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To all ACS members, sponsors, friends and colleagues, 

These are difficult and exceptional times indeed!

I wish to advise you all that our ACS 2020 National Awards for Cinematography and associated events will be postponed until the situation with the Coronavirus COVID-19 is resolved.
Further to this we ask that all Branch or Territory Committee Meetings
be held remotely via Skype or a similar platform.
We are currently looking at an alternative way to hold our AGM. Once we agree on the best approach we will inform those it directly relates to.

During this health crisis we request our ACS Branches not to hold any screenings, Q&A's or other events where our members may have to congregate in confined spaces. We ask you for your understanding but the safety and well being of our members and committees is paramount.

We have also had to postpone our traditional Sponsors' brunch and we ask you wherever possible, to continue supporting these valued sponsors who are so supportive of our Society and our members. 
We are well aware that many of our members will be impacted and disadvantaged due to the restrictions and the downturn in productions.  We will offer any assistance that we can.

Please stay safe and reach out as we are with you.

Also some news from my recent IAGA / IMAGO trip ...Best laid plans.

I have just returned from Brussels after the IMAGO Annual General Assembly and the IMAGO International Awards for Cinematography were ultimately cancelled due to the COVID - 19 virus and there was a mad rush to return delegates to their home countries. I arrived home on Sunday and am now in quarantine at home, but have no ill effects. Our good friend David Brill was also in Brussels and was stranded until flights could be found. In am reliably informed he is now back home in Hobart. 

Huge credit to the organising skills of Louis Phillips Capelle and his wonderful wife Mami, along with Nina Payrhuber who kept us all on the right path and to my good friends on the IMAGO Board who worked tirelessly. Special mention to 2 of our ACS stalwarts, Lizz Vernon and James Cunningham who both contributed so much by designing various elements for brochures and on screen material. Thank you both so very much.                                                                                           
Also to The Post Lounge for producing the animated IMAGO Awards opener, which worked a treat. Thanks guys.
The events that did take place were positive, with the return of the French Society which was pleasing.

Congratulations to Denson Baker ACS NZCS who was a nominee in the TV DRAMA category for “VICTORIA". Denson was due to attend, but the last minute decision to cancel prevented him from doing so.
Below a couple of pics for you to enjoy from the
IMAGO Annual General Assembly Meetings that were held.
A rare photo of RJ passing the ball forward!
L-R Argyris Theos from the Greek Society, unknown, Michael Neubauer BVK CEO,
Viola Laske BVK, and the Russian Society delegate, Masha Solovyova
L-R George Willis CSC President, Mike Eley BSC President and the ever observant Nigel Walters BSC

Again, the joining together of so many countries for "the art of cinematography" is something that we trust will continue for many years to come, in spite of the coronavirus.

Ron Johanson OAM ACS

National President
Australian Cinematographers Society
Kaleidoscope is a Digital Agency offering a wide range of services to people in the film industry. We offer services such as Website Design and Development, Digital Housekeeping, SEO, Social Media Management, Google Ads, Email Mail-Outs and much more. 

Kaleidoscope will provide “back end” services for our new web site and the ACS is very pleased to be involved with this progressive company.

Illumination Experience Workshop

Shane Hurlbut, ASC


KEY LIGHT: WHERE WHEN & WHY  ...and that's just the beginning! 

Screenwriting for Film: Online Course ~ 22nd April 2020 

Streamline your screenwriting process with this 100% online course that focuses on concept, structure, story and character.

By the end of ten weeks, you will have developed your story idea using the traditional three-act structure and be ready to write the script you've always wanted to see on the screen.


While we are in standby, and now have more time ...we would like you to take this opportunity to dig through some of your work photos

Your invited to submit some stills shots that we could use for 2020-2021 for Award program booklets.

We need some great stills for our ACS Awards program booklets and winner lists. The shots will need to be 16:9 or  be able to cropped to 16:9, they will be printed on the covers @ 210mm wide so not too smaller detail please. They need to be well composed, dramatic, moody lit shots with a reasonable amount of contrast.

Ernie Clark ACS
ACS National Vice President
Find MIX LED fixtures near you!

Screen industry grapples with coronavirus pandemic as job losses mount

 by Don Groves IF Magazine
The coronavirus pandemic is taking a heavy and growing toll on the screen industry, resulting in the postponement of numerous TV shows including the Seven Network’s Holey Moley and widespread job losses.

Many offices have closed so staff are working remotely and series that are still shooting have closed sets and reduced the number of extras.

Read full article HERE
One of the most requested products recently has been an EF mount for the ALEXA Mini LF - and we're happy to announce that it's available for order. The mount will work on all ALEXA Minis, AMIRAs and ALEXA Mini LFs and now sports an LBUS port for daisy-chaining cforce motors, LCUBEs,
Master Grips, OCU-1s and other LBUS devices. 

The mount will cost $2,495 ex GST and we should have our first units in about a month. The existing EF mount will continue to exist in the product lineup as a cheaper option for those AMIRA owners who don't require LBUS.

Important information about COVID-19 and employing children

The Office of the Children's Guardian has considered the implications of the COVID-19 virus (coronavirus) when employing children in the entertainment, exhibition and modelling industries.

Babies under 12 weeks

To reduce the risk of harm to the most vulnerable children, requests for variations to employ babies under 12 weeks will not be approved at this time. We will continue to update all employers when this advice changes.

Children under 3 years

For employment of children between 12 weeks and three years, we ask that you follow the requirements of the children’s employment legislation:

  • ensure a registered nurse/midwife is present at all times
  • follow the advice of the nurse regarding the working environment and care of the child.

This includes having suitable lighting and temperature, a clean and comfortable workspace and stopping work immediately if the child is unwell.

Make it a child safe and healthy workplace

Here are some guidelines to take care of your health and protect others, while on set:

  • food and drink provided to children should be handled appropriately
  • clean your hands frequently, using soap and water or a suitable alcohol-based hand sanitiser.
  • avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth. Where this is unavoidable (i.e. hair & makeup) please wash your hands before and after contact.
  • cover your mouth and nose with your elbow or tissue when you cough or sneeze.
  • stay home if you are feeling unwell. Anyone who comes to work with a cough or other COVID-19 symptoms should be sent home immediately

The Department of Health website has more information and resources about COVID-19.

Contacting the children's employment team

Due to reduced staff, our phones will be unavailable for the next two weeks. Please email us at and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

Employers must manage the employment of children under 16 years in accordance with the current guidelines of the relevant health authorities. We will not be providing responses to specific queries regarding COVID-19 and the employment of children. It is the employer's responsibility to ensure a safe workplace.

Children's Guardian Act 2019
The new Children’s Guardian Act commenced on 1 March 2020.

For the first time, the Children’s Guardian will be supported by its own stand-alone legislation. 

Importantly, it incorporates findings and recommendations arising out of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.

The Act consolidates all the Children’s Guardian’s functions related to adoption service providers, out-of-home care agencies and children’s employment. Additional powers have enabled the inclusion of the Reportable Conduct Scheme, which oversights investigations of workplace child abuse allegations.

What does this mean for employers of children in the entertainment and modelling industries?
For those employing children in film, television, live performance, still photography and modelling, nothing will change. The new Act still requires employers to:

Learn more about the Children’s Guardian Act 2019

CineKats: Encouraging Cinematographers across the globe. 
Sydney Zoo with Kevin Hudson.

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
& will close on April 12th 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

Drew Llewelyn ACS Camerimage Scholarship

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
& will close on April 12th 2020.
 For 2020 application forms please contact: 

Don't miss out!  Join Karen as she shares her incredible insights!

The Power of Visibility Workshop ~ 28th March 2020
Karen Eck's workshop will now take place online.
Available for DC members in all states. 

NEWS from the Australian Guild of Screen Composers (AGSC)

In these challenging times, the ASGC is pleased to announce some good news

Australian Guild of Screen Composers welcomes new President, Vice-President and Board for 2020

The Australian Guild of Screen Composers is pleased to welcome one of Australia’s most successful and awarded screen composers as the new President, as long-standing guild member Antony Partos receives the baton from retiring president Caitlin Yeo. Antony was previously Vice President of the Guild from 2012 – 2016.

Fellow NSW-based composer Me-Lee Hey was elected Vice-President, marking the first female Vice President in the history of the Guild, taking over from Brett Aplin.

With Melbourne-based Treasurer Mark Buys and Secretary Dale Cornelius, the Guild ushers in an executive that is rich in experience and enthusiasm for the next phase of the AGSC, which has grown significantly under the leadership of Caitlin Yeo and Brett Aplin

In taking on the role, Antony Partos said: “I am honoured to be elected as President of the AGSC and am excited to be joined by such an enthusiastic and genuinely talented board that includes our Vice President Me-Lee Hay, Secretary Dale Cornelius and Treasurer Mark Buys.

We are facing unprecedented challenges within our industry, but know that the strength and unity of our members means that our guild has never been stronger. We must endeavour to support our fellow filmmakers in order to continue making Australian stories whilst maintaining our own working conditions.

I believe that Australian screen composers harbour the talent to thrive on an international stage and want to develop an ethos that supports the careers of not only our more established members but also foster the education and support of emerging composers across Australia.”

The incoming Board of Directors also includes a number of distinguished screen composers, including Frank Millward, who re-joins the Guild after being an active member some years ago, and is now Professor of Music Composition at ANU. Joining him is Cameron Patrick, Head of Music at AFTRS, and Elizabeth Drake, the first female to win an AFI/AACTA Award for Original Score in a Feature Film. She returns for another year and has moved into the role of Chair on the Guild’s Gender Equity Committee, after fellow screen composer Felicity Wilcox stepped down to concentrate on other work.

Screen composers Dr Craig Morgan and Hylton Mowday have also joined the Board, alongside established Melbourne-based composers Petra Salsjö and Tom Rouch, who are returning for another term on the AGSC Board.

The AGSC acknowledges the challenging and evolving work circumstances due to the COVID-19 Virus. We note the effect on our members and communities locally, nationally and globally and will be providing resources to our members to support them through this challenging time.

L-R: Antony Partos, Catlin Yeo, Dale Cornelius, Mark Buys AGSC, Me-Lee Hay



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National Platinum Sponsors
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National Gold Sponsors
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National Silver Sponsors
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National Bronze Sponsors
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