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JULY 2020 

20th August 2020

What's happening during July @ the ACS
~ Camera Covid-19 Protocol Guide - Download the .pdf
~ NSW Drop In - Guest Speaker John Platt
~ ACS Drop in Links: July 16th May @ 7pm
~ NSW President's Message
~ NSW AGM - save the Date (21st August 2020)
~ Branch Committee Nomination Forms to download
~  Links for help with nomination forms
~ Roger Lanser ACS shoots 'The Secrets She Keeps'

~ AFTRS - Upskill Promo pro code for discounts courses
~ Instagram National & NSW links
~ Check out all our wonderful ACS sponsors

This Document is intended as a guide to the best practices whilst we work under Covid19 Protocols. 

Camera Department Covid-19 Safework Guide

John Platt in conversation
with Anna Howard ACS

Join us this Thursday evening at the NSW ACS Drop in to see John Platt who after 36 years within the camera department has returned to his former career and passion, photography.
He is now working as a Unit Still Photographer. 
Anna Howard ACS will interview him about his long career, change of direction and ‘Observations’, his highly anticipated book featuring imagery of film crews, working behind the scenes, captured over his many years on set.
ACS NSW Drop In Thursday July 16th 7.00 pm (AEST) 
Grab yourself an online  place by clicking the link to register.
JULY NSW ACS John Platt Webinar ~ Registration Link

NSW ACS Branch President's Message

Dear ACS members and friends,

It was all looking so good.

Hopefully the current increase in Covid-19 cases can be brought under control as quickly as possible.

The other day while having a look for something to watch I came across "Strictly Ballroom".  

Because my cousin is one of the actors and it had only just begun I kept watching.  What a wonderful job Steve Mason ACS ASC did on what must have been an interesting shoot, not a lot of budget, lots of shots, some very challenging staging with a lot of movement and extreme close ups a real challenge for the focus puller who in this case was John Platt our guest for this months drop in.

Do yourselves a favour and join the zoom webinar this coming Thursday and learn what such a talent as John has to offer. 

Attached below is the Notice of Meeting and a Committee Nomination Form for the NSW Branch of the ACS. The AGM being held before the August Drop in on Thursday 20th, August 2020 @ 6:30 pm (AEST) which will again be a virtual drop in via Zoom.

To those already on the committee please take the time to re-nominate and those of you who may be interested in standing please take the time to fill out the nomination form.

In line with the articles it is required that all nominations for any position on the committee are to be nominated and seconded by a corporate member of the society.  If this is a problem please contact either of our Vice Presidents Carolyn Constantine ACS or Velinda Wardell, ACS, the NSW Branch Secretary Aleksei Vanamois or myself so we can assist you in getting the required signatures to complete your nomination.

Remember to keep your social distance and stay safe and healthy.

Calvin Gardiner ACS
NSW Branch President
Diary Note:    NSW ACS Branch AGM (via ZOOM)
6:30pm Thursday 20th August 2020
Keen to join the NSW ACS Committee - Here's your chance - fill in a nomination form and be a part of the change you want to see...  

Get your form in by Thursday 13th and watch your emails for further details about Zoom links to the AGM
2020 - 2021 ACS NSW Committee Nomination Form - Download here!
Email NSW President: Cal Gardiner ACS
Email NSW VP: Carolyn Constantine ACS
Email NSW VP: Velinda Wardell ACS
Email NSW Secretary: Aleksei Vanamois


When Lingo Pictures’ The Secrets She Keeps premiered on BBC1 at 9pm on July 6, it will have marked a milestone as the first Australian-produced TV drama to screen in primetime on the BBC’s flagship channel – at least in recent memory.

The BBC acquired the UK rights to the psychological thriller commissioned by Network 10, starring Laura Carmichael, Jessica de Gouw, Michael Dorman and Ryan Corr, in February but did not disclose the channel or timeslot.

According to Screen Australia’s records, the only other Australian drama to air on primetime on BBC1 was The Cry, a UK co-production.

Five Bedrooms and A Place to Call Home screened during the daytime on the channel. Picnic At Hanging Rock was on BBC2, Romper Stomper on BBC3 and Mystery Road, Safe Harbour and The Slap on BBC4.

Delighted with the prestige slot, Lingo Pictures’ Helen Bowden tells IF: “I hope this will be the beginning of a lot of Australian shows screening in primetime on the UK. There are a lot of amazing shows being made.”

Sarah Walker and Jono Gavin adapted the six-part series from the Michael Robotham novel, produced by Bowden and Paul Watters, with funding from Screen Australia and Screen NSW.

Catherine Millar directed four episodes and Jennifer Leacey helmed two. Bowden and Robotham are discussing ideas for a second series with 10, which would be fantastic.

Carolina Izquardo Duarte (2nd AC)

Our very own Roger Lanser ACS was DP

"The shoot had many diverse locations and I was very proud of the whole camera department in performing fantastically and helping me achieve a look that I think pushed the script along into a deeper élan than the production were expecting and I think this teamwork to achieve excellence in cinematography is what makes the series so saleable to huge foreign territories like England."

 The exceptional camera crew comprised:

The Secret She Keeps Camera Dept from left to right;
Madison Heinze (video split), Sian Bates (1st AC), Carolyn Constantine ACS (camera operator & 2nd Unit DP), Roger Lanser ACS (Director of Photography), Brendan Shaw  ACS (camera operator/steadicam & 2nd unit DP), Hannah Klassek (2nd AC), Rocky Sovechles (camera attachment), Carolina Izquardo Duarte (2nd AC), Adrien Seffrin (Ist AC). 

Not in Photo:  John Platt (Still Photographer) Michael Adcock (Gaffer) Gary Lincoln (Grip)
ACS President; Ron Johanson OAM ACS
"I am always puzzled and disappointed that our local free to air channels find it necessary to run credits in the bottom of the screen or reduce them to fit in a promo or similar. The same happens with PFV streamers but you do have the option to watch credits.

While I am on the subject why in many cases is the credit for the Cinematographer, globally for television not always at the beginning in the main credits, but at the end in a group. I just don’t get it."
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