It’s great to be back on home soil under Australian skies.
Recently, I had, with Andy Hyde, the privilege and pleasure of representing ACS at the International Cinematography Summit hosted in Hollywood by the ASC. We met about 45 attendees, mostly presidents, from 27 Cine Societies: Armenia to Austria to Chile to Columbia, to Estonia, Finland, Japan, Mexico, Korea, Brazil, Poland, Germany, Romania, UK, Sweden, Turkey, Vietnam, Uganda and New Zealand.
We listened to presentations by many ASC members, including David Stump, Karl Walter Lindelaub ASC, who talked about shooting HALO, Denis Lenoir ASC AFC, on his lens testing process, plus Bruno Delbonnel AFC and Peter Doyle, colourist, and much, much more. We visited Sony, Netflix, XR Studios, Dolby Theatre, Harbor and were given tours and lectures and demonstrations, which were packed with information and opportunities to ask questions. It was deeply immersive and I came away reeling a little from the depth and range of information shared. HDR was a major area of discussion, plus LED volumes and screens and the colour science of LEDs as sources of illumination.
I participated in the panel discussing the ASC Vision Committee’s work to make change happen on diversity and inclusion. I gave a presentation on the soon to be released ACS report A Wider Lens: Australian Camera Workforce Development and Diversity which was very well received. There was keen interest to access the data as soon as possible, as no one else has surveyed the breadth and depth of the camera workforce as we have. Work is going on now to prepare for the launch and develop subsequent campaigns to use the report findings to greatest effect.
A Wider Lens will be launched on the evening of Thursday 28th July at AFTRS and will be streamed so members in all locations can join the event. I hope you will join us on the night.
And I’d like to extend a very warm welcome our new National Newsletter editor Adam Reibel, great to have you join us Adam, from the beautiful southern isle of Tasmania.
National President ACS
The Netflix camera testing department.
News about the Australian Cinematographer Magazine
"It is important we acknowledge the role that AC Magazine Chair; Ted Rayment ACS has played in the success of the magazine. He has led the team with great dignity and perseverance and has formed a cohesive team second to none in their respective roles.
Sadly, Ted will not be continuing as AC Magazine Chair but on behalf of us all, I wish to thank him for his dedication in producing a world class magazine, that we can all be justly proud of."
- Ron Johanson OAM ACS - National Sponsor Manager and Past ACS President.
Thanks to James Cunningham also for his work in the Australian Cinematographer Magazine. His final edition, issue 94, should be arriving in your mailboxes soon if it hasn’t already. The new editor is Sarah Jo Fraser. Please find a message from her below.
After recently taking the reins of the Australian Cinematographer Magazine as Editor I’m really keen to hear a broad range of opinions and experiences with the magazine.
I’d love to get an idea of the people who currently read it and the people who might like to read it and what they would like to see between its covers. I’m really just trying to get the big picture of how I can make this resource better.
- Sarah Jo Fraser - Australian Cinematographer Magazine Editor.
Mandy Walker honoured by AFTRS
Mandy Walker AM ACS ASC has been conferred honorary degrees from the Australian Film Television and Radio School alongside composer Nerida Tyson-Chew and the late radio journalist Glenn Daniel.
Dr Mandy Walker was awarded Doctor of Arts, Film and Television at AFTRS’ graduation ceremony. Alongside the honorary degrees, 155 students graduated from the 2021 academic year.
As Dr Walker was overseas, John Whitteron from AFTRS collected her doctorate, reading a note on her behalf saying: “I’m more than excited, humbled and incredibly proud to receive this honorary doctorate and to share this honour with previous honourees, whom I’m proud to count among my friends and colleagues.”
Peter Curtis ACS retires from the ABC
Congratulations to Tasmanian ACS President Peter Curtis ACS, who has recently retired from the ABC in Hobart after 38 years ending a dynasty that began with his father, Warwick.
Like many other great cinematographers, Peter won’t yet put the camera down. He is still working casually at the ABC in Hobart in news, current affairs and programming, including ABC’s 90th-anniversary celebrations.
A lot of skill and experience may have left the ABC with Peter’s departure, but it’s great he will continue to be involved with the ACS in Tasmania and, of course, spend more time with his family.
Graffiti film tagged with awards at Carpe Diem
Congratulations to ACS NSW Member Eirini Alligiannis, who has won multiple awards at the Carpe Diem Film Festival. Eirini was honoured for her already award-winning short documentary Louie Gasparro: Five Points, winning Best Female Director and Best Documentary.
The documentary is about graffiti artist Louis Gasparra (KR.ONE) and his reflection on his art from Long Island City, New York.
Back in London shooting another episode of "Call the Midwife." Nice to travel again and see family and friends in the UK.
Go the Wallabies!
90 Years of ABC
The Australian Broadcasting Corporation celebrates 90 years of broadcasting, telecasting or streaming into our daily lives. Many of our members work or have worked for the public broadcaster over the years.
Here is a Behind the Scenes of the promotional shoot featuring Director of Photography Tony Luu ACSon YouTube.
There were multiple ACS members across the country who worked on the ABC 90! Celebrate evening last Thursday evening. ACS Ambassador David Brill AM ACS was in the Sydney studio audience.
Bus Stop Films visits the ACS National HQ
Filmmaking students from Bus Stop Films have visited the National Headquarters in Sydney.
Two classes and 24 students from the organisation visited the HQ to learn about life as a cinematographer and techniques, including lighting.
Bus Stop Films is a not-for-profit using filmmaking to encourage those living with disabilities and break down barriers to promote more inclusivity.
David Lewis ACS was an ACS host and said, “it was a very rewarding day for me.”
Two more groups of students will visit again in early August.
'The Making of' by Panavision
ACS sponsor Panavision has a new website and features videos with cinematographers across the globe discussing their technical and creative approaches which may be of interest to some members.
David Parer ACSand Liz Parer-Cook have launched a new YouTube channel. Since leaving the ABC Natural History unit in 2008 they have continued to travel and encounter wildlife. This features some of their latest work but if you’d like to see some cinematography you can subscribe to their channel.