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July is a bit full on...What's in this Bumper Edition...
  • Message from the ACS President Ron Johanson OAM ACS
    • 2020 Awards categories
    • 2020 ACS Awards T&C's
    • Accreditation - details to consider before applying
  • 20/21 Office Bearers
  • Options Paper - Guilds Response
  • The Secrets She Keeps - Roger Lanser ACS is at it again
  • Magical Thinkgs
    • Gold Coast Film Industry emerges from Lockdown...
    • DOP Andrew Condor ACS SOC is Back to Work - Masks and all.... 
  • BLACK WATER ABYSS - check out the trailer
  • Natalie Miller Fellowship Grants - Open Now
  • Dragon Image Sale
  • From Home - Web Series from QUT Creative Industries
  • Dave LeMay ACS films Paige Valentine - Pure
  • Rosco helps illuminate Covid-19 positive messages
  • AC Mag - June Issue should have arrived - if you haven't received it please confirm we have your correct postal info
  • The Invisible Man - Online Screening & Panel Discussion 
  • AFTRS courses
  • The Film Crew, here's part 2 - why not check them all out...
  • Best Cinematography of the Decade
  • ACS National Monthly Drop in - Special Guest is John Platt  - REGISTER NOW FOR July 16th 7:00pm (AEST)
  • John Brawley - "The Great'
  • @austcine - check out our National Instagram
  • NZCS News
    • Blessing @ Maunga Owairaka 
    • Aaron Morton NZCS President
  • Cinegear on air 
  • SBS Doco - Machine: The True Power of Artificial Intelligence  Check it out then join the zoom session on July 19th 3:00pm (AEST)
  • 2020 ACS Award Categories ... Start sorting your work!
    • New Logo
    • Message from Imago President Kees Van Oostrum
    • Sony Short Camera Surve
  • Booksellers - coming to a 'hopefully open' Cinema near you... check it out.
  • Huge respect to all our National Sponsors - couldn't do this without you!

A Message from the President

Photo by John Stokes ACS
Greetings friends and colleagues,
As if we didn’t already have enough to worry about, just when we all thought it was safe to back in the water, the COVID-19 u turns and bites us.

We need to remain cautious and resolute, because if this does take hold again there will be more tears.

So here it is July already and all those considering Accreditation should be in the process of deciding if they’re eligible and what they will submit.
Thinking about Accreditation...
ACS ACCREDITATION submissions open on September 1, so now is the time to start thinking about the work you are going to submit if you are eligible to apply for Accreditation this year.

Please use the link below to review all the conditions, and if you require further information along with any advice regarding your submission please contact me or your Branch President.
2020 Accreditation - Details to consider
In the next couple of weeks we will announce all the 2020 State and Territory Awards news relating to entries and when, where and how the Awards events will take place.

It is the aim of the Society to
 make it more viable and easier for all members to enter the Awards in these disruptive COVID-19 times.

There are a couple of different categories this year, so here’s the link to the 2020 ACS Awards categories and conditions of entry.
2020 ACS Award Categories
2020 ACS Awards Entry T&C's
Thanks to Warwick Field ACS and Ernie Clark ACS for their diligence and perseverance in the development of our ACS Awards categories.


Ron Johanson OAM ACS 

National President,
Australian Cinematographers Society 


National President: Ron Johanson OAM ACS  / Treasurer: Mylene Ludgate
Vice President: Ernie Clark ACS           /           Vice President: Erika Addis
Secretary: Ben Allan ACS CSI  /  Assistant Secretary: Velinda Wardell ACS

New from MEAA

With the lack of support for artists and arts workers from the Federal Government, state-run Benevolent Funds have established Emergency Assistance Programs to provide assistance to members from across the industry who are struggling through this crisis.  Click below for further details.
Find out more...


Download the Guilds response in .pdf

Lingo Pictures’ ‘The Secrets She Keeps’ sets a BBC milestone   by Don Groves

 Michael Dorman and Jessica de Gouw in ‘The Secrets She Keeps.’

When Lingo Pictures’ The Secrets She Keeps premieres on BBC1 at 9pm on July 6, it will mark a milestone as the first Australian-produced TV drama to screen in primetime on the BBC’s flagship channel – at least in recent memory.

Read Full Article Here

DAY 1-“The Bureau of Magical Things”.
DoP: Andrew Conder ACS SOC is BACK TO WORK  
Getting the greenlight to shoot again has meant strict compliance with guidelines developed by Queensland Health and WorkSafe QLD, cross-checked with the Australian Screen Production Industry’s official advice and the Bureau team’s own set protocols.  Heavy measures, but Bureau’s lead producer Stuart Wood says necessary ones to overcome the biggest production challenges he’s witnessed across a 40-year career.

“Nobody’s ever seen anything like this,” says Wood, “the situation is unique for the screen industry, really just as it’s unique for the world.

“We’re working in new territory today and – as medical advice and understanding of the virus evolves – we also need to be prepared to adjust how we work in the future. 
The Bureau of Magical Things season 2.
Julian Cullen and Kimie Tsukakoshi  Image credit: Mark Taylor

Black Water: Abyss (AUS/NZ) trailer has  launched... 
Inspiring Future Female Leaders of the Australian Screen Industry    
The Natalie Miller Fellowship supports the professional leadership of women in the screen industry through fellowships & programs. 
The Natalie Miller Fellowship is about recognising and nurturing the next generation of female leaders in the Australian screen community, and inspiring them to reach the very top of their fields. By urging more women to take on positions of leadership – roles that allow them to make a real difference – we not only address the gender imbalance that’s still evident at the top, we drive better company performances and greater innovation. And that means a more dynamic, diverse and robust screen industry for everyone. The NMF acknowledges the support of our generous sponsor, Village Roadshow.
Plenty of specials
Click any of the images to check outsell  details and all inclusion
~ DMG Lumiere Maxi Switch Light Basic Split Mode Kit with Slip Cover and Rigid Bag Was $8663 now $6900
~ DMG Lumiere Mini Switch AC DC Kit with Accessories Was $2683 now $1800
~ Vaxis Atom 500 Wireless HDMI Video Transmission System  Only $862 
~ LightPro FXLION Nano Two 98wH V-Lock kit - 4 Batteries 1 Quad Charger Only $1902

Student filmmakers move to online platforms

QUT Creative Industries senior lecturer in film Dr Phoebe Hart said the third-year film and screen students had been extraordinarily inventive when faced with the restrictions of isolation away from campus.
COVID-19 has been hard on the creative industries but 63 QUT student filmmakers have managed to make an eight-part web series featuring documentaries exploring how the pandemic has affected a range of people. 
The result, From Home was launched on YouTube on the weekend (21 June) and includes episodes about the impact of COVID-19 on homelessness, international students, finding love, and teachers struggling to work online, as well as a beautiful ode to grandparents.
Check out the series online
Paige Valentine - Pure
Directed and Produced by Luna Laure.
 DOP - David Le May ACS    1st AC - Brianna Trinidad

Gobos For Hope

We have received several inquiries to make Custom Gobos for the COVID-19 crisis..  Some gobos encouraged communities to stay strong, some thanked their local health professionals, and others were simply a reminder to just stay home.  Below is some we've made already so let us know if you have a design in mind.

AC Magazine ~The ACS Flagship Magazine ...Out Quartly
Missing something...  If you've moved remember to let your ACS Branch Secretary know your new address in order to continue to receive your copy of AC MAG

Join us online for an exclusive screening of the Australian box office sensation, THE INVISIBLE MAN.

The film will be available for Australia-based AFI | AACTA members to view on our website from 6pm this Friday 26 June through to 9am Monday 6 July (AEST).

We’ve also recorded an interview with the cinematographer, Stefan Duscio, which will be available to view alongside the film, moderated by Sarah Ward (Screen International).

Both the online screening and panel discussion will be available to view online here.

The Invisible Man – Trailer 2 (Universal Pictures)

The Film Crew

The Film Crew by: Aimee La Joie - Actor #AimeeLaJoie

The Best Cinematography Of The Decade [2010s]

~ Jessica Kiang - The PLAYLIST

Look, making a Best of Decade list is an impossibility. As the 2010s come to a close, we’ve been agonizing over this (long-delayed) list for half a year now and even had to take a break and put it away this summer when things got too contentious and overwhelming.  

Join us on Thursday 16th July: 7:00pm (AEST)
John Platt in conversation with Anna Howard ACS

After 36 years within the camera department John Platt has returned to his former career and passion, photography.  He is now working as a Unit Still Photographer.
Check out some of John's Unit Stills here...
Monthly Drop In Registration Link
Anna Howard ACS  will interview him about his long career, change of direction and ‘Observations’, his highly anticipated book featuring imagery of film crews, working behind the scenes, captured over his many years on set.

Cinematographer John Brawley on ‘The Great’ Challenge of Bringing to Life a Modern Version of 18th Century Russia.  

Cinematographer John Brawley spoke to Awards Daily’s Shadan Larki about how he was able to visually interpret Tony McNamara’s world of The Great. And why, for Brawley, the process is just as important as the final result.
Article by Shadan Larki.                             Photo by: Andrea Pirrello/Hulu
Read 'The Great' article here

The Australian Cinematographers Society 



Blessing at Maunga Owairaka

Yesterday, a hardy group of NZCS Committee members met on Maunga Owairaka to participate in a blessing ceremony and presentation of a gift of pounamu to our outgoing president, Simon Raby NZCS.

 Film industry stalwart, Michael Toki-Pangari, kindly agreed to bless the toanga. With a deep symbolism associated with mana and reverence, the pounamu toki can also mean wisdom, courage, and bravery. No more fitting is a gift for our deeply respected and revered colleague Simon, who has given so much to the NZCS in such a short time at the helm and has endured recent health issues with tremendous strength and dignity.


Aaron Morton NZCS President

It requires big shoes to fill the role of President of the NZCS. In the wake of the recent departure of Simon Raby NZCS, we are delighted to have found a hugely experienced, keen and willing newly elected President, 
Aaron Morton NZCS.

His body of work as a cinematographer has truly landed him on the international stage, and we warmly welcome him to the position. Aaron is humbled to be elected to this role, thanks everyone for the support, and is committed to helping steer our Society with his best judgment.

The compelling documentary
'Machine: The True Power of Artificial Intelligence'
 is screening during July on  SBS On Demand.

"If you're not thinking about these things, I think you could be in a world of hurt," warns documentary director Justin Krook.

Watch 'Machine' at your leisure, and then join a Zoom Q&A session where Jane St Vincent Welch ASE will chat with Editor Scott Walmsley, Assistant Editor Jordan Swioklo and DOP Anna Howard ACS.

Sunday 19th July at 3pm (AEST)

For details on the Zoom session, RSVP to by 16 July.

2020 ACS Awards Categories

Category 1: CineKids
      ~ Group 1. 10 – 12 years
      ~ Group 2.  13 – 15 years
Category 2: Student Cinematography
Category 3: John Bowring ACS - Breaks and Promos
Category 4: Music Videos
Category 5: Syd Wood ACS - Local / National News
     ~ Single Cinematographer Submission
    ~ Multiple Cinematographer Submission
Category 6: Neil Davis - International News
     ~ Single Cinematographer Submission
    ~ Multiple Cinematographer Submission
Category 7: Current Affairs
Category 8: Entertainment & TV Magazine
Category 9: Art, Innovation and Specialised Cinematography
Category 10: Corporate – Corporate Branding and Advertising
Category 11: Corporate – Branded Content, Education and Events
Category 12: Commercials – Local/Regional
Category 13: Commercials – National/International
Category 14: Documentaries
Category 15: Ron Taylor AM ACS Wildlife & Nature
Category 16: 2nd Unit Cinematography
Category 17: Dramatised Documentaries
Category 18: Short Films
Category 19: Serial TV & Comedy Series 
Category 20: Drama Series
Category 21: Feature Films – Budget under $2m
Category 22: Feature Films – Budget $2m and over

Every year the Awards committees work hard to make sure entries are in their correct category.... Please download and read the category information and guides to entering, this year there are additional questions to ask yourself to help you place you work in the correct category for judging. 

All the best.

DOWNLOAD 2020 ACS Awards Categories, Rules & Lodgement Specs
 Dear Members of IMAGO, 

Thank you very much for welcoming me to the IMAGO family. Ten days ago, we had my first board meeting, and I look forward to helping the organization grow and gain relevance on many of the crucial issues for us cinematographers. These times are trying & challenging, and if there is ever a time to come together, it is now. Besides the immediate issues of the COVID pandemic, we need to look forward. Monitoring changes that are implemented because of the pandemic that will not get reversed when we return to normal. The looming economic situation in the world will also affect our future. I encourage you to communicate within IMAGO your observations in all these areas so we can spread the word and work collaboratively on the present and future.

Below are the bullet points of the discussions on the Board for your review. Going forward, we will have monthly board meetings followed with a brief report of the topics to our member societies. I encourage you also to take a look at the board agenda, published at the same time, and comment or add topics. The goal is to further settle on the new statutes and the enlarged Board by the end of this year.

Best regards, 

Kees van Oostrum
IMAGO President

Sony has invited all IMAGO members to participate in their short camera survey in order to provide feedback on current needs and usage of today's cameras. 
Sony has highlighted the importance of the views & thoughts of cinematographers to help shape their future camera designs.

This survey takes no longer than 7 minutes to complete and is a unique opportunity for you to give feedback which will be truly appreciated & implemented by Sony´s development team

N.B. Sony treat data collected from you in accordance with Sony's privacy policy. If you have any technical difficulties in taking this survey, please contact

You can complete the survey now by clicking the button below...

Due in Cinemas July 2nd.... If you can find an open cinema!

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

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