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2nd March 2020

A Message from the President

Greetings ACS members colleagues and friends,
The National Awards judging panel met en masse at the ACS HQ to determine the recipients of the Gold Tripods, Awards of Distinction and the Milli Award for the 2020 Cinematographer of the Year. Also at that time a seperate session of the Hall of Fame Committee were determining this years inductees, along with any Life Membership and Ron Windon ACS Contribution Award recipients.

Applications for the Drew Llewelyn ACS Camerimage Scholarship, the John Leake OAM ACS Emerging Cinematographer Award and the Bob Miller - ACS Award for Technical Innovation are now OPEN.. So between now and the closing date of April 1st, give consideration to applying. Applications are available from

Subject to any flight disruption I head off to Brussels on Saturday for the 2020 Imago International Awards for Cinematography, the Imago General Assembly and an Imago Board meeting. Anyone for chocolates?? Of our entries we submitted, Denson Baker ACS NZCS is nominated in TV Drama for “Victoria”. The ACS cheer squad will include myself and David Brill ACS our Honorary Ambassador and potential Equerry.
In closing, I offer our collective condolences and support to the Johnson - Tobin families on the sad passing of Heidi’s father, Tony Johnson.Tony was a great bloke, a fantastic husband to Lynette a wonderful father and grandfather. He ticked so many boxes and his love for family and community was like no other. Tony was responsible for a lot of work when we set up the HQ, and you can see his name on the ACS Wall of Can Do as a thank you.  ACS members David Lewis ACS, Ted Rayment ACS and Aleksei Vanamois attended the Mass and recorded the event with 3 cameras from Videocraft and tripods from Miller, for family members here and abroad. RIP Tony Johnson 1952 - 2020. Gone way too soon.
Until next time
Ron Johanson OAM ACS
National President

The 2020 Award will be presented at the
ACS National Awards for Cinematography in Canberra 

 Saturday, 14th May at the National Gallery.

The ACT Branch are in full swing planning the National Awards in Canberra this year, they have planned loads of events and opportunities to for members, guests and sponsors to meet and mingle all their peers, so for the moment please save the day and plan a couple of days in the Capital.  

Further information and event bookings opening soon.



Register HERE

WATCH ONLINE: A Tribute to Pat Fiske

OzDox's November 2019 Forum honoured the amazing life and times of Pat Fiske – documentary director, producer, mentor and soundie extraordinaire. Throughout Pat's 'this is your life' gathering co-presented by Martha Ansara, we saw excerpts from Pat's work, a documentary who's-who of special guest speakers, insights into our common history, and some unforgettable anecdotes. You can now enjoy the video online


Thought I’d send through a catch up. 

I attended the second BSC awards last night and though there were a few teething problems with the running of the night I think I did very well, after my stint with the NSW Awards night I do have a unique perspective so I should be slightly forgiving. Brian Tufano BSC was given the lifetime award, and as you can Imagine was very well received. Brian asked to be remembered to Butch Calderwood. I saw Nic Daley and Ashley Barron there as well as Dion Beebe. The BSC does seem to have the same problems that we were with getting there younger members interested/involved with the running of their club.


Still no line on a job yet, but I’m sure something will turn up. Filling my days with London life, and as many meetings as I can get my hands on.

I’ll try and get over to see RJ at Imago next month if the stars align.  Camerimage was epic, but I really should have listened to the advice of others and tried not to jam in as many things as I did. I wanted to see all the movies and go to all the seminars while still leaving time to network and socialise - both at the parties and in the town itself. And when you take into account the prettiness of the town of Toruñ, I'm surprised I actually got as much done as I did

I'm certain you'll get a full report from Simon about the goings on, but personally I had an absolute blast. Jamesy introduced me around to a few people and I met a couple of agents that I'll follow up with this week. 

Anyway, I’m thinking of you all.


BSC 2nd Award Winners were announced
@ Grosvenor House Hotel, London

ACO/BSC/GBCT Operators TV Drama Award 2019

BSC Bert Easey Technical Award 2020

ACO/BSC/GBCT Operators Feature Award 2019

BSC Special Achievement Award 2020

BSC Best Cinematography in a Television Drama Award 2019

BSC ARRI John Alcott Memorial Award 2020

BSC Best Cinematography in a Theatrical Feature Film 2019

BSC Lifetime Achievement Award 2020

Opinion: Why aren’t there more female cinematographers? 

by Erika Addis
This article was originally published in IF Magazine #192. 
Erika Addis, head of cinematography at Griffith Film School and Australian Cinematographers Society (ACS) Queensland president and national vice-president, chairs ACS’ Women’s Advisory Panel. She reflects on why cinematography remains male-dominated. 
Read Full IF Magazine article HERE
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Australian Cinematographers Society (ACS) and Griffith Film School (GFS) are proud to partner with ARRI Australia and Vision Splendid Outback Film Festival for the staging of the Outback Cinematography Masterclass 2020 in Winton, outback western Queensland. This Masterclass will attract cinematographers not only from Queensland, but also across Australia and Internationally.
We are delighted to announce the  guest master cinematographer is the acclaimed Oscar nominated Don McAlpine ACS ASC 
Don McAlpine ACS ASC
The Outback Cinematography Masterclass 2020 will focus on working in HDR and on large format sensors. Daily rushes will be graded in HDR by the highly experienced colourist Warren Eagles and screened in Winton’s specially set-up theatrette with HDR monitors. This is a deeply immersive Masterclass journey into working with the expanded colour palette and contrast range afforded by HDR whilst shooting in the spacious real estate of LF sensors.
Places will be limited.
HOLD THE DATES:     4 July – 8 July 2020
Stay tuned for further details as they come to hand

Panasonic Australia invites you to check out the full range of L-Mount Cameras & Lenses

Join Panasonic Australia for a casual night to learn more about the 35mm Full Frame LUMIX S1H and why it has been the first mirrorless camera to receive the Netflix Post Technology Alliance tick of approval shooting in 4K and in Anamorphic Productions.
Jim Frater ACS will showcase some footage that he has captured with the camera, give his thoughts on how the camera fits into a professional environment and shooting with a variety of lenses. 
Panasonic Full Range of L-Mount range of Cameras and Lenses, will be on display including some lenses from Alliance Partners Sigma.
Panasonic Lumix Product Specialist Mitch McMillan will also be on hand to answer any questions you have on the night.
Canapes will be served throughout the night and drink may be purchased at the venue.
5th March

6pm - Event Open, 
6.30pm Presentations Start
The Spaniard
31 Wolf Lane
Perth WA 6000
Free Registration:

WIFT Australia MentorHer 2020 Applications OPEN NOW

MentorHer is a three month program that facilitates mentorships between emerging, early career, or those looking to shift into a new area in the screen industry, and experienced practitioners. The initiative offers support and guidance to help further careers in all areas of the screen industry.  Mentors of all genders are welcome to join in championing gender equality in our screen industries. 
Katrina Irawati Graham, QLD Board Member WIFT Australia
&  facilitator of MentorHer
“Mentoring is a powerful tool in the nurturing of cultural change and diversity including gender equity. It’s a positive effect on both the mentee and the mentor. MentorHer is about leading from where we are and helping the person behind you so she can have a smoother journey. We are looking for mentors who have a desire to share their experiences, communities, friendships, craft skills and knowledge. This is more important to us than what awards you have won.”

“During MentorHer 2018 we matched 70 mentees across the nation with 70 fabulous mentors. Some of the success stories included craft outcomes like writing new drafts of work, a paid internship, understanding funding bodies better and widening a circle of friends with whom to navigate the industry”

Holly Lyons, script producer and screenwriter, participated in MentorHer 2018

"As a mentor was able to secure a sponsored place for her mentee Johanna Garvin on the 'Writing for TV Intensive' at AFTRS. Lyons says, “ I am so grateful to WIFT for introducing me to my Mentee, Johanna Garvin. Jo and I formed a wonderful working relationship, and I was thrilled when Jo asked me to collaborate with her to apply for Screen Australia and ABC’s DisRupted initiative. We were even happier when we were awarded the funding, and was able to make “Rocky & Me”,
         with some other wonderful collaborators including Claire Tonkin from CJZ. This film was an enriching experience, the first time in my career writing a character with a disability.In total, we had eight people working on the project who live with a disability. I can’t wait to see what Jo and I collaborate on next.”

Briony Kidd, TAS Board Member WIFT Australia  

“In Tasmania, we have a lot of talented filmmakers, at all career stages, who are disadvantaged by their geographical location. While levels of production have certainly improved in the state in recent times, there are limited opportunities for them to develop the networks and resources necessary to succeed in this highly competitive field. So we are particularly keen to match mentors from right across the country with our mentees, to help to bridge that gap into the industry. With MentorHer a mentor has an opportunity to make a huge difference to a regional filmmaker's career and we are very grateful to anyone who puts their hand up for this challenge."

More information about the program and how to apply to be a mentor or mentee can be found on the WIFT Australia website.


FUJIFILM will donate equipment and supplies amounting approximately 7 million RMB (approximately US$1 million) to support the novel coronavirus response in China. The relief package includes FUJIFILM’s medical diagnostic systems and devices that support clinical examination for pneumonia and Fuji Xerox’s printers that can be used at medical sites.
FUJIFILM also continues to support medical sites in Wuhan and other regions in China by providing medical equipment installation and maintenance services quickly and by responding to customer inquiries 24 hours a day.

Spike Jonze Lists Female Cinematographers He Wants to Work With in the Future

Women DPs Spike Jonze has already worked with include Ellen Kuras and Autumn Durald Arkapaw.
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Spike Jonze has joined forces with Free The Work to create a video playlist listing the women cinematographers he wants to work with in the future. Jonze has worked with several female DPs in the past, including Autumn Durald Arkapaw, Zoë White, Mego Lin, and Ellen Kuras. While all four of the director’s feature films have been shot by men (Lance Acord handled Jonze’s first three features and Hoyte van Hoytema stepped in for “Her”), Jonze has collaborated with White, Lin, and Kuras on various advertisements. Kuras worked with Jonze on his famous 2006 Adidas commercial.

As for the women cinematographers Jonze is eyeing for the future, the director’s wish list includes Natasha Braier (“The Rover,” “The Neon Demon,” “Honey Boy”), Daisy Zhou (check out her Nike Vogue commercial), Rina Yang (the cinematographer behind Sephora’s “We Belong to Something Beautiful”advertisement), Maryse Alberti (“Velvet Goldmine,” “The Wrestler,” “Creed”), and Polly Morgan (“The Intervention,” “Lucy in the Sky,” “A Quiet Place: Part II”).
Jonze has yet to announce any narrative feature follow-ups to “Her,” but his next movie is a Beastie Boys documentary that will be released in IMAX and on Apple TV+ in April. The documentary, titled “Beastie Boys Story,” was shot by Autumn Durald Arkapaw, who earned great acclaim on films such as “Palo Alto,” “Teen Spirit,” and “The Sun Is Also a Star.” The documentary will have a limited IMAX engagement beginning April, followed by a global Apple TV+ launch on April 24.
Read Full INDIWIRE article: Spike Jonze Lists Female Cinematographers He Wants to Work With in the Future HERE
If you've ever been to Camerimage you'll love this little video... 

Eye of a Poet (Ed Lachman & Chris Doyle's Pilgrimage to Save Camerimage)

It was announced at the 2018 Camerimage International FIlm Festival of Cinematography that the festival would need a new home in order to continue. The next morning, long-time festival stalwarts Ed Lachman and Chris Doyle journeyed across Bydgoszcz to the Opera Nova in search of the festival leadership, so they could brainstorm ideas of how to save the festival.
The “Pilgrimage to Save Camerimage” turned into a hilarious and beautiful experience as these close friends reflected on what the festival meant to each of them, and why it must be preserved. On the way, they encounter an entertaining cast of characters, as they say goodbye to Bydgoszcz and to each other. This mini-documentary is a love letter to the Camerimage festival, and a tribute to Lachman and Doyle’s love of one another. This film was presented at the 2019 festival, and also an excerpt kicked off the opening ceremony. CREDITS: Starring Edward Lachman, ASC Christopher Doyle, HKSC


NOMINATIONS ARE NOW OPEN FOR The Bob Miller Award, named after the inventor of the world’s first fluid action tripod head, Bob Miller.
The award is presented at the ACS Annual National Awards for Cinematography and comprises $1,000.00 in cash and a $2000.00 Miller voucher enabling the recipient to purchase any Miller Camera Support product at 40% discount off list price directly from Miller.
In addition, Miller has donated an LP54 in a wooden case and a special Bob Miller Award plaque, which will reside in the ACS headquarters in North Sydney. The name of the award recipient will be engraved on the LP 54 Classic plaque, every year, in perpetuity. The recipient will also receive a framed, signed plaque to commemorate their win.
Nominees must be financial ACS members who have contributed by way of technical and/or innovative practical ideas that have helped the industry to advance.
Send your nomination by no later than 17th APRIL, with a detailed description of their technical or innovative achievement to ACS National President; Ron Johanson OAM ACS for consideration.
Nominate HERE to Acs National President Ron Johanson OAM ACS


2020 John Leake OAM ACS Emerging Cinematographer Award. 
The Australian Cinematographers Society (ACS) invite emerging cinematographers to apply for the 2020 John Leake OAM ACS Emerging Cinematographer Award. 
The Award provides a prize of $2,400 cash to an emerging cinematographer who is either currently studying cinematography at a tertiary institution, or has begun working in the film industry, and is a current member of the ACS. The prize can be used for any educational, training, or professional work that will further their skills and career in cinematography. 
According to ACS National President Ron Johanson OAM ACS, “This incentive has been a total success, fostering young cinematographers in the pursuit of their career goals. The ACS is very proud to be part of this valuable program.“
SA Branch member Claire Bishop, recipient of the NFSA-ACS John Leake OAM ACS Award in 2019, said: “I was completely astonished. This award is so beneficial for aspiring cinematographers. Its the push of encouragement, sense of belonging and connection with the industry I needed. I encourage anyone who thinks they arent ready to apply, to go for it!”
The 2020 recipient will be announced on Saturday 16th May at the prestigious ACS National Awards for Cinematography in Canberra. 
About the ACS John Leake OAM ACS Award
The Award is named in honour of the Australian Cinematographers Society co- founder, John Leake OAM ACS (1927-2009). John began his cinematographic career as a 15-year-old with Movietone News in 1944 before moving on to Supreme Sound Studios. He served as both NSW President and Federal President of the ACS and was the Society’s Official Historian until his passing. 
Applications are now open and will close on April 1st 2020. 
For 2020 application forms please contact:
Previous recipients of the John Leake OAM ACS Award are: 
2010  Kirsty Stark  SA                     2011  Edward Goldner  VIC
2012  Jimmy Ennett  ACT           2013  Dale Bremner  NSW
2014  Thom Neal  NT                 2015  Josh Farmelo  VIC
2016  Simon J Walsh  VIC     2017  Mark Kenfield  VIC 
2018  Ben Cotgrave  Qld     2019  Claire Bishop SA

Call for entries for the 11th Cannes
Corporate Media & TV Awards

All entries that are finalized until March 19th, 2020, will receive an EARLY BIRD discount of ten percent.

For the 11th year in a row, the Cannes Corporate Media & TV Awards will award the world’s best corporate films, online media productions and documentaries with the prestigious Dolphin Trophies at the Côte d’Azur. The festival warmly invites film producers, agencies, client companies and students from all over the world to submit their productions to this year’s competition.

The Cannes Corporate Media & TV Awards are honoring the world’s finest corporate films,

online media productions and documentaries in one of the most important film centers: Cannes, France. The Cannes Corporate Media & TV Awards are based in Vienna, Austria and were founded in 2010 by Filmservice International. Since then the festival has constantly grown, becoming one of the top festivals for corporate films worldwide.

ENTER The Cannes Corporate Media & TV Awards NOW

Vaxis Atom 500 Wireless HDMI Video Transmission System 1080P 300 Feet 5G Image Transmitter and Receiver Kit

Cellphone + iPad + Monitor multiple monitoring-end ATOM 500 offers a plethora of ways to monitor your image.The ATOM 500 offers traditional connection through HDMI as well as a connection through the ATOM App to monitor via your iPad or tablet.
ATOM 500 takes power to the next level with the introduction of a USB-C type connector.In addition to upgrading firmware through its USB-C connector, the ATOM 500 can also be powered by any USB-C style power bank, giving users more flexibility with power.
Through extensive stress tests, the antennas on the ATOM 500 has been optimized to be nearly fail proof.The ATOM 500's antenna features a built-in design on (insert type of material for the body here) .This built in antenna will greatly reduce signal loss even in complicated shooting environments.You can trust the ATOM will work anywhere.
ATOM 500 Supports H.265 Encoding to Offer Better Image Quality With Less Bandwidth.
ATOM 500 features a brand new IOS APP called ATOM APP.The ATOM APP allows wireless monitoring, image record, and other powerful tools such as assisted focus, frame guides, gray scale and much more.ATOM APP keeps your ATOM 500 future proof and up to date through future firmware support.
ATOM 500 features a brand new, beautifully designed OLED display that provides users with quick view for easy configuration.
The ATOM 500 offers passcode protection, giving users the ultimate control over who can receive the broadcasted signal.This ability allows the ATOM 500 to protect confidential information from getting into the wrong hands.
ATOM 500 allows users to define what’s most important with distance priority and quality priority.When range is most critical, distance priority can be used to take precedence over image quality and vice-versa.
ATOM 500 features multiple 1/4-20 threading making it the most flexible wireless transmitter on the market ATOM 500 makes Gimbal/Steadicam balancing easier with the option of mounting it vertically or horizontally.

ATOM 500 features a HDMI in and dual HDMI out ports to give users two.The dual HDMI out coupled with the newly designed mobile app connection provides users with the ultimate monitoring solution on the market.

DRAON IMGAGE - VAXIS Atom 500 Wireless HDMI Video Transmission System

Stateless review:
Thrilling, surprising drama interrogates painful Australian truths

Australian TV Review by Luke Buckmaster
The Cate Blanchett-led ABC series, just picked up by Netflix, offers a psychologically charged and nail-biting depiction of immigration detention

The ABC’s gripping six-part series Stateless begins in the middle of nowhere, a combination of drone and ground shots capturing a hysterical woman running across sun-scorched desert in desperate search of, or escape from ... what? It’s a classic “how did we get here?” opening, forcing the audience to ask fundamental questions which we assume will be answered in due course.

This scene is arresting before it gets to the kicker: the surreal sight of a bright red balloon appearing out of nowhere and drifting across the frame. The question suddenly changes from “how did she get here?” to “how is this possible?”

By the end of the series (no spoilers) you could argue these questions have been answered completely, just as you could argue they haven’t been answered at all – a testament to the show’s curious mixture of nail-biting verisimilitude and psychologically charged aesthetic.

READ The Guardian article in full HERE



The T Series lenses build on Panavision’s long tradition of designing and developing high-quality anamorphic lenses for motion picture. They combine new optical layouts with mechanical advances from the G series, but have a larger sweet spot and focus closer than some of their predecessors. Optical features of the T Series lenses include high contrast, well balanced aberration control, excellent glare resistance, tightly controlled anamorphic squeeze ratio, and minimal breathing.

T Series lenses engraved focus and T-stop scales appear on both sides of the lens, with metric focus and T-stop gears arranged in the standard Panavision locations. Add in the lightweight, compact design, and you have a lens that delivers superior optical quality in an easy to use package.  The T Series focal lengths include 28mm, 35mm, 40mm, 50mm, 60mm, 75mm, 100mm, 135mm, 150mm and 180mm primes which are augmented by the AWZ2.3 37-85mm zoom.  The primes have a typical speed of T2.3 and close focus of 2 feet. The T60 focuses down to 1 ½ ft

PANAVISION: T Series Anamorphic Lenses

Drew Llewelyn ACS Camerimage Scholarship


On March 14th 2020 IMAGO holds its International Awards for Cinematography to recognise and to celebrate cinematography and its artists.

IMAGO member Societies, of which there are 53 countries have already submitted their films for 2020 and several categories will be in competition; Feature Films / Tv Drama series / Documentary / Student and Young Emerging cinematographer. The nominees for these categories will be announced mid-February and also at that time the winners for the categories of Student and Young Emerging Cinematographer will be announced.

But before that we are now proud to announce the recipients of the 2020 IMAGO Special Awards which will also be presented in Brussels on March 14th 2020.

Imago Awards
Established with the generous support of the Llewelyn family in recognition of the legacy left by Drew Llewelyn ACS, the Queensland Branch and the ACS National Executive, the Drew Llewelyn ACS Camerimage Scholarship, enables one lucky ACS member to attend Camerimage in Poland with $4,000 towards flights and accommodation, along with introductions at the Camerimage festival.

The Scholarship, which commenced in 2015, will be open to financial Cinematographer & Camera Crew members of the Society. It will be administered by an ACS Committee and will be decided on by a subcommittee of peers after submitting a simple application explaining “Why you want to travel to Camerimage and how you see it having long-term benefits for you”.
Previous recipients 2015-2019 include:
NSW: Lizz Vernon, Drew English, Meg White & Sissy Reyes & from QLD: Simon Woods
Applications are now open and will close on April 1st 2020. For 2020 application forms please contact: 

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The full range of ARRI Signature Prime lenses are now available and shipping

  • ARRI Signature Primes are known for capturing warm, smooth skin tones, with exceptionally soft bokeh and delicate flares

  • Ranging from 12 mm to 280 mm, the lens series features 16 focal lengths; the widest assortment of large-format lenses available

  • Signature Primes were used on high-profile productions, including “1917,” “Gunpowder Milkshake,” and “Outlander (Season 5)”

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Industry guilds decry government snub to arts and fear further funding cuts

Australia’s screen industry craft guilds have decried the Federal Government’s abrupt decision to fold the Department of Communications and the Arts into a new super ministry, omitting the Arts, as an insult to the industry.

They say the removal of ‘Arts’ from the Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications signals a fundamental disregard for the arts and arts education in Australia and a lack of respect for the vital role a federal Arts department plays in maintaining a national arts policy and supporting creative industries.

Article by Don Groves, READ FULL ARTICLE HERE

Inside the Look of 1917 by DP Roger Deakins 

by Jeff Loach
1917 is Sam Mendes’ latest feature film shot by famous DP Roger Deakins, which will be available worldwide next week. Hurlbut Academy has just released an impressive BTS/analysis video talking about the look and cinematography of this “one-shot” film. Let’s take a closer look at it!
Read full article by Jeff Loach : Inside the Look of 1917 by DP Roger Deakins CBE A.S.C

ACS Technical Committee runs a series of tests of the new Sony FX9.


The Australian Cinematographers Society 
Current Host

Ross Metcalf


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