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December 2020
“With great power comes great responsibility.”
Congratulations to all the Branch Awards presentations, given the circumstances they were all fantastic and we saw so much great work I am certain the judging panels were working overtime. Our ACS Awards are the best of the best and culminate in May with the National Awards. This year we will be trying for a second time to hold the Nationals in Canberra and I know Miguel and the ACT team are rearing at the bit to get cracking. We will start the National Awards process in January and will keep you all updated as to the special events we are planning. The support of our sponsors is vital to the ongoing success of the Society and I thank them all on our collective behalf for their loyalty and perseverance particularly during Covid, which has had a negative effect on our sponsors and it is up to us to reinforce our support and to assist them when required. 

As I said, it’s almost Christmas and the gift I would really like to receive is for someone to wrap up in the very nicest, glossy paper with a huge ribbon someone who can take over from Lizz Vernon as our National E news Editor. That would be a ring a ding ding Christmas for me!! Standby Rudolph…incoming!!

In case you have been hiding under a bon bon we lose the fantastic services of Lizz Vernon as our National e news editor at the end of December along with Mark Morris who is much more than our new Website Project Manager, but we need both these volunteer positions filled with a degree of urgency. 

Both Lizz and Mark will be sorely missed, but in anticipation of a groundswell of support they have put together “job descriptions” to make it easier and more understandable. Our ACS elves are standing by to take your calls and emails in order for you not to miss out on these two important opportunities to assist the administration of the ACS. Come on, it’s Christmas!

 ACS National Webmaster / National Newsletter Editor
As webmaster & national newsletter Editor, you'll seriously get an increase to your email inbox but as long as you can use a computer a little bit and like playing with images and files you'll be able to come on board and make a dent all by yourself.  I can guide you for a bit while you settle in and then you can bring your own flair to the role. You'll get to add content to the website, and build newsletters in Mailchimp that go out to all our members a couple of times a month. 
MARK - ACS Website Project Manager
The role of the ACS Website Project Manager is to, in consultation with the National and Branch ACS committees, determine the relevant design and technical requirements for the ACS Website and oversee their implementation by the web developer. This role would suit a person with strong organisational skills who is in a position to respond regularly to questions from the web developer, to monitor and provide feedback to work in development and to assess urgent issues as they arise, liaising between the ACS and web developer for a timely resolution.

You may recall some months ago all Branches agreed to financially assist the Society in carrying out a National research study of Australian cinematographers in collaboration with Internationally recognised and credentialed researchers from Deakin University. This study is the first of its kind and will look at a broad range of aspects that relates to the careers and career paths of Australian cinematographers. The most important aspect of the study will involve a detailed members survey, so when it hits your inbox in the coming weeks, please have a read, boil the kettle and participate enthusiastically as everyone’s contribution is really important in order for the success of the venture. So please take time to take the survey and you will come to realise the importance of the data and it’s future use.

Here is an open invitation to any member who would like to join the next inclusive meeting of the National Diversity, Inclusion and Reconciliation Committee. Chaired by Justine Kerrigan, once a year the meeting is open to any member who would like to participate and be part of the discussions and the decision making process. Please contact me at if you can join us on December 5th and I can send you the details. 

Take care and stay safe as COVID-19 is still with us and we must all remain diligent. Be great to hear from you all, so please let me know what you’ve been up to and if working send me a photo or a video to share with our ACS cinematographers.
Until next time,

Ron Johanson OAM ACS
National President
National Diversity, Inclusion and Reconciliation Committee
5th December @ 2pm AEDT
Any ACS member who would like to join the next inclusive meeting of the National Diversity, Inclusion and Reconciliation Committee. Chaired by Justine Kerrigan, once a year the meeting is open to any member who would like to participate and be part of the discussions and the decision making process.

Please contact me at if you can join us on December 5th and I can send you the details
Guild Xmas event on THURSDAY 17 DEC at Soapbox!

Inside - I am Woman

Endurance against all odds – Inside I am Woman 
10am, Thursday 3 December 2020
We know it’s been an exhausting and emotional year for so many of us, so we are thrilled to invite you to take a break, grab a cup of tea, put your feet up and join us for our final event of 2020.
The legendary Margaret Pomeranz will talk to Director Unjoo Moon (The Zen of Bennett, Sorrow’s Child) and Producer Rosemary Bligh (The Invisible Man, The Sapphires) about I am Woman. We’ll tap into their inspiring resilience, the many years of creativity, perseverance and hard slog it took to bring the film to the screen and what it took to make the tough decisions about distribution during a global pandemic.
We’ll touch on the potential impact to the industry should the proposed legislative changes to feature film funding be ratified and the creative, commercial and cultural differences of making films for online services rather than cinemas.
Register Now
 Leitz End of year Lens Sale
Hi All,

I know it has been a tough year for everybody this year.  For those I have spoken to through the year I know the personal resilience has been there and you will be strong for next year. I don't know how 2021 could be worse! 

Just wanted to let you know that Leitz is having a sale of specific lenses on the range of  20 to 25% off. If you were considering some the Leitz lenses or filling out your kit ranges, now is the time
1. Summicon-C 15mm, 40mm = 25% Off
2. Summilux-C 16mm, 21mm, 135mm = 20% Off
3. Thalia-T 90mm= 25% Off
4. Full set of Thalia = 25% Off (only one set available globally)
Just drop me a line if you are interested and we can start the discussion.
The Thalias Set will go quick at this price!!!
Now that some travel restrictions have been lifted I will also be arranging demonstration of Leitz Primes and Zooms come the new year. Stay tuned for that announcement.

All the best,



John Virtue

Managing Director

AACTA celebrated its 10th year this week with the 2020 AACTA Awards Ceremony presented by Foxtel at The Star Sydney.

In a year that looked a little different, the celebrations were as significant as ever for screen entertainment in Australia. Stateless, Babyteeth, Bluey, Masterchef Australia, Mystery Road, Cate Blanchett, Rebel Wilson, Ben Mendelsohn, Shaun Micallef, Yvonne Strahovski and Essie Davis were among the winners announced at today’s star-studded ceremony.

Leading the 2020 AACTA Awards season with a total of 13 Awards was Stateless, including Best Telefeature or Miniseries, Best Screenplay in Television and all four acting Awards across television drama. In film, Babyteeth received nine Awards including Best Film presented by Foxtel and Best Direction for Shannon Murphy, marking her impressive directional debut.

LUMIX S Series Bonus Lens Offer
for ACS Members

Purchase a LUMIX S Series Full-Frame Mirrorless Camera before 31/12/2020 and claim a bonus Sigma 45mm lens.

That’s an added value of up to $999 RRP.

How To Claim Your Bonus Lens:

  1. Purchase an eligible LUMIX Camera or Camera Kit between 1st December 2020 and close of business 31st December 2020.
  2. Complete the online claim form found below. Claims must be submitted by no later than 11.59pm AEDST on 31st December 2020.

That’s it! Upon claim finalisation, we will endeavour to process, dispatch and deliver all bonus lenses within 12 weeks from your final claim being approved.

 *Promotion starts 8.01am AEDST 01/12/20. Ends 11.59pm AEDST 31/12/20. Bonus lens claims must be made online by 11.59pm AEDST 31/12/20. Purchasers must be 18+ years of age. Lay-bys not paid in full by close of business 31/12/20 are ineligible. Retain receipts(s). 

ACS Members will need to submit their membership ID number along with the purchase invoice showing a zero remaining balance, and camera serial number to claim by the end of the promotion period.
Full Terms & Conditions available here.

Babyteeth', 'Stateless' sweep AACTAs

Bittersweet comedy 'Babyteeth' has swept this year's AACTA Awards, picking up seven prizes at Monday's ceremony including Best Film and Best Direction for debut filmmaker Shannon Murphy.

Read full BABYTEETH article by Jackie Keast
Ron Howard's 'Thirteen Lives' heads to Queensland

Ron Howard's 'Thirteen Lives', based on the Thai caves rescue, is the latest in a string of international projects...

Read full THIRTEEN LIVES article also by Jackie Keast

Have you missed a recent event?  There have been so many this year during Covid-19 Lockdowns

If you've missed any of our recent events,
then you can catch up on them by visiting the Aust Cine Vimeo
Accreditations – ACS NSW Awards 2020
Bonnie Elliott ACS On the Applebox
Roger Horrocks On The Apple Box
Ari Wegner ACS - On the Applebox
Relic Q and A - Victorian ACS
John Seale AM ACS ASC

MEAA releases intimacy guidelines

“I’m very proud our union has led the way on the development of these guidelines because they have been needed for a long time,” says Australia actor, director, producer and MEAA Equity president Jason Klarwein.

“The expectation is that these guidelines are used on every production in the country.”

At the heart of the MEAA’s guidelines is the idea of open communication and the “informed consent” of performers.

Australia now has its first ever set of intimacy guidelines for stage and screen, a result of 18 months of industry consultation by a dedicated committee of the Media, Entertainment and Arts Alliance (MEAA).  

The guidelines, freely available on the MEAA website, aim to establish new processes for work involving nudity, intimacy, simulated sexual activity and sexual violence, so that actors are best prepared and supported.

They cover off on best practice for situations spanning the entire filmmaking process from casting and auditions through to post-production and marketing.

Screen Producers Australia (SPA), the Australian Directors’ Guild (ADG), the Casting Guild of Australia (CGA) and the MEAA National Stunt Committee have each endorsed the document. All were part of the consultation process, alongside individual actors, fight directors, theatre directors, stunt co-ordinators, intimacy co-ordinators, intimacy directors and the Australian Writers’ Guild (AWG).

The guidelines follow on from a series of workshops and seminars with leading intimacy co-ordinator Ita O’Brien (Normal People) hosted by the MEAA in 2018. At the time, she urged Australia to adopt formal guidelines surrounding intimate scenes. 

Many of the MEAA’s recommendations are drawn on best practice from overseas including O’Brien’s Intimacy On-Set Guidelines (UK), the Equity New Zealand Intimacy Guidelines, Guidance Notes for Screen Directors (Directors UK), Intimacy Co-ordinator Standards & Protocols (SAG-AFTRA) and ‘The Pillars’ created by Intimacy Directors International (US).

Anthony Dod Mantle on Working
With Susanne Bier on ‘The Undoing’

Courtesy of Niko Tavernise
Filming the New York-set HBO thriller series “The Undoing” presented the challenge of getting inside the head of Nicole Kidman’s character, Grace, as her world flies apart and she doesn’t know what to believe, says Oscar-winning cinematographer Anthony Dod Mantle.

The British DP, known for an artistic approach and a fascination for macro-level detail, used some of the same techniques he’s developed over the years, whether filming “Slumdog Millionaire” for Danny Boyle or “Antichrist” for Lars von Trier, he says.

“I use tools that for dramatic reasons help affect the focal plane and the rendition of the image depending on the psychology of the idea,” says Mantle, adding that he’s often fascinated with manipulating and diminishing areas of focus.

Read full article here...
I just wrapped principal photography in Queenstown on Tassie's West Coast for SBS mystery drama series The Tailings. Pictured here on the 'Hillbilly Rickshaw' - a term coined by our Key Grip Dom Middleton, who built it himself when the request for a rickshaw didn't meet budget or time constraints. 
Shot on the ARRI Alexa Mini on Angenieux EZ zooms and SuperSpeed primes supported by Sydney's CameraHire and Hobart's IgniteDigi, 
Ashely Baron ACS on the Hillbilly Rickshaw & with 1st AC Leuke Marriott
The Tailings is a coming of age story of a teenage girl's investigation into her father's death. A stellar, emerging all-Tassie crew was led by Director Stevie Cruz-Martin (Pulse, Marrow), Produced by Liz Doran (Please Like Me, Molly) with Richard Kelly (The Gloaming) and Steve Thomas (Looky Looky Here Comes Cooky). 
I'll be grading in Sydney in Jan!

Ash Barron ACS
MICHAEL EDOLS ACS - “Aspects of a life lived with passion, heart and soul
Marion Edols - van den Driesschen has written/compiled
'Michael's Story Aspects of a life lived with passion, heart and soul.'
If anyone is interested in purchasing a copy they are $25 and postage within Australia is $6. Overseas postage is about $20. 

Michael had an extraordinary life, his early childhood was spent in the jungle of Borneo, where his adopted father worked for British Tobacco as an engineer, building roads, bridges and an outdoor cinema. This is where he first picked up a box Brownie and took his first photographs of the Segama river in flood. By the age of 14 he had lost two sets of parents, yet despite life's traumas and being dyslexic, he managed to create a successful career as an award winning cinematographer as well as Directing and Producing iconic documentaries in collaboration with Indigenous Australians in the '70's and '80's.

His DVD collection, Aspects of a life working with Indigenous Australians is available through Ronin Films.

To purchase a copy of this fantastic book contact Marion by email on the link below:


 Book now:

Dear Friends,
Director Robynne Murphy and L are over the moon! Not only did Robynne’s true story of WOMEN OF STEEL prove to be a real crowd pleaser in the Virtual Sydney Film Festival, but it's a finalist in two categories of the ATOM awards AND has now won the prestigious History Council of NSW’s 2020 Macquarie PHA Applied History Award. 
Praise from the Council’s judges for the film’s informative, gritty, evocative and powerful presentation of history puts it on its way to create greater public awareness of the working class/migrant contribution to the Women’s Liberation Movement and encouragement to all who face “impossible" odds today.
If you don’t already know the story told by WOMEN OF STEEL, please click on our dynamite new trailer:
It all begins on the 18th of November at a 2000-strong ACTU organising conference, then to On Demand Cinema presentations in major centres, spreading to the regions in the new year
Bookings can be made to see WOMEN OF STEEL in the cinema or online at
Check out the trailer below:
MILLER GIVEAWAY! Acclaimed film director Mark Toia interviews about his film MONSTERS OF MAN, with Joseph White.
WIN one of TEN Director Cut 4k streamed copies of the new feature film MONSTERS OF MAN, releasing worldwide on 8th December. TEN lucky followers can win simply by watching a video.
1. Watch the short interview (linked to post).
2. In the comments, mention a friend and answer the question: How many Miller Tripods did Mark Toia use on the film set?
A robotics company teams up with a corrupt CIA agent trying to position themselves to win a lucrative military contract. They illegally airdrop 4 prototype robots into the middle of the infamous Golden triangle to perform a live field test on unsuspecting drug lords that the world will never miss. Volunteer doctors witness the murder of a village and become the targets.

Toia talks in depth how he made the movie, the equipment he used and how he’s launching it. This interview is inspirational to those aspiring movie makers who are looking for great and successful examples.

The competition closes on 31st October 2020 at 23:59 [London (GMT)]. Winners must follow the above rules and will be selected by a draw from the qualifying entries. Winners will be announced on Facebook and Instagram on November 5th 2020. They will be requested to provide their contact details once selected to receive their prize - the 4K Directors cut of MONSTERS OF MAN. Good Luck!

#MillerTripods #MarkToia #MonstersofMan
Check out these beautiful lenses from CANON

Vincent Monton revisits ‘Point of No Return’

by Don Groves IF.COM/AU
Cameron Barnett ACS                             Victoria 414

‘Point of No Return.’

Vincent Monton is understandably chuffed that Australians have the chance to discover – or rediscover – his telemovie Point of No Return 25 years after it premiered on Network 10.

Umbrella Entertainment released a digitally restored version of the drama written and directed by Monton, which starred Marcus Graham and Nikki Coghill, on DVD and VOD this month.

Graham played the dual roles of Grady, a former soldier who is traumatized by his experiences in war and prison, and his murdered brother Kristian.

Grady escapes from custody after attending Kristian’s funeral. Coghill is Kate, the girlfriend of the protagonist who later hooked up with his brother.

Read On...
We had a blast hosting Potato Jet at our facility to give him the ride of a lifetime in the #JETCAM and play around with some of our other gear like the #XM2Charlie and the #ROMEO downlink.
Judging by the smile on his face and the great things he had to say about the whole experience, we'd say he had a pretty good time. Check out the awesome feature on his YouTube Channel!
Also a huge shoutout to ARRI for helping make this happen

Yiannis Daskalothanasis 
When your son interacts with your professional tools!!

It's showtime for NSW screen industry with $175 million investment for Made in NSW

The NSW Government has announced $175 million investment for screen production through the Made in NSW fund, which will support high-end screen productions in NSW, creating jobs, and significantly contributing to the State’s economy.

Home to world-class crews and production facilities, extraordinary talent, and unique scenery across the state that can double for locations across the United States, UK, Asia, Europe and the Middle East, NSW is the place for every story.

Watch the NSW Locations Reel

The fund will be managed by Screen NSW to attract international film and television production and to support major new Australian TV drama and feature films.

It's showtime for NSW screen industry with $175 million investment for Made in NSW
Caleb Deschanel, ASC explores the virtual set of The Lion King. (Photo courtesy of Disney Enterprises, Inc.)
Here’s an advance look at the January 2021 issue of American Cinematographer, which marks the new year — and AC’s whole new look! — with a focus on the future of movies. Also featured are Tami Reiker, ASC’s work on One Night in Miami and a dive into a trio of international productions. (Please note: All articles are tentative and subject to change.)

The Future of Movies

  • ASC members and other prominent filmmakers forecast the evolution of tomorrow’s motion pictures.
  • John Simmons, ASC on the necessity of inclusive hiring.
  • The future of shooting on film.
  • The state of movie distribution and exhibition, and the road ahead.
  • Safety protocols and new methodologies — a global shift in the age of Covid-19.
  • Virtual production — what game-engine technology means for the future of visual storytelling.
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For more info - Check out:

The Australian Cinematographers Society 



Australian stories need strong rules and support to continue reaching audiences. Take action using this tool to contact Prime Minister Scott Morrison.

With the introduction of COVID safety guidelines, the screen industry is getting back to work and is ready to contribute to rebuilding the national economy.

But the federal government is putting that at risk. Lack of meaningful action on content rules, financial incentives, and funding for public broadcasters and screen agencies is costing jobs and driving businesses to the wall.

Use this link to Emil Prime Minister Scott Morrison to make policy changes to support the Australian Screen Industry.
FACT SHEET: Modernising Australian Content Regulations
It would be great to hear first hand from Minister Paul Fletcher regarding the scrapping of the Australian local production quotas as it could well have long term ramifications for workers in our sector.


The Australian Government announced changes to Australia's Screen Production Incentives and guidelines. A snapshot of some of the main changes to the Australian Screen Production Incentives are:

  • The Post, Digital and Visual Effects (PDV) Offset minimum qualifying Australian production expenditure spend will be increased from AU$500,000 to AU$1 million. These amendments will come into effect for productions that commence post, digital and VFX activity on, or after 1 July 2021.
  • The rate of the Producer Offset will be standardised at 30 per cent for eligible film and television production, regardless of the release platform (currently it is 20% for TV and 40% for theatrical feature film).​​These amendments will come into effect for productions that commence principal photography on, or after 1 July 2021.

​The main changes to the Location Offset & the Location Incentive Program guidelines are:

  • the Location Incentive seeks to encourage international production companies and studios to commit to film multiple productions over multiple years in Australia to support continued employment and investment.
  • to be eligible for the Location Offset & Incentive projects must genuinely be ‘footloose’, that is not already locked in to undertaking production in Australia.
  • to be eligible projects must commit to undertaking training and skills development activities; and
  • state/territory government support is required to be commensurate with the benefits that the production will bring to that state or territory.

These amendments will come into effect for productions that commence principal photography on, or after 1 July 2021 and the changes have been implemented to clarify the objectives of the Location Incentive Program and help the Australian Government continue to achieve the strongest outcomes for the government, production studios and the production industry.

Access the revised Location Incentive Program Guidelines here.

As noted in the Minister for Communications, Cyber Safety & the Arts' announcement, the Australian Government has made the decision to pursue changes to the Australian Screen Production Incentive in response to the feedback received during the Government's Supporting Australian stories on our screens Options Paper consultations.

Read the Minister's Press Release.

Ausfilm has outlined what these changes are in further detail here.

As the Australian Screen Production Incentive is underpinned by the Income Tax Assessment Act 1997 and changes will be implemented through legislative amendments before they come into effect.

THE ACS HQ is Covid ready, a plan is in place and safety equipment is on standby... Hope to be able to welcome members back to the Clubhouse soon.

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

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