National ACS Short Ends eBulletin ~ EOFY / HNFY 2019 Edition


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Message from the President

Greetings ACS members, colleagues and sponsors,

ACCREDITATION applications open on September 1st and close on September 30th. 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 links below 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.

ACS Accreditation » »

Until next time…
Ron Johanson OAM ACS
National President

MEDIA + Entertainment TECH EXPO


Lots to see and so much gear on display for a real hands on experience.


We're excited to share our 2019 METexpo Conference Program! The biennial METexpo Conference is presented by the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE) Australia Section. The SMPTE organisation, through its standards, education and membership activity, has greatly supported a century of advances in media and entertainment technology.

Don't miss this opportunity to be a part of Australia’s international premier forum, listen to and learn from industry thought leaders and gain insight on many of the key topics affecting the media and entertainment technology industry today and into the future.

The 2019 Conference Program will include many crucial topics such as:
IP Infrastructure (Masterclass)
Innovation in Sound (Panel Session)
Over the Top (OTT) Delivery and internet of Things (IoT)
Immersive Technology (Panel Session)
New Transmission Technologies
Taking Content to the Audience (Panel Session)
eSports / Live Production
Innovative Video Case Studies
Business / Workflow and the Cloud
Women in Film and Television (Panel Session)
Australian Cinematographers Society (ASC) - Informative Sessions
And much, much more!


Full 3 day conference pass

Full ticket price = $1,055.00
ACS Member discounted price = $810.00
Early bird discount for ACS members = $690.00
(note the early bird discount code expires on 30 June)

For ACS members to take advantage of these discounted prices please go through the normal conference registration process from the METexpo site or they can use the link below and start filling in the form. »

For your members to be entitled to the ACS discounted price they will need to select the button next to ACS on the 2nd page of the form and again on page 3 of the form and add their ACS membership number into the Membership ID box. Then continue completing the form and the discount will be applied automatically.

For ACS members to take advantage of the early bird discount also they will need to enter the following code into the Discount Code box. They should use the discount code METEXPO19 then continue completing the form and the discount will be applied automatically. Keeping in mind that this discount code expires on Sunday 30 June.


SMPTE aka Media & Entertainment Tech Expo - The ACS will be at this very important event this year, again with our customary ACS booth, courtesy of Expertise Events and we will be presenting 4 ACS SESSIONS as part of the Conference, those Sessions are as follows:

The Media + Entertainment Tech Expo conference and exhibition is held at ICC Sydney, Darling Harbour from the 17th to the 19th July 2019. Plenty of details below or for more direct detail and to register use the links below:

9.00am – 5.30pm

Session 1. 9.30 – 10.30am

Duration 60.00
Pawel Achtel ACS, as a member of Technical Committee of the Giant Screen Cinema Association (GSCA) has designed an accurate and objective way to measure colour reproduction accuracy of cinema cameras. In plain English, the process tests the range of colours that a camera can see and how accurately it can reproduce them. To make the test more accurate, Pawel uses a laboratory spectroscope, which can project all visible monochromatic colours (think the colours of the rainbow) directly onto the camera’s sensor. Such an approach removes a number of variables, inaccuracies and subjective interpretation that are usually introduced through lighting, lenses, dyes, and other factors associated with the traditional way of using colour charts. In July 2018, Pawel, with assistance from the Australian Cinematographers Society Brisbane evaluated the Sony Venice, Arri Alexa LF, RED Monstro, and Panavision DXL2. Results of that test will be shared during this session by Pawel Achtel ACS.

Session 2. 11.00am – 12.00noon

Duration 60 minutes
Cinematographers Velinda Wardell ACS & Tom Gleeson
Presently Arri, Canon, Panavision, Red and Sony are offering larger than 35mm sensors. After nearly 100 years of cinema and TV production on 35mm do we need to change our shooting format? Is there a compelling reason for change?
The ACS Technical committee has shot tests and gone down the rabbit hole on large format shooting so we can spell out exactly what it means to “go large”.

Session 3. 1.30pm – 2.45pm
DIVERSITY & INCLUSION (Creating Diversity on Set) Duration 60 minutes
A broad panel conversation around diversity and inclusion to include cinematographers of different backgrounds, gender and ethnicity. How can we make our crews look more like the world we live in?
Moderator: Erika Addis with 5 guest panel members. TBC

Session 4. 3.15pm – 4.45pm
Peter James talks about “Ladies in Black”.

Duration 90 minutes
This session from acclaimed cinematographer, Peter James ACS ASC is about the making of a Feature film “Ladies in Black” and Peter’s long term collaboration with Director, Bruce Beresford. Also during the session, Peter will refer to other genres including; short films, documentaries and commercials. Peter will talk about how a lot of the problems and responses, across the genres are the same and we, as cinematographers need to understand how to relate and communicate with a diverse group of people. » » » »

Awards Categories News – Warwick Field ACS – Awards Categories Chair

At National level, the ACS Awards Committee annually reviews the awards categories, definitions and terms and conditions of entry. We strive to update the awards in order to make them as relevant to the changing workplace as possible. As you all know, the screen industry is an ever-evolving beast and therefore the ACS ensures that the Awards for Cinematography are best suited to the type of production our members are shooting.

Over the years we have seen awards categories come and go or simply get a makeover to better reflect changes in what we shoot, how we shoot it and where it is screened and distributed.

After the 2019 National Awards season was completed, the committee again addressed the current list of categories and their descriptions, taking into account feedback from members, trends in the industry as a whole and areas the committee felt could be improved upon.

The result is the removal of a category, the birth of a new one and two extra awards for our most valuable members – those emerging cinematographers in Student and CineKids.

So first,

Warwick Field ACS – Awards Categories Chair

we are very pleased to announce that at the ACS National Awards for Cinematography there will now be an ‘Award of Distinction’ in both the Student category and CineKids category. Anyone who has ever had the privilege to judge for the awards knows how close the cut can be between the winner and runner up. Sometimes even half a point. The awards committee agreed we should acknowledge and encourage those who come so very close to an award at National level but don’t quite get the Gold. Now at the Nationals, there will be a Gold Award and an Award of Distinction certificate for CineKids and Student cinematographers.

Second up,

we say goodbye to Experimental and Specialised Cinematography. This category has had very few entries for some time and too often the projects that were entered were not eligible. What is defined as ‘experimental’ or ‘specialised’ changes at the speed of light. It would have been Steadicam a few decades ago or drones two years ago, or infrared cinematography or timelapse. These disciplines rapidly become integrated into the everyday and the category had increasingly little function. Simply we decided it was an award that was no longer required and that members could find other categories to enter into that is more appropriate. For Technical Achievement and Innovation, ACS has separate forms of acknowledgement to recognise those talents.

And that makes way for our new award in the area of Feature Films.

Arguably one of the most prevalent comments we hear back from members about awards categories is that they’re not always fairly comparing apples with apples. As an example, in the area of Corporate some years ago we had (as an analogy) major projects produced by multinationals up against an entry about the local library in rural NSW. Members told us they had no chance to be recognised simply because of the vast differential in the scale and budget of the projects, both rightfully eligible in Corporates. So we addressed that as well as we could by making changes to our definitions of what is considered commercial advertising and what is corporate. It seems to have helped to a degree. Now the same is happening in long form for theatrical release, i.e., feature films. Our members have been submitting their projects into “Feature Films – Cinema” whether they be the latest multi-million dollar franchise from Hollywood or an independent film financed with a Visa Card and shot in 9 days.

The committee has chosen to trial a new category in features to try and level the playing field a little in this most challenging and rewarding category.

We hope it will make it fairer for the judges to choose between feature film entries over two distinct categories based on budget. Meet “Feature Films (Budget under $2m)”. The existing Feature Film category will be renamed “Feature Films (Budget $2m and over)”. ACS members who have shot films with a production budget less than $2 million will be eligible to enter into that new award, or if they choose, enter into the original Feature Film category and be judged alongside the larger budget productions. Members may choose one or the other, but not both. The entry fee for both feature categories will be the same.

The detailed information about these changes will be on the website soon.

Good luck and we look forward to seeing your work at the State and Territory Awards in November 2019. Remember, if you win Gold you automatically go on to the National Awards for judging in the same category alongside your colleagues.

The awards entry dates are August 1st to August 21st 2019.

Please submit early to take the strain off our poor volunteers who have to catalogue and compile all your entries. When files land an hour before closing it means they have to work late into the night. Please be considerate to your fellow cinematographer friends.

AFTRS School Holiday Workshops

From Filmmaking and digital animation to blood and guts movie make- up, screen music and HSC video skills, the Australian Film Television and Radio School has you covered this July holidays.

All courses are taught by industry professionals at AFTRS state-of-the-art studios and facilities in Sydney.

Check out full list of courses here »

The Cine Gear Expo 2019 Technical Awards

The Cine Gear Technical Awards are the expo's annual recognition of the products with the best of the industry's technical advancements that have been introduced since the previous year’s Cine Gear Expo Los Angeles.

Warren Eagles ICA - Melbourne based course.

I am running a weekend Resolve color correction class at Swinburne University in July 20-21.
I would like to offer ACS members a -20% discount and hoped you could share my flyer with your members.
As a colorist based in Brisbane I have had a 20 year relationship with the ACS and want to continue to encourage the DP/Colorist relationship.

Link below and Melbourne flyer attached.
Members will need to contact me via e-mail to get the discount code. »

AACTA inviting you to join or renew your membership now...

CANON ROADSHOW continues...

CANON is running a roadshow Perth is up next...

Don't miss the Hot offers for attendees across EOS, Cinema EOS and Pro Print.

For further event details visit »

Perth – August 1st
Canberra – October 17th

Come on... what are you waiting for?

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VALE - Ron Way (2nd September 1933 - 29th June 2019)

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Postcard from Roger Lanser ACS

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2019 New Zealand Cinematography Awards Now Open

Celebrating the art and craft of cinematography in New Zealand. Tickets on sale: 3rd SEPTEMBER Awards black-tie event: 12th OCTOBER - Cordis, Au... More »


WOMEN IN INDUSTRY FUNCTION ~ FRIDAY 19 JULY METexpo is proud to announce that Julia Zaetta will be presenting at an upcoming function dedicated to... More »

Awards Categories News – Warwick Field ACS – Awards Categories Chair

At National level, the ACS Awards Committee annually reviews the awards categories, definitions and terms and conditions of entry. We strive to update... More »

A F T R S ~ 2019 AFTRS INDUSTRY Courses

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MEDIA+Entertainment TECH Expo July 2019 in Sydney @ the ICC

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IMAGO Diversity & Inclusion

IMAGO will present an expanded panel discussion at Camerimage this year. This topic is a matter of importance that the ACS should work towards becomin... More »

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