Well here we are, Christmas 2021 and my thoughts go out to each and every one of you, your families and friends at this joyful time.
You have heard me say this before, but a timely reminder that our industry experiences many highs and an equal number of lows. Those lows can prove to be difficult to deal with and are often not recognized and dealt with in some way. There are often no warning signs, and many things, including; lack of work, feeling unwanted or unappreciated, lack of confidence, getting older, relationship breakdowns, financial concerns to mention but a few can bring on these moments of doubt and fear. Sound familiar?
Let's raise our awareness and look for the possible warning signs, ask people how they are and if they need a hand, offer yours, it could be as simple as that! The ACS feels very strongly about anything that could seriously affect the welfare of any of our ACS members and all crewmembers working honestly and diligently for a day’s pay to provide for their families.
Have a fantastic Christmas
The ACS is supported each and every day by our amazing Sponsors, not only on a National level, but all those sponsors who support the ACS Branches.
To all of you I say a loud THANK YOU for your ongoing support on so many levels.
Ron Johanson OAM ACS
"Inside the Frame"
David Lewis ACS
Some years ago, NSW branch member Peter Reynolds approached myself and David Burr ACS with an idea for an interesting ACS project.
Pete’s thought was to record a chat with some of our well respected senior members - an informal talk where the cinematographer may reflect on how they entered the industry, some of their achievements, highs, lows and perhaps a few useful tips to benefit new and upcoming cinematographers.
The project would be called “Inside the Frame” and be recorded at ACS Headquarters. The resulting interviews would be accessible through the ACS Web site and be available to everyone. Pete’s plan was put into action and now fifteen interviews have been recorded and released.
Hopefully the series will be open-ended as additional interviews with a broad cross section of ACS cinematographer interviews being added on a regular basis.
The ACS would like to thank Peter and Marie Reynolds for having the inspiration and the drive to get the project underway and to all those who generously gave their time and effort to finally bring the project to fruition.
Special thanks to: David Knight ACS and his company Gear Head for so generously supplying ARRI cameras, lenses and lights. Anthony Church - Audio Nick McKeon - Editor Kevin Hudson ACS - Editor Aleksei Vanamois - Editor, Colourist, Vimeo Editor Tom Mears of Peachy Keen Colour - Colourist Patrick van Weeren - Colourist David Burr ACS - Editor, Producer David Lewis ACS - Producer
Christmas has certainly come early for the Society.
I am please to announce that Stephen Oh and the XM2 PURSUIT team have returned as an ACS National Gold Sponsor until 2023.
XM2 PURSUIT is a complete service provider for all kinds of camera platforms. This includes drones, helicopters, jets, vehicle and ground based platforms as well as VFX data capture capabilities.
Founded in Melbourne, Australia in 2012, XM2 quickly established their expertise in aerial cinematography for the film and TV industries as well as the research and development capabilities to develop custom camera equipment for bespoke applications, creating the unique vision of any Director and DP. This includes some of the biggest film franchises in the world such as Star Wars, Pirates of the Caribbean, Fast and Furious, James Bond as well as numerous other Disney and Marvel projects. This knowledge is transferred to add experience and value on smaller, local productions.
With 40 full time staff based around the world, XM2 PURSUIT have the capability to service projects of all sizes with a wide variety of camera platforms from offices in Melbourne, Gold Coast, Los Angeles, Atlanta and London. Ron Johanson OAM ACS
For further information and to see the work of Stephen and his team go to the XM2 PURSUIT website.
American Society of Cinematographers to Release StEM2
Standard Evaluation Material Designed to Test New Technology Implications on Imaging Chain Offered as Free Download to Industry
LOS ANGELES (Dec.14, 2021) – The American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) has announced the release of its Standard Evaluation Material II (StEM2) project. The short film is an initiative by the organization to provide standardized viewing material designed to aid in the development and calibration of technology impacting the modern imaging chain. StEM2 test packages will be available in early 2022 to download for free in all common theatrical and home TV formats.
For further information go to American Society of Cinematographers