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  August  2020 Edition  
“With great power comes great responsibility.”
~ National Spider Man Day August 1st 2020
August is a bit full on...What's in this Bumper Edition...
  • Message from the ACS President Ron Johanson OAM ACS
    • ACS Diversity & Inclusion Committee
    • #whoisinyourcrew
  • 2020 ACS State & Territory Awards OPEN 1st August
    • 2020 Awards categories
    • 2020 ACS Awards T&C's
    • Accreditation - details to consider before applying
  • #Who's in your crew
  • Steve Arnold ACS to shoot Ruby's Choice
  • ...this shouldn't take long!
  • Message & Help from MEAA 
  • The Force is with us - Tax lure for films...
  • The Inclusive Filmmaking Toolkit
  • Doug Boleyn needs your help - What Camera is that???
  • Who is this masked woman????
  • Denson Baker ACS NZCS - New Showreel
  • Silver Trak now has NZ Office
  • Covid Ballet!
  • Transfiguration 
  • Join the Australian Media Oral History Group
  • Tania Lambert ACS shoots short film "Safety Net"
  • Rosco helps illuminate Covid-19 positive messages
  • Cinegear on air 
  • @austcine 
  • AC Mag - if you haven't received it please confirm we have your correct postal info
  • Reminded of the 2020 ACS Award Categories ... Start sorting your work!
  • Huge respect to all our National Sponsors - couldn't do this without you!

A Message from the President

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. Obviously our thoughts and support go out to our Victorian and NSW colleagues who simply cant take a trick at this time.
So here it is August already and all those considering Accreditation should be in the process of deciding if they’re eligible and what they will submit.
Stare and Territory Awards are NOW OPEN and this year, for the first time we will be judging on line via our National Sponsor SILVERTRAK, who have provided us with new technology with a Media Room 3.
Warwick Field ACS has generously agreed to take on the role of National Coordinator and I have included some initial instructions from Warwick to Branches relating to submissions. Please take the time to read this important information. 
ACCREDITATION will open on September 1st so again time to consider your eligibility and what you will 
submit. Please contact me should you need any pre opening information, which is always available.

The Womens Advisory Panel will be renamed the
ACS Diversity & Inclusion Committee

I would like to announce that we have expanded the role of the Women’s Advisory Panel to now include the broader subjects of Diversity and Inclusion, which brings us into line with IMAGO and other International entities.

The WAP will be renamed the ACS Diversity & Inclusion Committee and will comprise a cross section of personel to represent the Committee, topics and our ACS members in a balanced way.
Justine Kerrigan will remain as Chair along with Sissy Reyes as Secretary and include Bonnie Elliott ACS and others, with the full working Committee to be decided in the coming weeks.
This is yet another positive step forward for the Society, one to be supported and built upon.
With the launch of the #WhoisinyourCrew campaign, we can look forward to more initiatives like this to reinforce the role the ACS intends to play in these areas of importance. Congratulations to all concerned particularly Bonnie Elliott ACS who has been the driving force behind it.

Please consider others during this time of COVID-19 as it appears that it could be with us for some time. Should anyone be feeling anxiety or mental stress please reach out, we are here to listen and support.

Ron Johanson OAM ACS
National President

ACS Awards open for entry August 1st until August 21st. Entry to members will be via login in to their accounts and using the online entry form. Entries will be uploaded to Digital Pigeon. They must meet the Terms and Conditions tech requirements.

* The ONLY method of entry this year will be by upload. NO physical entries are to be accepted. In exceptional circumstances entry may be permitted on SVOD such as Netflix but the member must seek permission from the branch beforehand and it must be the only available way of screening their entry, not due to convenience.

Today we spoke to SilverTrak to arrange our awards judging. We are very excited to have been offered their new Media room 3 platform which offers many great features.Thank you Christian Christianson at Silver Trak!
ACS will be provided a Media Room which will be administered by me. Each awards branch will be given their own “project” with a user profile and password which only they can access. I will provide you details of this very soon. Each branch will need to have someone to manage and upload to this project.

The projects will be named with the branch names, this year being:
1.        ACT
2.       NSW
4.    SA/WA
5.          NT
6.       QLD
Once each branch has uploaded all their entries prior to judging, their judging panel can be provided with a secure login and password so they can stream the entries and carry out their judging. More on that closer to the judging dates.  Choose your Chair of Judges early. Secure your judging panel early! 3 from your branch, 2 from other branches.They will need to watch the entries online on the best possible monitor they can use privately. Scores will need to be collated by the Chair of Judges securely and confidentially.

Any questions, contact Warwick on the below email link

OPEN AUGUST 1st 2020


Enter the 2020 ACS Awards for Cinematography

When the submission period is active between August 1st and CoB August 21st, you will be able to enter by logging into your account and selecting the awards option. If you are not a paid-up member you will not be able to gain access to the awards entry forms.

Due to the Covid-19 outbreak the 2020 State and Territory Awards presentations will be online events that can be accessed via a streaming platform of which you will be advised closer to the dates listed below.

2020 ACS Award Categories
2020 ACS Awards Entry T&C's

2020 State & Territory AWARDS DATES

Northern Territory                                      Saturday October 24
New South Wales                                       Saturday October 31
South Australia  & Western Australia          Saturday November 7
Victoria & Tasmania.                                Saturday November 14
Queensland                                            Saturday November 21
Australian Capital Territory.                     Saturday, November 28
The Australian Cinematographers Society Awards for Cinematography are one of the core functions of the ACS and a highlight on the ACS calendar.  Due to Covid-19 the 2020 judging will be facilitated through a designated ACS series of Media Rooms at Silvertrak and the entries will be available to the ACS judging panels to view in their home State or Territory.

The ACS awards system is a National system, with awards representing members from all States and Territories. They are held annually in October / November and are normally divided into four regions. Entrants can only submit entries into the State & Territory branch awards of which they are a financial member.

Entries open August 1st
& close CoB on August 21st

2020 ACS State and Territory Gold winners will progress through to the 2021 ACS National Awards for Cinematography to be held in the ACT on May 1.

In each of the State and Territory Awards, up to three Gold, two Silver and/or one Bronze award may be presented in each category (*excluding CineKids and Student) at the discretion of the judging panel. The judging panel may choose not to give awards in any category where the entries received are considered not to be of a high enough standard.

*(CineKids are eligible for one Gold and one Encouragement Award. Students are eligible for one Gold, one Silver and one Bronze Award)


Entry is open to all current financial members of the Society. Non-members may enter the Awards, provided the entrant joins the society and pays membership fees prior to their entry being accepted for judging.

Entries are accepted from August 1 to CoB August 21, with online entry forms on the ACS website. Entries must have been completed within two years of the Awards' date.

A panel of 5 ACS Accredited members judge for each host state and at least two of the panel members are not from the host state.

ACS member Gold winners from each State and Territory Awards automatically progress to the National Awards for Cinematography, which are held generally in April/May the following year in a capital city (on a rotational basis).

Thanks to Warwick Field ACS and Ernie Clark ACS for their diligence and perseverance in the development of our ACS Awards categories.
Thinking about Accreditation...
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the recent escalation in Victoria and NSW we find it necessary to facilitate Accreditation this year remotely.  Applications will open on September 1st and close on September 30th. Please contact your Branch President or myself regarding an Accreditation Application form.  
This year we will use the media facilities of ACS National Sponsor, SILVERTRAK as will also be used for the State and Territory Awards entries, details on uploading will be provided soon. I will select the Accreditation panel as in previous years from the Accredited Branch Presidents and then supplement to make the Panel number the 10 required members.  
I am suggesting the Accreditation Panel review the work over a week after the closing date at their leisure via Silvertrak and send their scores to Accreditation Chair, Ernie Clark ACS for adjudication. Once this has been completed we will convene a Zoom meeting to advise the final results with the Accreditation Panel and then advise the applicants of the outcome.   This will be the only practical way we can facilitate Accreditation in 2020.
2020 Accreditation - Details to consider
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 above 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.

Over the next six weeks, 27 Australian cinematographers share their philosophies on crewing.
Who is in your crew? It’s a simple question we can all reflect upon.
Please share photos of your diverse crew.

We can all make a difference.

#whoisinyourcrew #austcine #wecanallmakeadifference


DOP: Steve Arnold ACS and 1st AC: Steivan Hasler in preproduction for the feature film Ruby’s Choice, starring Jane Seymour, shooting Full Frame format on the SONY Venice camera with Canon Sumire Prime lenses from VA Digital.
“Just a car past camera…shouldn’t take long!"
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood (2019). 
Director: Quentin Tarantino
Cinematography: Robert Richardson ASC
Photo by: Andrew Cooper


Cast and crew are getting back to work as Australian screen production restarts. But the risk of a COVID-19 outbreak hangs over every production. We need to make sure that sick people don’t come in to work. 
But without accrued sick leave, getting tested and self-isolating could cost individual workers more than they can afford after months out of work.
We are calling on producers and Screen Australia to use some of the new $50 million Temporary Interruption Fund to provide paid pandemic leave for all screen workers.
Sign the petition calling on producers and Screen Australia to provide paid pandemic leave to all screen workers:
The ACS endorses this message for the benefit of all our ACS members.

...also 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...

THE FORCE IS WITH US Tax lure for films

BULLETIN WIN PM ScoMo pumps up tax breaks to roll tape on Coast movies bonanza

MILLIONS of dollars and thousands of jobs are set to flow after the Federal Government agreed to nearly double tax incentives for big budget international movie productions.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison visited the Gold Coast to announce a $400 million incentive deal to attract more productions to the country, capitalising on the prolonged shutdown of the US entertainment sector during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The deal is a huge win for the Gold Coast on the back of a three-year campaign by the Gold Coast Bulletin. "This is backing thousands of Australians who make their living working in front of the camera and behind the scenes in the creative economy," Mr Morrison said.


The Inclusive Filmmaking Toolkit

The Inclusive Filmmaking Toolkit has been created to provide our screen and creative industries with an essential resource to help guide the sector to become more inclusive and disability-confident.

The Toolkit outlines best practice principles to provide the most appropriate support and achieve greater and more meaningful inclusion of people living with disability on both sides of the camera. With 20% of Australians identifying as living with disability, and as the largest minority group in the world, this is a huge part of the community that could, and should, be better represented in the industry. 

The Toolkit will better enable filmmakers, production companies and creatives at all levels of the industry to ensure their filmmaking practice is inclusive and people with disability are better represented in stories about them!

The Inclusive Filmmaking Toolkit captures over 20 years of #inclusivefilmmaking experience and was funded with the support of the NSW Government through Screen NSW and was inclusively made by Bus Stop Films and Taste Creative.

DOUG BOLEYN is seeking your help....  
Time to share your knowledge.

I am doing some research on Henri Mallards film 
The Construction of the Sydney Harbour Bridge
and would like to identify the cameras – still and movie that he used.
The above two photos were included in the publication: Building the Sydney Harbour Bridge
The Photography of Henri Mallard.
Please contact me below if you can identify the cameras.
Email Doug:
Doug Boleyn

Hi everyone,

I'm on a Sky show at the moment In Rome to shoot one episode for a show called Domina. Set in ancient Rome. It's really nice to be back at work after a 3 month hiatus due to Covid. I'm working with a brilliant director Debs Patterson and really enjoying the collaborative process again. They were supposed to shoot the show in spring but now it is the height of the Italian summer and so that's posing is problems not only with schedule and light but also with camera operatoring whilst wearing a mask!

Cheers Nicola Daley ACS
Check out the latest Showreel sent to us by
Denson Baker ACS NZCS


  Silver Trak COO Christian Christiansen       

Silver Trak COO Christian Christiansen explained, “As we were when we opened our offices in Sydney, Canberra, Melbourne and Kuala Lumpur and to meet the unprecedented demand for our services, we are delighted that we are now able to offer to the full range of Silver Trak solutions to all customers across New Zealand from our Auckland office.”
According to Christiansen the main services offered from the NZ office are digital cinema mastering and management including duplicating and distributing content via hard drives or IP delivery to NZ cinemas, working with DAMsmart to provide digitisation services and Media Room to provide advanced asset management services to the NZ market.
The NZ office will also be a hub for technical assessment QC for SD, HD and 4K SDR/HDR content, preparation and packaging services for OTT and broadcast, general broadcast services and a variety of audio services.
Christiansen concluded, “Much like our Sydney, Canberra, Melbourne and Kuala Lumpur offices, if Silver Trak offer a service or solution customers will be able to access it and enjoy its benefits on the ground in New Zealand by visiting or dealing with our Auckland office directly. We also have a very exciting announcement about a new GM for the NZ office coming soon too, so watch this space.”
Silver Trak’s New Zealand office can be contacted by visiting
3D Delta Avenue, New Lynn,
Auckland, 0600, New Zealand,
and by calling +64 9 2828262. 

A modern day bathtub ballet - BBC

#BBC #CultureinQuarantine 


Transfiguration (2020)

Transfiguration (2020) is a reworking of the Universal Everything studio classic from 2011, The Transfiguration. The Transfiguration was first shown at the studio's first major solo exhibition Super-Computer Romantics at La Gaite Lyrique, Paris. Now completely remade using the latest procedural visual effects software, the updated artwork brings new life to the ever-evolving walking figure, with a new foley-based soundtrack by Simon Pyke.

“Time it was, and what a time it was, it was
A time of innocence, a time of confidences
Long ago, it must be, I have a photograph
Preserve your memories, they’re all that’s left you”

(Simon & Garfunkel, 1967).

Australian Media Oral History Group

There is no better way of learning how a particular film came to be made, or how someone's career developed, or how working methods have changed, than by listening to people teling their stories. ACS members may be interested in the work of the Australian Media Oral History Group (AMOHG), started over 25 years ago by ACS member Martha Ansara and still going strong. The group exists to promote the practice of recording - as well as using and learning from - oral histories.

It's an independent volunteer group that works closely with the National Film and Sound Archive (NFSA) which holds over 3,000 oral history recordings. Interviewees include actors, directors, writers, broadcasters, sound mixers and -yes- cinematographers among many others in the media, many of them interviewed by members of AMOHG. Members of the group listed on the website come from as wide a background as the subjects of interviews.

Unfortunately only a few of these interviews are available online so far - but one excellent example is by the late Louis Irving ACS, interviewed by Martha Ansara - on NFSA's Soundcloud channehere

We have recently refreshed our website and a couple of recent blog posts - by AMOHG members Malcolm Smith and Dominic Case that may give a taste of what the group is about. 
Oral Histories and Me 
Why am I in AMOHG  

If anyone wants to know more about our activities, please email Dominic Case at

The New Media Oral History Project

Short film Safety Net

Screened virtually as part of the 67th Sydney Film Festival, and its Canberra star hopes it will inspire others with a disability

Director                                      Anthea Williams 
Director of Photography            Tania Lambert ACS
Will Best on set, filming Safety Net, directed by Anthea Williams.(Supplied)
Check out this ABC Article HERE

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.


The Australian Cinematographers Society 


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

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

The film industry is in crisis.
It can learn a lot from the 1970s.

Hollywood has come back from the brink before, by daring to think beyond blockbusters and Raging Bulls.  By Ann Honaday 

Illustration ob Leonardo Santamaria 

Certain years leave a permanent imprint on your movie memories.

Fifty years ago, 10-year-old me was scheming my way into the R-rated, hippie counterculture documentary “Woodstock.” That winter, I would beg to see “Love Story,” a handsome, deliciously weepy romance featuring “Peyton Place” heartthrob Ryan O’Neal. Meanwhile, my Republican parents went to see “M*A*S*H” (shrug) and “Patton” (four stars, just like the general). And we all piled into the Ford Falcon to watch “Airport,” an overstuffed star vehicle (Burt Lancaster! Dean Martin! Jean Seberg! Helen Hayes!) that was part soap opera, part disaster-flick and all high-grade Hollywood cheese.

Read Full Washington Post article HERE

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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