Algerian" has won 19 awards at International Film Festivals including Best Cinematography at the Downtown Film Festival Los Angeles and Best Cinematography at the Madrid International Film Festival. Jamie is a member of the ICG, (International Cinematographers Guild) as a Cinematographer. He is also accredited by the SOC (Society of Camera Operators) and is a NYC and Los Angeles resident.

I was lucky enough to meet up and give many hugs to NSW member Jasmine Lord from so many ACS members after the loss of her husband Charles. Jasmine is on the mend and wants me to thank everybody on her behalf for all your messages of comfort. We’re there when you need us Jasmine.

DEAN SEMLER @ EFILM - It was great to spend some time at EFilm in Hollywood with Dean Semler AM ACS ASC who was grading a film “Playing with Fire” that he shot in Toronto. Managing Director; Al Cleland was incredibly welcoming and shouted lunch in their Boardroom, which was a real treat. Seeing Dean at work with Senior colourist; Walter Volpatto whose credits include 2019 Academy-Award Best Picture Winner “Green Book,” directed by Peter Farrelly; “Dunkirk,” directed by Christopher Nolan; “Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” directed by Rian Johnson; and, most recently Quentin Tarantino’s “The Hateful Eight;” and “Independence Day: Resurgence,” directed by Roland Emmerich. This for me was an awesome experience and Dean’s images just get better and better.

FOTOKEM - I met up with Martin Cayzer at FotoKem in Burbank and we both had the tour of the lab, famous for the collaboration they have with Director, Christopher Nolan and others. SVP Dana Ross a former colleague of Martin’s really looked after us. FOTOKEM process around 6 million feet of 65mm each year, so things appear to be ok and perhaps film is not dead! The smell of chemicals remains with me, and brings back many good memories. 

I also, along with Martin and an ARRI colleague met up with Mandy Walker ACS ASC, her daughter Ruby and husband Stewart Bell. Such a great group of people and nice to talk to Mandy about her upcoming project back home to work with Baz Luhrmann on “Elvis” and also “Mulan” which is almost completed at Disney. Mandy is a wonderful ambassador and a truly fine cinematographer who always leads from the front. It will be great to have her back home for a while.

ASC ANNIVERSARY DINNER - I have to say this event was fantastic in so many ways and huge congratulations to all at the ASC including Kees Van Oostrum, the wonderful Patty Armacost and Delphine Figueras, amazing Alex and my buddy Sal, along with Richard Crudo and all the ASC team, who as always set the barrier really high. It began with a tour of the new ARRI inspired ASC Education and Archiving building and the office for American Cinematographer magazine, which sits on the grounds of the Clubhouse. This is a centre not only rich in history, but will give many filmmakers the opportunity to learn from the very best. 

After a few casual drinks in the grounds we assembled inside for the Presentation of Patron Awards, to those companies synonymous with the ASC, many since its inception in 1919. The ASC have created a time capsule and there were many including us who presented something from our Society, in this case an ACS Accreditation pin, to be included in the time capsule.

We then adjourned to the 4 huge tents for the Anniversary dinner itself, which was attended by around 700, I simply lost count, but sat next to 98 year old legend, Bill Butler ASC on one side and my old friend Brad Shield ACS ASC on the other. Brad and I quizzed Bill on “ Jaws" and his other collaborations with Steven Spielberg. Earlier that day, I had watched “Jaws" - the original on Turner Classics and now there I was conversing with DoP Bill Butler ASC, which was an absolute honour for Brad and myself. It was great to see Peter Moss ACS ASC and to have a chat with Roger Deakins and his wife James. For the WA boys he does want to come visit and do a Q&A tour for all our members, it’s just working out the time frame. 

Speaking of Q&A’s, both Mandy Walker ACS ASC and Anthony Dod Mantle BSC ASC DFF will be in the country soon and are both keen to host some screenings. Be patient and watch this space.

After saying farewell and then being presented with the ASC Anniversary book, i reflected on how fortunate I was to have been invited and to represent the ACS and IMAGO, organisations I love and respect. As I walked back to the hotel, Hollywood was still cranking and the streets, including Hollywood Blvd were closed off for the premiere of “Joker”.

What a town….next stop Brisbane and home.
Until next time
Ron Johanson OAM ACS
National President

Three things urgently needs fixing … now!
Article By IMAGO President, Paul René Roestad FNF

Some of the IMAGO committee members meeting in Rome. From left; Paul René Roestad FNF, IMAGO President, Rolv Haan FNF, Arko Okk ESC, Jost Vacano ASC BVK, Kurt Brazda AAC, Cristina Busch, IMAGO legal advisor, Nigel Walters BSC, Astrid Heubrandtner AAC, Jan Weincke DFF and Argyris Theos GSC. Vittorio Storaro ASC AIC, Luciano Tovoli ASC AIC and Barry Ackroyd BSC was absent.

1. Cinematographers needs control of their images

2. 12 on – 12 off!

3 The environment

Read in depth article by IMAGO President, Paul René Roestad FNF

Screenrights Announces funding for 4 Screen Initiatives

Congratulations to the three successful recipients of Screenrights' inaugural Cultural Fund – Light Sound Art Film, Documentary Australia Foundation,  Maoriland Charitable Trust, and Film Outreach Australia! Read more about the projects' innovative approaches, which overcome barriers to access and use of meaningful screen content

2019 Cultural Fund Recipients

Dear Ron and friends in the ACS

I hope you are well!

As you might remember, the AFC (the French Society of Cinematographers) left IMAGO some years back.

It is mine and IMAGO´s view that all cinematographer´s societies belongs in IMAGO for the reason that in unity and solidarity, we can easier solve our many common challenges and help develop our art, and we see the AFC and their many members as a valued and natural part of our World-wide family of cinematographers.

We have therefore recently had a most constructive dialogue with the AFC President and AFC Board members to research into the possibility for a stronger future collaboration between us.  And the AFC are, as I understand it, seriously and positively discussing how a closer collaboration can be achieved.

As misconceptions easily will occur when communication is minimalized for some years, to aid  the AFC´s ongoing debate about this matter, they have sent us a mail with some questions about IMAGO´s present aims and work-areas, and how our federation operates today, to help aid their debate and conclusion.

In addition to sending this mail to me and the IMAGO Board, the AFC have also sent this mail to IMAGO´s Member Societies.

I do not know if you already have received the mail from the AFC to IMAGO, but should you not have received it, I enclose it here.

I also enclose IMAGO´s answer to the AFC, so you as a valued member of IMAGO are fully informed about this ongoing conversation.

We of course all hope this constructive new communication between the AFC and IMAGO will result in a future positive and closer collaboration between us.

Many thanks for your attention, and I look forward to talking again soon.


Best regards,

Paul René

The Australian Cinematographers Society 



Filmed over three years, The Show Must Go On is the debut documentary from filmmaker and former Home and Away actor Ben Steel, and looks at the mental health of the 42,000 people working in the Australian entertainment industry. The film follows Ben Steel on a soul-searching investigation into why are there so many entertainment workers developing and struggling with mental wellbeing issues. Ben shares his own experiences of living with anxiety and depression, and along the way opens up conversations with key creatives from across the industry including Sam Neill, Michala Banas, Jocelyn Moorhouse, Sarah Walker, Shane Jacobson and many more. 

The SHOW MUST GO ON ~ Trailer
CPC Productions chooses FUJINON 4K UHD lenses for new OB truck
Multiple lenses for unique uses

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.

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