National ACS Short Ends eNews ~ January 2019


Editor: Lizz Vernon

National eNews and much much more....

Message from the President

HAPPY NEW YEAR everyone,

Welcome to our two new ACS National sponsors; Platinum sponsor SEAGATE - LaCie and Bronze sponsor - KINO FLO.


We thank them both for their support and look forward to an ongoing collaboration.

Just prior to Christmas I received a number of emails regarding the decision by CASA and the airlines to restrict the weight of carry on baggage to 7 kilos.

This has already come into force and has already had a significant impact on many of our members, who for obvious reasons prefer to carry their camera, lenses and allocated 2 batteries on board with them.

The airlines have until now wavered any penalty given the nature of our industry and the understanding between those travelling and airline staff.

But that has changed, and as a response I contacted CASA along with Virgin and Qantas seeking an urgent meeting to discuss this with them.

CASA responded immediately thus:


Hi Ron,

CASA does not set the carry on bag weight limit, this is done by each airline according to the aircraft type and their own policies. Once the airlines place these limits in their operational manuals then they are a requirement.

Peter Gibson
Corporate Communications Manager
Civil Aviation Safety Authority

I know this issue affects many of you, so as soon as I hear anything from the airline representatives approached I will let you know.

I am pleased to announce that Mylene and Malcolm Ludgate will be representing the Society at this years BSC EXPO at Battersea, London. I am certain they will return with lots of information about new equipment and technologies that will be available during 2019. Safe travels Mylene and Mal.

So, again HAPPY NEW YEAR for this Year of the Pig!


Ron Johanson OAM ACS
National President

'Yes and' or Yes, however...

As a Safety Supervisor our Job is not to say no to a Producer it's our job to say 'Yes and' or Yes, however...

Now there may be a thousand implications or restrictions to give reasons why the production should not move ahead with their plan, but I firmly believe that is not our place to say no to the Producer, Director or (if you're not in the film or entertainment industry) employer, manager, supervisor client.

It's our job to say yes, that can be done, (of course it can be done, you can walk on the moon. If you can afford to) however to do the proposed event or job safely we as a collective will need to install set up or create these specific protocols to facilitate it. In other words yes we can do it but it's going to cost this much.

In acting circles the Yes and principal refers to 'improvisation' and in the entrepreneurial world it's the just say yes and figure out how to do it later rule... As a Safety Supervisor especially in the film or entertainment industry, we need to adopt a similar philosophy, so we don't quash or stall the creative process. We need to work with the client be it the director, producer or otherwise to help them fu'fil their vision.

While it may be cost prohibitive or logistically unreasonable to do what's being sked it's our job to highlight the safety implications of their desires.

Above pointing out the safety implications, it's also our job to suggest potential alternatives that are not only safer but cheaper while keeping true the storyline or the original vision or direction the production or director has in mind.

Work with not against, should be our mantra, our job is not to say no its to say yes but or yes and...

So get back to work and work with your clients not against them.

The IMAGO Masterclass 2019

The IMAGO Masterclass Committee is proud to announce a new edition of its hugely successful international meeting for cinematographers.

A 3-day Master Class aimed at professional Cinematographers

IMAGO's International Cinematographers Symposium 'INSPIRATION'
Vienna Austria 25th, 26th and 27th of January 2019
This is your last chance to apply for one of the few remaining seats so please click on the link REMINDER. This is the last chance you will have to reserve a seat!
The 3-day event is unique, dedicated and aimed towards professional cinematographers.

For 2019 the Imago Masterclass committee is proud to present the following Guest speakers

Barry Ackroyd BSC
Maryse Alberti
Greig Fraser ACS ASC
Dan Laustsen ASC DFF

Additionally, we are very happy to have the a very special screening of the wonderful documentary from
Claire Pijman NSC 'Living the Light' Robby Muller

The masterclasses are not about equipment or new trends. The symposium will have the structure of a dialogue with discussions, exchange of experience, screening clips from their films, explaining the lighting and other artistic choices all together with the cinematographic expression as a pivotal beginning.

To find out more about our next "INSPIRATION" Masterclass click the link below.

IMAGO Masterclass »

ROSCO ~ Happy New Year

[email protected] »


Short Courses

Industry Certificate: Lighting for Drama
Over three intensive, practical weeks, you'll learn essential skills for analysing and incorporating techniques to create lighting plans for a range of scenarios and tell an effective, visual story in film and television.
4-8 Feb,2019, 5-days, Mon - Fri. ENROLLING NOW

Industry Certificate: Colour Grading (Resolve)
A practical, hands-on course for practitioners wanting to develop colour grading craft skills to apply grading techniques to achieve an intended look. You'll gain confidence in using industry standard software DaVinci Resolve and understand the technical requirements and options you can apply to achieve your creative intensions.
Starts 4 Feb 2019, 12 weeks, Tue & Wed eves + 3 Sats.ENROLLING NOW

View all AFTRS Industry Certificates

Short Courses

Camera and Sound Fundamentals
Led by experienced cinematographer Paul Warren you will be introduced to techniques and practical skills that will enable you to produce high quality images and sound for documentary and drama with an eye to great storytelling, the goal of all good filmmaking. (16 - 17 Feb) BOOK NOW

Still Life Work of the ASC members

[email protected] RSVP HERE »

Check out Robb Shaw-Velzen ACS taking one for the team...

Click the Pic to see Robb shooting for Raytheon at Maths Alive.

Looks like he's having an absolute blast so do your self a favour and get yourself to Canberra for some Capital Entertainment.

Come along and check it out. Not just for the kids!!!

Commonwealth Place
East Gallery
Canberra, Australia

OPEN NOW! Till - 17 March, 2019

Spinning OUT!!! ? »
Maths Alive Australian Tour Details HERE »

ASC Master Class

The ASC Master Class is an intensive five-day seminar taught in Los Angeles by some of the finest directors of photography in the world.

Designed for cinematographers with an intermediate-to-advanced skill set, the ASC Master Class provides practical, hands-on demonstrations of lighting and camera techniques, essential instruction in current workflow practices, and informed analysis of feature films.

Enrolment are now open for the following sessions:

March 18-22, 2019 ~ May 13-17, 2019
Don't miss your chance to learn from the best. Click here to reserve your seat today! »

Record Australian line-up at Sundance

A record six Australian feature films will screen at the Sundance Film Festival, with Animals, Judy and Punch, Little Monsters, Top End Wedding and I Am Mother having their world premieres in the Utah-based festival, which runs from January 24 - February 3.

The six films selected by Sundance display the array of stories Australians now tell and the demand for our screen content internationally, said Screen Australia CEO Graeme Mason.

The fact that all the films revolve around central female characters, and half of the films are directed by women, is a milestone for the Australian industry. Change is coming slowly, but surely.

Read article in full HERE »

Who's Hosting the National ACS instagram Account @austcine

The ACS Instagram thanks Milli Award winning cinematographer of Hacksaw Ridge, Simon Duggan ACS for hosting the account through to Christmas.

Be sure to checkout our account for plenty of guest hosts in 2019

...just click the image! You'll be glad you did!

Already on instagram ...we're @austcine see you there!

@austcine »

Global Cinematography Institute

Global Cinematography Institute is a film school that teaches new emerging technologies and concepts in the field of cinematography.

GCI aims to prepare filmmakers to take advantage of advances in traditional, digital, virtual and game cinematography through a comprehensive, hands-on, and one of a kind curriculum known as Expanded Cinematography.

New 2019 Dates
Upcoming Back-to-Back Foundational and Advanced Sessions
April 12th - 28th, 2019
May 1st - 12th, 2019
Additional 2019 dates will be announced soon
[email protected] »

Raising Films Australia Screen Industry Forum Follow-Up Report: Submissions now open.

Women in Film and Television (WIFT) Australia

The Raising Films Australia Screen Industry Forum is in response to the Raising Films Australia Screen Industry Survey Report and aims to identify workable actions to address the needs of and issues faced by, parents and carers working in the Australian screen sector.

WIFT is now accepting submissions for the follow up Forum Report on parenting and caring in the screen industry.

WIFT is now accepting submissions for the follow up Forum Report on parenting and caring in the screen industry. For more information, click HERE »
Raising Films Australia Screen Industry Survey Full Report »
IF magazine report on Deb Verhoeven's analysis of the impact of caring duties on film workers »

Welcome new National Platinum Sponsor SEAGATE LaCie

LaCie, the premium brand of Seagate technology, designs world-class storage solutions for photographers, videographers, audio professionals, and other... More »

Welcome new National Bronze Sponsor Kino Flo

Founded by Canadian gaffer, Frieder Hochheim, in 1987, Kino Flo Lighting has maintained its roots as lighting tool maker by craftspeople for craftspeo... More »


Camera and Sound Fundamentals Led by experienced cinematographe... More »


We can't wait to see your films, so pick up the camera and start filming now!... More »

A Postcard from Sarah Fraser on the "I Am Woman" Set

Hey Ron, Here in Sydney and we've just wrapped on main unit of 'I Am Woman', a feature film based on the life of the groundbreaking... More »

SURA Film and Entertainment ~ Step on set with confidence.


IMAGO MASTERCLASS: A 3-day symposium for Pro Cinematographers ~ January 25th - 27th, 2019 in Vienna ...CHECK IT OUT!


Sony unveils new 4K HDR reference monitor and launches TRIMASTER HX brand


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