National ACS Short Ends eNews ~ February 2019


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Message from the President

HAPPY NEW YEAR everyone,

Welcome to our two new ACS National sponsors; Platinum sponsor 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.

I have just returned from Vienna where I attended the IMAGO Board meeting along with the IMAGO “INSPIRATION” Masterclass.

This hugely successful 3 day event, run under the IMAGO banner by the Austrian Society, it’s President Astrid Heubrandtner and her hardworking committee, along with te IMAGO Masterclass Committee of which I am a member.

When you have around 200 participants listening to Dan Laustsen DFF, Barry Ackroyd BSC, Maryse Alberti and Greig Fraser ACS ASC, it promised a lot and delivered. It was a truly remarkable insight into the working methodology of these outstanding cinematographers. It was great to see Queensland member, Mark Broadbent in attendance on his way home from Iceland, and I think Mark will share his observations at a later date. Additionally, we had a very special screening of the wonderful documentary from Claire Pijman NSC “Living the Light – Robby Müller” The masterclasses are not about equipment or new trends, they are an 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.

I have included some photographs for you all.

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 fulfil 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.




Short Courses
Lighting for Drama Intensive
Learn about the use of lighting in dramatic storytelling in this practical, five-day course. Under the tuition of a professional cinematographer you will light a set to various scripted scenarios. Work collaboratively in a group environment with a gaffer, best boy, camera operator, grip and two actors in AFTRS’ state of the art studios. Your tutor will be international award-winning cinematographer Steve Arnold whose work includes Feature films, TVCs, Television , Music Videos, and short films.
4-8 Feb,2019, 5-days, Mon – Fri. ENROLLING NOW

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

View all AFTRS short Cinematography course HERE

Industry Certificates
Industry Certificate: Colour Grading (Resolve)
– 2 additional spots just added!
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

Sydney Film Festival Early Announcements: 4k restoration of Dion Beebe's ETERNITY to screen at SFF

#SydFilmFest has announced the first few films to screen at the upcoming edition of the festival in June. Included is a stunning 4k restoration by @NFSAA of the documentary, ETERNITY, one of Dion Beebe’s earlier works. The #Oscar-winning cinematographer beautifully recreates 1930s #Sydney in this documentary about Arthur Stace, credited by some as the ‘father of graffiti’.

? Watch the trailer »
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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! »

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

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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
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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 »

Founders of the American Society of Cinematographers

Who were the 15 original members of the ASC
when it was established in 1919?
Some are among the best-known cinematographers of all time, yet others are not well remembered.

By Robert S. Birchard

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