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Celebrating 65 years of the Australian Cinematographers Society: 1958 - 2023

From the National President

Greetings members, sponsors and friends,
I again had the honour to represent ACS recently at the ASC International Cinematography Summit in Los Angeles. Travelling with National Treasurer Mick Fanning (QLD), we attended Cine Gear Expo immediately prior to the Summit, where we met up with many ACS sponsors, ex-pat Aussie cinematographers and saw plenty of gear being put through their paces. Huge thanks to the ASC for hosting guests from over 45 societies with panellists and discussions ranging from 100 years of Czeck cinematography to working with LED volumes to David Lanzenberg
ASC talking about his work on Wednesday. I presented on the panel about benchmarking progress on achieving diversity. Great session on the Friday about growing your Society and its community.
Please note the ACS Branch Awards entries open soon, with a closing date of 21st August. Hot tip: enter as much work as you wish, but enter early. The algorithms have been known to slow down the closer it gets to midnight on the closing night. And check in with your Branch President on the date of your Branch Awards in October or November and save the date.
Reminder to get in touch with your Branch President about submitting an application for Accreditation. The more preparation that goes into your application, the more distilled and impactful it will be. Application deadline is 21st September.
And submissions for the Drew Lewellyn
ACS Camerimage Scholarship open in late July with a closing date of 14th August. Application form included below.
Very warm thanks to Sarah Jo Fraser (VIC) who has reluctantly stepped down as AC Magazine editor. Being the AC Magazine editor is a very demanding and serious undertaking and Sarah created three packed and fine issues over the year. I received a number of very appreciative messages from members as they heard the news. And a big hello and welcome to Lizz Vernon (NSW) who is our guest editor for the September issue. Lizz is well underway to bring together a terrific and high calibre issue. If you have an interest in being a guest editor, let me know and we can have a chat.
Shoot well, go well, everyone.

Erika Addis
ACS National President
Live Q&A with John Seale AM ACS ASC
ACS legend John Seale AM ACS ASC will be joining in a Live Q&A with US-based Picturehouse 441. John will be discussing his cinematography on 2015's Mad Max Fury Road and his career with moderator Joshua A. Handler.

John won many awards for this film, including the ACS Gold Tripod for the Features - Cinema category and the Milli Award for Cinematographer of the Year.

Picturehouse 441 is a Zoom-based Q&A series dedicated to promoting film literacy with a small cost to attend each session.

Guests taking part in the past have included Pixar's Chief Creative Officer Pete Docter, Back to the Future co-creator and screenwriter Bob Gale and Saving Private Ryan's Sound Designer / Sound Mixer / Sound Editor Gary Rydstrom. A future session will include fellow cinematographer Darius Khondji

WHEN: Saturday 8 July, 10am Sydney time (scheduled 7 July 8pm US Eastern time)

SPECIAL ACS OFFER FOR MEMBERS: For the first 10 people to email National President Erika Addis - you can join the session with John Seale, free.
Click here for one of 10 FREE tickets available for ACS Members
Buy tickets to attend Picturehouse 441 events
AC Magazine Editor
Thank you to Sarah Jo Fraser for the tireless work as the AC Magazine Editor.

As Sarah Jo steps down, former longtime Newsletter editor Lizz Vernon will take over as guest editor for the September issue, issue #98 for the magazine.

If you would like to contribute anything for this upcoming issue of the magazine, please contact Lizz:
Actor and Producer Bryan Brown Speaks to the National Press Club advocating for the Screen Industry
Bryan Brown speaks at Parliament House, Canbera for the Make it Australian campaign in March. Picture: MEAA.
As part of the 'Make it Australian' campagin, Bryan Brown AM will speak to the National Press Club in Canberra on the 12th of July.

Bryan is a strong advocate for the Australian screen industry and has supported the 'Make it Australian' campaign for increased Australian screen content. His speech will discuss the importance of Australian stories on the screen ahead of the Federal Government's announcement of streaming platform regulation and future investment in production. This will have a major impact on our work going forward as Cinematographers and whether or not these jobs will be in Australia telling Australian stories or not.

Tickets to the event at the National Press Club are available. The telecast is also on the ABC at 12:30 pm and available on iView afterwards.
Click here for National Press Club Tickets
2023 Drew Llewelyn ACS Camerimage Scholarship Applications Open Now
Established with the generous support of the Llewelyn family in recognition of the legacy left by Drew Llewelyn ACS, the Queensland Branch and the ACS National Executive, the Drew Llewelyn ACS Camerimage Scholarship, enables one lucky ACS member to attend Camerimage in Torun, Poland with $4,000 towards flights and accommodation, along with introductions at the Camerimage festival.

The Scholarship, which commenced in 2015, will be open to financial Cinematographer (Full) & Camera Crew (Active) members of the Society. The winner will be selected by a committee of peers based on a submission of a simple application explaining “Why you want to travel to Camerimage and how you see it having long-term benefits for you”.
Applications will open on August 1 and will close on August 14th 2023. For a 2023 application form please see the button below.

Please note: all applicants if successful will need to travel to Torun, Poland for this years Cameraimage between 11-18th November 2023.
Previous recipients include:
  • 2015 - Lizz Vernon, NSW
  • 2016 - Drew English, NSW
  • 2017 - Meg White, NSW 
  • 2018 - Sissy Reyes, NSW 
  • 2019  - Simon Woods, QLD
  • 2020 - 2021 - No scholarship awarded 
  • 2022 - Liam Brennan, NSW
Scholarship Application form
2022 Scholarship Recipient Liam Brennan with Mark Broadbent ACS, ACS National President Erika Addis and Ben Cotgrove at Camerimage in Torun, Poland.
Katie Milwright ACS ShotClass sells out following Deadloch Premiere
Katie Milwright ACS will present a Masterclass for Warwick Field ACS's ShotClass.

The Masterclass day is a sellout and it will focus on filming narrative content and include the process Katie goes from getting the job to production along with a camera kit. It will also feature her colleagues, colourist CJ Dobson and 1st AC Grant Sweetnam.

We welcome ShotClass as a National Bronze Sponsor of the ACS as well.

This Masterclass follows Katie's new series Deadloch being released on Amazon Prime Video. 

In one of the Deadloch episodes, eagle-eyed viewers may spot a familiar extra: current Tasmanian branch President Peter Curtis

If you'd like to join the waitlist or see any of the other courses on offer, please see the ShotClass website.
Visit the ShotClass website
Teach the Next Generation at AFTRS
National Gold Sponsor AFTRS has a position available for training the future Cinematographers. The position will work on delivering the Bachelor's Program as the Discipline Lead for Cinematography.

If this is of interest for you, please visit their website. The description will be advertised from 5pm, Monday 3 July, Sydney time for approximately one month.
See the AFTRS Job Board
Accreditation Applications Open Soon!
If you are thinking of applying for ACS Accreditation this year, please be aware that the window for 2023 opens for three weeks only on September 1 and closes September 21.
This is the time to prepare your submission and to pass it by an ACS Accredited member who has been through the process for their advice.
The process of gaining accreditation involves a panel of ten ACS Accredited Cinematographers, who work across as many genres as possible, gathered to assess the work. The submitted works of the applying cinematographers are screened and assessed before voting on each submission by secret ballot. To gain Accreditation a minimum of 8 of the panel of 10 must vote in the positive. It's tough, but you should get through if the work is considered a high enough standard.
Visit the ACS Accreditation page on our website so you make sure you qualify to apply and read the guidelines.
Find out more about Applying for Accreditation
Greig Fraser ACS ASC Joins the FilmLight Colour Award Jury
ACS Accredited Member Greig Fraser ACS ASC has joined the jury for the Film Light Colour Awards ahead of his next instalment of the film Dune being released.

He has said what he is looking for in entries for the awards that he will be judging: “we live in a space where often films can become very ‘the same’ and are based on a trend or previous ideas,” he explains. “In this year’s Colour Award entries, I’m looking for original vision.”

Entries for the awards are open now and further information is available through their website:
Have you updated your ACS Member Profile?
Memberships are now overdue as of the 1st of July with invoices for the current financial year having arrived in email inboxes recently.

There is one membership bonus many members often overlook.

Each ACS member has an online profile through the ACS website. Here, you can upload a bio, reels, photos and links to your own website.

To update, head to the ACS website and follow the links to the Member login page.
If you have something that could be included in the National Newsletter, please contact Newsletter Editor Adam Reibel -
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