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September 2020
“With great power comes great responsibility.”

A Message from the President

Greetings ACS members and colleagues,

I cannot begin to tell you how absolutely delighted I am with the response to the #WHOISINYOURCREW initiative.

It gladdens the heart of this old bugger that we have as one come together to recognise and to acknowledge all our friends and colleagues in such a significant way. Well done to Bonnie Elliott ACS who along with a dedicated group got this off the ground and into clear air. Now is the time to keep the impetus going and to let it remain in the forefront of our thinking, both here at home and globally.

ACS ACCREDITATION is now open, so I encourage those eligible to contact me or your Branch President regarding your application. You will need to have all your material and paperwork uploaded into the SILVERTRAK dedicated Media Room by no later than the end of September. I wish you nothing but good luck.

Our Society cannot function without our Sponsors, and I want to thank all those Sponsors, past and present who have continued to support the ACS through some difficult times, the least not being Covid-19. This virus has impacted everything and everyone in it’s path and our Sponsors have also been affected. On behalf of us all thank you to all our Sponsors for their support and their collaborative spirit.

Until next time
Ron Johanson OAM ACS
National President
Thinking about Accreditation...  .  
Submissions Open September 1st through 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 link 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.
How to apply for Accreditation

Bella Merlino a NSW CineKid 
drops us a line... about Dementia

Last year I made a one minute video on Alzheimer’s/Dementia and was an award winner in the Videos for Change national competition. 
As part of my prize I, along with Network 10 and the team at The Project, made a long form version of my film which was aired nationally on The Project.
You can view The Project segment at the following:
Currently there are an estimated 459,000 Australians living with Dementia. Some of those may be your family members or friends.
My grandfather suffers from Dementia and is in poor health and it was my grandfather who first put a camera in my hand.
Unfortunately, out of the top 10 causes of death worldwide Dementia is the only one we cannot prevent, cure or even slow down and is currently the biggest killer of women in Australia and the second biggest killer overall.
So to raise much needed funds for Dementia Australia I have organised 
Mind Games for Dementia fundraiser
From 6:00pm on the 23rd October 2020
until 6:00pm on the 25th October 2020

The fundraiser will be a marathon event whereby participants are to play board games and puzzles in relay teams over a 48 hour period.  Boards games and puzzles are to be played as these activities are often referred to as good stimuli for one’s brain. The event will be held at my school, Santa Sabina College , Strathfield NSW 2315.
I know it is difficult times for the cinematography industry with Covid 19 and the industry being deeply impacted, but I kindly request if you are able to bring this fund raise to the attention of our members.
Any donation, no matter how small, will be greatly appreciated and all donations are to be made directly to Dementia Australia using the following link which will lead to my fundraise page at Dementia Australia and the donation amount appropriately recorded and attached to my fundraise.
For donations please go:  
Thank you and stay safe.
Kind regards,
Bella Merlino

Victorian ACS invites you to
Ari Wegner ACS On the Applebox

Q&A event will be with acclaimed cinematographer Ari Wegner ACS, who is recently back from NZ after shooting Jane Campion's latest feature film The Power of the Dog.

Since graduating from the Victorian College of the Arts in 2006 Ari Wegner ACS has worked on dozens of commercials, short films, TV series and feature-length films, before landing the gig as cinematographer on Foxtel TV series THE KETTERING INCIDENT (2016) followed closely by landmark feature film LADY MACBETH.

Ari's recent projects include TRUE HISTORY OF THE KELLY GANG (2019), THE GIRLFRIEND EXPERIENCE (2017), IN FABRIC (2018), and STRAY (2018). She has also lensed commercials for ANZ, AFL, UWS and the NZ Fire Service.

You can catch some of Ari's work on Stan including The True History of the Kelly Gang, Lady Macbeth, Stray and The Girlfriend Experience which Ari shot 8 episodes of in season 2.
If you have a question to ask Ari then please send them to 

Event Details Date: Tuesday the 8th of September, 2020
Time: 7:30pm AEST
And the signup link:
VICTORIAN ACS Presents - Ari Wegner ACS On the Applebox


Hi everyone  ... working here in NZ in semi isolation.  Big international client, Director locked in LA.  Shooting in South Island all remote control. 
Clifftop Operator, the ever diligent Nick Flyvbjerg

Underwater, choppers, North Pole, Snow Ice, Choppers, Drones, Condors, Cliff Face Mountain Team all mid winter.
All at Sea!!
Oceans of Boats, Lots of tech dudes streaming. Alexa LF Panavision Artiest series.
John Toon NZCS ACS with Designer Phil Ivey 
John Toon NZCS ACS and Simon Strain on location in Queenstown Lakes, Kawarau Falls area.
Yes the beard is real a product of lockdown, biggest problem all those layers ... not to get food and zippers caught up. 


John Toon NZCS ACS

Cinematographers Society embraces greater diversity

31 August, 2020 by Don Groves

Instigated by the Society’s president Ron Johanson OAM ACS, the ACS Women’s Advisory Panel, which was formed eight years ago, has been expanded and renamed as the ACS Diversity, Inclusion and Reconciliation Panel.

As a result, the membership base has been broadened to include cinematographers of colour, Indigenous Australians, LGBTQI-identifying people and many women from the original WAP, chaired by Justine Kerrigan.

“Working under a mandate to discuss more openly ways to improve these matters within our own Society, in camera departments and on film sets, we anticipate the meetings will become an open forum for all to share thoughts and experiences and to put forward ideas that will help the Society move forward in positive and inclusive ways,” Kerrigan said.

Among the new members of the panel are Cara Hurley, Allan Collins, Lucas Tomoana, Murray Lui, Claire Bishop, Vanessa Cox, Miguel Gallagher, Joanne Donahoe-Beckwith and Ben Cotgrove. 

The continuing members include Sissy Reyes, Ron Johanson OAM ACS, Erika Addis, Anna Howard ACS, Bonnie Elliott ACS, Carolyn Constantine ACS, Lizz Vernon, Velinda Wardell ACS and Katie Millwright ACS. 

This follows the recent election of NSW-based cinematographer Constantine as NSW branch president, the first woman to hold that post. She joins Erika Addis, who is the Queensland branch president.

Johanson said: “The Society encourages all women, people of colour, Indigenous Australians, LGBQTI-identifying people and disabled people to attend our meetings and events, which are carried out in a safe and welcoming environment and to let your collective voices help the Society to grow and foster diverse and emerging cinematographers.”

Last month 27 of Australia’s top cinematographers last night launched the social media campaign #whoisinyourcrew, aimed at boosting the number of women employed in camera teams and, more broadly, encouraging greater diversity across the screen industry.

The brainchild of Bonnie Elliott ACS, the six-week campaign is designed to reach all heads of department as well as directors and producers.

Within the ACS there are 16 accredited women out of 279 accredited members who are still active, which equates to under 6 per cent.

Of 676 cinematographers, 41 or 6 per cent are female. Among 296 camera crew, 50 or 17 per cent are female. The ratio is higher among student members: 29 of 109, or nearly 27 per cent.

For Screen Australia-funded productions between 2016-19, 13 of the 166 features were shot by female DOPs (7 per cent), and 29 of the 253 drama series were shot by female DOPs (11 per cent).

Elliott said: “The #WhoIsInYourCrew campaign has had global outreach and we are hopeful that this ACS campaign will open the doors in other countries and reinforce the message to all societies, which will then enable the ACS to work hand in glove with colleagues internationally.”

The Power of Visibility with KAREN ECK, 

Date:  Saturday 5th & 12th September
Time: 2pm- 4pm
Location: Online

The Power of Visibility is a practical way forward, helping you build personal brand confidence with strategy, tools and ideas.

  • It is ideal for professionals who have hit a career roadblock, who feel almost invisible when it comes to job hires, promotions and skills recognition.  
  • Helps women supercharge their personal and professional brand, renew their career passion and achieve the opportunities and success they deserve. 
  • Suitable for corporate executives, content creators, business leaders and entrepreneurs, the series provides tools and strategies to get talented women and their outstanding work noticed.
  • Gives women the skills to step confidently into the spotlight. 
The CSC Awards Gala has always been a highlight of the year for the society. It celebrates the artistry of Canadian cinematographers and gives us the opportunity to acknowledge their hard work and craft. On top of that, it is a great party. This year we have made the hard call to officially cancel this year’s gala and will make an announcement online to reveal the 2020 CSC Awards winners. 
CSC 63rd Annual Awards Winners Announcements
CSC 63rd Annual Awards Winners & LINKS

The Australian Cinematographers Society 


Alexis Castanga touches base after attending Lens testing at LEITZ
Hi Ron, 
I was recently invited to Leitz Park in Wetzlar, Germany and I wanted to share my experience and some photos with you and our members. 

From the outset let me say, this was my first time in Germany and having the cab driver apologise for only reaching 180km/ph for my first experience on the autobahn, made me remember I wasn’t in Australia anymore! Rainer, Silke and the Leitz rep for London, Kevin, were very welcoming and I was soon settled in the Leitz hotel. DoPs, buyers and rental houses from all over Europe were gathering under the guise of a lens test, really it was a BBQ; an excuse for a get together.    
There was a large contingent of Spanish and French Cinematographers as well as a lot of Italians and as you can imagine, a whole lot of Germans. We were quickly sorted into groups and I found myself in a group with Gavin Finney BSC (former president of the society), my dear friend Peter Marsden (a very experienced DIT), Charles Heals (a commercial Cinematographer specialising in cars), Aaron George (you may all remember from his Panavision days) who now runs CVP – a camera and lens retailer as well as a couple of charming Italians, Marcello Montarsi AIC and Emanuele Zarlenga AIC.
Sahin Karavar  with the 25 – 75 mm LEITZ ZOOM lens
We were given a tour of the factory (through glass of course). There we saw some cleaning and quality checks and one of the lovely Leitz 25-75mm zooms, ready for the shelf. From there we had a guided tour of the gallery Leitz have built onsite, a collection of stills were on exhibition by Dr Paul Wolff and Alfred Tritschler. Some wonderful architectural images from Hands to the Hindenburg and shots that document the rise of fascism. Images that inspired generations of photographic artists, if you ever get the chance, I highly recommend. Then we had the normal tour, some of the most iconic images of the last century and finally to the archive of all the old Leitz/Leica equipment.
The next day, whilst some decided on a late morning, Peter and I had a walk through the Leitz woods (yes, they have their own woods!). Making rifle sights, they of course need somewhere to show them off.


We came back for an organic lens test. Basically, it was a table full of lenses from a full set of the new full frame primes, including the prototype 350mm to the new zooms 25-75mm and 55-125mm, as well as the Thalias, the Summilux and Sumicron and the M lenses. For cameras, we had an ARRI Mini LF and a RED Monstro, either outside looking at the architecture and sculpture of Leitz Park or into the woods to have a look at depth and play with focus. Why not both?! The sunset brought an end to the testing, a Barbecue turned up full of delicious German treats. As you can imagine we talked, ate and drank late into the night.
Peter Marsden wanted to try and recreate the first photo attributed to Leica, so first thing in the morning we walked down the hill into the historic town of Wetzlar to find the plaque commemorating the exact position. Back at Leitz Park, I had just enough time for breakfast with Kees Van Oostrum ASC, the former president of the ASC and the new head of Imago who reminded me to pass on his kind regards.

I had an absolutely wonderful time at Leitz Park, my sincerest thanks go to Rainer and the whole Leitz team for a superbly organised event and their hospitality. A thank you must also go to you Ron, for facilitating the dialogue between Rainer and myself and to the ACS for their generosity in paying for my travel costs. 
If you ever find yourself in Germany, I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend a visit to Leitz Park and the town of Wetzlar.
Stay safe,
Thinking of you all,
Alexis K Castagn
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