National eNews ~ Dec Edition 2017


Editor: Lizz Vernon

National eNews and much much more....

Message from the President

Many ACS members are finding it difficult to cope with life challenges on a daily basis, so let’s help in any way we can.

I suggest we adopt the RUOK initiative as a great starting point.

Read all about it on the RUOK link below and let’s be more aware of the warning signs from our friends and colleagues.


Have a safe and joyful Christmas shared with families and friends. I thank you all for your support of our wonderful Society and look forward to the New Year with great enthusiasm.

Ron Johanson OAM ACS
National President

Look who's wearing the ACS gear now...


The Canon C200 takes ‘creativity’ and ‘flexibility’ and moulds it together to form an exceptional system and the latest addition to the Cinema EOS family. With a new RAW recording format, the Cinema RAW Light, the camera has provided the same flexibility in colour grading as Cinema RAW, but in a smaller file size. This allows creative professionals to record internally on CFast 2.0 cards. Up to 120 fps with no cropping at Full HD is now available and the camera features 15 stops of dynamic range when shooting Cinema RAW Light. Similar amount of range to RED and Blackmagic. Unlike the Canon C100 Mk II which features an LCD screen fixed into the side of the body, the C200 has given you a versatile, in many ways CUSTOMISABLE monitor

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The Australian Writers’ Guild new GO TO portal for Australia’s hottest new scripts

The Australian Writers’ Guild has announced the launch of a new online portal, Pathways – the new ‘go-to’ for producers looking for Australia’s hottest new scripts and premier screenwriters.

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CONGRATULATIONS - 2017 ASC International Award ~ Russell Boyd ACS ASC

This is such a deserving honour for our very own Russell Boyd ACS ASC. So, in case you weren’t aware, here is a pocket history.

Russell Boyd ACS ASC hails from Victoria and is a lifelong Geelong supporter. After shooting numerous commercials, he transitioned into narrative filmmaking. He’s worked frequently with director Peter Weir, on features including

Picnic at Hanging Rock, The Last Wave, Gallipoli, The Year of Living Dangerously, The Way Back and Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World for which Russell received an Oscar for his truly incredible work. Russell’s other credits include Tender Mercies, Crocodile Dundee, Cobb, Tin Cup, Doctor Doolittle, and Ghost Rider.

Well done Russell, we are all very proud of your achievements.

Happenings @ the HQ

Bebi Zekirovski from the Macedonian Film festival presented John Seale AM ACS ASC and the ACS with a Manaki Brothers book

Peter James ACS ASC teams up again with long time collaborator and friend, Director Bruce Beresford

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Diploma in Colour Grading
Gain the skills to interpret and apply colour grading requirements to achieve an intended cinematic look. (16 weeks, part-time)
Applications close 4 December – Details Diploma in Colour Grading

Diploma in Camera
Learn the craft of cinematography. Develop your ability to confidently capture quality picture and sound across a range of shooting requirements. (16 weeks, part-time)
Applications close 4 December – Details:Diploma in Camera

If you want to diversity your skill set, view full List of 2018 Diplomas & Advanced Diplomas HERE

Harassment or Bullying

It is the policy of the Australian Cinematographers Society (ACS) that each and every member of the Society and the greater Film and Television industry has the basic right to work in an environment free from any gender bias, harassment or bullying of any kind.

The Society will not tolerate any behaviour that is considered threatening or dis-respectful towards any of our members.

ACS National Executive

'Safer Workplace Strategies' forum ~ 12th December SAVE THE DAY!!!

WIFT NSW, Screen Australia, Create NSW, AFTRS, Screen Diversity and Inclusion Network, Foxtel, Screen Producers Australia, Media, Entertainment & Arts Alliance together with Rape and Domestic Violence Services Australia are collaborating to present a 'Safer Workplace Strategies' forum.

The half-day forum on Tuesday 12 December hosted by AFTRS, will be live streamed nationally. Panels will feature experts addressing sexual harassment and assault as well as broader bullying and intimidation within the context of the film and television industry. The panels will take a practical toolkit approach encompassing individual’s safety and workplace rights alongside personal and organisational responsibilities.

'Safer Workplace Strategies' Forum
8.45am to 1.30pm
12 December
Australian Film Television and Radio School
Moore Park

Booking Information HERE »

Congratulations to the first of the 2017 AACTA Awards Winners...

Oscar®-nominated and AACTA International Award-winning feature film LION led the afternoon, winning all seven of its nominated categories:

Best Adapted Screenplay for BAFTA winner Luke Davies;
Best Cinematography for Oscar® nominee and two-time AFI Award winner Greig Fraser;
Best Editing for Emmy nominee and AFI Award winner Alexandre de Franceschi;
Best Sound for Robert Mackenzie, Glenn Newnham, Nakul Kamte, Andrew Ramage, James Ashton and Mario Vaccaro;
Best Original Music Score for Oscar®, BAFTA and Golden Globe nominees Volker Bertelmann and Dustin O’Halloran;
Best Costume Design for two-time AFI Award winner Cappi Ireland; and
Best Production Design for four-time AFI Award winner and Byron Kennedy Award recipient Chris Kennedy.

Seven Types of Ambiguity led the pack in television, taking home three out of a potential five AACTA Awards:

Best Direction in a Television Drama or Comedy for Glendyn Ivin, marking his first AACTA Award for direction;
Best Cinematography in Television for first-time AACTA winner Bonnie Elliot; and
Best Editing in Television for three-time AFI | AACTA nominee Rodrigo Balart.

The Documentary award for Best Cinematography in a Documentary went to BLUE, for Jody Muston and Jon Shaw’s breathtaking underwater shots.

ACS CineKids Workshop held at the ACS HQ and North Sydney Park.

Five ACS CineKids updated their skills on shutter speeds, frame speeds and shutter angles. Richard Wilmot and I really enjoyed this workshop as we we... More »

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Recently ARRI Australia took a range of their lighting products, including some never seen before in Western Australia, to the Johnny Marr Studio in P... More »

Make It Australian - Help by making your voice heard!

AACTA Meet The NOMINEES was held on Sunday@ AFTRS.

Article by Richard Wilmot Seven of the nominated cinematographers for the 2017 AACTA awards were in attendance to participate in a 90 minute panel... More »


Pieter de Vries shoots the Antarctic with Sony PXW-FS7 4K cameras


Thanks to our National sponsor CWSONDEROPTIC we are pleased to be able to offer the members the opportunity to use our new ACS Leica kit, which compri... More »



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