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Here's what's below in our April Focus

~ NSW Presidents Message
~ April ACS Drop in - 16th April @ 7pm (AEST)
~ ARRI livestream Event - 16th April @10am (AEST)
~ Life Saving Drone Webinar - 16th April @ 2pm (AEST)
~ How to Work Remotely 
~ AFTRS - new pro code for discounts courses
~ Instagram National & NSW links
~ JobKeeper Payment FAQ
~ Income Support - Govt Factsheet
~ Field Of Vision - Links of a doco filmmakers fund 
~ Ron Johanson OAM ACS talks about membership 
~ Fujifilm Australia has a new HQ, check it out
~ RED links...Proxy Workflow for our lockdown world & more

~ Check out all our wonderful sponsors

NSW Presidents Message

Dear ACS members and friends,
What a difference a month makes.
Last month in Australia we only had around 300 cases of coronavirus now we have over 6400. The good news is that over 3,59of that number have recovered and the current daily number of recoveries is now more than the daily number of confirmed new cases, hopefully this trend continues.

The current situation hasn’t slowed your committee and is driving a whole lot of innovation starting with this months committee meeting being held via Zoom and it worked remarkably well and from what people are saying after the Coronavirus has gone Zoom meetings will be the way our industry will communicate in the future
The next innovation is this week's “drop in” featuring Zoë White ACS in conversation with Tom Gleeson which will be held via a Zoom Webinar. Zoë has been creating some really awesome work over the last few years including:
The Handmaid’s Tale
Dare Me

We are fortunate to have her as our guest.
The webinar is being held this Thursday April 16th at 7.00 pm (AEST) so please grab a place by clicking the link below to register.
Zoë White ACS Webinar ~ Registration Link
I would also like to congratulate Ron Johanson OAM ACS and our National committee supported by all the state committees for their help to our membership by dropping the annual fees for the 20 / 21 year. Given that the vast majority of our members will be finding it difficult financially this is a great initiative and full details are attached below.
Also listed below are FAQs re “JobKeeper payments” while this maybe of some help given the complexity of who qualifies I would recommend that you conduct your own enquires as well.

On behalf of the ACS I would like to wish you and yours all the best for your health and well being.

Remember, keep a safe distance and wash your hands.
Warm regards to you all,
Calvin Gardiner ACS

APRIL 16th @ 7pm (AEST)
"The ACS Thursday Night regular monthly Drop In
lives on...line!

Lets not let the lockdowns stop us all sharing our work, knowledge and camaraderie.

Join us in our new WEBINAR format for the April Drop-in.

Tom Gleeson will be in conversation with Zoë White ACS about all things cinematography, from short and independent films to internationally acclaimed high budget (and pressure!) TV series in America.

Hosted by the ACS NSW

Thursday 16 April
7pm (AEST) Plenty of time to get from the couch to the computer...

Please register in the link below:
Zoë White ACS Webinar ~ Registration Link
NSW ACS Branch look forward to you joining us as Tom Gleeson interviews and moderates your questions.

Now to get you in the mood below are just a few examples of Zoë's beautiful imagery...

ARRI livestream @ 10am

Join us this Thursday the 16th of April @ 10:00am  as Cinematographer Stefan Duscio ACS and Gaffer Matt Hoile take us through their work on the 2020 hit thriller
The Invisible Man. 

We'll hear about their creative process from pre to post, analyse a few scenes and discuss a some of the key moments in their careers that brought them toward making this remarkable film. 

The session will run for roughly an hour and we'll be taking your questions through the live Q&A chat bar within the stream. 

To get your link for the live stream, please register below:
Register Now - ARRI Livestream

Another Livestream to consider @ 2pm

WEBINAR ALERT - 16th April 2020 @ 2pm to 3pm (AEST)

The team at Surf Life Saving NSW manage the largest excluded category drone program in Australia by numbers of drones and pilots.

Please join us for our upcoming webinar where we'll be chatting to Paul Hardy, Surf Life Saving NSW's Chief Pilot to talk through the complexities of their UAV Program and how they are using drones to keep our beaches safe. 



Webinar Agenda

  • About Paul Hardy
  • History of the Surf Life Saving NSW Program
  • Progress
  • The Fleet Variety
  • Objectives
  • Current Operations
  • Key learnings over the years
  • Training
  • Emergency Service Assistance
  • Future Advances for Surf Life Saving NSW
  • Q&A
Register Now - SPHERE DRONES Webinar
None of us could have foreseen the challenges our industry is currently facing. In a time of social distancing, it is important that we don’t lose our connection to one another and that we keep engaged in our creative pursuits. This is a great time to develop a new skill and spend time learning and investing in our creativity.
In recognising that this is a challenging time for some, AFTRS is offering an additional industry discount on all short courses (excluding Industry Certificates) between April and June. Use the promo code UPSKILL2020 when enrolling online and you will receive a further 20% off the industry price.
AFTRS offers a range of online courses developed and delivered by top industry practitioners. We combine the latest in industry-relevant contemporary practice and theory into all our coursework. You will walk away with skills and knowledge that can be immediately applied, and return to update and renew as needed.
To find out more click the link below or call 1300 223 877

Post Producers are a critical part of the unscripted television story-telling team.

Face to Face classes on campus:  All Classes 9.30am – 5pm

  • One-week intensive workshop at AFTRS, Sydney (Mon 27 April – Fri 1 May)
  • 7 x Saturdays at AFTRS Sydney 9 May, 16 May, 23 May, 30 May, 6 June, 13 June, 20 June 2020

ONLINE CLASSES. All online sessions are 6.30pm – 8pm

  • 7 x Tuesday evening video conferencing sessions
  • 5 May, 12 May, 19 May, 26 May, 2 June, 9 June, 16 June

To check out the ACS National & NSW INSTAGRAM accounts below, just click the respective icon. 

     @austcine                 @austcine.nsw
Adam Howden ACS is this months National Host.
“The ACS stands in solidarity together with the thousands of film, television, art and entertainment professionals who are being seriously affected and disadvantaged by our industry coming to a standstill. Please as one support the arts. Support culture for without either we have no identity”.
~ Ron Johanson OAM ACS

& don't forget these import tags: 

JobKeeper Payment - FAQ

Self-employed and other eligible businesses


Yes. People who are self-employed will be eligible for the payment provided, at the time of applying, they:

  • estimate their turnover has or will fall by 30 per cent or more;

  • had an ABN on or before 12 March 2020, and

    • –  either had an amount included in its assessable income for the 2018-19 year and it was included in their income tax return lodged on or before 12 March 2020 (or such later time as allowed by the Commissioner), or

    • –  made a supply during the period 1 July 2018 to 12 March 2020 and provided this information to the Commissioner on or before 12 March 2020 (or such later time as allowed by the Commissioner);

  • were actively engaged in the business;

  • are not entitled to another JobKeeper Payment (either a nominated business participant of another

    business or as an eligible employee);

  • were aged at least 16 years of age as at 1 March 2020; and were an Australian citizen, the holder of a permanent visa, or a Special Category (Subclass 444) Visa


  • The ATO will administer the program with an online application process. You may be asked to provide your ABN and a single Tax File Number for the eligible recipient of the JobKeeper Payment, and a declaration of business activity.

Income support for individuals - Govt Factsheet

If you are a documentary filmmaker, $250,000 is available through the Field of Vision

Field of Vision and Topic Studios have created a $250,000 fund to provide grants for freelancers working in the Documentary field.

The fund will distribute unrestricted grants of up to $2000 to support personal financial needs during the COVID19 pandemic to freelancers who have experienced hardship from loss of income or opportunity as a result of the pandemic


Be able to demonstrate work as a freelancer within the documentary field in roles such as:

- Directors
- Producers (This includes Associate Producers)
- DPs
- Editors
- Sound Recordists/Designers
- Researchers - Assistants
- Critics & Writers who have covered documentaries
- Publicists

Other freelance roles will be accepted if they meet the rest of the criteria

Provide a link (examples - IMDB page, Film Review, Direct link to project) that shows professional work in the field.

The fund is eligible for artists internationally, however you must be able to receive funding electronically (we are not able to issue checks), and priority will be given to countries and regions of which there isn’t government freelance assistance that you are eligible for. If you have not been eligible for government assistance, please state that in your application.

FIELD OF VISION Documentary Freelancers Grant Link
NB: Due to heavy demand our  ext round opens May 6 2020.

Some good news re MEMBERSHIP from the ACS President:

Dear ACS Members, sponsors, colleagues and friends,
In recent days the National Executive have been in discussion regarding the potential fallout to our members due to the Coronavirus.
We feel in these extraordinary and unprecedented Coronavirus Covid-19 times that many of our members are suffering both financially and emotionally and therefore the ACS would like to offer all financial members a free membership for the 2020/2021 financial year. 
If a member is unfinancial they will have to pay a minimum of one year’s membership that is currently in arrears to be eligible to receive this offer.
Thankfully each Branch has agreed to bear the cost on behalf of its members. The Branches will also still pay the National ACS Capitation fees as well as the Clubhouse and Magazine levies so that Nationally the ACS, ACS HQ and AC Magazine can continue to operate.
I cannot thank the Branches enough for their support of this very important initiative. 
There could well be some who feel they do not need this assistance as they have the capacity to pay their membership fee. If you are one of those member’s I say thank you for your support and generosity of spirit and ask you to contact your Branch treasurer to let them know that you are willing to pay your membership fee for 2020/2021 year as usual.
Unfortunately, we cannot extend this offer to new members, so they will be required to pay the current advertised membership fees. After all we are rewarding our current financial members for their continued loyalty and support.  
Please remain assured that your Society is very mindful that there will be many who will be disadvantaged by the Coronavirus and we hope to assist by this initiative.

Ron Johanson OAM ACS
National ACS President

FUJIFILM Australia HQ moves to Macquarie Park

FUJIFILM Australia General Manager - Recording Media, Optical Devices and Industrial Products, Marc Van Agten, said, “The Macquarie Park building will be our new flagship HQ and it is very much best in class. It offers a high-tech hub that’s closer to many of our customers, an improved working environment for staff with modern facilities and the very latest IT infrastructure.”
FUJIFILM Australia’s new HQ offices’ environment both complement and provide added impetus to the company’s continued growth providing an excellent working environment.

The new office has also allowed the company to employ a more efficient use of space through an improved and modern fit-out and office layout, which will positively impact the company’s overall efficiency.
FUJIFILM’s new office is also a modern, green-rated building with good use of light and this bright and open work environment is a practical expression of the company’s “Open, Fair and Clear” company culture.

Macquarie Park is the largest business hub outside Sydney CBD and with its proximity to the bulk of FUJIFILM’s customer base, provides ongoing benefits including convenience and efficiency for all of FUJIFILM’s customers.

New South Wales Platinum Sponsor
Rotor Head logo

New South Wales Gold Sponsors
Cinoptix logo        Southern Cross Cameras Australia logo

New South Wales Silver Sponsors
Adept Turnkey logo        AJK Grips logo        Film Graphics logo        Macquarie Commercial Finance logo        PDV Digital Cinema logo
Spectrum Films logo

National Major Sponsor
FUJIFILM Australia logo

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        Kaleidoscope Digital logo
Kayell Australia logo        Leitz Cine Wetzlar logo        Lemac logo        Showreel Finder logo        SUNSTUDIOS logo
The Post Lounge logo        VA Hire logo        Well Above logo

National ACS CineKids Sponsor
Videocraft logo

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 Lighting Systems 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

New South Wales Branch
Australian Cinematographers Society
Level 2, 26 Ridge Street, NORTH SYDNEY, NSW 2060

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